Tigers rained out, to play doubleheader Sunday

Tigers rained out, to play doubleheader Sunday

Tigers rained out, to play doubleheader Sunday
DETROIT -- For the second time in just over a week, rain has thrown a wrench into the Tigers' playoff chase. Friday's series opener against the Twins at Comerica Park was rained out, setting up a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.

Sunday's originally scheduled game is still scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET. The makeup game will start at 7:05. Tickets for Friday's game will be honored at Sunday's nightcap with no exchange necessary.

Fans holding tickets for Friday's rainout who can't attend Sunday night can exchange their tickets for a future regular season non-premium game scheduled between now and next Sept. 21, subject to availability.

Though the weather was still dry as game time approached, the oncoming storm system was large enough that they waited it out, preferring not to waste the two starting pitchers. The rain started soon after 7 p.m. ET and continued for most of the evening, save for a few minutes soon after 8 p.m.

Because the Twins are in Detroit for the final time this season, the decision to delay or postpone went through Major League Baseball as well as the umpiring crew.

The game was called around 9:30. The resulting doubleheader means the Tigers will play 13 games over the final 12 days of the regular season, including six games over the next five. Add Max Scherzer's undecided status for Sunday as he works back from shoulder fatigue, and the decisions get tougher.

Doug Fister will start Saturday's game as scheduled opposite Sam Deduno, who was Minnesota's scheduled starter for Friday. Drew Smyly, who was on hold to start Sunday if Scherzer wasn't ready, is now scheduled to start one of the games Sunday. The other is on hold, presumably pending Scherzer's status.

Scherzer is scheduled to throw one more session Saturday. If he gets through that pain-free, he's expected to be cleared to start Sunday.

If Scherzer can't go, that assignment could go to Rick Porcello, who was scheduled to pitch Friday before the rainout.

Scott Diamond will start for Minnesota Sunday afternoon, followed by P.J. Walters in the nightcap.

Sunday night's game will be televised locally on Fox Sports Detroit.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.