DETROIT (AP) - The Yankees were ready to bench Alex Rodriguez again when Game 4 of the AL championship series was postponed by rain.
Now, New York's top pitcher also might face a limited role, making a playoff comeback that already seemed far-fetched appear even more unlikely.
Game 4 was called off Wednesday night and rescheduled for this afternoon, delaying Detroit's attempt to win its second AL pennant in seven years. The Tigers lead the best-of-seven series 3-0 and were ready to send Max Scherzer to the mound against Yankees ace CC Sabathia.
Grounds crew members cover the field during a rain delay at Game 4 of the American League championship series between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees Wednesday.
After the rainout, there's a chance Game 4 could be Sabathia's only start of the series even if New York is able to rally. Under the original schedule, he could have pitched a potential Game 7 on three days' rest.
Scherzer and the Tigers will have another chance today, when the teams try again to play Game 4.
"I would have played at 1 a.m. I don't care," Scherzer said. "Whenever they want to give me the ball, that's great."
The first pitch Wednesday night was slated for 7:07 p.m. (Central). But shortly before the scheduled start, the crowd was informed of a delay. A radar forecast for the Detroit area was eventually posted on the scoreboard video screen, as if to explain to fans why there was no baseball despite what was still pleasant weather at the ballpark.
"They kept saying it was going to come and it never came. So go figure," Scherzer said.
The postponement was announced after a delay of about 70 minutes. A misty rain finally began about 15 minutes after the postponement was announced and steady rain followed shortly thereafter.