Delayed Game 4 starts

Updated: October 12, 2011, 10:37 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

DETROIT -- For the third time in this AL Championship Series, Mother Nature has interfered. A light, but steady and persistent rain forced Game 4 of the ALCS to start at 6:30 p.m. ET, more than two hours past schedule.

The tarp was taken off the field at 5:50 p.m., so neither team was able to take batting practice outside.

Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison and Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello were scheduled to pitch in the game with the Rangers leading 2-1 in the series.

The Rangers won 7-3 in the 11th, taking a decisive edge in the series at 3-1.

This is not the first time rain has impacted the series.

The two teams lost the first off-day of this series when Game 2 of the series was postponed more than four hours before the scheduled first pitch because of heavy rains in the forecast. It turned out that it didn't rain much in Arlington when the game was scheduled to be played. But the league didn't want to risk having fans have to sit through possible delays for a second straight day.

Rain played a part in Game 1 of the series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, causing two delays lasting nearly two hours combined. The second delay ended the night for starting pitchers C.J. Wilson and Justin Verlander earlier than expected.

The Rangers won the game 3-2.

Players spent the time before the game hanging out and hitting in the cages.

"All you can do is wait," Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "You just make sure you're ready when the time comes."

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.

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