Soggy day in Detroit so far
UPDATE, 3:16: The good news is that it's not raining at Comerica Park right now, and the forecast between now and gametime is only for 35-50 percent chances of rain, but by around 9 it gets up to 70 percent. So we'll see ....
It's been raining most of the morning here in Detroit, and the weather.com forecast calls for a brief early afternoon respite then a 60-70 percent chance of rain the rest of the day and night.
That's obviously not good for the Rays, who are eager to get back on the field after Wednesday's crushing loss, with Matt Garza scheduled to pitch tonight against Tigers rookie Rick Porcello.
If tonight's game were to get postponed, the Rays would be looking at having to play a doubleheader, most likely a day-night affair on either Sunday (which they'd prefer) or Monday (which would delay their arrival home in advance of the Red Sox series that starts Tuesday). Saturday's game is set for 4 p.m. and it seems unlikely the Tigers would give up a gate and play a straight doubleheader then.
This series opens a critical stretch for the Rays of 17 games in 17 days against the contending Tigers, Red Sox and Yankees, and already includes one doubleheader Sept. 7 in New York.