If the Boston Red Sox found the city of Cleveland uninviting and hoped not to return again this season, those plans were foiled on Thursday night as the Indians announced the 6:10 PM ET start was postponed due to inclement weather.
No makeup date has been announced as the two clubs will have to find an appropriate gap in the next five-plus months of remaining baseball on the schedule to reunite at Progressive Field.
If you have lived under a rock this week, it marks the second such game this series and season that has been washed away. Monday’s Home Opener was scrapped in the much discussed cancellation and made up Tuesday. Wednesday night featured much warmer temperatures, but a steady rain and strong winds blowing straight out to center all game long.
The same steady rain had held on in the Cleveland area throughout the day on Thursday.
The rainout will create a change to the Indians projected rotation for their coming series in Chicago against the White Sox.
Thursday’s scheduled starter, Danny Salazar, will be pushed back to start the Sox’s home opener at 4:10 PM ET on Friday against left-hander John Danks. Cody Anderson will now start the game on Saturday at 2:10 PM ET. He will be opposed by perennial Cy Young contender Chris Sale. Instead of Corey Kluber on regular rest in Sunday’s 2:10 PM ET finale, manager Terry Francona will throw righty Josh Tomlin against Robin Ventura‘s third straight southpaw of four in his rotation, Jose Quintana.
The same dilemma afflicted the Indians’ Columbus affiliate as wet and cold conditions led to their season opener being scrapped. The Indians’ Lonnie Chisenhall was to begin his rehab assignment with the club Thursday night and was scheduled to start in right field.
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