Angels rained out at home for the first time since 1995


Last night’s Red Sox-Angels game was postponed by rain, making it the first Angels home game to be rained out since June 16, 1995. Twenty years!

Between those postponements the Angels played 1,609 home games in a row without being rained out.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia seemed to blame the ballpark’s drainage system, telling Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston:

Unfortunately, you never really know how your drainage system works until you get enough water, and there’s so much standing water in that outfield that just has nowhere to go. … The rain is predicted to stop shortly, but the field was unplayable, with no way to remedy that. Was there a clog? I’m not a landscaper, but I don’t think it’s ever been tested like this. It’s a lot of rain. Don’t think anything is clogged. It’s just saturated.

So, basically, it’s tough to test how effective a drainage system can be when it doesn’t rain enough for there to a rainout in 20 years. Oh well.

At least the Angels’ official Twitter account had some fun with it:

They’ll play a day-night doubleheader today.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.