Hurricane impacts weekend MLB schedule
By SPORTS NETWORK
|Handout image shows a visible view of Hurricane Irene captured by the GOES-East satellite on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. (REUTERS/NOAA Satellite and Information Service)
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Phillies became the first team to reschedule a baseball game Thursday as Hurricane Irene headed for what could be a direct hit on the Northeast this weekend.
Sunday's scheduled afternoon game with the Florida Marlins was moved up to Saturday, when the teams will play a day-night doubleheader starting at 1:05 p.m. local time.
The regularly-scheduled night game will still be held at 7:05 p.m., the Phillies said.
The game was moved because of the threat of severe weather from Irene, which could be a category 2 hurricane by the time it tracks near the zone where it would impact MLB games.
The Boston Red Sox became the second team to reschedule. Sunday's scheduled afternoon game with the Oakland Athletics was moved up to Saturday, when the teams will play a split doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. local time. The second game will begin at 5 p.m.
The Yankees and Orioles are already scheduled to have a doubleheader in Baltimore on Saturday as part of a five-game series, placing their game Sunday in jeopardy.
The Mets and Braves are scheduled to play a weekend series in New York.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that contingency plans have been discussed.
"The weather reports are all different, so we'll see what path it takes," Selig told the paper. "But we are trying to make as many contingency plans as we can. We're trying to figure out what we could do in case we have the one really bad day of rain."