DETROIT — The Chicago White Sox’ final road trip of the regular season just got one day longer.
Rain, rain and more rain in Michigan washed away Wednesday’s scheduled series finale with the Detroit Tigers. The White Sox will return to the Motor City for the makeup game Monday afternoon following a five-games-in-four-days set against the Cleveland Indians in Ohio.
The White Sox, then, must wait at least one more day to clinch the American League Central title. After dropping the first two games of the series with the Tigers, they woke up Wednesday with a magic number of 2. A Cleveland loss Wednesday night would get it down to 1, but that’s as small as it can shrink before Thursday’s doubleheader at Progressive Field.
White Sox right-hander Reynaldo López, who was originally scheduled for Wednesday at Detroit, is set to start the first game of the Thursday doubleheader at Cleveland. The White Sox' Game 2 starter is still to be determined.
That pushes back the rest of the rotation a day, with Dylan Cease penciled in for Friday, Lance Lynn for Saturday and Lucas Giolito for Sunday. Southpaw Dallas Keuchel slots in for the makeup game Monday.
Following Monday’s stop in Detroit, the White Sox are scheduled to finally return to the South Side for a two-game series against the Cincinnati Reds and three more games with the Tigers on the final home stand of the season.
The White Sox have 11 regular-season games remaining before the start of the postseason.