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Rangers rained out, doubleheader set for today

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Paul Newberry, Associated Press

ATLANTA -- The weather has been a stormy issue in the Atlanta Braves' first season at their new suburban stadium.

Rain claimed another game Tuesday night -- the second postponement in the brief history of SunTrust Park.

After waiting nearly 2 1/2 hours in hopes of starting an interleague contest against the playoff-contending Rangers, the Braves finally called it off around 9 p.m. CST.

By then, most fans had headed for home, leaving only a few hundred people in the 41,000-seat stadium.

A day-night doubleheader will be held Wednesday, with the first game beginning at 12:35 p.m. ahead of the regularly scheduled contest at 6:35 p.m.

The pitching matchups will remain the same: Braves rookie Luiz Gohara making his big league debut against Texas newcomer Miguel Gonzalez (7-10) in the opener, followed by Cole Hamels (9-2) of the Rangers vs. Julio Teheran (9-11) in the nightcap.

This was the 12th game affected by inclement weather in Atlanta's 67 home games. The first postponement came during a May 4 game against the New York Mets, leading to a doubleheader the following month.

Another game against the Pittsburgh Pirates ended at nearly 2 a.m. following a stoppage of more than three hours.

By comparison, the first rainout at Turner Field -- the Braves' former home about 12 miles away near downtown Atlanta -- did not occur until the sixth of 20 seasons in that ballpark.

The Braves called up Gohara, a 21-year-old Brazilian who began the season in Class A, to pitch the second game of the series.

Now, the heralded left-hander will have to wait a few hours longer -- part of a six-man rotation that gives the Braves, long out of playoff contention, a chance to get a look at several of their top prospects heading into 2019.

The hard-throwing Gohara started the year in the Florida State League but quickly moved up the ranks, also pitching at Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. He was 7-4 with a 2.62 ERA in the minors.

While the Braves are looking ahead, the Rangers are focused firmly on this season.

Without playing, they climbed within 1 1/2 games of an AL wild card spot when Minnesota lost 2-1 at Tampa Bay.

Gonzales will be making his first start for the Rangers since being acquired from the White Sox in a trade last week for infielder Ti'Quan Forbes.

The right-hander had 22 starts for Chicago, winning three of his last four decisions before the deal.

A line of severe storms moved over SunTrust Park about the time of the scheduled first pitch.