Indians and White Sox game washed out

April’s continuing miserable weather claimed yet another Chicago

baseball game Tuesday night.

The White Sox’s scheduled home contest with the Cleveland

Indians was the second postponement of a current eight-game home

stand due to inclement weather.

It’s also the fourth in Chicago since the baseball season opened

three weeks ago. Two Chicago Cubs home games have also been

rescheduled due to rain or cold conditions.

The game was called three hours and 35 minutes before the

scheduled first pitch. Tuesday’s scheduled starters, Zach

McAllister for Cleveland and Jose Quintana for Chicago, will be

pushed back to pitch in Wednesday afternoon’s series finale.

Tuesday’s game has not been rescheduled, although the Indians

return to Chicago in late June with open dates before and following

that three-game series.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for cool but clearing conditions for

the 1:10 p.m. start.

The unscheduled day off may be a blessing in disguise for the

White Sox, who have dropped four straight, 10 of their last 13 and

are hitting .204 (66-of-323) over the last 10 games.

”For us, it’s one of those you’re beating yourself right now,”

Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. ”You’re giving yourself a lot

of opportunities and playing just sloppy. That’s where guys get

frustrated. We all get frustrated. When that gets cleaned up,

you’re in games and when that feeling turns you’re going to win

games, that’s a big boost of momentum once you get it.”

The weather may also be a factor, but the White Sox have grown

accustomed to poor conditions.

”It’s rougher than most places (but) you just get used to it,”

Ventura said. ”It’s one of those you’re not always sure about

getting rained out and things like that. But you’re pretty sure

you’re going to play in cold weather and wind and all that


White Sox catcher Hector Gimenez, who was hit by a pitch in the

shin and left in the seventh inning of Mondays’ 3-2 loss to the

Indians, told Ventura he was feeling better the next day.

”He said he looks fine,” Ventura said. ”That’s one of those

that hurts at the time. He was going to get run for anyway. He

wanted to stay in, but he’s going to be fine.”

Tuesday’s postponement was the third for Cleveland, which had

back-to-back games from April 10-11 against the New York Yankees

rescheduled. The games will be made up as part of a traditional

doubleheader May 13.

Three weeks into the baseball season and Indians outfielder Nick

Swisher can’t contain himself about the excitement for his new

team, riding a current three-game winning streak..

Swisher signed with the Indians in the offseason after four

seasons with the Yankees.

”It’s just a great group of guys around here,” he said. ”It’s

a good core of new guys that we have … Now we’re all try to get

to that we point where we are all trying to gain loyalty together

and trust and it goes with the coach on down.”

Swisher is already a big fan of new manager Terry Francona and

was happy to hear he’d be used as a designated hitter to get some

added rest.

”I have never had that ever in my life,” Swisher said. ”To

have a manager really looking out for you like that just makes

coming to the ballpark awesome every single day. And not only that,

it makes you want to run through a brick wall every time you get

the opportunity because you got a guy like that backing you.”