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Rangers rained out in Detroit

Rangers rained out in Detroit

DETROIT -- The Rangers' game with the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday was postponed by rain.

The two teams will now play a day-night doubleheader on Sept. 11, when the Rangers return to Detroit. The first game starts at 12:05 p.m. CT and the second game begins at 6:05 at Comerica Park.

The two teams will finish out this series with a single game at 12:05 p.m. on Thursday at Comerica Park. The Rangers are pitching Kevin Millwood and the Tigers are going with left-hander Kenny Rogers. Both were scheduled to pitch on Wednesday.

The Rangers will push the rest of the rotation back. Jamey Wright, Robinson Tejeda and Kameron Loe will pitch the first three games of a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox. The Rangers are undecided for the fourth game on Monday.

Rangers manager Ron Washington welcomed Wednesday's rainout, because it gave him a chance to rest his bullpen.

"Which is what we needed," Washington said.

Washington was most concerned about relievers Eric Gagne and Akinori Otsuka. Both had pitched four times in the previous six days and Washington wasn't planning on using them on Wednesday. He said if there had been a save situation, he would have gone with either Frank Francisco or Joaquin Benoit.

"They both should be ready tomorrow," Washington said.

The rainout also gave Washington a chance to change his plans about giving players a day off. Kenny Lofton was out of the lineup on Wednesday, but he'll be back in there against Rogers on Thursday.

Washington was also planning to use Michael Young as his designated hitter on Thursday and give Ian Kinsler a day off. But Wednesday's rainout ended that plan. Young will be at shortstop and Kinsler will be at second base on Thursday.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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