Sox preparing Hurricane Irene contingencies

Sox preparing Hurricane Irene contingencies

ARLINGTON -- With Hurricane Irene possibly touching down in New England at some point this weekend, the Red Sox are trying to figure out how to best play the entirety of their three-game series against the Oakland Athletics.

Because Sunday might be a complete washout, there have been at least preliminary discussions about playing a doubleheader Saturday.

"I'm not a meteorologist, but sometimes [the weather reports] are wrong," Commissioner Bud Selig said. "We'll see what path it takes. But we are trying to make as many contingency plans as possible."

The Sox and A's have no common off-days for the rest of the season. In fact, Oakland won't be anywhere on the East Coast the rest of the way.

"It sounds like it could be anything from us having trouble getting home [from Texas] to who knows," said manager Terry Francona. "It sounds like it's going to be iffy. That [stuff] changes so fast. I don't know. I know they're trying to brainstorm."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.