The Detroit Tigers’ key series finale against the Chicago White Sox was rained out on Thursday night, with a makeup date scheduled for Monday (the two teams’ last day off this season). That change means that instead of the expected Justin Verlander vs. Chris Sale showdown on the mound, the Tigers will turn to Doug Fister to knock off the White Sox again.
Fister outdueled Jake Peavy on Tuesday night — Fister retired the last 14 batters he faced, as the Tigers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to knock off Peavy and Chicago, 5-3. Gavin Floyd reportedly will start Monday for Chicago.
Verlander will now start Friday night’s series opener in Cleveland against Corey Kluber. Anibal Sanchez will be pushed back a day to start Saturday, with Rick Porcello sliding to Sunday’s start. The White Sox will be in Minnesota this weekend, sporting a one-game division lead, before returning for Monday’s game, which has a 2:05 p.m. ET start.
Detroit begins a 10-game homestand — its final homestand of the season — on Tuesday against Oakland. The White Sox, meanwhile, will head to Kansas City on Tuesday before a three-game set in Los Angels against the Angels.