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ALDS Game 2 pushed to Thursday

ALDS Game 2 pushed to Thursday

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NEW YORK -- With forecasts of heavy rain in the Bronx for most of the night on Wednesday, Game 2 of the American League Division Series between the Yankees and Tigers was postponed until Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.

"It affects both teams," shortstop Derek Jeter said. "It's not like there's an advantage either way. Obviously I think they're making the right decision."

"You just want to be able to play a clean game of baseball," general manager Brian Cashman said. "Tonight, that wasn't going to be possible."

Mike Mussina, who was scheduled to start for the Yankees, never began his warmups, while Tigers starter Justin Verlander did some light throwing in the outfield but didn't throw off a mound. Both pitchers will start Thursday's game.

"I don't think either side wanted to send their starter out to pitch three innings, then watch it rain again," Mussina said. "You have to deal with what you have to deal with. Tonight, it rained, but tomorrow looks like a much better day."

"They wanted to make sure we could play the whole game," Jorge Posada said. "You don't want to lose any starting pitchers."

Players in the Yankees' clubhouse were tracking the storm system on the Internet, which showed several storms headed for the area. Mussina said that several players voiced their opinions to manager Joe Torre and pitching coach Ron Guidry that the game should be postponed.

"We said, 'This is crazy. You're going to mess up the whole series if we play a few innings and then get rained out,'" Mussina said. "It's just better this way. Even if it stopped raining 10 minutes from now, it's better this way."

"From my understanding, it's supposed to rain for another couple of hours," Jeter said. "If we wanted to play here in front of no fans until four or five in the morning ... I don't think it would have been a good thing."

The game was actually delayed before the rain began falling, as inclement weather conditions were expected to hit the Bronx around 8:30 p.m. ET.

The tarp was placed on the field at approximately 8:15 p.m. Both teams had been informed of the potential delay and told not to allow Mussina or Verlander to warm up.

After roughly 80 minutes, the grounds crew removed the tarp from the field and began preparing the field for the game, which was set to start around 10 p.m. But at 9:56, the grounds crew put the tarp back on the field, as the game was called by Major League Baseball due to weather concerns. Fans were informed of the decision at 10:05.

"We had rain, we had more rain coming and we had more rain coming after that," Cashman said. "We've made calls like that in the past."

"It sounded like they were going to try to start with an hour window, then watch it rain on us again," Mussina said. "That's what it sounded like was going to happen. ... I'm glad somebody made a good decision."

Fans holding "Home Game 2" tickets for the game must use their tickets for the rescheduled game on Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Only "Home Game 2" tickets will be honored for the rescheduled game on Thursday.

According to a press release issued by the Yankees, no ticket exchanges will be honored and no part of the purchase price will be refunded by reason of the failure of the ticket holder to use the ticket on the rescheduled game date, per the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball.

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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