Rain pushes back Game 2

Max Scherzer takes the mound at Texas today trying to pull Detroit even.

Associated Press

Max Scherzer takes the mound at Texas today trying to pull Detroit even.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Game 2 of the AL Championship Series was postponed because of rain and rescheduled for 4:19 p.m. today. The teams will lose their travel day, and the series is slated to resume with Game 3 on Tuesday in Detroit.

Game 1 Saturday night was delayed twice by rain. More rain was predicted in the area for Sunday night.

"We felt with the forecast that we had that we didn't want to experience what we did last night. … With the forecast for this evening, it appears that it's going to be a duplication of what we saw," Rangers president Nolan Ryan said Sunday. "The one thing we're concerned about is the integrity of the game and not put either team in a situation where there is a possibility the elements could affect the outcome of the game."

Saturday's rain delays were the first at Rangers Ballpark since May 24.

Rangers win opener

ARLINGTON, Texas — A few minutes past midnight, the Rangers had one more victory over Justin Verlander, and the Tigers lost another wet playoff opener started by their ace.

"If anywhere in the country has a drought, just bring me in and I'll fix that," Verlander said after the Rangers beat him 3-2 Saturday night.

Before the game was interrupted twice by rain for a total of 1 hour, 50 minutes in the top of the fifth inning, Nelson Cruz broke a postseason slump with a home run, and the defending AL champions scored all their runs off Verlander.

"He's throwing 100 miles an hour. You're just up there battling against a guy like that," outfielder David Murphy said. "We didn't have a lot of hits against him, but our at-bats were awesome. We were having five-, six-, seven-pitch at-bats."

Texas faced Verlander once during the regular season, a 2-0 win April 11. Verlander had allowed three runs in 21 career innings at Rangers Ballpark. Texas matched that total in four innings when it counted most.

"I just didn't have it. My location wasn't very good at all," said Verlander, who threw one inning and 25 pitches in the ALDS opener at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 30 when that game was suspended by rain.

ALCS: Rangers 1, Tigers 0

Game 1: Rangers 3, Tigers 2 Today, 4:19: Tigers (Scherzer, 15-9, 4.43) at Rangers (Holland, 16-5, 3.95) Tuesday, 8:05: Rangers (Lewis, 14-10, 4.40) at Tigers (Fister, 11-13, 2.83) Wednesday, 4:19: Rangers (Harrison, 14-9, 3.39) at Tigers (Porcello, 14-9, 4.75) Thursday, 4:19: Rangers (Wilson, 16-7, 2.94) at Tigers (Verlander, 24-5, 2.40) * Saturday, 8:05: Tigers (TBA) at Rangers (TBA) * Sunday, 8:05: Tigers (TBA) at Rangers (TBA) *

* If necessary; all games on Ch. 13

Rain pushes back Game 2 10/09/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 9, 2011 11:35pm]

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