ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The playoff-chasing Texas Rangers are trying to beat the rain.
The Rangers and Los Angeles Angels will be up early Saturday after the starting time for the third game of their series was moved up eight hours to 11:05 a.m. CDT. That would be the earliest start in the 20-season history over Rangers Ballpark, an hour earlier than any other game.
Saturday's forecast called for moderate showers and thunderstorms in the area by early Saturday afternoon and increasing in intensity throughout the day. The game had been scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
"Wake-up call early," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "I know they're expecting rain, so we've got to do what we have to do to make sure we get the game in. I certainly don't want to play a doubleheader on Sunday."
Major League Baseball and the Angels had to agree to the time switch.
"We would do what we had to do," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "The integrity of the season is important."
Texas is still in the hunt for a wild-card spot and this is the last weekend of the regular season, so all 162 regular-season games need to be played. Saturday's game is No. 161 for both the Rangers and Angels.
The Rangers would like to avoid the possibility of a doubleheader Sunday to end the regular season since there is still a chance of having to play a wild-card tiebreaker game Monday.