Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Safeco Field in Seattle, Wash. (Ken Lambert/Seattle Times/TNS)

Oakland Athletics: Thursday postponed due to rain, A’s and White Sox set to play doubleheader on Friday

The Chicago White Sox elected to postpone their series opener against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday due to rain.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 90 percent chance of rain at 7 p.m. Thursday night — the opener was slated for a 7:10 p.m. start — with the rain likely to continue through the night.

The A’s and White Sox will instead play a true doubleheader on Friday, with the first game slated for 1:10 p.m. PT and the second for 5:10 p.m. PT, or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.

Fans with tickets to Friday night’s originally scheduled game will be able to attend both games with their ticket.

Lucas Gioloto (4-7, 7.19 ERA) was scheduled to start for Chicago, against Chris Bassitt (0-2, 2.45) for Oakland. That pair will now start in the second game on Friday. The 1:10 game will be Sean Manaea (6-6, 3.56) for the A’s against James Shields (2-8, 4.63) for the White Sox.

Oakland (38-36) is in fourth place in the American League West, 11 games back of the Houston Astros, and has gone 18-16 on the road. Chicago is 24-49 overall, 16 games back in the AL Central and is just 12-24 at home this season.

The A’s have 62 road home runs this season, while the White Sox have 74 total, led by 13 from designated hitter Matt Davidson, and 11 from first baseman Jose Abreu and shortstop Tim Anderson.

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