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Yankees to reward fans for rain relay

Deborah Doyle of Warren, PA, right, covers up

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If the weather warded you away from Yankee Stadium on Thursday – or even if you came and dealt with the rain and three and a half hour delay – the Yankees want to reward you.

Anyone with a valid Aug. 22 ticket, regardless of whether they attended the game or not, can use it to redeem a free Grandstand Level or Terrace Level ticket at the Stadium for any game during their series against the...

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Yankees-Blue Jays game to start at 4:30 p.m.

The tarp covers the field after a game

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The tarp is (finally) coming off the field at Yankee Stadium, and the Yankees series finale against the Blue Jays is now scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.

The Yankees announced about 15 minutes before Thursday's scheduled 1:05 p.m. start that, due to inclement weather, first pitch would be delayed.

Rain began to fall at the Stadium around 1:35 p.m. and continued until after 3 p.m., ranging...

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Kevin Youkilis' rehab progressing, but he has yet to swing

Kevin Youkilis of the Yankees reacts after being

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Third base coach Rob Thomson walked through the Yankees clubhouse before the game placing printouts of Thursday’s lineup at each player’s chair.

Injured third baseman Kevin Youkilis was holding a different piece of paper: a chart describing isometric trunk stabilization exercises.

Youkilis, who hasn’t played since June 13 and required surgery for a herniated disc in his back, said most...

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Could Alex Rodriguez play shortstop if needed?

Alex Rodriguez stands at third during the first

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Alex Rodriguez back at shortstop? The concept may not be so farfetched.

With Derek Jeter still rehabbing his calf strain, and Jayson Nix likely out for the rest of the season with a fractured hand, the Yankees are playing with a three-man bench consisting of one outfielder (Brett Gardner or Vernon Wells), one catcher (Austin Romine or Chris Stewart) and one first baseman (Lyle Overbay or Mark Reynolds).

Manager Joe Girardi said he preferred the extra pitching that keeping Preston Claiborne affords, given that both long-men Adam Warren and David Huff were used extensively during Wednesday's win.

So what happens if regular shortstop Eduardo Nunez, still playing with a tight hamstring, is unable to complete a game?

“[Vernon Wells] lobbied yesterday, and I said, ‘I don’t think so Vern,’” Girardi said Thursday morning. “I have some ideas.

“You start thinking, how many people do you want to move around for one position? So I have some ideas. Hopefully it doesn’t happen, but we’ll see.”

How about the Yankees current third baseman? You know, the one who used to play a pretty good shortstop before ceding the position to accommodate Jeter?

“I said ‘I have some ideas,’” Girardi said to laughter. “I have a left fielder that’s played second base, too.”

That last comment could mean Girardi doesn’t want to open the A-Rod-to-shortstop Pandora’s box and would instead prefer to shift Alfonso Soriano to second, the position he played during his first stint with the Yankees, and free-agent-to-be Robinson Cano to short.

But Pandora's box would be a pretty interesting option, too.

Jeter begins his rehab assignment Thursday in Scranton for at least two games.

Alex Rodriguez will play both games for Yankees on Tuesday

Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees warms up before

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With the Yankees hosting a doubleheader Tuesday against the Blue Jays, there’s the potential for one day filled with twice the amount of all that comes with Alex Rodriguez.

At the very least, he'll have played in both games.

After Monday’s off day, A-Rod played third base and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the first game. Rodriguez was in the lineup for the second game,...

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Alex Rodriguez a performance-enhancer for Yankees

Alex Rodriguez stretches before the Yankees game against

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There is an intersection, normally begrudgingly admitted to by both sides, where stat mongers (like myself) and practitioners of the "eye test" meet.

Much as he's in the middle of everything else right now, Alex Rodriguez is also directing traffic at that intersection.

Anyone who's watched the Yankees during the two weeks since A-Rod's return from offseason hip surgery (and...

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Yankees' schedule offers path to Wild Card

Curtis Granderson of the Yankees looks on against

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There's still a possibility that the Yankees could claim one of the two American League Wild-Card playoff spots.

Aside from the jolt of power contributed by Alfonso Soriano and the boost at third base thanks to the return of Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have a decent schedule ahead.

All of their games against teams over .500 are versus those they're chasing for the Wild Card (Rays, Orioles)...

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'60 Minutes' report: A-Rod associates leaked documents on Cervelli, Braun

This composite shows Brewers slugger Ryan Braun, left,

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"60 Minutes" is reporting Friday that members of Alex Rodriguez's "inner circle" leaked documents implicating Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs investigation.

The people involved reportedly gave the documents to Yahoo! Sports shortly after the Biogenesis scandal broke in late January. Braun and Cervelli...

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Report: Mark Reynolds, Yankees reach deal

Cleveland Indians infielder Mark Reynolds waits in the

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The Yankees have reached a deal with first baseman Mark Reynolds, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.

The Cleveland Indians had designated the right-handed hitting Reynolds for assignment on Aug. 8 and released him on Aug. 12.

Reynolds hit .215 with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and 123 strikeouts in 98 games with the Indians this season. The 30-year-old slugger is a career .233 hitter with...

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Girardi: Yankees not 'over-cautious' on Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter of the Yankees has a laugh

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It will be a surprise if Derek Jeter rejoins the Yankees by the end of the weekend series that starts Friday night in Boston.

No one will be more surprised than Joe Girardi.

“I wouldn’t think so," the Yankees manager said Thursday. "We’ll go day by day and see where he’s at.”

Jeter looked fine as he took batting and infield practice at Yankee Stadium before the afternoon...

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