Soggy Fenway drowns Red Sox


BOSTON (AP) – The Texas Rangers were scheduled to play a standard three-game series in Boston June 9-11.

But thanks to Boston’s unpredictable weather, there’s a chance the series could turn into a grueling five-game set.

Sunday’s game between the Red Sox and Rangers was postponed because of rain, the second straight washout in the series. Saturday’s game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on one of the days during the Rangers’ next trip to Boston. No makeup date has been announced for Sunday’s game, but there’s a chance the June series could have two doubleheaders.

“We welcome off days,” Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell said. “I just don’t like the fact that since they only come back one more time, we might have to squeeze in five games in three days. That’s the tough part.”

Both teams have an off day July 20, and there’s a chance the makeup game could fall on that day. There’s also the possibility the game won’t be played until after the regular season.

It was already the third home rainout of the year for the Red Sox, whose May 2 game against New York was postponed until Aug. 18.

“At some point in the year, you’re going to play a lot of games in a little bit of time,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “It definitely messes with the staff.”

Boston right-hander Josh Beckett, who was scheduled to start for the Red Sox on Sunday, was pushed back a day in the rotation and is slated to start in Baltimore on Monday. Saturday’s scheduled starter, Lenny DiNardo, will be moved to the bullpen until next weekend, Francona said.

Texas right-hander Kevin Millwood was also pushed back a day in the rotation and is slated to start for the Rangers Monday in New York against the Yankees.

Texas, in the midst of what was supposed to be a 10-game road trip, will begin its four-game series in New York with a rested bullpen.

The Rangers had an off day Thursday and have played just one shortened game in four days. Right-hander Kameron Loe pitched a complete-game shutout for the Rangers in their 6-0 win over the Red Sox Friday night in a game shortened to 5 innings because of rain. Nobody in the Rangers’ bullpen has pitched since last Wednesday.

Texas manager Buck Showalter conducted a workout for his bullpen Sunday to keep his relievers’ arms fresh.

“I remember thinking how demanding the road trip was going to be, and from a bullpen standpoint we were fortunate to get some rest,” Showalter said. “But I think we’re at the point now where it’s not a good thing.”