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10/05/06 12:00 AM ET
Verlander not affected by rainout
Brief warmup session won't keep Tigers starter from Game 2
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Justin Verlander had just gotten showered and dressed and was getting ready to leave the visitor's clubhouse at Yankee Stadium after Wednesday's postponement when Brandon Inge gave him yet another in a long line of updates. "Hey, Justin, the game's back on," Inge joked. "It's a 10:45 start." That update wasn't any less accurate than some of the others floated around the ballpark on this night. Verlander was told shortly before going out to warm up for the 8:10 p.m. ET start time that the first pitch would be delayed. Later, he was told that it would be a 10 p.m. start. Several minutes after that, he was given notice of the cancellation. Thankfully, Verlander never began seriously warming up. "I just played catch," he said. "Some light toss." So Verlander should be ready to go for Thursday's rescheduled Game 2 of the ALDS. His already rested arm is even more rested now. Verlander hasn't pitched since Sept. 24 The rookie said that the extra wait shouldn't affect his preparedness. "I don't think it's too big of a deal," he said. "I'm not making a big deal out of it. I just want to play baseball."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.