BOSTON -- Though not all parties involved are thrilled with the idea, the Red Sox and Rays will play a day-night doubleheader Thursday at Fenway Park.
Thanks to a storm front that is projected to blow through Boston, the game was known to be off at least three-and-a-half hours before first pitch. It was not announced until its rescheduled date had been worked out.
The forecast calls a sustained period of rain to fall throughout the afternoon and evening with temperatures in the low 40s and wind gusts as high as 25 mph.
Wednesday's game will now be played at 1:05 p.m. and tickets to Wednesday's game will be good for that contest. Dustin Pedroia bobbleheads, which were supposed to be given away on Wednesday night, will now be given away Thursday afternoon.
Red Sox manager John Farrell explained that the team preferred to play a doubleheader rather than wait for the next time the Rays are in town -- May 30 through June 1 -- to reschedule.
"We would then be in a 38 games in 38 days [situation]," Farrell said, referencing the team's stretch of games between May 20 and June 25. "Logistically, [the Rays are] here. We've got the ability to play two tomorrow based on the forecast. That's where we're at."
Farrell said that as a "professional courtesy" the Red Sox looked at common days off they had with the Rays -- they have a mutual day off on Sept. 22 -- in order to come up with the best solution.
However, playing two games on Thursday seems to benefit the Red Sox. They'll likely get to face Rays righty Chris Archer in the first game and fill-in starter Cesar Ramos, a temporary solution while the Rays deal with injuries to starters Jeremy Hellicksen and Alex Cobb.
Had Wednesday's game been pushed back to the end of May or into September, the arms in the Rays rotation likely would be closer to full strength.
Rays Players' Association representative Ben Zobrist said on Wednesday that the players' union hadn't given the OK on a doubleheader to be played Thursday even after the decision was officially announced by the Red Sox.
According to Rays reports, Tampa Bay would rather play the game in May, or on the mutual off-day before the Rays and Red Sox begin a three-game series at Fenway from Sept. 23-25.