Sox-Yanks finale postponed by rain

Sox-Yanks finale postponed by rain

BOSTON -- The first showdown between the Red Sox and Yankees in 2006 turned out to be a one-and-done affair.

Thanks to a forecast filled with showers, Tuesday's Sox-Yankees contest at Fenway Park was postponed roughly 35 minutes after the scheduled first pitch. The game will tentatively be made up on Aug. 18 at 1:05 p.m. ET as part of a day-night doubleheader.

Fans who had tickets for Tuesday's game can use them for that first game on Aug. 18, which will now serve as the opener of a five-game series between the rivals at a point the pennant race should be heating up.

In what was already scheduled to be a brief two-game series, the Red Sox were able to settle for a rare one-game sweep, thanks to Monday's 7-3 victory. After a 3-6 road trip, the Red Sox were happy to take what they could get.

"We needed to win one. On top of that, we got a sweep," quipped Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

The move only had a slight effect on Boston's pitching rotation. Josh Beckett, who was scheduled to go against the Yankees on Tuesday, will be pushed back to Wednesday against the Blue Jays. That sets up a terrific pitching matchup between Beckett and Toronto ace Roy Halladay.

Matt Clement will slide back to Thursday. Lenny Dinardo, originally scheduled to pitch on Thursday, will move back to Sunday against the Orioles, with ace Curt Schilling pitching on his regular day (Friday) against Baltimore. Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield will take his scheduled turn on Saturday.

"We have the ability now to move Lenny back a couple of days," said Francona. "How it affects us, we don't know. What I was afraid of was playing three innings and losing Beckett, that was the big concern."

The Red Sox are off on Monday, and the way things are standing right now, it looks as if Beckett, Clement and Schilling will pitch in next week's three-game series at Yankee Stadium (May 9-11).

DiNardo (0-1, 7.36 ERA) has been inconsistent in three starts since moving into the rotation to replace injured left-hander David Wells. He thinks that the extra time might do him some good.

"It gives me a couple of extra days of workouts and an extra bullpen day," DiNardo said. "I don't really look at it as adversity at all. It just gives me more rest and I'll try to use it to my advantage, whether it's looking at video or getting stronger or getting an extra workout."

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.