DETROIT -- Tigers players had a message for fans frustrated by Wednesday's rainout -- called before it actually rained. They didn't feel too good about it either, but it was what they were told to do.
"It wasn't up to us," catcher Alex Avila said. "I can understand the fans' frustrations, but it's the same as ours. I mean, we want to play. We're sitting in here bored out of our minds all day. That's just the way it is. Can't really control it."
Reliever Phil Coke echoed what MLB's concern was, that they need to get nine innings in rather than just hope to get through the fifth.
"I want to play the full nine," Coke said. "If you're gonna play a game, you want to play a game. You don't want it to be possibly turned into a five-and-dive because Mother Nature said so. Nobody does. That's not why we play the game. We play the game to play the game, all of it."