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First game postponed …

This morning’s opener of a doubleheader between the A’s and Baltimore Orioles has been rained out, but the nightcap is still on if weather permits.

That game is set for 4:05 p.m. (West Coast time) and will be televised by KICU. Greg Smith (6-14) will take the ball for the A’s against Daniel Cabrera (8-8).

Tropical Storm Hanna, and the heavy winds that come with it, hit the Baltimore area hard as expected Saturday morning. Weather.com forecasts a high chance of rain until about 6 p.m. local time, one hour before the scheduled first pitch.

Regardless, the A’s will leave for Detroit tonight, team spokesperson Mike Selleck said. That means they won’t play Sunday for sure, with a three-game series against the Tigers beginning Monday.

If they do get tonight’s game in, it’s unknown if Major League Baseball will force the A’s and Orioles to make up the postponed game. The teams have a common off-day Sept. 25, but that’s sandwiched between A’s road series at Texas and Seattle. Sometimes MLB will allow teams to cancel a game that has no bearing on postseason consequences and just finish with a 161-game schedule.

Officials likely would wait through the afternoon before announcing any postponement of tonight’s game.

Joe Stiglich

  • Bee

    I think that MLB should allow the A’s/Orioles to just cancel the game missed today as long as it doesn’t alter the standings at the end of the season. They can wait until mid-september or even later to make the decision. If it means that one of the teams could finish higher in the final standings, the teams could force the game if they want to.