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Angels, Rangers rained out in Texas

September 29, 2012|By Bill Shaikin
  • A fan waits through a rain delay between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Texas Rangers.
A fan waits through a rain delay between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim… (Rick Yeatts / Getty Images )

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Angels and Texas Rangers were rained out  Saturday, forcing the Angels into an unwanted doubleheader on Sunday.

The first game Sunday will start at noon local time, or 10 a.m. Pacific time. The second game will start at 6 p.m. local time, or 4 p.m. Pacific time.  No rain is in the forecast for Sunday.

Although Saturday’s game was scheduled to start at 3 p.m. local time, the game was not called off until 7 p.m. Rain did not cease in the interim, getting heavier as the hours wore on.

The Angels would have been willing to wait all night to avoid a doubleheader. The Angels must now finish the regular season with five games in four days. If they can force a Thursday tiebreaker for the final American League wild-card spot, they probably would have to choose between Zack Greinke and Ervin Santana on three days’ rest.

Santana was scheduled to start Saturday, which would have left him as an option to start a tiebreaker on regular rest. Greinke was scheduled to start Sunday.

As the rain fell earlier Saturday, Manager Mike Scioscia said he would have been fine with an 11 p.m. start.

 However, a  forecast that originally showed a 60% or 70% chance of rain into evening turned into 100%.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a weather report that said 100% chance of rain,” Scioscia said.

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