Daniel Norris expected to pitch Friday after Tigers, Indians game postponed

Jordan Zimmermann #27 of the Detroit Tigers. FILE

Thursday's postponement came after Wednesday's game was cut short after five innings due to rain, which continued through the night, Thursday morning and into the afternoon.

Fulmer is at 159 innings and would need to reach 162 to qualify for the ERA title - or 163 if the Tigers have to play a one-game tiebreaker for a postseason berth.

The Tigers announced that all paid tickets from Thursdays game will be honored on the makeup date on Monday. The Tigers are now a game behind Baltimore for the second wild card after the Orioles lost at Toronto on Tuesday.

Per a tweet from Detroit's public relations Twitter account, Daniel Norris, Jordan Zimmermann and Justin Verlander will start for the Tigers.

"Assuming that we're still in the thick of it, that might be tough to do because we might need him to pitch after Sunday", Ausmus said.

Ryan Merritt, the Indians' scheduled starter for Thursday, will instead pitch on Friday. The tarp was put back on and even though little or no rain fell for the next two-plus hours the outfield was soaked and potentially risky. The Tigers said over 6 inches of rain fell at Comerica. "If we were 20 games out, it would have been different, but we understood why they wanted to try to avoid everything getting backed up, and they did a great job of communicating with us". Once the managers returned to their respective clubhouses, the grounds crew pulled the tarp back on the infield.

Before the game, it looked like a mid-game delay would likely hurt the Tigers, who were hoping for a big night from Fulmer. So we were already iffy at that point, and then we got all the rest of the rain, ” Francona said.

Manager Brad Ausmus #7 of the Detroit Tigers inspects the field at Comerica Park with manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians and umpire Hunter Wendelstedt during a rain delay on September 29, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Even after losing two games with few of their everyday players in the lineup, the Indians have a 14-4 advantage in the season series. He started the 12-0 win on Tuesday for the Tigers, but in the four other starts he has had against the Indians this season, Detroit scored a combined seven runs. "I think it'd be a fun game to play, actually".

Mike Clevinger (2-3) lasted only two innings, allowing Cabrera's two-run double in the first and his three-run homer in the second.

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