BALTIMORE -- Online All-Star voting ends on Thursday, but the most significant event impacting the All-Star Game could be happening on the Atlantic Seaboard. With Hurricane Arthur crawling up the East Coast, there is a growing possibility that the Rangers' game with the Orioles on Thursday night could be rained out. The forecasts are calling for a 70-90 percent chance of rain.
Yu Darvish is scheduled to pitch for the Rangers on Thursday. A rainout would push him back to either Friday or Saturday against the Mets. Another rainout on Friday is a possibility.
Either way, a rainout on Thursday would mean that Darvish would likely get only two more starts before the All-Star break. One would be this weekend in New York and the other would be either Wednesday or Thursday in Arlington. He would not pitch on the final Sunday before the All-Star break and that would make him available to pitch in the All-Star Game on July 15 in Minnesota.
With that amount of rest, Darvish could emerge as a prime candidate to start for the American League. The only other Rangers pitcher to start an All-Star game was Kevin Brown in 1992. Darvish has been selected to two All-Star Games but has yet to pitch.
"That's a scenario, but tomorrow hasn't gotten here yet," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
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