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Published October 28 2008

World Series Game 5 suspended until Wednesday at the earliest

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? The World Series won't resume until Wednesday night at the earliest.

With rain still falling in Philadelphia, Major League Baseball decided not to attempt to complete Game 5 between the Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. The completion of the game tentatively was scheduled for 7:37 p.m. CDT Wednesday.

``While obviously we want to finish Game 5 as soon as possible, the forecast for today does not allow for us to continue the game this evening,' commissioner Bud Selig said. ``We are closely monitoring tomorrow's forecast and will continue to monitor the weather on an hourly basis. We will advise fans as soon as we are able to make any final decisions with respect to tomorrow's schedule.'

The game, played in increasingly heavy rain, was suspended Monday following a 30-minute delay with the Phillies and Rays tied 2-2 after 5? innings. It was the first time a World Series game that began wasn't played to completion on the same day.

Philadelphia leads the Series 3-1 and is hoping to close out its second title, its first since 1980.