The tarp covers the field after a game between the...

The tarp covers the field after a game between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers was postponed due to rain at Yankee Stadium. (June 18, 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

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 from light to moderate. Tarp removal began around 3:40 p.m.

According to, there's a 60 percent chance or greater of thunderstorms until 5 p.m., but no precipitation is likely after that.

Roster moves

Infielder Jayson Nix, who was hit on the hand by an R.A. Dickey knuckleball on Wednesday and suffered a fractured hand, was placed on the disabled list before Thursday's game.

Righty reliever Preston Claiborne, who's pitched in 35 games for the Yankees this season with a 2.74 ERA and was with the team Tuesday as the 26th man during the doubleheader, was re-called from Triple-A to take Nix's roster spot.

The move leaves the Yankees with a three-man bench, but Girardi indicated he'd prefer to have more pitching in the short term since the team had to use long men Adam Warren and David Huff on Wednesday.

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