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Detroit at Kansas City

Tigers-Royals game postponed by rain

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY -- The Detroit Tigers game against Kansas City on Friday night was postponed by rain, adding just one more sad chapter in a lost year for the Royals.

Festivities celebrating the Royals' 1985 World Series championship had been scheduled, with about 20 members and officials from that team on hand.

They signed autographs a couple of hours earlier. But heavy rains had not allowed the teams even to take the field before Fred White, a broadcaster during the 1985 season, came onto the infield at 8:26 CDT and announced that it was just going to "be impossible to get this game in."

Then, as a light rain fell, members of the 1985 team were introduced, and stood along the third base line. Only a few thousand fans were still in the stands.

The Royals have the major-leagues' worst record, 38-76, and are on a team-record 13-game losing streak.

"Doesn't this just sum up the entire season," said John Wathan, a former Royals manager who was a utility catcher-infielder in 1985.

There was no immediate makeup date announced. Both teams said Friday's scheduled pitchers -- Detroit's Jason Johnson (7-9) and Kansas City's Jose Lima (4-10) would be pushed back a day and Saturday's scheduled starters would pitch on Sunday -- Mike Maroth (9-11) vs. Runelvys Hernandez (8-10).

Bret Saberhagen, the 1985 World Series MVP after winning two games in the seven-game series, will be inducted into the team's hall of fame on Saturday night.

The Tigers return to Kansas City Sept. 19-21.

"We don't want to play a doubleheader in the next couple of days," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "We prefer it be in September when they come in."

 
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