Opening games leave Tigers all wet
Posted: Monday, October 10, 2011 7:02 pm
By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have already lost two starting outfielders for the water-logged AL championship series.
Now they will try to avoid losing a second game against the defending American League champion Texas Rangers before the series switches to Detroit without a break between games.
After the ALCS opener won by Texas 3-2 in a game that was twice delayed by rain, Game 2 was postponed Sunday night because of the expectation of more wet weather and rescheduled for today.
“Just another obstacle,” Tigers catcher Alex Avila said.
Soon after officials called off Sunday’s game, manager Jim Leyland said Magglio Ordonez will miss the rest of the postseason because of more problems with his right ankle.
The Tigers, already without Delmon Young (left oblique), later released results of X-rays and a CT scan that showed Ordonez had re-fractured the ankle, which was surgically repaired in July 2010. Ordonez missed more than a month this summer because of problems with the ankle, then came out of the twice-interrupted ALCS opener.
“We’re a real resilient team. Do I like this? Obviously, no. Do I like losing Delmon? Obviously, no,” Leyland said.
The Rangers and Tigers will lose their travel day with Game 3 still set for Tuesday in Detroit.
Derek Holland pitches today for the Rangers against Max Scherzer, who gets an extra day after his 11⁄3 innings of relief in the Tigers’ AL division series clincher Thursday night against the New York.
Holland planned to use the extra time to rest, review video of himself and the Detroit hitters and go through all his other pre-start routines.
Published in The Messenger 10.10.11