Texas weathers the storm

After a pair of lengthy rain delays, Rangers' bullpen closes out Tigers in ALCS Game 1

Updated: October 10, 2011, 11:56 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers played 81 home games this year with only one rainout, and hadn't endured a weather delay during a game since May 24. For much of this season, the tarpaulin at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington saw less action than backup infielder Andres Blanco.

So naturally, with 50,114 die-hards poised to watch Justin Verlander take on C.J. Wilson in the opener of the American League Championship Series, the rain came in sheets, waves and installments. ...

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