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MLB dance rain, rays roll in the street

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

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TO THE SHOWERS

A day after six games were rained out, the weather could still cause scheduling problems in some places this weekend.

The games Royals-Orioles in Baltimore and Rangers-Yankees in New York have been canceled and are to be rescheduled on Sunday as part of the double header. But rain is forecast for both courses on Saturday and could make it difficult to play the full series.

The Blue Jays-Guardians in Cleveland and the Dodgers-Cubs at Wrigley Field are scheduled for Saturday’s split-doubleheaders. It should be clear and cool in these cities for the twin bills. This will be the third doubleheader of the season for José Ramírez and the Guardians in progressive field.

There’s no rush to catch up on the Mets-Phillies game that was rained out in Philadelphia because they play each other a lot. They will catch a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park in August.

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NL Central’s rivals Pittsburgh and Cincinnati have been rescheduled at Great American Ball Park and will make up play in July.

A SHUTOUT PITCH

Blue Jays rookie Kevin Gausman tries to keep a clean sheet in two key categories when he serves in the first game of a doubleheader in Cleveland.

Gausman hasn’t allowed a walk or home run in five starts this season. He’s 2-1 with a 2.27 ERA through 31 2/3 innings so far.

Former AL Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber (1-1, 2.45) takes on Gausman in the opening game.

ROAD WARRIOR

Randy Arozarena and the Tampa Bay Rays are attempting their eighth straight away win when they play in Seattle. The two-time AL East champions have won five straight wins in total – all away – and are 8-3 in 16 games in as many days.

The brawling Mariners have lost five in a row and nine out of ten. And they had another setback on Friday night when catcher Tom Murphy dislocated his shoulder trying to make a tag at the plate.

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Drew Rasmussen (2-1, 3.13 ERA) pitches for Tampa Bay against Marco Gonzales (1-3, 4.05). Rasmussen defeated Gonzales by six innings of shutout in a 3-2 win on April 27.

STOP AND EXIST

White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease (3-1, 2.48 ERA) is looking to continue his great start earlier this week when he serves at Fenway Park.

Cease hit out 11 while conceding just one hit in seven shutout innings in his last starting Monday against the Angels.

Struggling right-hander Nick Pivetta (0-4, 7.84) will be lining up for Boston.

A HAPPY NON-PAUSE

The twins avoided a disheartening injury when it was discovered star shortstop Carlos Correa’s right middle finger was not broken, as was initially feared after he was hit by a pitch on Thursday.

“Thank you Lord,” Correa tweeted.

Correa is checked daily and does not need to be put on the injured list.

For now, top prospect Royce will replace Lewis Correa. Lewis was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul and singled at home against Oakland on his major league debut Friday night, filling the roster spot from infielder Luis Arraez, who was placed on the COVID-19 list.

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After a slow start at the plate in his first season with Minnesota, Correa hit .412 (14 to 34) with eight RBIs in his last eight games for the AL Central league leaders.

Correa signed a three-year, $105.3 million deal with the Twins that includes a release clause after this season and next. He has shown instant leadership and a consistent presence at shortstop, where he won the 2021 AL Gold Glove Award.

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