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Tigers-Yankees playoff opener suspended by rain

The playoff opener between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees was suspended because of rain in the second inning Friday night, probably wiping out the ace of each pitching staff for a few days.

Justin Verlander started for Detroit against CC Sabathia in a highly anticipated matchup between two of the game’s best pitchers. The score was tied at 1 in the middle of the second inning when play was halted.

According to a rule adopted by Major League Baseball two years ago, the game is not postponed. Instead, it will pick up today (5:30 p.m. Pacific) at the point of suspension – weather permitting – with the Yankees coming to bat in the second inning. The forecast calls for rain through late tonight.

The Yankees will start rookie Ivan Nova today while the Tigers will counter with former Mariner Doug Fister.