The game, originally scheduled for 7:05 p.m., will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest. The Rangers are in a tight race in the American League wild-card chase, one game behind Cleveland and two games behind Tampa Bay with three games left in the season.
The latest weather forecast for Saturday calls for moderate showers and thunderstorms to move into the Dallas-Fort Worth area by early afternoon and increase in intensity throughout the day and evening. Conditions are expected to improve by late Sunday morning or early Sunday afternoon.
“With the possibility of heavy rain affecting Saturday night’s game, we feel it is prudent to start earlier in the day,” Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for our fans, but we believe this is the best alternative given the circumstances and the fact it is the last weekend of the regular season.”
Tickets for Saturday's game will be good only for admission to the 11:05 a.m. game Saturday. The Rangers Ballpark in Arlington parking lots will open at 9:00 a.m. with the ballpark gates opening at 9:30 a.m.