Just 24 hours ago and the Tigers were cruising toward finishing off a sweep of the Rays: they had put up 2 runs already and threatened more, and Brad Penny was mowing through the Rays lineup. Then the clouds let loose, that bit of a game became a daydream, and we awake here instead looking at a Red Sox team that just put up 2 touchdowns against Cleveland, and has already swept a short series against the Tigers.
Of course it’s more than likely the whole downpour/partial-game-unhappening could happen again today: early weather reports show a small but well-timed window without rain today.
If they do play, Max Scherzer will have his hands full with a Boston lineup which has won 10 of its last 12, while outscoring its opponents 74-41. And the hottest hitters have been the lefties: Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, and, finally, Carl Crawford. Scherzer will counter with Comerica magic: he is 3-0, 0.77 at home so far this season. The Tigers will face Alfredo Aceves, added to the Boston rotation when Daisuke Matsuzaka ran off to Japan with a sore arm.
Kevin Youkilis is day-to-day with a sore hand, so we may or may not see a rematch of Kid Rick vs The Youk on Friday, weather complications pending.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Brandon Inge
Inge’s job is to provide the hockey gear for the rain delay, as Brad Penny, fresh from a sharp 3-inning outing which never happened, gets another chance to put a few shots on goal. When the game resumes Inge, having read that Avila’s recent show of power is due to a heavier bat, attempts to bat with the warmup donut still on the bat and strains an oblique.
Today’s Singin’ in the Rain Lineup: