Game postponed, doubleheader Thursday

BALTIMORE -- Perhaps rain is the only thing that can stop Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton these days.

Mother Nature intervened Wednesday as wet weather postponed the Rangers-Baltimore Orioles game and prevented Hamilton from getting a chance at an encore one night after becoming the 16th player in big league history to hit four homers in a game.

The game is rescheduled as part of a doubleheader Thursday starting at 3:05 p.m. CST.

Game 2 will start at 6:05 p.m. as long as the first game is completed on time.

The Rangers will send Colby Lewis and Derek Holland to the mound. Lewis will pitch the first game. The Orioles will stick with Wei-Yin Chen in Game 1 and don't have a pitcher for Game 2 as they've decided to push back Jason Hammel, who has a sore knee. It's likely that Tommy Hunter will be called up from the minors and start on short rest.

"I don't like playing doubleheaders because it does something to your pitching, but what can you do?" Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We'll have to get through it like we did last time."

The postponement likely means Scott Feldman will be pressed into spot start duty at some point next week.

As soon as it was announced in the clubhouse that the game wasn't going to be play, a handful of Rangers players, including Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, Brandon Snyder, Yorvit Torrealba, Craig Gentry and Elvis Andrus went sliding on the tarp to the cheers of the fans still in attendance at Camden Yards.

"We're kids, man," Hamilton said. "We've got to keep it fun."

Andrus claimed he had the longest slide, though Hamilton appeared to give him a run for his money.