Postponed

Series: Game 3 of 3

Boston leads 2-0 (as of 6/25)

Game 1: Friday, June 23
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Game 2: Saturday, June 24
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Game 3: Sunday, June 25
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Game 3: Monday, June 26
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2:05 PM ET, June 25, 2006

Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

Starting Pitchers

Philadelphia: Lidle (8-7, 4.74 ERA)

Boston: Wakefield (7-11, 4.63 ERA)

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 lineup.

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 raining."

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."

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