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April 17, 2013

Rangers-Cubs facing two rainy forecasts

Rain has already fallen Wednesday morning in the Chicago area, and the forecast for the next two days leaves the final two games between the Rangers and Cubs in jeopardy of getting rained out.

A flood watch will go into effect beginning at 1 p.m. and will run through Friday morning as rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit the area. The forecast calls for 1 to 2 inches of rain to fall.

The forecast at weather.com calls for an 80 percent chance of rain beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday and a 100 percent chance at the scheduled first pitch of 7:05 p.m. The chances drop only slightly through 10 p.m., and temperatures will be lucky to climb above 50 degrees.

As for Thursday, thunderstorms are expected all morning and a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms is forecast at the 1:05 p.m. first pitch, and conditions don't begin to improve until midnight.

Should one or both games be canceled, the Rangers would have to return to Chicago at a later date to finish the series. One possibility is May 9, a scheduled off day for both teams. The Rangers will be in the area after games at Milwaukee on May 7-8.

Justin Grimm and Alexi Ogando are the Rangers' scheduled starting pitchers Wednesday and Thursday.

-- Jeff Wilson



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