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Several Cleveland Indians games start at 6:10 p.m. this season, including tonight's

The experiment last year was apparently a success, so it's expanding in 2016.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, the Cleveland Indians experimented with starting a handful of games at 6:10 p.m. with the idea that it would keep more people in the city going to games instead of leaving the city entirely and having to come back sometime around 7:00. It apparently worked, because the Tribe are more than doubling the amount of games using this new start time, including tonight's and tomorrow's contests against the Boston Red Sox.

If the weather does not get in the way of things, first pitch for the next two days will be 6:10 p.m., as will start times for 11 other games this season. That number is up from the five last season and includes a few better slots. All five 6:10 p.m. games last season were in the middle of the week, whereas this first series of the season and one Saturday game this season will try out the new time slot.

Here is the full list of games starting at 6:10 p.m. in 2016:

  • Wednesday, April 6 vs. Boston
  • Thursday, April 7 vs. Boston
  • Tuesday, April 19 vs. Seattle
  • Wednesday, April 20 vs. Seattle
  • Tuesday, May 3 vs. Detroit
  • Wednesday, May 4 vs. Detroit
  • Thursday, May 5 vs. Detroit
  • Monday, May 16 vs. Cincinnati
  • Tuesday, May 17 vs. Cincinnati
  • Monday, May 30 vs. Texas
  • Tuesday, May 31 vs. Texas
  • Wednesday, June 1 vs. Texas
  • Saturday, June 18 vs. Chicago (AL)

Other teams seem to be catching on to  this idea, including the Kansas City Royals who will start a whopping 21 home games at 6:15 p.m. Central Time.

Not only does the 6:00 p.m. time slot keep potential fans in the city, but it also means everyone gets to go home at a more reasonable hour and more kids get to enjoy more of each game at home. Sometime around 6:00 p.m. is usually dinner time or right after for most families, as opposed to starting games at 7:00 p.m. when many are probably getting ready to head to bed, or at the very least, ending TV time.

As for what this means on the field, that excellent shadow analysis we all love as the sun goes down and broadcasters attempt to fill dead air time will come an inning or two later in the game.