Coco Soggy? Crisp calls BoSox's rainouts 'my fault'

BOSTON (AP) -- When the Boston Red Sox acquired Coco Crisp in an
offseason trade with Cleveland, they knew they were getting a
speedy center fielder who could provide a spark at the top of the

What they didn't know was a series of rainouts came in the deal.

"When I came to Cleveland, I brought the bad weather there,"
Crisp said. "I knew it would come to Boston because it follows me
wherever I go. California's beautiful, but I go there and it starts

Sunday's scheduled game between the Philadelphia Phillies and
Boston Red Sox was postponed because of rain. It was the fifth home
rainout for the Red Sox this season, their most since 1989.

Boston, which had four home rainouts last season, already has
makeup games scheduled against Texas on July 20 and the New York
Yankees on Aug. 18.

"I think it's my fault," Crisp said.

Sunday's game will be made up Monday at 1:05 p.m. Boston
knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and Philadelphia right-hander Cory Lidle, who were slated to start Sunday, were both pushed back a day
and will now start Monday.

Both teams were scheduled to be off Monday, so the washout won't
effect either pitching rotation.

"This isn't that big a deal," Red Sox manager Terry Francona
said. "It's not like we're backing up a doubleheader. As long as
we play tomorrow, it doesn't alter the rotation."

Alex Cora was slated to start at second base for Boston in place
of Mark Loretta, and Francona said that will likely be the case
again Monday.

Loretta, who strained his neck in a 5-3 win over Philadelphia on
Saturday, expects to return to the lineup Tuesday.

"It's not a serious issue, it's not a pull," Loretta said.
"It's just a matter of calming it down."

A slight drizzle fell on Fenway Park at game time, but wet
grounds and a forecast that called for rain throughout the
afternoon and evening prompted the umpires to postpone the game
roughly an hour before it was scheduled to start.

After waiting through a 4-hour, 47-minute rain delay against
Texas two weeks earlier, the Red Sox were happy a decision was made
so promptly.

"If you're going to lose an off day, at least the guys can get
out of here and have the rest of the day," Francona said. "That's
really helpful, that's really considerate. Obviously your first
choice is to play, but I think it would have been a long day."

Rookie left-hander Jon Lester is scheduled to pitch for Boston
on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game home series with the New York Mets.

From Boston, Philadelphia will travel to Baltimore to play the
Orioles. Left-hander Cole Hamels is scheduled to pitch the opener
for the Phillies on Tuesday.

"Yesterday we talked that this might be a possibility,"
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said. "It's good that we both
have off days. The only bad thing is we'll have to get out of bed
early tomorrow."