Fri, Oct 27, 2006 - Page 23 News List

World Series clash cancelled due to heavy St. Louis rain

AP , ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Game 4 of the World Series was postponed on Wednesday because of rain and was due to be made up yesterday.

The rained out game could potentially send the World Series into scheduling chaos. More showers are expected for the next two days, and nobody was certain when the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals would play again.

``They're going to be dicey,'' said Jimmie Lee Solomon, executive vice president of Major League Baseball operations in the commissioner's office.

Game 5 at Busch Stadium was pushed to today, which was supposed to be a day off in the series.

It doesn't look much better this weekend in Detroit, with a forecast of rain and cold.

The Cardinals lead the best-of-seven series 2-1 after a 5-0 victory on Tuesday.

Steady showers all day led to the first World Series rainout since the 1996 opener between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. The rain fell harder as the night progressed, and the game was called after a delay of 1 hour, 51 minutes, the first time a Series game in St. Louis has been rained out.

It also was the fourth washout of a wet playoffs. The Cardinals had two games rained out in the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets, and Game 2 of Detroit's first-round series at Yankee Stadium also was postponed.

The postponement gives St. Louis manager Tony La Russa a chance to juggle his rotation. He could bring Jeff Weaver back on regular rest in Game 5 instead of pitching rookie Anthony Reyes again. Reyes, however, tossed eight-plus strong innings for a 7-2 victory in the opener.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland could do the same with Kenny Rogers, who beat Weaver in Game 2 on Sunday and extended his shutout streak to 23 innings this postseason. But Leyland specifically set up his rotation to give Rogers two starts at home, and the Series doesn't shift back to Detroit until Game 6.

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