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White Sox-Angels game rained out

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 30 2014 08:40:03 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 30 2014 08:40:03 PM CDT

CHICAGO -- Initially there was hope than an open window between storm fronts on the radar screen Monday night would allow the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels to get a game in at U.S. Cellular Field.

That hope was quickly dashed not long after the first front arrived in full force, dumping sheets of rain and sending fans scattering for cover amid loud cracks of thunder and lightning flashes.

The game was postponed not long afterward, which means the start of a three-game series will take place Tuesday with a straight doubleheader. The first game will begin at 4:10 CT and will be followed by the second game at 7:10 p.m., or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Each team would have preferred to get the first game in Monday, but the field just was not playable after so much rain fell in a short amount of time.

"A doubleheader does not benefit anyone at any time," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, whose team was six games into a stretch of 20 straight games without an off day. "Early in the season, it seemed like we had so many days off -- every Thursday, almost, for the first six weeks. At some point you're going to have to play the stretch like we're in now, 20 straight, and you want to play. You don't want to back any games up."

That's exactly what they're doing now, but it beats the alternative of having to return to Chicago later in the season to play a makeup game.

The pitching matchups for the doubleheader are not any different than what they were scheduled to be prior to the cancelation.

Right-hander Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76 ERA) will start the first game for the Angels (45-35), and right-hander Jered Weaver (8-6, 3.33) will start the second game. Right-hander Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.07) will start the first game for the White Sox (39-44), and right-hander Scott Carroll (2-4, 4.76) will go in the second.

Right-hander Tyler Skaggs, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list because of a right hamstring strain, will return to action Wednesday to start the series finale.

NOTES: White Sox 1B Jose Abreu said he is not even thinking about his upcoming decision whether to compete in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game. Instead he is concentrating short-term on each game ahead. ... RHP Matt Lindstrom (subluxed left ankle tendon) re-joined the team and said he has played catch a few times without a walking boot. He is hopeful he will be ready for a minor-league rehab assignment in a month, but doesn't want to put an exact timetable on his recovery. ... Angels LHP Tyler Skaggs (right hamstring strain) will return from the 15-day disabled list to start the series finale Wednesday against the White Sox. ... Angels DH/1B Albert Pujols was penciled into the starting lineup for Los Angeles a day after pulling up going from first to second to negate a double. The issue is an infected lymph node in his groin, and the Angels are not concerned about a pulled tendon or muscle. ... Los Angeles is close to getting RHP Fernando Salas (right shoulder inflammation) back from the 15-day disabled list. Salas is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday and will be evaluated again.

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