White Sox rained out against Orioles
The two clubs will play a day-night doubleheader Saturday
CHICAGO -- Judging by Mark Buehrle's perfect six-pitch first inning thrown Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field, he seemed well on his way to another strong outing against the Baltimore Orioles.
Unfortunately for Buehrle, who has a 4-2 lifetime mark against Baltimore with a 2.27 ERA, that strong start will have to carry over until Monday afternoon's wraparound finale of this four-game set.
Friday's game was canceled due to rain after a delay of 2 hours, 21 minutes. The contest will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Saturday, with the first game starting at 12:05 p.m. CT, followed by the regularly scheduled start of 6:05 p.m.
The nightcap features Nick Masset playing the role of spot-starter for the White Sox, with Steve Trachsel getting the call for the Orioles. In Game 1, Brian Burres returns for the Orioles, after retiring Nick Swisher on a grounder back to the mound before the deluge began Friday.
But John Danks will move his start up by a few hours to take on the duties of Game 1. Bringing Buehrle back was not even considered by the White Sox.
"We might have contemplated it a few years ago, but it wasn't contemplated tonight," said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of bringing back Buehrle on Saturday. "We'll treat today's game like a sideline for Buehrle.
"He'll have Saturday and Sunday off and pitch Monday," Cooper added.
Fans should retain their tickets and parking for Friday's postponed contest and use them for Saturday's first game. Fans also can exchange Friday's tickets for Upper Level seats to the White Sox series against Minnesota, from May 6-8, based on availability.
Before exiting the ballpark on Friday, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said his lineup from Friday remains the same for Saturday's day game. He also reminded writers of his prediction for bad weather to come over the next few weeks.
Guillen even joked before the game how he thought about starting utility player Pablo Ozuna as the pitcher for two innings against the Yankees on Thursday night, and then bring in starter Gavin Floyd after the expected rain delay.
"You can't predict anything here," said Guillen of the weather, which was supposed to break at around 10 p.m. on Friday, but never did.
Cooper predicted that Buehrle will be fine with the bonus of added rest once again. He was pushed back after the April 10 rainout against Minnesota, and actually skipped twice during Spring Training. Just like the second start missed by Buehrle against the Cubs in Arizona, Masset gets the chance as the replacement.
"I'll try to pitch to contact and get more ground balls than usual," Masset said. "I want to give them at least five or six innings to keep the bullpen steady."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.