A’s, Red Sox expecting to play despite the rain


A's Yoenis Cespedes runs under stands at Fenway to get loose while avoiding rain Tuesday.

Just looking at Boston and Fenway Park late in the afternoon, it’s hard to see baseball being played here this evening.

But the A’s and the Red Sox are getting ready to do just that. They’ve been told that, at least for the moment, to prepare for a 6:35 start (3:35 PDT) in what is being forecast to be a light rain.

    The clubs have not been able to take batting practice, not with a huge L.L. Bean-logo of a tarp covering the infield and the shallower part of the outfield, but they probably will want to take infield before the game gets going.

By the time of first pitch, the infield, both dirt and grass, is likely to be soggy, and for all their optimism, it’s hard to see this one being played without at least one or two delays when the rain intensifies.

And the forecasters report that the rain will get heavier later in the evening.

I can report that the Fenway Park organist is playing up a storm for a mostly empty stadium, but workers are out in the stands getting things ready as if baseball is only an hour away, which, apparently, it is.

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.