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Cincinnati — After more than six hours and 13 innings Wednesday night, Mother Nature decided to give the Tigers and Reds a break.

Storms hit the area around 7:30 p.m. Thursday and by 7:45, the game had been canceled.

The forecast showed the rains were going to continue throughout the night.

The make-up date wasn't immediately announced. The Reds and Tigers have mutual off days on Aug. 3 and Aug. 24. On the first, the Tigers will be flying home from Baltimore, having just finished a three-city trip with no off-days. The Reds would be in the middle of a home stand.

The Aug. 24 date seems to make more sense. Both teams are in the midst of home stands.

As for the Tigers rotation, Justin Verlander was supposed to make his 300th career start here Thursday.

Verlander will now pitch the first game of the Yankees series Friday night. Alfredo Simon will pitch Saturday, and Anibal Sanchez on Sunday.

Left-hander Kyle Ryan would then pitch against the left-handed heavy Indians on Monday.

The Tigers did not open the clubhouse after the game was postponed.

chris.mccosky@detroitnews.com

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