ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The Texas Rangers have been rained out at home for the first time in three years.
After a long rainy day in North Texas, officials called Saturday night’s game between the Athletics and Rangers nearly an hour after its scheduled start.
The game will be made up as part of a split day-night doubleheader June 8, on the same day that the Rangers will retire the No. 29 jersey of Adrian Beltre. The ceremony for Beltre, who had 3,166 hits in his 21 big league seasons before retiring last November, will be before the night game. Beltre’s only World Series appearance came in 2011, his first year in Texas.
In the series opener Friday night, Davis hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning of an 8-6 win for the A’s after they overcame a five-run deficit. He has 28 homers against the Rangers since the start of the 2016 season, the most by any player against any team in that span. He has eight homers and 21 RBIs in his last 10 games in Texas.
“He’s just the kind of guy that just wants to be here for his teammates, go out and perform and semi-stay out of the spotlight,” manager Bob Melvin said of Davis, the big league leader with 10 homers this season after an MLB-best 48 last season.
The tarp was put on the field after the series opener in anticipation of the rain.
It did rain most of Saturday, but there was a break in the wet weather during the afternoon before it started raining again about two hours before the planned first pitch. The forecast called for continued more rain deep into the night.
There hadn’t been a postponement at Texas since April, 17, 2016. The Rangers haven’t played a doubleheader at home since Sept. 30, 2012.
Adrian Sampson, who was scheduled to make his first start of the season Saturday night, will start for the Rangers in the finale of the shortened series Sunday.
Left-hander Brett Anderson (3-0) will start Sunday as scheduled for the Athletics. Marco Estrada, who has a career-high six-game losing streak over his last 10 starts since last August, had been slated to start Saturday night.
Fans with tickets for Saturday’s game will be able to use them for the June 8 makeup game at 1:05 p.m. Those who bought cash parking on Saturday at a Rangers-operated parking lot should keep their receipts in order to get complimentary parking for the makeup game.
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