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Tigers arrive in Texas just ahead of storms


ARLINGTON -- The Tigers slipped into Texas just before the brunt of a major spring storm battered the Dallas-Fort Worth area Wednesday night, spawning multiple tornadoes and leaving at least six known dead in Granbury, a community about 40 miles south of Fort Worth.

The Rangers, flying home from Oakland, weren't quite so lucky.

The Rangers' plane had just passed Albuquerque, N.M., when it was told to reverse directions. The team plane landed at Albuquerque and spent about 2 1/2 hours on the ground there, waiting out the storms raging in Texas.

The Tigers, aboard their charter flight, were told to batten the hatches as they began their approach to DFW Airport around 7 p.m. ET.

"It was a little bumpy coming in, but we were lucky," said manager Jim Leyland. "It didn't get as bad as we thought it might. You could see how bad it was, how dark it was in places.

"It was a little hairy, but not as bad for us as for those who really got hit."

The Rangers' plane didn't land at Dallas Love Field at 12:30 a.m.

Jim Reeves is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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