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 width=>>Cubs, Pirates Washed Out

A.J. Burnett didn't get good news Monday after having an MRI on his ailing elbow. Yet the Pittsburgh right-hander knew it could have been worse.

Burnett was diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon, rather than a torn ligament.

Hours later, the scheduled game between the Pirates and Chicago Cubs was postponed after two rain delays totaling almost 3 1/2 hours.

No makeup date was announced.

The game was called at midnight with the score tied at 1 in the middle of the fourth inning. There was a delay of over 2 hours in the bottom of the second, then was rained out after a wait of 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant was back in the lineup, a day after leaving a win at Milwaukee when he felt woozy following a headfirst slide into second base.

Bryant passed all of the necessary concussions tests Monday. On Sunday, Bryant's head struck Brewers shortstop Jean Segura's leg when he slid into second base in the fifth inning.

Bryant is hitting .246 with 14 home runs and 61 RBIs in 95 games.

Both teams scored in the third.

 width=>>Rays Edge White Sox

If the Tampa Bay bench hadn't been so depleted, Mikie Mahtook might never have batted with two outs in the ninth inning

Instead, the rookie outfielder took advantage of his chance, hitting an RBI single that sent the Rays over the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Monday night.

Had manager Kevin Cash not already used left-handed hitters Grady Sizemore - who stroked a game-tying solo homer in the eighth inning - and James Loney earlier, it's likely one of the two would have pinch hit for Mahtook against right-hander David Robertson (4-3).

The hit raised Mahtook's batting average to .188.

Evan Longoria had three hits and an RBI for the Rays.

Jake McGee (1-1) pitched a perfect eighth to get the win.

Brad Boxberger worked out of a jam in the ninth for his 27th save.

Jose Abreu and Carlos Sanchez each hit two-run homers for Chicago, which has dropped four of five.

The White Sox tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth, but center fielder Kevin Kiermaier nailed Alexei Ramirez at the plate for the first out of the inning.

Ramirez led off with a single, stole second and tried to score on a single by Adam LaRoche. The throw home beat Ramirez by a wide margin, and he tried to vault over catcher Curt Casali but was tagged out.

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