DETROIT (AP) -- Kenny Rogers had to wait another day to make his 2007 home debut.
Heavy rain caused Wednesday's game between the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers to be rained out. The decision to call the game was made 1 hour, 26 minutes after the scheduled 1:05 p.m. EDT start, and the game was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sept. 11.Rogers had been among seven 40-year-old starting pitchers slated to pitch for teams Wednesday. Now he's slated to go Thursday against Kevin Millwood.Last year, Rogers was 7-0 when starting after a Tigers' loss and 17-8 overall. He missed the first 2 1/2 months of this season following surgery to remove a blood clot in his pitching shoulder."He's not the only guy on this team that can go out and win a game," Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge said, "but every time he's out there, you feel pretty confident. He was pretty good in Atlanta."Last Friday at Atlanta, Rogers beat the Braves by allowing two hits in six shutout innings. He struck out five and walked none in a 5-0 victory."It was like that in the playoffs," Inge said. "When he's throwing like that, you feel it, too."Rogers threw 23 scoreless innings in three starts during the postseason. Outfielder Craig Monroe vividly remembers Rogers' performance in Game 3 of the AL division series against the New York Yankees, when the emotional 18-year veteran got his first career postseason win by throwing 7 2-3 scoreless innings."He did such a great job for us during the season," Monroe said, "but that game really showed a lot. He's proven that he can go out and win a game. You want to do all you can to help him, just like you want to help any of the other guys when they're out there."Detroit is coming off a 9-6 loss to Texas in which the Rangers scored five runs in the seventh and Todd Jones gave up three more in the ninth.Texas manager Ron Washington, whose team has won six of its last seven, said Rogers is just one piece of a dangerous rotation. Detroit starters have 36 of the Tigers' 45 wins."They're all tough," Washington said. "That's why they're where they are right now."
Rangers RHP Willie Eyre may not start July 1 at Boston. He left Tuesday's game after being hit in the chest with a line drive. X-rays showed no serious injury. ... Monroe, Detroit's regular left fielder, was scratched from Wednesday's lineup with soreness in his left knee. He hoped to play Thursday. ... Wednesday's game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Sept. 11.