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Oakland A’s vs. Houston Astros rained out Sunday

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How the rotation will shift around and when the game will be made up.

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Sunday’s scheduled contest between the Oakland A’s and Houston Astros has been postponed due to the continuing forecast of rain. The A’s will make up the game by changing Sept. 9’s contest against Houston into a traditional single-admission doubleheader.

Jharel Cotton had been scheduled to pitch for the A’s Sunday, but the rotation will shift a day so that he’ll pitch on Monday. Andrew Triggs and Jesse Hahn will follow in the rotation.

The rainout gives the A’s a bonus home off day in a schedule that had the A’s playing 20 games in 21 days. The extra day could also give Kendall Graveman an extra day to recover from whatever it was that limited him to five innings for Friday’s contest. It’s also one fewer game to play without the services of Marcus Semien, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list today backdated to Saturday.

Schedulers decline open days

The clubs could have elected to make up the contest on a mutual off day instead of as a doubleheader. A good candidate would have been Sept. 7, an off-day before the start of Houston’s visit that begins on Sept. 8.

A’s get around their terrible rainout policy with traditional doubleheader

As there will not be a separate admission for this game, the paid value for tickets directly purchased from the A’s for the April 16 contest may be exchanged for a future 2017 game by visiting the Ticket Services office at the Coliseum next to Championship Plaza or by mailing tickets to the address stated at the website for their April 16 Rainout policy. April 16 tickets will not be valid for the Sept. 9 doubleheader.

Which takes me to the A’s general rainout policy. For the moment, the official policy is that tickets purchased directly from the club are only good for the eventually-announced makeup game (season-ticket holders have more flexibility). While here there was no makeup game for this ticket because the game was consumed by Sept. 9 tickets, it would have been very silly to lock A’s fans into a single makeup date.

A team that is selling out every game is perfectly entitled to restrict its fans on that basis. But a team that just opened up 10,000 more seats when they’re happy to draw 20,000 as it is really isn’t in a position to say “ONLY THIS GAME AND NO OTHER. REFUND? Screw you!” My guess is that team President Dave Kaval will pull another fan-friendly reversal for a policy that’s something like credit for any other home game.

This is Oakland’s first weather-related rainout at the Coliseum since the April 4, 2014 contest against the Seattle Mariners when the club failed to place the tarp on the infield to guard against rain overnight, rendering the infield unplayable for that evening’s scheduled contest. As the event was not directly weather-related, the club made good that time by offering bonus complimentary tickets to those who held tickets to that contest.