Matt Williams not happy that Saturday’s game started ahead of steady rain

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The forecast for Saturday afternoon’s game in Philadelphia between the Nationals and Phillies wasn’t very pretty: rain, rain, and more rain, as Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post noted on Twitter. The game started on time and the two teams held each other scoreless through one and a half innings before the game went into a rain delay and was eventually postponed.

Per Janes, the game will be restarted from the beginning as part of a single-admission double-header at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. Saturday’s starters — Adam Morgan for the Phillies and Gio Gonzalez for the Nationals — have been burned so each team will have to call upon a spot starter for Sunday. For the Phillies, that job goes to Severino Gonzalez. The Nationals haven’t made a decision yet.

Nationals manager Matt Williams isn’t happy with Saturday’s outcome:

Gonzalez:

Saturday afternoon’s games in Baltimore between the Orioles and Indians, and in Detroit between the Tigers and White Sox, were both postponed before getting underway. Why that option wasn’t considered in Philadelphia is a question currently still unanswered.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.