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Rain, rain go away

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff  August 24, 2007 11:08 AM

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This could be a long, long day for the Red Sox.

The Chicago area has experienced some severe weather -- heavy rains, high winds -- over the last 24 hours, and more of the same is expected today. With yesterday's game postponed, the Red Sox and White Sox are slated to play two today (2 p.m. and 8 p.m.), but the outlook for getting those games in is looking decidedly cloudy.

According to weather.com, the Chicago area could get more thunderstorms, possibly severe, this afternoon. Chance of rain is listed at 90 percent and "flooding is possible." The forecast doesn't get much better tonight, when the chance of rain is listed at 80 percent.

The Red Sox had planned to keep their pitchers in line for today's day-night doubleheader. Josh Beckett is scheduled to face Jon Garland in the first game (2 p.m.) and Curt Schilling will face John Danks in the nightcap (8:11). However, if one or both games are postponed today, the Red Sox could run into scheduling difficulties. Tomorrow's game is at 3:55 p.m. on Fox (making a day-night doubleheader virtually impossible) and Sunday's game is a getaway day for the Red Sox. The teams have a mutual offday Sept. 24.

Keep it here for updates throughout the day.

Looking ahead, more rainouts could also throw off the Sox' rotation heading into next week's big series against the Yankees in the Bronx. As it stands now, the Sox are slated to throw their top three pitchers against the Bombers -- Daisuke Matsuzaka, Josh Beckett, and Curt Schilling. But that could change depending on how this series in Chicago plays out.

If you happen to be out in Chicago on Saturday night, make sure to check out "An Evening of Red Sox Baseball in Chicago," a charity event hosted by the Globe's Gordon Edes and featuring Terry Francona and a cast of Boston media members. The event benefits the Jimmy Fund and will be held at 8 p.m. at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in downtown Chicago. Click here for more information.

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