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DETROIT (AP) _ Game 4 of the AL championship series between the
New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers was postponed because of bad
weather in the area Wednesday night _ although Comerica Park was
still dry when the game was called.

Wednesday night’s game was rescheduled for Thursday at 4:07
p.m., when Game 5 was originally slated to be played. Detroit leads
the best-of-seven series 3-0.

The first pitch had been scheduled for 8:07 p.m., but shortly
before then 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 rather pleasant weather at the ballpark.

The postponement was announced after a delay of about 1 hour, 10
minutes.

A misty rain finally began about 15 minutes after the
postponement was announced.

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.

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.

New York was set to send ace CC Sabathia to the mound for Game 4
against Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer. Under the original
schedule, there also was a chance for Sabathia to pitch a potential
Game 7 on three days’ rest if the Yankees rallied in the series.

There was no immediate announcement on when Game 5 would be
played if the Yankees win Game 4. If Game 5 is simply moved to
Friday’s scheduled off day, then New York would have to win four
games in four days and Sabathia would seem unlikely to make more
than one start.

There is also a chance of rain in Detroit on Thursday and
Friday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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