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Games 147 & 148: Tigers (70-76) at White Sox (81-65)

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Game 1: Justin Verlander (9-13, 5.49) vs. Javier Vazquez (11-13, 4.29)

Game 2: Kenny Rogers (10-15, 4.78) vs. John Danks (10-8, 3.44)

** UPDATE (4:30 p.m.): Again via Jason Beck, the White Sox are trying to get the field ready for a 5:30 p.m. start. So we'll have a straight doubleheader. But what happens if the first game runs into the 8 p.m. ESPN start time? ** UPDATE (12:30 p.m.): It's not looking very good for this first game. According to Jason Beck, there's still a steady downpour in Chicago. Tonight's game is still a possibility as the rain is supposed to clear up by then. Okay, maybe the third time will be the charm. After getting rained out Friday night and all of Saturday, the Tigers will attempt yet again to play the 147th game of their season. Shall we take bets on whether or not this game (along with tonight's second half of the day-night doubleheader) gets played? Remnants of Hurricane Ike could keep the Chicago area (and most of the Great Lakes region) soaked throughout most of the day.

Last night, I had the idea that the U.S. Cellular Field groundskeeping crew could stretch a tarp over the top of the stadium, and the whole thing could stay inflated by the hot air Ken Harrelson and Darrin Jackson (who apparently will be seeking a new job next season) exhale throughout their broadcast. It's probably too late to implement now, but I really think it could work if given a shot.

This afternoon's game will not be televised, unfortunately, as FSN Detroit couldn't secure the rights for the broadcast. I'm pretty sure I can't explain why that is, other than to say the FSN crew was only supposed to televise Friday's game in this series.

Brandon Inge will likely miss today's games, leaving the team to attend funeral services for his grandfather, who passed away on Thursday. That could depend on his ability to get a flight out of Chicago through all this rain, however. He'll rejoin the Tigers on Monday in Texas.