Michael Pineda stays on schedule after Yankees-Orioles rainout
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BALTIMORE - The Yankees' lackluster offense received an unscheduled, and perhaps a very much needed, day off.
Tuesday night's game at Camden Yards was postponed because of the heavy rains that saturated the Baltimore area from early morning well into the evening. It is scheduled to be made up as part of a doubleheader here Friday, Sept. 12, to open a four-game series. Another option, which was discussed but dismissed, was playing the game Thursday, a day off for both teams.
Shane Greene, Tuesday's scheduled starter, will start Saturday in St. Petersburg, Florida, in the second game of the series against the Rays, the Yankees announced.
Michael Pineda, who pitched a rehab game Friday, will make his scheduled start Wednesday night, his first outing since April 23. Chris Tillman (9-5, 3.73) will go for the Orioles.
Pineda (2-2, 1.83) has been on the disabled list since May 6 with a muscle injury in his surgically repaired right shoulder. The Yankees' goal for him is to throw 85 to 90 pitches.
Brandon McCarthy will start Friday night against the Rays and Chris Capuano will go Sunday. Hiroki Kuroda, who lost Sunday to the Indians and seems to be showing signs of late-season fatigue for a third consecutive year, will be skipped.
The Bombers could be well in the O's rearview mirror by the time they return for the Sept. 12 doubleheader. The Yankees (61-57) were hammered, 11-3, Monday night and fell seven games behind the first-place Orioles (68-50) in the American League East. The Yankees have lost three straight, producing only five hits in each game.
"All season long, I think we've been disappointed,'' Mark Teixeira said of the offense. "I think we all thought we'd be better, but we just haven't really gotten it going. That's just the way it is.''