Eye on the storms

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Strong thunderstorms, some of which may be severe according to weather forecasts, are expected to sweep through Arlington, Texas this evening just as the hometown Rangers will be hosting the New York Yankees at Globe Life Park.

The first pitch from Rangers’ right-hander A.J. Griffin is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. local time.

However, for Arlington tonight the National Weather Service is warning: “Damaging winds and very large hail will be the main threats with the storms this afternoon and tonight. Isolated tornadoes will also be possible with the storms that develop first.”

With downpours, large hail and possible tornadoes, the Rangers are monitoring the weather and could postpone the game if they deem it unsafe for folks to be in the ballpark, according to a story on a local TV station’s website.

“We carefully monitor the weather in any situation that could potentially be dangerous and affect both the game and the safety of our fans,” Rangers Executive Vice President of Communications John Blake said in a story posted on NBCDFW.com. “That will go on throughout the day.” And we consult with several weather experts to see what we can expect and the timing of any events.”

Spring storms, as we all know, can be terribly unpredictable.

Let’s say the game goes on as scheduled, it’s in the bottom of the second and the Rangers have runners on the corners with no outs and Adrian Beltre at the plate, and radar shows strong storms – you know, lightning, hail, all the works – are barreling down on the ballpark where 31,000 people are hootin’ and hollerin’ for the Rangers.

“If serious weather is approaching during the game or with fans in the stands, we will take the necessary precautions, first with warnings over the public address system and through the Rangers ushers and staff in the park,” Blake said. “Then, if it is necessary, we will clear the upper deck and potentially the seating bowl depending on the severity.”

There’s about a 55 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms about an hour before the game, and about a 50 percent chance in what would be the early innings.

If the game is postponed, it possibly could be rescheduled as a day game on Wednesday ahead of the regularly scheduled 7:05 p.m. game that night. That seems to make the most sense given this is the Yankees only trip to the Rangers’ home park this season. The Yankees already have a rescheduling conundrum resulting from that April 10 Sunday night rainout in Detroit.

Both teams have Thursday off, but it’s a travel day to Boston for the Yankees. The Rangers stay home Friday to host the Angels that night.

New York won the first game of the series Monday night 3-1 as Yankees’ hurler Nathan Eovaldi flirted with a no-hitter.

Elsewhere around the Majors, rain and thunderstorms may be what’s needed to cool off the red hot Mets. There’s a chance of thunderstorms before the game and a 30 percent chance of rain halfway through the contest. A moderate wind may be blowing in from right field. Overall, it looks pretty good for the Mets to play and keep rolling.

In Washington, wind will be pushing out around 11 mph toward right field. That could mean another blast or two (let’s hope for three) from Bryce Harper before potential thunderstorms move in late in the game.

Rain delayed Monday night’s Pirates vs. Rockies game in Denver for about 30 minutes. Precipitation is expected before Tuesday night’s game, but that should give way to a cool overcast night at Coors Field with the wind blowing in from left field.

There’s little chance of rain in Chicago, but it will be a cool night at Wrigley Field for the Cubbies/Brewers game. Temperatures will be around 45 degrees for the game and feel like the high 30s with wind coming in from left-center field.


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