Rainout allows Tigers to alter pitching plans for weekend

DETROIT (AP) " The Detroit Tigers could end up with a wacky travel schedule next week " if they're able to keep their Major League Baseball season going.

Thursday's game between the Tigers and Cleveland Indians was postponed because of bad weather, a move that could force the teams to squeeze in a makeup game Monday if it needs to be played because of postseason implications. The wild card-contending Tigers and AL Central champion Indians played a rain-shortened game Wednesday night, which Detroit won 6-3 in five innings. The series finale Thursday never began.

With the regular season scheduled to end Sunday " and little room for extra games before the postseason " the Tigers and Indians waited through a delay of 4 hours, 13 minutes before the game was finally called.

The Tigers begin a three-game series in Atlanta on Friday night, and Cleveland starts a three-game set at Kansas City. The Tigers and Indians would need to play a makeup game Monday if it could affect who makes the postseason or how teams are seeded.

The postseason is supposed to begin Tuesday with the AL wild-card game.

Baltimore and Toronto hold the two wild-card spots in the American League, and the Tigers trail them both by 1 1/2 games.

The Indians clinched the division with a Monday win at Detroit, then their top players hardly took the field after that. Cleveland lost 12-0 with a lineup full of backups Tuesday, and after Wednesday's game was shortened, Thursday's didn't happen at all.

Cleveland entered Thursday 2 games behind AL West champion Texas and one behind AL East champion Boston, so if home-field advantage is still at stake Monday, the Indians will be back in Detroit to play their 162nd game of the season. They aren't supposed to start the AL Division Series until Oct. 6, so there will be time off even if they have to play Monday.

The rainout allows Detroit to push starter Daniel Norris (3-2) to Friday's game against the Braves, and Jordan Zimmermann will start Saturday night. The Tigers were initially set to choose between Matt Boyd and Buck Farmer for Saturday, but now they can avoid that issue.

Justin Verlander is slated to pitch Sunday.


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This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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