Tuesday's game expected to be played
Unexpected weather changes may still postpone contest
ST. PETERSBURG -- As of Monday night, Tuesday's Rays game will proceed as scheduled as team president Matt Silverman was optimistic in reports tracking Tropical Storm Fay throughout the Tampa Bay area.
"If the storm continues its current track," Silverman said, "and the road conditions are safe, we will play the game as currently planned."
Silverman acknowledged that tropical storms don't always go according to plan and said the team would continue to monitor Fay's progress Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
While Silverman didn't expect a postponement unless the weather "changes dramatically," in the event that Tuesday's game does get canceled, the decision will be made early Tuesday afternoon.
"The safety of our players and our fans comes first and that's obviously one of the biggest factors," Silverman said, adding that the Rays had consulted with the American League and the Angels in their decision.
In the event that Tuesday's game is canceled due to unforeseen weather changes, the Rays are also making tentative plans for a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Silverman said the Rays have made it a "priority" to play all three of the series games during the next three days and if a doubleheader is necessary they would still have to consult with the Angels and the league on how that would be done.
The Rays have had to reschedule or cancel games due to hurricanes four times in the team's history. On Sept. 17, 2000, Hurricane Gordon forced the team to cancel a game against Oakland. Two games against Detroit were not played on Sept. 4-5, 2004, because of Hurricane Frances, and they were made up during a doubleheader played on Sept. 30, 2004. And the Sept. 26, 2004, game against Toronto was canceled and not rescheduled due to Hurricane Jeanne.
Brittany Ghiroli is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.