Game 2 of ALCS postponed until Monday

Game 2 of ALCS postponed until Monday

Game 2 of ALCS postponed until Monday
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers saw Sunday's forecast and it looked much like what they experienced on Saturday. With a much more favorable forecast in store for Monday, Game 2 of the American League Championship Series was postponed on Sunday afternoon.

The game scheduled for Sunday evening has been moved to 4:19 p.m. ET on Monday at the Ballpark in Arlington. An announcement came on Sunday afternoon 3 1/2 hours before the scheduled start of the game. At the time it was not raining at the Ballpark.

"With the forecast that we had ... we didn't want to experience what we did last night; and with the forecast for this evening, it appears that it's going to be duplication of what we saw last night," Rangers president Nolan Ryan said. "I think the one thing we're concerned about is the integrity of the game and not [putting] either team in a situation where possibly the elements could affect the outcome of the game."

The Rangers beat the Tigers, 3-2, in Game 1 on Saturday night. The game was delayed twice in the fifth inning for a total of 110 minutes and did not end until after midnight local time. Ryan said Commissioner Bud Selig has the ultimate decision to postpone the game. Selig did so after consulting with both teams and members of the Commissioner's Office in Arlington. That includes MLB vice president Joe Torre.

"[Selig] had been in contact with his personnel here today and was abreast of everything," Ryan said. "And it was just a matter of accumulating the information and making a decision. Obviously he didn't want to see us, and our fans and the two teams go through what they did last night.

"With the off-day, we have off days and travel days, so it makes more sense to do it tomorrow with a good forecast versus the forecast that we have for this evening."

Both teams will not alter their rotations because of the weather. Max Scherzer will start for the Tigers in Game 2 and Derek Holland will do so for the Rangers. The Tigers will follow with Doug Fister in Game 3, Rick Porcello in Game 4 and, if necessary, Justin Verlander in Game 5. The Rangers are still following Holland with Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison and C.J. Wilson.

The big news on the Tigers' side is not the rainout, but the loss of outfielder Magglio Ordonez, who will miss the rest of the series with a severe right ankle injury. But manager Jim Leyland also cleared up any doubts about his rotation by saying Verlander will pitch Game 5 rather than coming back for Game 4 on three days' rest. He threw 82 pitches over four innings in Game 1 before being forced out of the game by the two rain delays.

"Verlander, I know that will be a big question, so I'll take that off your mind as well," Leyland said on Sunday afternoon. "He'll pitch Game 5 under any circumstances."

Sunday night's weather forecast called for a 50 percent chance of rain. But there is always a strong possibility of heat-induced "popup" thunderstorms that could gather at any moment and cause more problems. The weather for Monday calls for clearing skies and only a 10 percent chance of rain.

Heavy thunderstorms moved through North Texas after midnight on Sunday morning, dumping several inches of rain and increasing the possibility of flash floods in an area stricken all summer by severe drought conditions.

"What we saw last night followed pretty much what we were told by our experts, as far as meteorologists and the weather service were concerned," Ryan said. "They thought we would have a window until about 8:30, maybe a little past that last night, and it held pretty true.

"Then what you got were popup showers starting and those are hard to predict, because you don't know where they're going to occur, when they're going to occur. They're more unpredictable. That's kind of what we're looking at this evening, is that they anticipate what happened last night happening again tonight."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.