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October 25, 2011

Game 6 weather not looking good

Major League Baseball will monitor a weather system that moved into Eastern Missouri on Tuesday night and could lead to the postponement of Game 6 of the World Series tonight.

The Texas Rangers are a victory away from clinching their first world championship, with a three games to two lead over St. Louis, and Game 6 wouldn’t mark the first time rain has affected a Rangers postseason game this year.

Games 1, 2 and 4 of the American League Championship Series were all soggy. Game 1 included two rain delays, and the start time of Game 4 was delayed more than an hour.

Game 2 was postponed more than four hours before first pitch because of the threat of rain. Though it never rained after the decision, the threat of a start-and-stop rhythm was enough to call the game.

Forecasts are calling for as much as an 80 percent chance of rain in the afternoon and 50 percent chance by the 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

MLB used Metroplex meteorologists during the ALCS and will likely lean on St. Louis weathermen to help determine the best course tonight. A postponement would push Game 6 to Thursday and an if-necessary Game 7 to Friday.

"There is an inherent unpredictability at work here, but we would like to avoid a start-and-stop scenario if at all possible," MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said. "MLB will make the best decision possible for the clubs and the fans."

-- Jeff Wilson

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