- Associated Press - Thursday, October 18, 2012

DETROIT (AP) - The Yankees were ready to bench Alex Rodriguez again when Game 4 of the AL championship series was postponed by rain.

Now, New York’s top pitcher also might face a limited role, making a playoff comeback that already seemed far-fetched appear even more unlikely.

Game 4 was called off Wednesday night and rescheduled for Thursday, delaying Detroit’s attempt to win its second AL pennant in seven years. The Tigers lead the best-of-seven series 3-0 and were ready to send Max Scherzer to the mound against Yankees ace CC Sabathia.

Cashman had plenty to talk about Wednesday even though not a single pitch was thrown. Manager Joe Girardi again left Rodriguez out of his starting lineup, and the Yankees also announced that injured shortstop Derek Jeter would have surgery on his broken left ankle.

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