ALCS Game 2 postponed until Monday

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by Staff and Wire Reports

WFAA

Posted on October 9, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 9 at 10:24 PM

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ARLINGTON — Sunday's Game 2 of the American League Championship Series between the Rangers and Tigers has been postponed until Monday at 3:19 p.m.

More rain was predicted in the area for Sunday night, and while a storm came within seven miles of Rangers Ballpark, no rain fell during what would have been the time originally planned for the game.

"We felt with the forecast that we had that we didn't want to experience what we did last night. ... With the forecast for this evening, it appears that it's going to be a duplication of what we saw," Rangers president Nolan Ryan said Sunday. "The one thing we're concerned about is the integrity of the game and not put either team in a situation where there is a possibility the elements could affect the outcome of the game."

But WFAA meteorologist Steve McCauley said that a revised forecast appears to show the bulk of rainfall Sunday evening shifted to the east of Arlington. "I don't think we're going to see the 100 percent coverage of the rainfall for tonight; we've already had it," he said. "It has already come through three hours early."

McCauley said there could be some "very scattered" rainfall developing to the southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth during the evening. "The bulk of the rain will be to the east and northeast of Dlalas-Fort Worth," he said.

Game 2 tickets can be used for admission to Monday's rescheduled game.

Game 1 on Saturday night was twice delayed during the top of the fifth inning when sheets of rain began falling at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Texas went on to win 3-2.

The rain delays Saturday night were the first at Rangers Ballpark since May 24. This season was played during one of the hottest and driest summers in North Texas, including 27 games when the temperature was 100 degrees or more at first pitch.

If the game is played in Arlington on Monday, the series will lose one of its scheduled off days. Games 3 and 4 and Game 5 (if necessary) would be played Tuesday through Thursday in Detroit.

After the postponement, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Magglio Ordonez will miss the rest of the postseason because of an ankle injury, the second Detroit Tigers outfielder out of the ALCS.

Leyland said Ordonez is having problems with the right ankle that he broke last season, an injury that caused him to miss more than a month this summer.

Ordonez came out of Saturday's opener after the second of two rain delays in the top of the fifth inning. Ordonez drew a walk during a short resumption of play between the delays and was replaced by a pinch-runner when the game resumed for good.

Delmon Young was taken off the roster Saturday because of an oblique injury.

WFAA.com editor Josh Davis and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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