Playoff Series: Game 4 of 4

Detroit won 4-0

Game 1: Saturday, October 13
in 12
NY Yankees4
Game 2: Sunday, October 14
NY Yankees0
Game 3: Tuesday, October 16
NY Yankees1Final
Game 4: Wednesday, October 17
NY YankeesPostponed
Game 4: Thursday, October 18
NY Yankees1Final

    Coverage:  TBS

    4:00 PM ET, October 18, 2012

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    NYY 000001000 1 2 2
    DET 10140011 - 8 16 1

    W: M. Scherzer (1-0)

    L: C. Sabathia (0-1)

    Yankees-Tigers Preview

    DETROIT (AP) -- One win from the World Series. Rainy or not, the Detroit Tigers will have to wait.

    Game 4 of the AL championship series between the Tigers and New York Yankees was postponed because of a stormy forecast Wednesday night -- although Comerica Park was still dry when the decision was made.

    "They kept saying it was going to come and it never came," Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer said. "So go figure."

    About an hour later, however, heavy rain started to fall, soaking the tarp that was placed on the infield before the postponement.

    With the Tigers seeking a sweep in the best-of-seven series, Game 4 was rescheduled for Thursday at 4:07 p.m. New York will send ace CC Sabathia to the mound against Scherzer. The Tigers will have lefty Phil Coke, who saved Games 2 and 3, available after a day of rest.

    Game 5, if necessary, would be Friday in Detroit.

    Under the original schedule, there was a good chance Sabathia would pitch a potential Game 7 on three days' rest if the Yankees rallied in the series. Now, he might be limited to one start -- and New York might need to win four games in four days to advance.

    "You cannot think about Game 7 when you need to win a game," New York second baseman Robinson Cano said.

    Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson, benched along with third baseman Alex Rodriguez by manager Joe Girardi on Wednesday before the game was called, said the unplanned night off might actually help him and his slumping team.

    "It's definitely not going to hurt by any means," Granderson said. "We haven't played well to this point. Who knows? Change is always a good thing."

    The first pitch Wednesday night was slated for 8:07 p.m. But shortly before the scheduled start, the crowd was informed of a delay. A radar forecast for the Detroit area was eventually posted on the scoreboard video screen, as if to explain to fans why there was no baseball despite what was still pleasant weather at the ballpark.

    The postponement was announced after a delay of about 70 minutes. A misty rain finally began about 15 minutes after the postponement was announced and steady rain followed shortly thereafter.

    The Tigers are no strangers to rain in the playoffs. Last year, ace Justin Verlander had two starts cut short by bad weather -- although both were on the road.

    "A lot of people were pretty upset that Verlander didn't get to finish his start," Detroit catcher Alex Avila said. "So, I think people would be pretty upset if they didn't get to see Scherzer and Sabathia finish their starts as well. Major League Baseball is trying to protect not only the pitchers, but also play a clean game without having to stop and stuff like that."

    After Game 1 of the 2011 ALCS at Texas was delayed twice for a total of 1 hour, 50 minutes, Game 2 was called off well before the scheduled first pitch because of a forecast calling for more wet weather. Then, it didn't rain that night.

    There is also a chance of rain in Detroit during at least parts of Thursday and Friday, but the forecast calls for mostly sunny and partly cloudy skies late afternoon and early evening Thursday that would allow the teams to play ball.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Gameday Matchup

     New YorkDetroit
    Current StreakW4W1
    Last 107-38-2

    Pitching Matchup

    New YorkDetroit
    C. Sabathia
    0-0, 0.00 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/18 at DET
    3.2 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = Loss
    M. Scherzer
    1-0, 1.59 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/28 at DET
    6.1 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.New YorkDetroit
    1. I. Suzuki, LF A. Jackson, CF
    2. N. Swisher, RF O. Infante, 2B
    3. R. Cano, 2B M. Cabrera, 3B
    4. M. Teixeira, 1B P. Fielder, 1B
    5. R. Ibanez, DH D. Young, DH
    6. E. Chavez, 3B J. Peralta, SS
    7. R. Martin, C A. Dirks, LF
    8. B. Gardner, CF A. Garcia, RF
    9. E. Nunez, SS G. Laird, C

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