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Tigers’ Daniel Norris to make debut in Sunday doubleheader

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DETROIT 2020--DETROIT -- If Mother Nature cooperates, Detroit Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris will make his 2020 debut on Sunday at Comerica Park.

The Tigers’ game against the Cincinnati Reds was rained out on Saturday. The teams will attempt to play two seven-inning games on Sunday as part of a traditional doubleheader beginning at 12:10 p.m. Rain is still in the forecast.

Prior to Saturday’s postponement, Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire had done nothing to dampen speculation that No. 1 prospect Casey Mize might be called up to pitch on Sunday.

But rainy weather this weekend, combined with uncertainty surrounding games against the St. Louis Cardinals next week, evidently nixed the plan.

Norris missed four weeks after testing positive for COVID-19 prior to the start of summer camp. He has been working out at the club’s satellite camp in Toledo since returning.

The Tigers will have to make a roster move to create a spot for Norris on Sunday.

Michael Fulmer had been scheduled to pitch on Saturday. He had gone through his full warm-up routine when the rain started, so the Tigers are likely erring on the side of caution by not starting him again on Sunday. It’s unclear if he’ll be available out of the bullpen.

In Fulmer’s place, rookie Rony Garcia will make his second start of the season.

The Reds did not immediately announce their starters. Trevor Bauer had been scheduled to start Saturday, and he was angry about the last-minute interruption in his game-day routine.

MLB only recently approved seven-inning games for doubleheaders in light of a spate of cancellations during the first week of the season.

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