CHICAGO -- For the second time in five days, Mother Nature got the best of the White Sox.
Tuesday's game with the Indians was postponed due to a forecast of rain throughout the evening. The rain began sometime around 1 p.m. CT in Chicago and wasn't supposed to let up until 2 or 3 a.m. Wednesday.
A makeup date and time will be announced at a later date, but fans should keep any game tickets and parking coupons for Tuesday's postponement until a makeup date is determined. The Indians will come back to Chicago from June 28-30 and from Sept. 12-15.
The White Sox simply moved their rotation back one day, with Jose Quintana closing the Cleveland series on Wednesday afternoon against Zach McAllister and Chris Sale opening the four-game weekend set against the Rays on Thursday night.
"There was rain and cold, so we were doing it early so everybody gets a quick heads up," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of the postponement, which came around 3:30 p.m. "I think everyone here is used to it, used to April. It's rougher than most places.
"You just get used to it. It's one of those you're not always sure about getting rained out and things like that. But you're pretty sure you're going to play in cold weather and wind and all that stuff."
A doubleheader against the Twins is most likely on the future docket for the White Sox, after Friday's series opener against Minnesota was also postponed early in the day due to extreme April cold and high winds. Tuesday's rain wiped out the popular Dog Day festivities at the ballpark, and any fans with tickets for Dog Day will be contacted by the White Sox ticket office.
In a somewhat strange twist, Wednesday afternoon's contest includes the White Sox annual Weather Day presented by WGN-TV, featuring the station's chief meteorologist, Tom Skilling, and a special pregame Q&A with fans. Skilling can talk about Tuesday's wet weather that gives White Sox pitchers and hitters alike a free night to get ready for the fourth game of what now will be an eight-game homestand instead of 10.
"We want to come play every day, but there's not much you can do. You can't mess with Mother Nature," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. "We'll have to play doubleheaders later. I'm not in love with those, but we'll do what we have to do."
"Everyone here would rather play. You can't win a game unless you play," Ventura said. "It's one of those you could sit here all night and not play it at all, so it's just the hand you're dealt."