July 1, 2016

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Tribe: Indians postponed, Cleveland’s rotation gets pushed back

Cleveland pitcher Zach McAllister will face the Tigers today. (AP FILE PHOTO)

Cleveland pitcher Zach McAllister will face the Tigers today. (AP FILE PHOTO)

DETROIT — An early-season Central Division showdown in Motown will have to wait until tonight.

The opener of a three-game series between the Indians and Tigers was postponed Tuesday because of cold weather at Comerica Park. Snow fell in Detroit during the morning hours and temperatures hovered around 30 degrees for much of the day.

The Tigers made the decision to postpone the game and make it up at a later date.

“When I came out of the hotel, I was almost relieved (it was postponed) because it was cold,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Francona said the Indians would push their rotation back, which means a scheduled marquee pitching matchup of aces Justin Masterson and Justin Verlander will not take place in the series finale Thursday.

Tuesday’s scheduled starter, Zach McAllister (1-0, 2.31 ERA), will pitch tonight (7:08) against right-hander Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 3.00), while Danny Salazar (0-1, 6.75) squares off against Verlander (1-1, 2.57) Thursday at 1:08 p.m.

Masterson (0-0, 5.87) will open a three-game series Friday against Toronto at Progressive Field, followed by Corey Kluber (1-1, 5.40) on Saturday.

Right-hander Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 7.84) has been pitching out of the bullpen but will return to the rotation to start the series finale Sunday against the Blue Jays.

It is the third postponement for Cleveland, which has already played two doubleheaders over the first two weeks of the season. Another twin bill might be on the horizon for the Indians, who could play the make-up during their next scheduled trip to Detroit (July 18-20) immediately after the All-Star break.

“You don’t want to get too many games backed up late in the season,” Francona said.

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