Batting Practice Canceled Ahead of World Series Game 1 Due to Rain

Drew Pomeranz is in and Brandon Workman is out

The field at Fenway Park was cleared in anticipation of bad weather before the World Series opener.

"Attention fans: Due to severe weather in the area, please take cover in the concourse or under the grandstands immediately,'' a message on the video board read 90 minutes before the scheduled start as lightning flashed. "Thank you for your patience.''

Afternoon showers were followed by clearing, and three rainbows appeared by the ballpark: two behind the Green Monster in left field and one in back of the stands on the first-base side. A narrow storm line could pass through just before or after the scheduled 8:09 p.m. EDT start.

A trio of gorgeous rainbows showed up over Fenway Park ahead of Game 1 of the World Series. There were two beyond the Green Monster, and another brilliant `bow far past the right-field stands.

A good omen for Boston? Well, there was a wonderful rainbow over Fenway in 2013 while the Red Sox worked out a day before the World Series. They went on to beat St. Louis in six games.

The rain has stopped, and a few players from both the Red Sox and Dodgers trickled into the outfield to limber up.

With a steady rain falling earlier in the day, batting practice was canceled and the tarp was put on the field for Game 1 of the World Series.

But Major League Baseball says the game is still scheduled to start on time at 8:09 p.m.

Forecasts had called for temperatures around 50 and rain during the afternoon. It was expected to taper off by game time.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers each announced their official 25-man rosters for the World Series.

The only real change from the American League Championship Series for the Sox is that left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz has been added to the roster and right-hander Brandon Workman has been dropped.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright failed to make Boston's roster after throwing a simulated game Sunday. Wright was removed from the Division Series roster following the opener against the New York Yankees, a day after reinjuring his left knee during a workout.

Pomeranz gives the Red Sox another matchup left-hander to use against the Dodgers. He made 11 starts, then was sent to the bullpen in August and had a 5.96 ERA in 15 relief appearances, striking out 22 and walking 12 in 22 2/3 innings while allowing 27 hits.

Workman allowed seven hits and three walks while facing 13 batters over three appearances in the Division and League Championship Series.

Here's the full World Series roster for the Red Sox:

PITCHERS (11): Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Nathan Eovaldi, Heath Hembree, Joe Kelly, Craig Kimbrel, Drew Pomeranz, Rick Porcello, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale

CATCHERS (3): Sandy Leon, Blake Swihart, Christian Vázquez

INFIELDERS (7): Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Brock Holt, Ian Kinsler, Mitch Moreland, Eduardo Núñez, Steve Pearce

OUTFIELDERS (4): Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., J.D. Martinez

The Dodgers added left-hander Scott Alexander to their roster in place of lefty Caleb Ferguson.

Alexander made one appearance in the Division Series against Atlanta, throwing a 1-2-3 ninth inning in the Dodgers' Game 3 loss.

Ferguson, a rookie, did not allow a hit or walk while facing 10 batters over three innings in six postseason appearances. He was replaced on the Championship Series roster by fellow lefty Julio Urias.

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