Red Sox, Rangers washed out again

Red Sox, Rangers washed out again

BOSTON -- For the second straight day and the third time this month, heavy rains have washed out a game at Fenway Park.

The Mother's Day contest was postponed due to the weather system that has parked itself over New England, dumping over five inches of rain in many areas. With a forecast calling for more rain throughout the day and wet grounds, the Red Sox-Rangers game was postponed, with a makeup date to be determined later in the season.

Citing adverse travel conditions and road safety, the postponement decision was made Sunday just after 10:00 a.m. ET.

Rain also washed out Saturday's contest and the May 2 game with the Yankees. The May 2 game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

All the rain over the weekend has forced Red Sox manager Terry Francona to juggle his rotation -- pushing everyone back one start, while Lenny DiNardo will head to the bullpen for the time being.

As a result, Josh Beckett will open the series against the Orioles in Baltimore on Monday night, followed by Curt Schilling and Tim Wakefield. Matt Clement will open the Interleague series in Philadelphia next Friday night following an off-day Thursday.

"Lenny goes to the bullpen for the foreseeable future," Francona said Sunday. "We'll have Clement on Friday in Philadelphia and then either Beckett-DiNardo or DiNardo-Beckett. They're going to pitch Saturday and Sunday. I just don't know what order yet."

Fans should hold their tickets for Sunday's game pending an announcement by the Red Sox on a make-up date. The game will either be made up during the Rangers next trip to Boston in June or on a mutually agreeable open date later in the season, possibly July 20.

The Red Sox have already announced that Saturday's rainout will be rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on a date to be determined during the Rangers next trip to Boston, which takes place the weekend of June 9-11. Tickets for Saturday's game will be honored when that make-up game is played in June.

Mike Petraglia is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.