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Game 9: White Sox at Tigers

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UPDATE: Today's game has been postponed, due to rain. Doesn't that seem appropriate, in the wake of Mark Fidrych's passing? No word yet on a make-up date.

John Danks (0-0, 0.00) vs. Rick Porcello (0-1, 7.20), 1:05 p.m. EST

The weather situation's looking a bit shaky in Detroit, but the latest forecast seems to indicate that the rain might hit late in the afternoon, so the Tigers and White Sox should be able to get this game in. If the game gets rained out, however, it'll be interesting to see what the Tigers decide to do with Rick Porcello. Do they skip his turn in the rotation or push him back a day?

Honestly, I'm a bit nervous about Porcello facing the White Sox, as we're all too familiar with how their lineup can crush Tigers pitching. (Not to mention the crappy weather.) But if the kid manages to pitch well against the same batters that demolished Zach Miner yesterday, that would obviously help his case for staying in the rotation once Jeremy Bonderman rejoins the team.

In his first start of the season, John Danks shut out the Royals over six innings, allowing just three singles. Against the Tigers last season, Danks had a 2-0 and 2.41 ERA in three starts.

Gerald Laird and Adam Everett are both back in the lineup, after getting a day off yesterday. And Marcus Thames is today's left fielder, with Carlos Guillen again starting at designated hitter.

And I forgot to mention for yesterday's series opener that South Side Sox has your SB Nation opposing view.