Hurricane Ivan could force the storm-weary Marlins to play at least part of their five-game series next week against the Expos at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
The teams are considering the White Sox' ballpark as an option if Ivan makes it impossible to start the series Monday as scheduled at Pro Player Stadium.
The Marlins can't afford any more rainouts after three games last weekend against the Cubs were postponed because of Hurricane Frances. Florida is scheduled to play three doubleheaders in 11 days, beginning today at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
"It would be weird -- a home game at an American League park," Marlins center fielder Juan Pierre said. "But you definitely don't want to be sitting around another three or four days."
A motocross event made Olympic Stadium in Montreal unavailable for any of the games.
* UMPIRE INJURED: Plate umpire Jerry Crawford was hit in the head by a deflected pitch yesterday, forcing him to leave after the second inning in the first game of a doubleheader between the Devil Rays and Yankees in New York.
Devil Rays starter Dewon Brazelton opened the bottom of the second by hitting Miguel Cairo in the left shoulder with a pitch that deflected off Cairo's arm and skipped off Crawford's mask. Yankees trainer Gene Monahan tended to Crawford, who completed the inning.
But Crawford left the field before the start of the third inning. Crawford was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and diagnosed with a concussion.
Phil Cuzzi took over at second base and received a nice ovation as he took the field. Matt Hollowell took over behind the plate.
* IDOL TIME: Less than a month after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right hamstring, Ken Griffey Jr., 34, can only sit idly by. He is restricted to keeping his right leg bent at a 90-degree angle and often supported with a sling.
"It's like being a hostage in your house with nobody there -- with nobody with a gun on the other side," he said.
-- From News Services