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Rain postpones Yanks-Rangers game

Rain postpones Yanks-Rangers game

ARLINGTON -- Wednesday's game between the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington was postponed by rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday, with games starting at 2:35 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. CT.

The doubleheader is being considered a single-ticket event, but the split times were required for broadcast purposes. Fans holding tickets to Thursday's original game will have their tickets honored for both games. Fans who held tickets to Wednesday's postponed game can exchange their tickets for any remaining game on the Rangers' schedule.

The Yankees will start left-hander Andy Pettitte (1-1) in the opener and right-hander Mike Mussina (0-0) in Game 2. The Rangers plan to counter with right-hander Kevin Millwood (2-3) in Game 1 and right-hander Robinson Tejeda (3-1) in the nightcap.

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Millwood's status, however, is a bit uncertain. Rangers manager Ron Washington was told late Wednesday night that Millwood had "tweaked" his left hamstring. The pitcher will be evaluated Thursday morning, and would likely be replaced by right-handed long reliever Mike Wood if a late substitution is required.

"I don't like doubleheaders," Washington said, "but if we get two well-pitched games, we could win two games in one day. But to beat those guys, you've got to pitch."

There is urgency to complete this three-game series Thursday because this is the Yankees' only scheduled visit to Arlington this season. But the series was complicated when a squall line of severe thunderstorms roared through the region shortly before Wednesday's scheduled game time.

The Yankees' batting practice was cut short as tornado warnings were posted for surrounding Tarrant County. Stadium ushers asked fans to evacuate the seating bowl and take cover in the concourses, hallways and restrooms. Many dashed to their vehicles and tried to get home ahead of the approaching thunderstorm, which dumped nearly four inches of rain on the area in less than 40 minutes.

Lightning and wind gusts estimated at 80 mph buffeted the ballpark as the storm surged from the south. There were several nearby reports of downed trees, damaged roofs and power outages.

Power was not interrupted at the ballpark. But at the height of the storm, it was impossible to see the outfield fence from the press box because of the sheets of blowing rain.

"I walked down there and it was flooding in the dugout," Washington said.

Rangers backup catcher Chris Stewart said, "I was out there a little while and I thought the scoreboard was going to blow down. I've never seen anything like it."

Team officials announced the postponement at 8:15 p.m., setting up the doubleheader. However, local forecasts call for a 40 percent chance of rain Thursday.

Ken Daley is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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