The New York Yankees, behind, 4-0, in their bid to win a game that would have clinched the American League East title, received help from the weatherman last night in the form of rain that forced postponement of their game with the visiting Detroit Tigers in the top of the fifth inning.

The Baltimore Orioles-Cleveland Indians game was also rained out, in Baltimore, before it started.

Both teams have doubleheaders scheduled today. The Orioles will host the Indians tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. and the Yankees will entertain the Tigers starting at 2.

The Yankees, who still hold a three-game lead over second-place Baltimore, can clinch the division title with one victory or an Orioles loss in the season's final three games.

The New York-Detroit game was played in a constant drizzle and the umpires considered halting it several times prior to the fifth inning.

New York first baseman Bob Watson removed himself from the contest in the top of the fourth because the rain caused his glasses to fog.

Detroit extended its lead to 3-0 in the second on Steve Kemp's sacrifice fly and scored its final run in the fifth on an RBI single by John Wockenfuss before the game was halted two batters later with Yankee reliever Doug Bird warming up in the bullpen.

Following a rain delay of 50 minutes, umpire crew chief Bill Haller called the game.