ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers are again being halted by rain.
The AL championship series opener went into a rain delay in the top of the fifth inning Saturday night with the Texas Rangers leading 3-0.
Verlander had pitched one inning in Game 1 of the AL division series at the New York Yankees on Sept. 30 when that game was suspended. Under a rules change adopted two years ago, postseason games are suspended instead of being cut short or wiped out. Verlander came back and started Game 3, which he won.
The Rangers Ballpark field was covered soon after Ramon Santiago led off the fifth with a double off C.J. Wilson.
Wilson already had six strikeouts and had benefitted from two inning-ending double plays.
Texas took a 2-0 lead in the second on an RBI triple by David Murphy before he scored on Ian Kinsler’s single. Nelson Cruz homered in the fourth.