The Astros and Red Sox will fight the rain in Game 4


The Astros and Red Sox are scheduled to play Game 4 at 1PM Eastern today. It’s an open question as to whether the game will start on time, however. For that matter it’s an open question as to whether it will be played at all. The forecast looks foreboding.

According to, there’s a 30% chance of showers beginning at 1PM. At 2PM it’s up to 78% and is around 85% between 3PM and 4PM. There’s a greater than 50% chance of rain between then and 9PM.

Tuesday’s forecast in Boston looks much better, so if this game gets banged, the clubs could play on what was to be a travel day. Houston leads the series 2-1, of course, so if they do play on Tuesday and Houston wins, they’re not traveling anyplace.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.