Tonight’s rainout is all but guaranteed to be made up as a doubleheader during the Sox’ only remaining visit to Yankee Stadium, Sept. 15-17.
The Sox and Yankees do share three mutual off days (July 27, Aug. 7, and Sept. 7), but team spokesman John Blake said it appears at the moment that a doubleheader will be the route the teams choose.
The Sox play here Friday, Sept. 15, at 7:05 p.m., Saturday Sept. 16 at 1:20 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 17 at 1:05. Saturday seems the most logical day to play a doubleheader, especially when considering that the Sunday game is a designated ESPN game, meaning the station can decide up until 16 days before the game to move it to 8:05 p.m. and broadcast it, Blake said.
Curt Schilling, who was scheduled to pitch tonight, will pitch tomorrow against Jaret Wright. The Yankees could have skipped Wright to pitch Randy Johnson but did not. Tim Wakefield, who was supposed to start tomorrow against Johnson, will pitch Friday at home vs. Texas.
Josh Beckett remains in line to pitch the nightcap in Saturday’s doubleheader vs. Texas. Matt Clement, who was scheduled to pitch Friday, wasn’t sure, when asked, when he’ll pitch. Nor was David Pauley. Jon Lester was expected to pitch Saturday’s matinee but his debut might now be on hold. Francona, leaving the park, wasn’t prepared to announce any more of his rotation than Schilling, Wakefield, and Beckett.