Weather wreaks havoc
Storm systems throughout the country wreaked havoc on the baseball schedule, postponing six games Friday night and creating a weekend full of doubleheaders.
Hurricane Ike, a colossal storm nearly as big as Texas itself, began battering the Gulf Coast on Friday, a day after officials postponed the first two games of the weekend series in Houston between the Astros and Chicago Cubs.
Meanwhile, rainy weather throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic led to the postponement of games all the way from Baltimore to New York. Another storm wiped out the White Sox-Detroit Tigers game in Chicago.
It was the most major league postponements in one day since six games were wiped out on April 15, 2007.
Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 0: At Boston, Tim Wakefield pitched eight innings of shutout ball to stop Toronto. Boston is two games behind Tampa Bay in the East and leads Minnesota by six games in the wild-card race.
Dodgers 7, Rockies 2: At Denver, James Loney drove in three runs and surging Los Angeles beat Colorado to remain 3 1/2 games ahead of Arizona in the West.
Diamondbacks 3, Reds 2: At Phoenix, Brandon Webb tossed eight shutout innings to become the N.L.’s first 20-game winner as Arizona beat Cincinnati.
Pirates 10, Cardinals 2: At Pittsburgh, Nate McLouth had a career-high five RBIs to lead the Pirates past St. Louis. The Cardinals fell five games behind Milwaukee in the wild-card race.
Clearing the bases
Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter will miss the rest of the season because of continued weakness from a muscle strain in his pitching shoulder. … Arizona sent pitcher Micah Owings to the Reds to complete the August trade for slugger Adam Dunn.
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