The first of a scheduled three-game series between the White Sox and Red Sox has been postponed because of advancing rain from Hurricane Earl:
Rain began in the Boston area mid-way through the afternoon and the intensity of that rain should only increase the rest of the night, along with strong winds. With a state of emergency also declared due to Earl, canceling Friday's first 2010 contest between the White Sox and Red Sox means one less reason for the locals to have to travel.
Saturday's doubleheader features the first game at 12:05 p.m. CT and a nightcap to be played at Fenway Park at 6:05 p.m. CT. Following the postponement, the White Sox made three roster moves.
Left-handed setup man Matt Thornton was reinstated from the disabled list, where he had been since Aug. 25 (retroactive to Aug. 18) due to left elbow inflammation. Thornton leads American League relievers in strikeouts per nine innings (12.17), with 66 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings, and is tied for eighth with 20 holds. He also has a 2.66 ERA over 50 appearances.
Infielder Brent Morel had his contract purchased from Triple-A Charlotte. In order to make room for the 23-year-old third baseman, left-handed reliever Erick Threets was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.