Inclement weather wipes out Tigers-Yankees doubleheader

Chris McCosky

Detroit — With freezing conditions overnight, with the temperature hovering at 32-degrees by 11 a.m. and with a mix of snow and rain still falling, the Tigers postponed both games of the split doubleheader with the Yankees Sunday.

The first game was called at 11 a.m. and the second, as it became clear the weather was not going to relent, around 1 p.m.

There were prolonged negotiations throughout the morning between the Tigers, Yankees, Major League Baseball and the players’ association about trying to schedule a make-up date. This was the Yankees' only scheduled visit to Detroit.

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All sides finally agreed to play a makeup split doubleheader on June 4 — a common off-day for both teams. The Tigers will be finishing a home series against Toronto and then traveling to Boston. The Yankees will be on their way from Baltimore to Toronto.

Major League Baseball would have preferred to keep that an off-day, to keep full attention on the draft, which starts that day.

Left-hander Francisco Liriano was scheduled to pitch Saturday and the first game Sunday. After an off-day Monday,  Liriano is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Orioles. Matthew Boyd will pitch Wednesday and Jordan Zimmermann on Thursday.