D-backs postponed by rain in Cleveland
CLEVELAND -- The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians were postponed Tuesday night after a rain delay of 3 hours, 40 minutes that began in the top of the fourth inning.
The game will be played as part of a traditional doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time.
The Indians led 1-0 when the delay began at 7:57 p.m. The tarp was pulled off the field around 11 p.m. with the plan of starting about a half hour later, but a heavy storm hit again and the game was called at 11:37 p.m.
Indians players Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Mike Aviles did several head-first slides across the tarp before the game was called.
Diamondbacks: LHP Vidal Nuno (0-3), drafted in the 48th round by the Indians in 2009, will start in the first game. LHP Andrew Chafin, who played at Kent State, will make his major league debut in Game 2.
Tomorrow on @Dbacks live- Andrew Chafin will grant a birthday wish for a special person tomorrow and Trevor Bauer on facing the Dbacks— Jody Jackson (@Jody_Jackson) August 13, 2014
Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer (4-7) made his big league debut with Arizona in 2012, going 1-2 with 6.06 ERA in four starts before being dealt to Cleveland in a three-team trade following the season. RHP Josh Tomlin (5-8) will start the second game.
Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero and Bauer disagreed on pitch selection at times as teammates in Arizona two years ago. Montero now believes both could have handled the situation better. "He felt like I wasn't calling the right game for him, which was probably the case because I'm not perfect," Montero said. "We all knew he had the potential to be a very good pitcher."
With Murphy, Swisher and Bourn on the DL, Francona has had to improvise. Zach Walters and Tyler Holt, both called up Sunday, were in Tuesday's lineup. "We put up a lineup and we expect to win," he said. "The expectations are whoever's in the lineup that night will help us win."
Diamondbacks: SS Chris Owings (left shoulder strain) is scheduled to take batting practice Sunday against LHP Matt Reynolds (left elbow) at the team's training facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. Owings has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 26, while Reynolds is on the 60-day DL after undergoing Tommy John surgery Sept. 24.
Indians: DH Nick Swisher could be facing surgery on his right knee. He was examined by a team physician Monday and is getting a second opinion before a decision is reached. ... OF David Murphy will miss four to five weeks with a strained right oblique muscle.