DETROIT -- Jim Leyland would never acknowledge that he didn't mind losing a game.
If there had ever been a time, though, it might have been Tuesday night.
When the umpires finally pulled the plug on a rainy 6-3 loss to Oakland, Leyland and the Tigers were facing an ugly situation. Oakland had the bases loaded with no one out in the top of the sixth, and Bruce Rondon had just injured his leg by slipping on the wet mound.
Rondon would have to come out of the game after the rain delay. With Jeremy Bonderman, Jose Alvarez and Al Alburquerque fatigued from Monday's loss, Leyland was either going to have to get multiple innings out of Joaquin Benoit, Drew Smyly or Jose Veras or use a tired pitcher.
Luckily, after an 80-minute delay, the umpires gave Leyland a break by calling the game.
"Rondon slipped off the mound, but he's OK," Leyland said before acknowledging that he doesn't know if Rondon will be able to pitch on Wednesday. "It was a puzzling night."
The reason for Leyland's ...