Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Guardians postponed due to weather; doubleheader Friday

Detroit Free Press

CLEVELAND — The Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Guardians postponed Thursday’s series opener, scheduled for 7:15 p.m., due to inclement weather at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

There will be a straight doubleheader Friday for the first two games of the four-game series. The first game of the doubleheader will begin at 4:10 p.m., with the second game scheduled for 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

The series opener was officially postponed at 5:31 p.m. Thursday.

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The Tigers will start left-hander Tarik Skubal and right-hander Matt Manning in Friday’s doubleheader. Shortstop Javier Báez, who hasn’t played since Aug. 11, is expected to be activated from the bereavement list and return to the lineup.

Seven of the Tigers’ final 42 games will be played against the Guardians, including the last three games of the regular season at Comerica Park. The Tigers won two of three games in each of the first two series this season. Detroit hasn’t taken a season series from Cleveland since 2015.

The Tigers have hit at least one home run in their past 11 games, the franchise’s longest streak in a single season since launching at least one homer in a 13-game stretch from April 4-18, 2017.

Contact Evan Petzold at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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