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Today's game postponed; split DH on Thursday



UPDATE, 5:32: The Rays players were not pleased with the decision to play a doubleheader on Thursday, saying they would have preferred to make the game during the July visit. The two main reasons are that the weather would obviously be better then, and that they wouldn't have as tough of a travel schedule as they will play get home at 4-5 a.m. Friday then play a night game against the Angels followed by two day games.


And here is cold, wet and dreary scene at Target Field this afternoon. Photo by Marc Topkin.


Tonight's game has already been canceled, which is the good news for the Rays given the bad weather and ominous forecast.

Not so good is the makeup schedule, which has them playing a day-night doubleheader on Thursday, with starts at 12:10 and 7:10 central time, meaning the Rays won't get home until around 4 or 5 a.m. on Friday and have to play the Angels that night.

No word yet on the pitching plans, but the guess would be that Wade Davis starts on Wednesday (assuming that game is played, as the forecast isn't much better then), then Jeff Niemann and Jeremy Hellickson in the doubleheader.

The Twins pitching plans, according to, are this: LHP Francisco Liriano will now pitch Wednesday, with RHP Nick Blackburn starting Game 1 on Thursday and RHP Scott Baker in the night game.

This is the Rays second postponement in the last two weeks, they also were rained out April 13 in Boston, with that game expected to be made up in August.


[Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:15am]


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