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Rivera could make it Mo town

Last night's rainout created a day-night doubleheader in Detroit today. Javier Vazquez (1-3, 9.78) will start the 1:05 p.m. game and Phil Hughes (4-0, 1.69) will go tonight at 7:05 p.m.  

Before pitchers were treated like divas, managers used to go with the better pitcher in the first game. The idea was to make sure you won the opener so you'd at least get a split on the long day.

The remote possibility exists that Yankee closer Mariano Rivera could be called on to save both games. That would have been child's play in the yesteryear of baseball for one Wilbur Wood, the knuckleballer of the White Sox.

In 1972, Wood pitched 376 innings but his real feat came the following year. He was already 13-3 by May 28. On July 20, he started both games of a doubleheader against the Yankees. He lost twice, but nine days later won his 20th game of the season. He had 21 complete games that year. At last look, the Marlins and Phillies lead the majors with three each.

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