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Postby kaisy on Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:52 am

PHILADELPHIA -- Once again, the Tampa Bay Rays are having weather problems in Philadelphia. Beats by Dre headphones . In their first trip back to the city since the historic Game 5 of the 2008 World Series that was played over two separate days, the Rays were forced to sit through a 2-hour, 48-minute rain delay before Fridays scheduled game against the Philadelphia Phillies was postponed. "It seems like theres always a strange occurrence when we come here," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Its uncanny." The Phillies and Rays began Game 5 of the 2008 World Series on Monday, Oct. 27, but the game was suspended with the score 2-2 after the top of the sixth due to heavy wind and rain. It continued two days later with the Phillies batting in the bottom of the sixth, and Philadelphia ultimately went on to win 4-3 to clinch the series. There was nowhere near that drama on Friday as the teams never took the field. Fridays scheduled game never got started due to heavy rain and wind, along with lightning and thunder, and was called at 9:53 p.m. "(Umpire) Jim Joyce did the right thing," Maddon added. "We wouldve preferred to get the game in, but it wasnt going to happen." The game has been rescheduled for Sunday as part of a day-night doubleheader, with the opener scheduled to start at 1:05 and the nightcap slated to begin at 6:35 p.m. Sundays game originally was scheduled for 1:35 p.m. The teams now will open the three-game series at 4:05 Saturday with Rays right-hander James Shields (7-4, 3.72) scheduled to face Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.29). Shields was supposed to start Fridays game and said he would be ready to pitch on Saturday despite warming up on Friday. "Absolutely, Im good to go," he said. "I warmed up like I was going into the game. Then I shut it down a little when it started to rain harder." Tampa Bay will use right-hander Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.82) and left-hander David Price (9-4, 3.08) on Sunday, though Maddon didnt say which order they would pitch. The Phillies havent announced their starters for Sundays games. Left-hander Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48) was scheduled to start on Friday. Phillies LHP Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25) had been listed as a scheduled starter for Sunday. NOTES: The Rays placed OF Matt Joyce on the 15-day DL with an oblique strain. . Rays right-handed reliever Joel Peralta will drop his appeal and begin serving his eight-game suspension immediately for using a foreign substance on his glove in Tuesdays game against Washington. ... Tampa Bay also made several other moves on Friday, reinstating INF Jeff Keppinger from the 15-day DL, recalling right-hander Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham, claiming INF Brooks Conrad off waivers, optioning OF Rich Thompson to Durham and designating INF Drew Sutton for assignment. Beats By Dre Cheap . 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"If you only have two pitches working and they know it and I know it, you end up trying to throw too fine a pitch." Justin Upton and Gerardo Parra hit consecutive RBI singles to support Cahills seven strong innings. The Dodgers, who have lost six of seven, squandered a chance to pull even with St. Louis in the race for the second NL wild-card spot. The Cardinals lost 3-2 to San Diego earlier Wednesday. The defeat left Los Angeles a game behind St. Louis. The teams begin a four-game series Thursday at Dodger Stadium. "Im sure people are getting tired of hearing me say it, but we have to turn the page," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "St. Louis and ourselves, we have let a lot of people back in the race -- but its still in our hands. No matter how bad it has looked and no matter where it has been, its still right there for us." Arizona (71-72) moved within four games of the Cardinals. "Its getting better," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We need to keep running in the same direction were going now, but its getting interesting." Cahill (11-11) scattered four hits, struck out seven and did not walk a batter for the second time this season. He also did not issue a free pass June 20 against Seattle. "He kept it together," Gibson said. "He limited the damage and that was big." Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead in the first when Shane Victorino singled, Cahill hit Matt Kemp with a pitch and Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run double to right-centre. After that, Luis Cruzs two singles represented all the offence for the Dodgers over the final eight innings. "It feels good that youre able to score two early," Mattingly said. "But that feeling goes away as youre not able to add on. As the game gets later youve given the momentum back." Pitching with a 2-1 lead, Dodgers starter Aaron Harang issued consecutive two-out walks in the sixth. Upton followed with a single to tie the gamee 2-all and end Harangs night. Dre Beats Headphones cheap. Left-hander Randy Choate came on to face the left-handed hitting Parra, who lined a single to right that gave the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead. "You get two guys who are up there that can change a game real quick, so youre not trying to lay a cookie in there," Harang said. "Youre trying to give them something to swing at that theyre either going to hit softly or hit on the ground somewhere. Then I end up walking those guys." Harang (9-9) allowed four hits in 5 2-3 innings but walked four. David Hernandez pitched the ninth for his second save in two nights, retiring Kemp, Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez in order. "As closer, thats who you want to face," Hernandez said. "Theyre not all going to be three-run saves." Gonzalez, punched out on a called third strike for his third strikeout of the game, thought it was ball four. Los Angeles, which dropped seven games behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West, is batting .184 in its last five games with one homer and seven runs. The Diamondbacks have won 10 of the past 12 meetings between the clubs. Arizona starters are 9-0 with a 1.75 ERA in their last 12 games against the Dodgers. "Winning one-run games against division rivals, sometimes those are better than blowouts," Cahill said. The Diamondbacks cut Los Angeles lead in half in the second when Paul Goldschmidt singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Upton. NOTES: Hernandez last recorded back-to-back saves on July 7-8, 2011. ... Arizona has won consecutive one-run games for the first time since opening the season with three straight one-run victories over the Giants. ... Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz missed his second straight game with stiffness in his back. ... Harang is 3-8 with a 3.19 ERA in 17 career appearances and 16 starts against Arizona. ... What better way to reduce some pennant-race tension than phantom infield practice? Before the game, the Dodgers pantomimed their way through their infield warmup, with the fielders scooping imaginary grounders and catchers stumbling in foul territory under invisible, sky-high popups. ... Dodgers RHP Josh Beckett (1-2) starts against St. Louis RHP Lance Lynn (14-7) on Thursday. The Diamondbacks have the day off before rookie LHP Tyler Skaggs (1-1) faces RHP Matt Cain (13-5) to begin a three-game series against San Francisco. ' ' '
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