The game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Royals scheduled for Monday night was postponed about an hour before the first pitch as tornado sirens blared across the Kansas City metropolitan area. The four-game series is the only time the teams meet Kauffman Stadium this season, so they will make the game up with a day-night doubleheader Tuesday.
The decision to postpone Monday night’s game was made after about three inches of rain pounded the stadium in less than an hour. Right field quickly turned into a massive lake and left field became a swampy pond. The white tarp covering the infield was buffeted by 50-mph wind gusts.There were reports of trees down and other damage across the metropolitan area.
Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper won’t participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby because his father isn’t available to pitch to him. Harper finished second in the 2013 Home Run Derby with his dad as the pitcher, but the man recently underwent shoulder surgery. ... Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman and leadoff hitter Josh Harrison was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of an injured left thumb, which he jammed Sunday while stealing a base. First baseman Travis Ishikawa was added to the active roster. ... The New York Yankees say injured outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is set to be activated before Wednesday night’s game against Oakland. Ellsbury has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 20 because of a sprained right knee. He was hitting .324 with 14 steals, and had scored 29 runs in 37 games when he was injured. ... The Detroit Tigers have claimed first baseman-outfielder Marc Krauss off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tigers recently lost slugging first baseman Miguel Cabrera to a strained calf that put him on the disabled list. Krauss saw action with the Angels this season. ... The New York Mets have called up Kirk Nieuwenhuis from triple-A Las Vegas and optioned fellow outfielder Darrell Ceciliani to their top farm club. He played 10 games with the Angels this season before getting designated for assignment on June 10.