Programming note: Both A's games against the Indians Wednesday will air on Comcast SportsNet California with Pre- and Postgame shows for the day and night games.
OAKLAND – One night after a fortunate weather outcome, the A’s weren’t so lucky Tuesday.
Oakland’s game against the Cleveland Indians was postponed due to heavy rain, the first rainout at the Coliseum since May 5, 1998. The teams will play a split doubleheader Wednesday at 12:35 p.m. and 6 p.m.
There will be separate admission for both games. Fans with tickets for Tuesday night can use them for Wednesday’ 6 p.m. contest. Tickets for Wednesday’s early game are still valid for the early contest.
Scott Kazmir, scheduled to pitch Tuesday, will start the early game Wednesday in his A’s debut. Manager Bob Melvin said Jesse Chavez will be pushed back to Thursday, and hinted as if a pitcher from the minors will be called up to start Wednesday’s nightcap.
The teams can call up an extra player from the minors, giving them 26, for the nightcap.
Kazmir was looking forward to making his Oakland debut against his former team. Instead, his activity was limited to playing catch on the Coliseum’s upper deck concourse, where he and his fellow pitchers had plenty of space.
“Am I surprised to see (a rainout) in California? Yeah,” Kazmir said. “But I kinda like day games, getting up in the morning and going right to it.”
Wednesday’s forecast calls for sunshine with clouds mixed in, but the chance for rain is believed to be small with temperatures in the low 60’s.
On Monday, it appeared the A’s season opener might be rained out, but the sky cleared long enough for Cleveland to post a 2-0 victory. No such luck Tuesday, as a heavy, steady rain hit at about 4:30 p.m. If there’s to be a break in the weather, the window appeared very small, prompting the A’s first rainout in nearly 16 years.
“We almost had it last night and we got through it,” Melvin said. “We thought we’d get through today, but it’s not the case.”
Had the A’s thrown both Kazmir and Chavez on Wednesday, it would have left a hole in the rotation for Sunday. So Melvin just pushed each starter back a day. Chavez will pitch Thursday’s series opner against Seattle, with Dan Straily going Friday, Tommy Milone on Saturday and Sonny Gray on Sunday.