Friday night’s series opener between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers from Comerica Park has been postponed due to rain.
The contest, which was scheduled to send right-handers Josh Tomlin and Anibal Sanchez to the bump, has been rescheduled for September 1 as part of a doubleheader.
The postponement will alter the pitching probables for the weekend. The Indians were set to throw Carlos Carrasco in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader before opting for a bullpen game for the latter contest, but he will now pitch in the nightcap with Tomlin starting the afternoon game. Detroit right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will remain matched up against Carrasco in the evening game, with Sanchez facing off with Tomlin in the new series opener.
There was no word at the time of this story if the Tigers would push left-hander Matt Boyd back to Sunday for that start, moving Justin Verlander back a day from his previously planned Sunday start, or not. Boyd was set to be added as a spot starter for Saturday and had pitched well at Triple-A Toledo, but it is believed that Verlander will get the start.
With an off-day on Monday, the Indians could keep everyone on normal rest by throwing both Tomlin and Carrasco in Saturday’s doubleheader and Mike Clevinger in the finale on Sunday. Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber would then line up to pitch in the series in Cleveland against the San Diego Padres beginning Tuesday night, with Tomlin likely pitching on Thursday on normal rest and Carrasco on Friday with an extra day between starts when the Tigers come to Cleveland for a three-game weekend set to close out the first half.
Game one of Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled for 1:10 PM ET. The day-night double dip will conclude with a 7:15 PM ET first pitch in Game two.
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