CLEVELAND -- The Indians have played through frigid temperatures for much of the first homestand of the season, but they couldn’t beat the rain Saturday.
With forecasts calling for rain nearly the entire night, the second game of Cleveland’s series against Toronto was postponed.
The game will be made up May 3 at 1:10 p.m. -- a previously scheduled off day for the Indians.
Rain began to fall around 2:30 p.m., ending batting practice and bringing the tarp onto the field at Progressive Field. The game was delayed before the scheduled 4:10 p.m. start and postponed a couple of hours later.
There did not appear to be a window long enough to play the game.
“Because of that (darn) lake, sometimes you think it’s going to rain, it doesn’t and you hate to wait around and then it’s an hour and it’s clear and you didn’t play,” manager Terry Francona said. “But if it says it’s going to rain and it’s everywhere, you don’t want to play an inning.
“Yeah, it is hard. They have like two or three (weather) systems that they use, local, national and try to make the best call. And at the same time, you’re trying to be fair to fans. There’s a lot that goes on in it.”
The Indians and Blue Jays are scheduled to employ Saturday’s scheduled starting pitchers -- right-hander Corey Kluber and left-hander Jaime Garcia -- in the series finale Sunday at 1:10 p.m.
There is no guarantee the Indians and Jays will play, though, because rain is also in the forecast for much of Sunday.
If Sunday’s game is also postponed, expect it to happen early, with the Indians set to leave for Puerto Rico on Sunday night for a two-game series against Central Division rival Minnesota on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Fans can use their tickets from Saturday to attend the May 3 makeup game. They can also exchange them for May 11 or May 12 against the Kansas City Royals.
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