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Rangers, D-backs rained out

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Wednesday night's series opener between the Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks was postponed due to unplayable field conditions at Rangers Ballpark.

The game will be made up at a later date on a mutually agreed upon off day for both clubs. The teams are scheduled to play Thursday at 1 p.m. CDT.

Heavy rains in the area pelted the field more than an hour before Tuesday's scheduled start time. High winds complicated matters and delayed the grounds crew from applying the tarp over the infield.

Texas manager Ron Washington and Arizona manager Kirk Gibson walked the field during a break in the rain, along with other officials, and determined it wasn't playable. With more rain expected, a decision was made to postpone the game.

The game likely won't be rescheduled until August.

Wednesday's rainout was the first postponement in Arlington this season and the Rangers' second of the year overall. Texas was rained out April 17 at the Chicago Cubs, with the game made up May 6. The last postponement in Arlington was Sept. 29, 2012, against the Los Angeles Angels.

The Rangers will use Wednesday's scheduled starter, Justin Grimm, on Thursday. The right-hander is 4-3 with a 4.05 ERA. The AL Rookie of the Month is looking for his first three-game winning streak.

Arizona is also set to use Wednesday's scheduled starter, Brandon McCarthy, on Thursday. McCarthy will take a two-game winning streak into the start against his former club.

Texas has pushed back Thursday's scheduled starter, Derek Holland, to Friday to open the series against the Kansas City Royals. Wade Miley will now pitch Friday for Arizona in Chicago against the Cubs.

Arizona and Texas met Monday, with the Diamondbacks sweeping a doubleheader in Phoenix. Texas is on a season-worst, three-game losing skid, while Arizona has won three in a row and four of five.

The Diamondbacks were to start of a road-heavy period Wednesday. Even with the rainout, Arizona has 14 of the next 17 games away from home.

"This is a heck of a stretch we're going into," Gibson told the team's website.

The Rangers learned before the game that second baseman Ian Kinsler and pitcher Colby Lewis suffered setbacks in their rehabilitations.

"That's the nature of injuries," Texas general manager Jon Daniels said. "You can't predict them 100 percent. We've got one of the best medical staffs in the game."
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