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Storm putting Tuesday's Rays-Angels game in doubt

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Rays' showdown series with the baseball-best Angels seems likely to be disrupted by Tropical Storm Fay.

The Rays are planning for tonight's game to be played, but team president Matt Silverman said Sunday evening that Tuesday's game was "in doubt" and they hoped to resume play Wednesday.

The Rays expect to make a decision tonight on Tuesday's game. If one or two games are not played, they'd likely be made up Sept. 1, an off day for both teams.

"If the storm maintains its current path, Tuesday would be in doubt and then we'll make a call on Wednesday based on Tuesday," Silverman said. "We're in communication with the league and with the Angels about it, and we're hopeful we're going to get the series in. Two out of three is the most likely case, but with the unpredictability of the storms it's pretty much a wait-and-see game."

Rays players were concerned not only about the game schedules (and their flight home Sunday) but also for their families.

1B Carlos Pena said his wife and daughter will remain at their Orlando home rather than join him at their Madeira Beach condo. DH Cliff Floyd was trying to decide whether his family should stay at their South Florida home or join him.

Relievers Dan Wheeler and Trever Miller said, only half-jokingly, they were waiting for their wives to give them preparation instructions. "Whatever she tells me to do, I do," Wheeler said. "Standard."

Travel director Jeff Ziegler briefed the players on the situation during a pregame meeting.

"We're just most concerned about making sure that our guys can be with their families if this becomes a more serious situation," manager Joe Maddon said. "Baseball is one thing, your family is entirely more important. So we'll have to deal with that as it comes along."

The Angels traveled to St. Petersburg from Cleveland on Sunday evening but have discussed plans to leave on Monday night and go to Atlanta or Miami to get out of the storm and await the scheduling decisions.

"We have to confer with the city of St. Petersburg and understand its needs. (Tropicana Field) is one of the command centers for the city and so that will affect the timing of the games," Silverman said. "But at this point it's all speculative."

Ticket policies will be announced when decisions are made. The Rays have had four home games postponed by hurricanes. A doubleheader on Wednesday would be unlikely. "A doubleheader would crush us, especially with the injuries we have," Floyd said.

PERCY PROGRESS: Troy Percival said his sprained right knee felt better Sunday, so much so that he may not have arthroscopic surgery that was tentatively scheduled for today.

Percival said he received a cortisone shot and has been taking anti-inflammatory medication. He was able to play catch and said that if he improved as much in the next few days he would try throwing off the mound.

Percival saw Texas doctor Keith Meister Sunday; a decision won't be made until he sees Rays doctor Koco Eaton today.

ANGEL EYES: Maddon usually enjoys playing the Angels, for whom he worked for 31 years. And to do so in a matchup of the league's best teams — and a potential preview of the AL Championship Series — is even better. "Nothing would make me happier than to play them in the playoffs," Maddon said.

MISCELLANY: 2B Akinori Iwamura got his first day off since his June 28-30 suspension. … RHP Juan Salas made his season debut in the eighth, getting two outs then facing three batters in the ninth. … SS Jason Bartlett said he felt his right knee "pop" Saturday and was scared it was re-injured, but he felt good enough to play. … With the Rays likely to arrive home around 4 a.m., tonight's starter, Andy Sonnanstine, flew back early. … Ex-Rays reliever Gary Glover joined the Tigers bullpen. … There were 378 dogs at the ballpark on Dog Night.

Storm putting Tuesday's Rays-Angels game in doubt 08/17/08 [Last modified: Monday, August 18, 2008 11:31am]
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