Detroit Tigers-Seattle Mariners game delayed by rain

Verlander-Paxton matchup likely delayed by rain

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DETROIT - UPDATE: The Tigers have officially announced a rain delay for Thursday's game. Today's first pitch is now scheduled for approximately 1:55pm.

The afternoon game between the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners on Thursday in Detroit will likely be delayed by rain.

Rain is moving through the area, including Downtown Detroit, but it should be out of the area shortly after the scheduled first pitch.

The game was set to start at 1:10 p.m.

Local 4's Paul Gross says it will likely be delayed, but the Tigers will play a full, uninterrupted game.

Detroit's offensive explosion couldn't last forever, and the Tigers finally met their match on Wednesday in Seattle Mariners lefty James Paxton.

The Tigers will try to get the bats going again and win the series when they host the Mariners in the rubber match on Thursday.

Detroit knocked off Minnesota 13-4 on Sunday and did even better in the series opener against Seattle, scoring its most runs since 2008 and recording its most hits since Sept. 2013 with 24 in a 19-9 rout, all without former MVP Miguel Cabrera (groin) in the lineup.

But the Mariners, who have enjoyed their own surge offensively with a total of 28 runs in their last three games, got a better effort on the mound on Wednesday from Paxton and managed to even the series while improving their road record to 3-10.

Seattle (9-13), which heads to Cleveland on Friday to continue the 10-game trip, is looking at a near future without ace Felix Hernandez (shoulder) and leading hitter Mitch Haniger (oblique), who were both placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. The Tigers will send ace Justin Verlander to the mound opposite Mariners righty Hisashi Iwakuma on Thursday.

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