CHICAGO -- Here's an unexpected obstacle for the Chicago White Sox in a pennant race. Two doubleheaders in the same week.
They will be forced to play their second twinbill in five days Saturday because Friday night's game against Detroit was postponed by rain. It will be a standard -- not a split -- doubleheader beginning at 2:55 p.m. The nightcap starts 30 minutes after the opener.
"We're not the best team in the world when we play doubleheaders. I don't remember having happy faces when we leave here after we played a doubleheader," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said before Friday night's game was postponed.
The AL Central leaders also had their Monday night game against Toronto washed out. And when they came back for a day-night deal Tuesday, the Blue Jays beat them both games.
"I hate to play a doubleheader," Guillen said. "The thing about it, every time you play a doubleheader there is too much pressure on the players to be here all day. All of a sudden you don't know you are going to finish up the day. Our experience in the past is that we're not too good in doing that."
But as Guillen quickly pointed out, the weather is out of his control. And who would know that better than a guy who spent 13 years of his career as a player in climate-fickle Chicago before taking over as manager in 2004.
The forecast for Saturday is for more rain and if the teams can't get both games in, they'll try for a split doubleheader on Sunday. It's Detroit's final trip to Chicago this season.
Chicago's Javier Vazquez will pitch one game Saturday for the White Sox, but their Game 2 starter was undetermined Friday night. It could be Lance Broadway. Kenny Rogers and Zach Miner will start for the Tigers on Saturday.
"I definitely wanted to play. There is not anything you can do about that," Danks said. "We knew it was going to be bad weather."
Detroit manager Jim Leyland discussed the weather before the game and said he doesn't get excited about it one way or the other.
"We're here. When they say play, we're going to play," he added.
Even though batting practice was canceled, the grounds crew worked on the field to dry it out and it appeared the game would start on time Friday night. But three minutes before the scheduled 7:11 first pitch, the tarp was rolled out and the field was covered again. The rain quickly picked up. About half an hour later, the game was called.
The White Sox did win something Friday -- a coin flip with the Twins. That means if a tiebreaker is needed to decide the AL Central title, Chicago would host Minnesota in the one-game playoff at U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox had a one-game lead over the Twins headed into play Friday.
"I hope we don't have to do that," Guillen said.
"It's great because we play good at home and they play good when they play in the dome. I'd rather be here than be out there. It's a noisy place and we don't play well there. At least we'll have something of an advantage."