- Andrew Marchand, ESPNNewYork.com
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You can't predict rain. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox had delays without rain, with rain and with most elements of weather.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees have now lost seven-of-eight and are tied for third with the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East, three games behind the Red Sox.
MAKING IT RAIN:In the sixth, David Ortiz hit a mammoth solo shot and enjoyed it. Ortiz took his time, flipping his bat to the side before his stroll around the bases. Just as he hit the home run, the downpour came and the second delay of the night ensued. Ortiz's home run counts in his stats even though the bottom of the sixth wasn't played.
RAIN(LESS) DELAY: The start of the game was delayed by 45 minutes because of the threat of rain. There was one problem: it never rained. The teams likely did not want to have starters Kuroda and Buchholz begin the game and then have the rain force them out. The weather pattern changed and the game began on a dry field, but 45 minutes after it was scheduled to start.
RAIN DELAY I: In the sixth, it rained -- and rained hard. The delay went on for 37 minutes after Ortiz's homer.
RAIN DELAY II: After two quick outs following the rain delay, Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller came out to warm up, but never threw an actual pitch before the tarp came on the field. The next delay included some of the loudest thunder and lightening you could ever hear. It went for 45 minutes before the delay.
CAN'T HIT KIDS: For the fifth game of their past seven, the Yankees scored one run or less. You thought Mark Teixeira would help, did you? He has struck out seven of his first nine times since coming back.
ON THE BOARD: After zeroes for both teams through the first three innings, the Red Sox put up a run on Kuroda in the fourth. Kuroda immediately got in trouble by allowing singles to Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. He allowed a run to score on a Mike Napoli groundout, but kept the damage to just the lone run.
NO WAY, JOSE: In the fifth, Jose Iglesias hit the first pitch of the inning for a solo shot. It was his first of the season, matching his career total of one.
ANNOUNCED ATTENDANCE: 43,613. By the end, there were few left.
You can't predict rain. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox had delays without rain, with rain and with most elements of weather. Finally, the game was called at 12:10 a.