ARLINGTON, Texas -- Instead of getting his shot at becoming
the first nine-game winner in the major leagues, Jon Garland didn't
even throw a pitch Saturday.
Garland got an unexpected day off when Chicago's game at Texas
was postponed by rain.
"I never did anything," said Garland, whose first loss came
Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels. "It's one thing if
you warm up and get fired up, but I never even sniffed the
Instead, Garland (8-1) had his start pushed back to Sunday, when
he will pitch the series finale against Chan Ho Park (4-1), who has
already matched his victory total of last season. It is the same
pitching matchup that was set Saturday.
Just before the game was called after a delay of 2 hours, 45
minutes, Park came out in front of the dugout during a drizzle. He
was tossing the ball with a bullpen catcher when the crowd was
advised that the game was being postponed.
"Whatever he's been doing, keep doing it," manager Buck
Showalter said of Park, 3-0 in his last six starts -- all Rangers
The postponed game won't be made up until the White Sox return
Aug. 29-31 for their only other trip to Texas.
Chicago has the best record in the major leagues at 33-16. The
Rangers have won seven straight games, the longest current streak
in the majors.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he would just push his
starting rotation back a day. That could benefit the Rangers, even
though they won't miss Garland.
Garland had won 10 straight, including his first eight starts of
this season, before allowing three runs over seven innings in
Chicago's 4-0 loss to Los Angeles. He had consecutive shutouts
during his streak against Oakland and Detroit, and only once this
season has allowed more than three runs.
Instead of pitching as scheduled in Texas, Mark Buehrle (7-1)
will start Monday against the Angels, the team with which the
Rangers were tied for first in the AL West.
"It's not going to affect me," Buehrle said. "Of course, if I
pitch like crap the next time, then I can blame it on the rain."
The postponement forced Showalter to juggle his starting
rotation for next week, after the Rangers have a day off Monday. He
wants Kenny Rogers (6-2), the 40-year-old left-hander who has won
six straight starts, to pitch on his normal fifth day.
Ryan Drese (4-4), who had been scheduled to start Sunday, will
be pushed back to Wednesday instead. That will allow Rogers to
pitch Tuesday as scheduled, while also pushing Chris Young (5-2)
back a day to Thursday.