MLB notebook: Snow in May wipes out ballgame in Kansas City

2013-05-03T00:00:00Z MLB notebook: Snow in May wipes out ballgame in Kansas CityThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Rain started to fall at first pitch, and by the time the Royals' game against the Rays was postponed Thursday afternoon, Kauffman Stadium resembled a snow globe.

Fat flakes were sticking to the field, and members of both teams popped out of their dugouts to take in a spectacle more suited to January or February. There hasn't been measurable snow in May in Kansas City since 1907.

No makeup date was set and the game will be replayed in its entirety - Kansas City led 1-0 midway through the fourth inning when it was called.

"I said, 'Let's throw down some dirt and let's try to get it in,'" said Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

"We played four innings. Why not play one more?" asked Alex Gordon, who drove in the only run. "Now we just have to cancel another off day and play it again."

The temperature was 41 degrees with winds gusting to 31 mph and rain just beginning to fall when the Royals' Ervin Santana threw the first pitch. The conditions continued to deteriorate as some of the players, dressed in stocking caps and gloves, ran in place to stay warm.

"It was not good from the very first pitch," Maddon said. "It was slick, nasty and cold and raining."

When snow started to fall, the creative team operating Kauffman Stadium played the Yule Log video on the massive screen in center field and "Let It Snow" on the loudspeakers.

Ex-player: Boston's Buchholz a cheater

TORONTO - Red Sox manager John Farrell is upset by accusations pitcher Clay Buchholz was putting a foreign substance on the ball during Wednesday's victory over the Blue Jays.

Former major-league pitcher Dirk Hayhurst, now a broadcast analyst for the Blue Jays, told Toronto radio station Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Thursday that Buchholz was "absolutely" cheating Wednesday.

An article on the Sportsnet website included photographs of Buchholz, including one showing him wiping his first two fingers across his forearm, which appeared to be partially covered with a white substance.

Buchholz brushed aside the allegations, saying he puts rosin on his arm and occasionally wets his fingers to get a better grip.

Buchholz (6-0) leads the majors in wins and the AL in ERA (1.01).

Inside pitch

• Major League Baseball fined umpire Tom Hallion and Tampa Bay pitchers David Price, Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore for their dustup last weekend. Each of the pitchers was fined $1,000. It was unknown how much Hallion was docked.

Hallion was the plate umpire during a game Sunday at Chicago against the White Sox, and Price thought he missed a pitch. They exchanged words, and Price accused Hallion of directing an expletive at him while he walked off the field. Hallion called Price a "liar" after the game. The pitchers were fined for violating MLB's social media policy that forbids "displaying or transmitting content that questions the impartiality of or otherwise denigrates a major-league umpire."

• The Rockies have agreed to a minor-league deal with three-time All-Star pitcher Roy Oswalt.

• Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper was in the lineup Thursday night against Atlanta after X-rays on his left shoulder revealed no fracture.

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