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Another Tavarez start pushed back by rainout in Boston

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BOSTON -- Julian Tavarez has spent plenty of time watching the other members of Boston's rotation excel. If it ever stops raining long enough, he'd like to do that, too.

For the second time, Tavarez's second start of the season was pushed back when the Red Sox game against the Angels was rained out Sunday. Instead of facing Los Angeles on Monday, he's scheduled to pitch Thursday in Toronto.

Boston's Josh Beckett and Los Angeles' Ervin Santana, who were scheduled to pitch Sunday, are set to work Monday, although rain is forecast for the entire day.

Tavarez understands why he has to wait with Curt Schilling, Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield ahead of him in the rotation.

"You look at those guys, how they're doing, and you get really excited for the next time you're going to pitch," Tavarez said. "I feel like I want to do it like them."

The starters have allowed one run or less in seven of Boston's 10 games. Of the top four, Schilling's 2.84 ERA is the highest and he's coming off a brilliant outing -- eight shutout innings in an 8-0 win over the Angels on Saturday. The Red Sox lead the AL with a 2.79 ERA.

Tavarez got the fifth spot in the rotation late in spring training when the Red Sox returned Jonathan Papelbon to the closer's role he was so dominant in last season. But Tavarez struggled in his only start, allowing four runs in four innings in an 8-4 loss at Texas on April 7.

He was scheduled to start last Thursday, but a rainout pushed him back to Monday. Matsuzaka and Wakefield are scheduled to pitch Tuesday night and Wednesday night in Toronto. Schilling will get an extra day's rest and pitch Friday night at the New York Yankees, one day after Tavarez.

"I'll be fine," Tavarez said. "You just have to be strong, mind over matter. If you put in your mind (that) you haven't pitched in seven days, you're going to be in trouble.

"We're winning. Everybody's healthy. We all have some fun. We're not the only one going through this weather."

The Angels had a three-game series with the Indians last week moved to Milwaukee because of bad weather in Cleveland. Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia also is dealing with a battered rotation.

Bartolo Colon was scheduled to make a rehabilitation start Sunday as he continues his recovery from a torn right rotator cuff, Kelvim Escobar is on the disabled list with an irritated right shoulder and Jered Weaver had been scheduled to start Monday after suffering tendinitis in his right forearm. Scioscia didn't say when his next start would be.

"We're a team that relies on pitching and defense and we're not there yet," Scioscia said.

The Red Sox will face a Blue Jays team without closer B.J. Ryan, who went on the disabled list Sunday. The Yankees also have been hit hard by injuries in their rotation.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona considered using Tavarez in relief before Thursday but decided he could throw more during a side session Sunday and by pitching to hitters Tuesday.

"He's got a pretty good grasp of everything" he needs to do, Francona said.

Last season, Tavarez was inconsistent as a reliever but pitched well as a starter in September. His versatility helps him adjust to changing circumstances - like his second straight delayed start.

"It's all in your mind," he said. "The day that I have to pitch, I just put everything behind and start over again. I'll be fine."

Notes

There was no word on whether Sunday's planned observance of the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers would be rescheduled. Francona indicated that it was unfortunate African-Americans were kept out of the majors for so long. "It's an awesome gesture to honor Jackie Robinson and what he endured, but the fact that we're actually doing it is embarrassing and we ought to be ashamed of ourselves." Scioscia, a former Dodgers catcher, said, Robinson "was a revered figure (in the Dodgers organization) as he is throughout baseball. What he did was not only historic but courageous and deserving of honor."

 
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