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Postponement one of driest on record

ARLINGTON, Texas — Rangers manager Ron Washington kept looking out his window at home during an unexpected night off during the American League Championship Series.

Where was all the rain?

Not at Rangers Ballpark, or at Washington's house only a few blocks away.

Game 2 of the ALCS was postponed Sunday because of a forecast calling for more rain after Saturday's series opener was delayed twice.

"Oh, I looked outside my window all night. It never came," Washington said Monday before Game 2. "But, you know, there were storms out there, and you didn't know if they were going to make it or not. So they did what they felt they had to do."

While the forecast was more dire than it was for Saturday's start-and-stop game that didn't end until just after midnight, the decision to postpone Sunday night's game was made about four hours before the scheduled first pitch.

YOUNG RETURNS: Tigers LF Delmon Young was added to the roster to replace Magglio Ordonez, who is out for the season after he re-fractured his right ankle. Young batted third and started in leftfield.

The Tigers had left the former Ray off their ALCS roster because of what was then described as a left oblique injury that he reaggravated in the AL Division Series clincher Thursday night. Further tests showed that might not be the real issue.

"As it turns out, it's better for medical people. It's not really the oblique oblique, it's in here more," manager Jim Leyland said, still pointing to the left side of his body.

PLAYING PUNTO: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa decided to put 2B Nick Punto in the lineup instead of Ryan Theriot for Game 2 of the NLCS.

Theriot has had most of the playing time this postseason, starting all but Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the Phillies. Theriot went into Monday's play hitting .429 (6-for-14) in the postseason, but Punto was 4-for-11 in his career against Brewers RHP Shaun Marcum.

MISSING MCGEHEE: Casey McGehee hit three homers in one game this year against Cardinals Game 2 starter Edwin Jackson, but his end-of-season slump and Jerry Hairston Jr.'s strong play kept him on the bench. "I wish we could put one more player in that lineup," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "If we were in the American League (with the DH), he'd be in there."

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