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Dodgers' series finale against Pittsburgh postponed because of rain

Jon Garland gets his first hit of the season, a run-scoring single that puts the Dodgers ahead, 1-0, and pitches two no-hit innings before the game is called. The contest will be rescheduled.

May 12, 2011|By Dylan Hernandez
  • A tarp covers the infield at PNC Park during a rain delay between the Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.
A tarp covers the infield at PNC Park during a rain delay between the Dodgers… (Jared Wickerham / Getty…)

Reporting from Pittsburgh — Jon Garland got his first hit of the season, a two-out, opposite-field single that drove in Dioner Navarro and put the Dodgers ahead, 1-0.

But officially, that hit never happened. Neither did the two no-hit innings Garland pitched.

The Dodgers' series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park was called off after two innings because of rain.

The contest will be rescheduled, most likely on July 14, the last day of the All-Star break.

"It makes the most sense for both clubs," Manager Don Mattingly said.

The Dodgers are currently scheduled to return from the break on July 15 in Arizona.

Other options would be to play the game on Sept. 29, after the last game of the season, or Sept. 1, which would require the Dodgers to play on 24 consecutive days.

The Dodgers also have to decide what to do with Garland. Because he pitched only two innings, Garland said he would prefer not to wait another five days to return to the mound and that he thought he could pitch again as early as Sunday.

Agent says Kuo will not retire

Hong-Chih Kuo's agent, Alan Chang, said that his client has no intention of retiring.

Kuo was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with an anxiety disorder. His problems are related to the "yips," or sudden loss of control, he suffered in 2009. Last season, a rehabilitated Kuo became the first Taiwanese player to ever make an All-Star team.

"He really appreciates all the support the Dodgers have provided him," Chang said. "He'll make his best effort to come back."

Chang declined to provide any specifics about Kuo, including what kind of treatment he will receive.

Furcal nearing rehab assignment

Rafael Furcal is tentatively scheduled to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment Saturday with triple-A Albuquerque.

Furcal has been on the disabled list since April 12 with a broken left thumb.

Because he still feels discomfort in the thumb when he bats right-handed, he will initially bat only from the left side. Mattingly said he wants Furcal to be able to bat right-handed and get 25-30 at-bats in the minors before he is activated.

Wood comfortable in Pittsburgh

Away from the bright lights of Southern California, Brandon Wood said he has found his place in baseball.

These days, the former Angels top prospect is a part-time third baseman and shortstop with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who claimed him off waivers in April. He plays a few times a week, which is more than he was playing in Anaheim.

Looking back at his time with the Angels, Wood said, "You know, I really don't think I put my best foot forward. I let the pressures of my own expectations get in the way."

Wood, who batted .168 over parts of five seasons with the Angels, is hitting .282 with eight runs batted in in 36 at-bats for the Pirates.

"Saying goodbye to your buddies is the toughest part, but as far as moving on and playing baseball, it was a really good move," Wood said. "This is nothing against the Angels. They didn't have that opportunity for me. Coming over here, it's a situation where I might not be playing every day, but I'm going to get my at-bats."

Better than a Dodgers game?

Los Angeles-based band Ozomatli will perform at the Viva Los Dodgers event Sunday at Dodger Stadium. The event will take place at parking lot 6 starting at 11:10 a.m. Ozomatli is scheduled to take the stage an hour into the program. Admission is free for anyone with a ticket to the game that day.

dylan.hernandez@latimes.com

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