August 25, 2010 in Sports

M’s, Red Sox to play two

 
By the numbers

.600: Career batting average (18 for 30) of Cardinals’ Albert Pujols against Pirates starter Paul Maholm.

26: Consecutive games without hitting multiple home runs by Athletics until hitting three in 5-0 win over Indians on Tuesday.

David Pauley has been a rainy weather pitcher all season long down at Triple-A Tacoma.

But there was no way Pauley was getting a chance to pitch as scheduled in Boston on Tuesday night. Gusts of wind sent rain coming down in sheets on the Fenway Park turf and forced the postponement of a game between the Mariners and the Boston Red Sox.

Pauley is scheduled to go at 10:35 a.m. PDT today against Josh Beckett in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. Felix Hernandez is slated to pitch in the second game against Jon Lester starting at 4:05 p.m.

“He’s pitched a whole lot of them, I’ve seen him down in Tacoma,” Mariners manager Daren Brown said of Pauley, who he managed in Tacoma. “It seems like every time it was his day to pitch, he had weather like this. He had five or six starts in a row that were either delayed or canceled. Hopefully, it will be nice (today). The weather people sometimes miss it and I hope (today) will be one of those days.”

Also, Seattle outfielder Michael Saunders said he doesn’t expect anything major to be found wrong with his shoulder when he goes for an MRI exam Thursday in Seattle. Saunders is limited to pinch-running duty the rest of this series as the team tries to figure out why he keeps feeling pain when he swings.

Damon nixes trade

Johnny Damon is staying in Detroit.

The 36-year-old outfielder decided to pass up a chance to return to the Boston Red Sox, rejecting their waiver claim and choosing to remain with the Tigers.

“These guys really like me here,” Damon said, adding he spoke to each of his teammates individually to be sure he was wanted in the Tigers’ clubhouse.

Damon was popular in Boston when he helped the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series to end an 86-year drought.

He fell out of favor, however, with many Boston fans when he later became a free agent and joined the rival Yankees.

Strasburg put on DL

As expected, the Washington Nationals put rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg back on the 15-day disabled list and scheduled him for a further test this week on his strained right forearm.

Strasburg was on the disabled list earlier this month with tightness in his right shoulder. This is his first season in the majors after being the overall No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft.

Rough jump

A U.S. Army skydiver was left dangling on a flagpole at Rangers Ballpark after his parachute got entangled during a pregame jump. The Rangers said the unidentified jumper was uninjured after he unbuckled himself from the chute and dropped a few feet to a work platform on top of the scoreboard.

Clearing the bases

The New York Yankees are moving Javier Vazquez to the bullpen and will let rookie Ivan Nova start in his place this weekend. Vazquez is 9-9 with a 5.05 ERA in 23 starts and has not won in five outings. … Cincinnati Reds center fielder Jim Edmonds has been placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right oblique muscle. … Detroit Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on his right ankle today. He was hitting .303 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs before he was injured.


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