NEW YORK (AP) – The second game of the AL playoff series between Detroit and the New York Yankees was postponed because of rain Wednesday night. The game never started and even though it did not rain hard, threatening weather was in the forecast.

Game 2 will be played Thursday at 1:09 p.m., with Justin Verlander starting for the Tigers against Mike Mussina. The travel day will be eliminated, and Game 3 will be Friday night in Detroit.

The Yankees lead the series 1-0.

The game was scheduled to start at 8:09 p.m. Shortly after the national anthem, the teams went back to their clubhouses, and the tarp was put over the infield even though it wasn’t raining.

A light rain began at 8:24 p.m., and it rained off and on until the grounds crew removed the tarp at about 9:40 p.m. During the regular season, games usually continue through rain of that magnitude.

The grounds crew removed the tarp at 9:37 p.m., and Verlander went to the outfield to start throwing.

But at 9:55 p.m., even though it wasn’t raining, the grounds crew put the tarp back on.

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