- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 28, 2004

BALTIMORE — The remnants of Hurricane Jeanne caused last night’s game between Toronto and Baltimore to be postponed by rain. It also created an opportunity for Orioles pitcher Rick Bauer to shine.

The Orioles’ ninth rainout of the season will made up as part of a doubleheader today, beginning at 3 p.m.

A heavy rain pelted the field at Camden Yards throughout the day, and the postponement was finally announced shortly before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. starting time.

“I guess this is one time you appreciate the dome,” said Toronto interim manager John Gibbons, referring to the retractable roof at SkyDome.

Bruce Chen will pitch for Baltimore in the opener, and Bauer will get his first start since August 2002 in the nightcap.

It’s been a dreadful season for Bauer, who has bounced back and forth between Baltimore and Class AAA Ottawa and spent time on the disabled list with a sore right elbow. After being sent to the minors a second time July 7, the right-hander ripped the organization, then issued an apology before reporting to Ottawa.

He was tested as a starter for the Lynx, going 3-5 with a 4.00 ERA in 11 appearances.

Bauer returned to the Orioles on Sept.6 and pitched out of the bullpen three times. Now, however, he gets the chance to show his stuff as a starter at the big league level.

“I’m pumped,” Bauer said, moments after learning of the postponement. “I’d love to be a starter, but the situation I’ve been in here has been pretty much as a reliever.”

All that will change tonight, and Bauer (1-1, 5.36 ERA) can’t wait.

“It’s an opportunity to open some eyes for next year,” he said. “I’m going to take it an inning at a time and go as deep as I can.”

Daniel Cabrera, the Orioles’ scheduled starter last night, has been pushed back to Saturday, when Baltimore faces the Boston Red Sox in a day-night doubleheader. Orioles pitching coach Ray Miller said the change was made to give the rookie some additional rest as he prepares to close out his busiest season in professional baseball.

“If you’re going to give someone a blow, make it your youngest guy,” Miller said.

The Blue Jays will use last night’s scheduled starter, Ted Lilly, in today’s opener. The rainout means Lilly will miss his final scheduled start Sunday against the New York Yankees.

Rookie left-hander Gustavo Chacin will start the second game and throw to rookie catcher Guillermo Quiroz, Gibbons said. Quiroz caught Chacin in his last start, a four-hit effort through seven shutout innings in his major league debut Sept.20 against the Yankees.

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