Game postponed for threat of snow

Originally Published: April 27, 2004
Associated Press

Houston Astros-Pittsburgh Pirates: The Houston Astros-Pittsburgh Pirates game Tuesday night was postponed because of cold weather and the threat of snow showers and rain later in the evening.

The game was called at 5:20 p.m., even though it wasn't raining, temperatures were still in the 40s and the pitchers for both teams were throwing and running on the field.

The game will be made up as part of a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader Sept. 9 during what now becomes a five-game series Sept. 9-12.

The teams did not want to play a doubleheader Wednesday night because they have an afternoon game Thursday. After this week, the Astros do not play in Pittsburgh again until September.

The postponement was the Pirates' second during what was supposed to be a 10-game homestand. Their scheduled game Thursday against the Cubs was postponed until May 28.

Texas Rangers: Brian Jordan was activated from the disabled list and was set to make his Rangers debut against the City Royals.

Jordan was in the starting lineup in right field, batting fifth. An NL All-Star in 1999, he signed a $1,375,000, one-year contract with Texas in the offseason.

Jordan was put on the disabled list March 27 with a sprained left knee ligament. He went 2-for-14 in four games with Double-A Frisco in a rehabilitation assignment.

The Rangers also designated right-hander John Wasdin and outfielder Chad Allen for assignment. The team purchased the contract of right-hander Doug Brocail from Triple-A Oklahoma and sent first baseman Mark Teixeira to Frisco for a rehab assignment.

Boston Red Sox: The Boston Red Sox called up Brian Daubach from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday to replace Ellis Burks, who is expected to miss six weeks after knee surgery.

Daubach was designated for assignment by the Sox on April 10 and then reported to Pawtucket.

He was 0-for-1 with a walk in two pinch-hitting appearances this season for the Red Sox. He entered the season a .262 career hitter with 90 home runs and 322 RBIs in six big league seasons with three teams.

Daubach, who has often served as a designated hitter and can also play the outfield, averaged 21 homers and 75 RBIs for Boston from 1999-02.

Anaheim Angels: Shortstop David Eckstein left Tuesday night's game against the Tigers in the first inning with a strained right groin.

Eckstein singled to lead off the game and scored Anaheim's first run. He injured his groin diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt and is listed as day to day, the team said.

Shane Halter took Eckstein's place in the field.

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