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04/24/07 3:30 PM ET

Rangers' game postponed

Contest against Mariners will be made up in July

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' game with the Mariners on Tuesday afternoon was postponed because of concerns about a tornado watch and increasingly deteriorating weather conditions.

The game was postponed just before the 1:05 p.m. CT starting time with a steady rain coming down at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and a forecast that called for heavier rains later in the day.

"The safety of our customers is always our number one concern," Rangers president Jeff Cogen said. "Today's matinee had over 8,000 school children in attendance. The tornado watch and the forecast made this decision a prudent one."

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader when the Mariners return to Arlington, July 23-25. Tickets for Tuesday's game can be exchanged for any game on the 2007 home schedule.

The Rangers will use the postponement to skip struggling pitcher Brandon McCarthy in the rotation. He was supposed to pitch on Wednesday in Cleveland.

Vicente Padilla will start instead. Padilla was supposed to pitch Tuesday against the Mariners. McCarthy will start on Sunday.

Kameron Loe still is scheduled to pitch on Thursday against the Indians, followed by Robinson Tejeda on Friday and Kevin Millwood on Saturday against the Blue Jays.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.