Perhaps you noticed it rained Wednesday.

Major League Baseball did. The storm that swamped the mid-Atlantic and Northeast postponed four games: Phillies at Mets (rescheduled for June 2), Mariners at Yankees (June 2), Rays at Red Sox (Thursday doubleheader), and Pirates at Orioles (Thursday doubleheader).

The rain has really put a crimp in the Pittsburgh and Baltimore schedules. They were rained out for the second straight day and each had Monday off. A single-admission doubleheader was scheduled for Thursday starting at 4:05 p.m. Both teams originally were scheduled to be off Thursday.

The rainouts have delayed the season debut of third baseman Manny Machado, who injured a left knee ligament Sept. 23 and had surgery Oct. 14. He will come off the 15-day disabled list when the Orioles next play.

Union post for Vazquez

Former pitcher Javier Vazquez has been hired as international special assistant to baseball players' union head Tony Clark.

The 37-year-old Vazquez, who played from 1998 to 2011, is a former player representative and member of the union's bargaining team, He lives in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where he was born and raised.