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The Chicago White Sox got a bit of reprieve from trying to figure out a way to stop Detroit Tigers sluggers Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez.

With rain expected to be out of the way by Sunday in Detroit, it will be back to the drawing board for White Sox manager Robin Ventura in the finale of the abbreviated series.

Thanks to a chilly, rainy day, Saturday's game was postponed more than two hours before the scheduled first pitch. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Sept. 21.

That provided a nice break for White Sox pitchers, who saw Cabrera collect three doubles in Detroit's 5-4 win Friday.

''He's the best hitter in baseball,'' Ventura said. ''You know you aren't going to stop him, so you just try to keep the ball in the yard when he's pitching. He's the rare guy that, when he hits a single off of you, you just shrug and work with it.

''Unfortunately, he didn't hit many singles at all. He never hits many singles.''

Cabrera hasn't only been doing that to the White Sox (32-41), batting .479 with three homers and 14 RBIs in his last 13 games.

He hasn't been alone. In that same stretch, Martinez has hit .347 with nine homers and 19 RBIs.

''Honestly, it just feels like I'm getting maybe one hit a game but it just happens to be a home run,'' said Martinez, who hit the go-ahead homer in the eighth inning Friday. ''So it's kind of one of those things right now where I can't explain it.''

Martinez got off to a slow start, his batting average dropping below .220 in early May. It led many to wonder if last year's .315 average and 23 homers were a fluke.

He ended that talk by hitting .313 over his next 43 games, including 13 homers. He has 19 overall.

''He's put very consistent swings on the ball in the last few weeks,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. ''He went through a stretch early in the season, I think it was in May, where he really scuffled for about 40 at-bats and now we're seeing the complete opposite.''

Both teams fiddled with their rotations as the result of the unexpected off day, especially with each club being off Monday.

John Danks had been set to face Kyle Ryan on Saturday, but neither will pitch in this game. Instead, scheduled Sunday starters Jeff Samardzija and David Price will stay in their spots in the rotation.

Cabrera and Martinez are each 2 for 10 against Samardzija (5-4, 4.53 ERA) this season, though Martinez does have a homer. Samardzija is 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA in three games against Detroit (38-36) in 2015.

The right-hander gave up two runs in seven innings of Tuesday's 6-2 victory at Minnesota. He's 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his last three starts after posting a 10.95 ERA in losing his first two June outings, which includes a game against the Tigers.

Price has gone 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA in two starts against Chicago this season and has regularly frustrated Jose Abreu (1 for 14), Gordon Beckham (3 for 29) and Adam LaRoche (2 for 12). However, Adam Eaton, 8 for 18 with a pair of homers in his last four games, is 7 for 16 in their matchups.

The left-hander yielded a run and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings of Tuesday's 7-3 win at Cleveland, giving him a 4-1 record and 1.22 ERA in his last six starts.

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