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Rain delay in Texas with A’s trailing Rangers 5-1

UPDATE: The A’s and Rangers are about to resume play at 9:45 p.m. local time, with the A’s batting in the top of the sixth, trailing 5-1.

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We have a rain delay here at Rangers Ballpark with Texas leading the A’s 5-1 in the top of the sixth. Cliff Pennington hit a solo homer to right field against Colby Lewis, and the skies immediately opened. Players were called off the field and a huge crash of thunder could be heard just outside the stadium.

If you weren’t tuned in to the game, Brett Anderson didn’t have his best day. He walked four and was pulled after serving up a two-run homer to Adrian Beltre in the bottom of the fifth. Anderson’s totals in two starts against Texas this season: 9 2/3 IP, 15 hits, 11 earned runs, 8 walks, 4 homers.

But … perhaps this delay benefits the A’s. If Lewis ends up getting yanked because of the delay, that leaves it up to Texas’ shaky bullpen to close things out, and there’s still plenty of ballgame left …

Check back soon for an update …

Joe Stiglich