With AL East clinched, Yankees laugh about rainout
After yet another rainout, Yankees manager Joe Girardi couldn’t
resist joking about what was in his team’s future.
”Split-doubleheader during the playoffs,” he predicted.
It’s been that type of season for the Yankees. But with the AL
East already clinched, they can laugh about the weather.
Friday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox, the start of the
last home series of the regular season, was postponed by rain and
will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.
While there was only a light drizzle when the game was called after
a few minutes after the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start, the forecast was
for lousy weather.
”It makes sense,” Girardi said. ”I mean, it’s going to rain
all night, so get out of here.”
New York has had a major league-high nine postponements,
including five home games. Twenty-one other games have been
delayed, including a Sept. 6 contest against Baltimore that started
at 11:08 p.m. and ended at 2:15 a.m.
Freddy Garcia (11-8) was pushed back to Saturday’s 4:10 p.m.
game, when the Red Sox will start Jon Lester (15-8).
A.J. Burnett (10-11) and Ivan Nova (16-4) will start Sunday,
with Tim Wakefield (7-7) and John Lackey (12-12) going for the Red
Sox. Both managers were unsure who would start in the 1:05 p.m.
game and who would be held back for the 6:30 p.m. makeup.
Before the rainout, Girardi said Nova will be one of New York’s
postseason starters, along with CC Sabathia (19-8). That’s not a
surprise, given the other options are Phil Hughes (5-5 and
sidelined the past week by a back spasm), A.J. Burnett (2-5 with a
7.02 ERA since July 1), Bartolo Colon (0-4 with a 5.58 ERA since
Aug. 1) and Garcia (0-1 with a 10.55 ERA in his last three
While the rainout caused the Red Sox to slot in Lester on three
days’ rest for their regular-season finale at Baltimore on
Wednesday, the Yankees have been in a six-man rotation. Sabathia is
being skipped over to line him up for the postseason opener.
”It doesn’t make any difference,” Burnett said.
One day after clinching the division title, Girardi used a
spring training-like lineup in Thursday’s 15-8 loss to Tampa Bay.
He planned to go back to his regulars on Friday before the washout
– not because he felt he owed it to the Red Sox and Rays, who are
fighting for the AL wild card, but to keep players sharp heading
into the playoffs.
He’ll spread out rest time over the final week.
”I might pick to give one or two guys a day,” Girardi said.
”My first concern is making sure our guys are ready next
NOTES: 2B Robinson Cano said his previous comment that he would
vote for himself as AL MVP wasn’t meant to be taken all that
seriously. ”Let’s say you are the president, when they have to
(vote) at the end, they pick themselves. It’s the same thing. I
never said that I am or want to be.” With a .305 average, 27
homers and 116 RBIs, Cano said ”the numbers are there.” But asked
again who should win, he told writers: ”Whoever you guys