ARLINGTON, Texas — The playoff-contending Rangers are trying to beat the rain.
The Rangers and Angels will be up early today after the starting time for the third game of their series was moved up eight hours to 11:05 a.m. (12:05 p.m. Eastern). That would be the earliest start in the 20-season history at Rangers Ballpark, an hour earlier than any other game.
It also means the Rays, who play in the afternoon, won't have to wait around to know the outcome and its effects on the playoff picture.
Today's forecast called for moderate showers and thunderstorms in the area by early this afternoon and increasing in intensity during the day. The game had been set for 7:05 p.m.
Texas is still in the hunt for an AL wild-card spot and this is the last weekend of the regular season, so all 162 regular-season games need to be played. The Rangers want to avoid the possibility of a doubleheader Sunday because there is a chance of having to play a wild-card tiebreaker game Monday.
Mariners axe Wedge: The team told manager Eric Wedge he will not return next season, saying it became obvious he did not have a future with the organization. "We see things differently," said Wedge, who will manage the final three games.
Marlins purge: As his team limps to its third consecutive last-place finish in the NL East, owner Jeffrey Loria fired president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest and his special assistant Jim Fleming. Both had been with the team for 12 years.
Anger Brings ring: After yelling at Giants CEO Larry Baer near the dugout after Thursday's game, Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson had his 2012 World Series ring delivered to the clubhouse. A Giants spokesman said the team had reached out to Wilson, who had pitched two games for San Francisco before elbow surgery, numerous times with no response and was surprised at the timing of his outrage.
Peralta returns: Jhonny Peralta went 1-for-4 with an RBI back in the Tigers lineup as his 50-game suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis lab ended. Peralta started in leftfield for the first time in the majors. Normally a shortstop, he played seven innings in left Thursday during an instructional league game. Jose Iglesias has taken over at shortstop.
Cardinals: 1B Allen Craig (foot sprain), whose .459 average with runners in scoring position leads the majors, will miss at least for the first round of the postseason, the team said.
Indians: Former All-Star reliever Chris Perez has lost his job as the closer after Thursday's four-run outing, but manager Terry Francona said he hasn't ruled out a return in the playoffs.
Obituary: Gates Brown, jailed for armed robbery in Ohio before his 13-year career with the Tigers that included a 1968 World Series title, died. He was 74.