- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Mike Scioscia could sense the opener of the Los Angeles Angels’ series against the Chicago White Sox would be affected by the storm in the area Monday night.

“I’m sure we’re gonna be dealing with some rain at some point,” Scioscia said about two hours before the scheduled first pitch. “Whether it impacts the game, I don’t know.

“I don’t know if you ever know in Chicago, do you?”

The game was postponed because of rain and rescheduled as part of a traditional doubleheader on Tuesday starting at 4:10 p.m.

Angels right-hander Garrett Richards (8-2, 2.76) and Chicago’s Hector Noesi (2-4, 4.18) - the scheduled starters Monday - will pitch Game 1, with Los Angeles’ Jered Weaver (8-6, 3.33) and Scott Carroll (2-4, 4.76) pitching the nightcap.

The Angels had been undecided for the series finale on Wednesday, but named left-hander Tyler Skaggs (4-4, 4.34) to pitch that game following the postponement. Skaggs currently is on the disabled list since June 10 with a strained right hamstring. The White Sox will start left-hander John Danks (7-6, 4.26).

With the addition of Skaggs, the Angels would have six starters, but Scioscia declined to say what move would be made from there.

“Skaggs on Wednesday, and we’ll let you know the rest,” he said. “We’ll get through tomorrow and see where we are.”

The White Sox thought there would be a window to play Monday’s game though the storm was expected to hit the ballpark around game time. It wasn’t raining at 7:10, the time of the scheduled first pitch, but the rain began a few minutes later. The game surprisingly was called after just a 20-minute delay because the forecast changed and the rain was supposed to last longer.

The extra time off was probably welcome for Albert Pujols, who is dealing with a groin injury, but was in the lineup Monday at first base.

“He feels good,” Scioscia said of Pujols. “It’s not really anything that’s muscular or anything we’re worried about being a pull. It’s really just something . the way it was described our medical staff, it’s more of a lymph node or just a little infection that got a little irritated.

“It shouldn’t be anything that’s gonna impact what he needs to do.”

Pujols was in Monday night’s starting lineup set to hit third and play first base.

NOTES: White Sox 1B Jose Abreu, tied for the MLB lead in homers with 25, has found himself at the center of Home Run Derby speculation, but the rookie slugger remained mysterious on his possible participation. “I’m more concentrated on helping the team right now,” he said. … RHP Fernando Salas (shoulder) threw 25 pitches during a bullpen session Sunday and could be activated as early as Wednesday. “He’s gonna throw a bullpen (Tuesday) and then be evaluated,” Scioscia said. “He felt really good after his pen on Sunday.” … Asked before the game whether RHP Jason Grilli, acquired from Pittsburgh on Friday, would be his new closer, Scioscia said: “We’ll keep Joe Smith there until we get everything sorted out. Jason will be part of our back end and we’ll see.”

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