Update: All signs point to Saturday doubleheader

Update: All signs point to Saturday doubleheader
August 25, 2011, 8:51 pm
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By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
UPDATE, 5:51 P.M. -- It's not official, but all signs are pointing to a single game Friday and a doubleheader Saturday, with games at noon and 5 p.m. Because of Fox exclusivity, there is a question as to whether the 5 p.m. game -- if it's played (the weather forecasts are for rain) -- will be televised.

ARLINGTON, Tex. -- The Red Sox players and ownership are at odds over the team's desire to make Sunday's game -- almost certain to be postponed because of Hurricane Irene -- part of a doubleheader on Friday.

The team won't be arriving back in Boston after Thursday night's game until approximately 5-6 a.m. Friday, and the players are reluctant to play a doubleheader on such short rest. Management, however, is aware that Saturday's forecast is for rain beginning during the day and that, while a 1 p.m. game may be played to completion, it's unlikely a night game could be played.

It's imperative that the Red Sox and A's play all three scheduled games this weekend, as the teams have no mutual off-days for the rest of the season.

The players and management reportedly will meet later Thursday to discuss the issue.

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