Baltimore Orioles Manager Earl Weaver was left juggling his pitching rotation after tonight's scheduled game with the California Angels was postponed because of rain.
The game will be made up at 1:05 p.m. Thursday, and either Scott McGregor, who was scheduled to start Friday in Seattle, or Ken Dixon, who pitched two innings tonight, will start.
The decision will be made Tuesday. Weaver's other problem is that left-hander Mike Flanagan has come up with a sore elbow and might have to miss his scheduled start Saturday in Seattle.
If Flanagan has pain while throwing on the side Tuesday, Weaver probably would bring Dixon back to pitch Thursday's game because Flanagan wouldn't be available to take McGregor's place Friday.
"That's fine," Dixon said. "Whenever they give me the ball is okay. I didn't throw enough pitches tonight to be hurt."
Weaver said, "It's nothing. Don't make it look like Flanagan has a sore arm. It might be that we'd use the off day to get him some extra days. We did that earlier in the year with Storm Davis."
The Orioles were scheduled to leave for Seattle Thursday afternoon, but their departure will be pushed back about four hours.
The Angels were leading tonight's game, 1-0, on Ruppert Jones' third homer of the year when the first rain delay was called in the bottom of the second inning.
After 27 minutes, play was resumed. After two more batters, however, the rain hit again, this time heavier and harder. Time was called for 79 minutes before umpires gave up trying to continue.
Orioles pitchers Tippy and Dennis Martinez, both on the disabled list, will pitch for the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings Tuesday and Wednesday to begin their rehabilitation assignments.
*Indians 6, Blue Jays 4: In Toronto, Joe Carter drove in three runs with two singles and Mel Hall went four for four and scored three runs as Cleveland ended a five-game losing streak.
Phil Niekro (3-3) allowed 10 hits over eight innings in his 303rd career victory. He was relieved after a leadoff double by Tony Fernandez in the ninth. Scott Bailes got the last three outs for his third save.
The Blue Jays gave starter Dave Stieb a 2-0 lead on George Bell's two-run double in the first inning, but the Indians rallied to keep Stieb (0-6) winless after nine starts this year. Stieb, the American League's earned-run average leader last season, had his ERA rise to 6.33.
Stieb complained about his team's defense. "I don't know what kind of defense we're playing against these teams but it sure as hell wasn't working," he said.
The Indians, who had lost nine of 10 games after winning 10 straight, took a 4-2 lead with three runs in the third.
*Red Sox 8, Twins 7: Boston's Jim Rice walked with two outs in the ninth inning, forcing home the tying run, and Mark Sullivan was then hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to produce the winning run against visiting Minnesota.
Joe Sambito (1-0) pitched the ninth inning for Boston and recorded his first major league victory since 1981.
*Royals 6, Rangers 4: George Brett had two hits and two RBI and Mark Gubicza won his second straight game in a fight-interrupted contest in Arlington, Tex.
Gubicza (2-4), who started the season with four consecutive losses, struck out eight over six innings. He also walked three and had three wild pitches before Steve Farr pitched the final three innings to pick up his third save.
A fight erupted between the Royals' Rudy Law and Rangers third baseman Steve Buechele in the eighth that emptied both benches. Buechele shoved Law after the Royals' right fielder slid into third and Law responded with a swing at Buechele. Both benches cleared but the two were quickly separated.
Pete Incaviglia hit his eighth homer of the season for Texas.