Thunderstorm makes for adventurous trip to Dallas

After a turbulent ride and a late-night diversion to San Antonio due to heavy thunderstorms in Texas, the Mariners charter plane from Seattle arrived at Love Field in Dallas about 3:30 a.m. CT on Monday.

The Mariners originally were scheduled to arrive in Dallas around midnight after losing an 11-inning, 4-2 game to the Twins at Safeco Field on Sunday afternoon, but one attempt at landing was aborted and the plane was sent to San Antonio – about 280 miles to the south – to refuel and wait for the weather to clear.

The team and traveling party spent about two hours on the runway at San Antonio before being allowed to make the bumpy flight back to Dallas, where they finally landed at 3:25 a.m. and eventually reached their hotel just before 5 a.m.

“Worst flight ever. #thankGoditsover” tweeted outfielder Justin Ruggiano.

Broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith tweeted that “the team pilot earned a merit badge tonight.”

And pitcher Taijuan Walker, who is scheduled to start Monday night’s game, offered a simple: “Wooo” on his Twitter account.

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The Rangers also had some travel issues as they were diverted to Austin on their flight home from Anaheim.

The two teams are scheduled for a three-game series starting Monday at 5:05 p.m. CT at Globe Life Park.

While the weather cleared on Monday morning, the forecast calls for more thunderstorms in the Arlington area on Monday evening, with rain projected through Tuesday afternoon.

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