Weather least of Tigers’ woes

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Detroit Tigers are wet and wounded.

After Game 2 of the American League Championship Series in Texas was postponed Sunday because of more rain in the forecast, manager Jim Leyland said the Tigers have lost their second starting outfielder for the series.

Magglio Ordonez is out for the rest of the season after he re-fractured his right ankle, which was surgically repaired in July 2010. He had missed more than a month this summer because of problems with that ankle, then came out of the twice-interrupted ALCS opener.

"Magglio had just been talking three or four days ago about how he felt great, how he felt as good as he’s felt for a long time," Leyland said.

Already without Delmon Young (left oblique), the Tigers lost to the defending AL champion Texas Rangers 3-2 in Game 1. The second game was rescheduled for 1:19 p.m. PDT today, and the teams will lose their travel day, with Game 3 still set for Tuesday at Detroit.

Derek Holland pitches today for the Rangers against Max Scherzer, who got an extra day of rest after his 1 1/3 innings of relief in the Tigers’ AL division series clincher against the New York Yankees on Thursday.

The ALCS opener was stopped by rain twice in the top of the fifth inning Saturday for a total of 1 hour, 50 minutes.

Ordonez, who had walked to load the bases during a 13-minute resumption between the delays, was replaced by a pinch runner when the game restarted for good. Leyland was told during the second stoppage of play that the ankle was bothering Ordonez again.

"When the trainer came in during the rain delay and told me, I was almost flabbergasted, to be honest with you," Leyland said. "It doesn’t appear that there was any significant movement or anything that did it. It just all of a sudden flared up."

Leyland said medical tests Sunday showed "a situation there that is not conducive to playing the rest of the year."

The manager didn’t elaborate, but the Tigers later released the results of X-rays and a CT scan that showed the re-fracture.

At 6:45 p.m. CDT, the scheduled first pitch Sunday, there were mostly overcast skies, though the sun had tried to peek through the clouds just before then. There was rain to the east but none at Rangers Ballpark, where the tarp covered the field. The only water visible were a few puddles on the warning track against the wall after the field had been inundated by heavy rains overnight.

But there was a forecast for more rain in the area Sunday night, and officials were wary of a repeat of what happened Saturday. The forecast today called for only a 10 percent chance of rain.

The rain delays Saturday were the first at Rangers Ballpark since May 24. This season was played during one of the hottest and driest summers in North Texas, including 27 games when the temperature was 100 degrees or more at first pitch.

Both of Detroit’s playoff series openers have been plagued by rain with ace Justin Verlander on the mound.

Verlander threw one inning and 25 pitches in the division series opener at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 30 when that game was suspended by rain. The right-hander who won 24 games in the regular season came back and started Game 3, winning as he threw 120 pitches with 11 strikeouts over eight innings.

The likely AL Cy Young Award winner threw 25 first-inning pitches again Saturday at Texas and had 82 in four innings before the first delay.

Though Leyland had planned to bring Verlander back after the first delay, that changed since it had been nearly two hours from his last pitch when the game finally resumed for good.

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