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The forecast for tonight's first game of the American League Championship Series calls for a significant chance of rain, but you can be sure Major League Baseball will do everything possible to get it in and keep the postseason on schedule.

The forecast for tonight's first game of the American League Championship Series calls for a significant chance of rain, but you can be sure Major League Baseball will do everything possible to get it in and keep the postseason on schedule.

If there is a rain delay or an in-game postponement, the game will be continued from the point of interruption and played to at least a nine-inning conclusion. There is no five-inning rule like there is during the regular season. If the game is postponed, the best-of-seven series will move back a day and both teams will lose the offday between Games 2 and 3. Game 1 tickets would be honored on Saturday and Game 2 tickets would be honored on Sunday.

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Chances are, the game will be played and it will be played with some moisture in the air and on the ground, which calls into question how that might affect the Orioles and the Royals. Theoretically, a wet infield could slow down the Royals running game and the damp air could make it harder for the big boppers from both teams to hit the ball out of the park.

Keep in mind that Camden Yards has a terrific underground drainage system that can dry the grass very quickly, so it would take a lot of water to seriously impact traction for the fielders and baserunners. That seems unlikely.

What might have a big impact on both teams is a very short suspended game, since that might alter the pitching rotations and tax the bullpens. If that happens, the teams will not be allowed to alter their playoff rosters. They would be allowed to submit new rosters by 10 a.m. tomorrow if the game is completely postponed.

My take: If there is any immediate impact on the field conditions in Game 1, it would favor the Royals, since the baseball officials will not let the game go on if there is enough rain to make the infield sloppy. This isn't the Preakness. The heavy air, however, could be a factor for the power guys, and it's likely to be heavy regardless of whether there is steady rain.

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