CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the World Series (all times Eastern):
Cubs manager Joe Maddon made a pair of lineup changes for Game 2 of the World Series, inserting right fielder Jorge Soler and catcher Willson Contreras in place of Chris Coghlan and David Ross.
Jason Heyward, the right fielder with the $184 million, eight-year contract, remained on the bench. He is 2 for 28 in the postseason.
Center fielder Dexter Fowler was set to lead off, followed by third baseman Kris Bryant, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, left field Ben Zobrist, designated hitter Kyle Schwarber, second baseman Javier Baez, Contreras, Soler and shortstop Addison Russell. Jake Arrieta was scheduled to pitch.
The tarp is covering the infield at Progressive Field, five hours before the scheduled 7:08 p.m. start of Game 2 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians.
A light drizzle began at around noon Wednesday, and the chance of rain was 40 to 50 percent for each hour through 8 p.m.
Cleveland won Tuesday’s opener 6-0.
Even if one team has a big late-inning lead, there could be a daylong wait to finish Game 2 of the World Series if rain hits Progressive Field.
While regular-season games can be shortened because of a bad weather as long as the losing team has completed at least five innings, a rules change approved in 2009 mandates that all postseason games and regular-season tiebreakers must be played to conclusion at the ballpark where they began.
Thursday is a scheduled off day before the Series is set to resume at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, which last hosted the Series in 1945.
The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians are hoping to beat the rain forecast for Wednesday and get in Game 2 of the World Series.
It was overcast and dry at noontime following the Indians’ 6-0 victory in the opener, but wet weather was forecast for the evening.
Major League Baseball moved up the start of the game by an hour to 7:08 p.m., when Accuweather forecast a 48-degree temperature, a little rain and winds of 10-20 mph. Accuweather said that if rain tracks to the north, there will be a spot shower or two during the game, but if rain remains over the area, it could be steady and cause delays.
Meteorologist Ryan Adamson says in a statement: “Game 2 of the World Series looks rather dry to start, but possibly wet to finish, depending on how long the game goes.”