Rain cancels Tigers-White Sox doubleheader; season will be shortened to 161 games
Chicago — As if this get-it-over-with, season-ending four-game series wasn’t tedious enough for a pair of teams long-separated from meaningful baseball, rains and wind pelted the South Side of Chicago most of the day Friday and put the scheduled doubleheader between the Tigers and White Sox in delay mode.
Game 1 finally got started at 5:02 p.m. Eastern time after a 52-minute delay. And the Tigers actually built a 4-2 lead. But 91 minutes later, while the White Sox were batting in the bottom of the fourth inning, the rains came again and did not relent.
The game was canceled at 7:40 p.m. ET. The Tigers and White Sox will attempt to play a straight doubleheader beginning at 3:40 p.m. Saturday. And there will be one game only on Sunday.
Thus, the Tigers will play a 161-game schedule this season.
Which, given their 112 losses already, is probably a blessing. All the statistics from the four-plus innings that were played Friday — including Grayson Greiner's sixth home run and a two-run double by Dawel Lugo — are washed away.
Matthew Boyd will get the start in Game 1 and Tyler Alexander will pitch the nightcap Saturday. The White Sox are likely to counter with Ivan Nova and Reynaldo Lopez.
Tigers at White Sox
First pitches: 3:40 p.m. Saturday, second game immediately following; Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago
►LHP Matthew Boyd (9-11, 4.57), Tigers: This will be his career-high 32nd start and he will be looking to post 10 wins for the first time. It will also be his fourth start against the White Sox and the second within a week.
►RHP Reynaldo Lopez (9-15, 5.57), White Sox: The Tigers are 3-1 against Lopez this season, hitting him at a .307 clip, scoring 16 runs in 21.1 innings. He has allowed a major league-high 109 earned runs.
►LHP Tyler Alexander (1-4, 4.99), Tigers: He was scratched Friday in anticipation of the bad weather.
►RHP Ivan Nova (11-12, 4.80), White Sox: He’s already beaten the Tigers twice in three starts this season.