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Rainout means CC will begin series in Texas

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws to the

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws to the Baltimore Orioles. (April 11, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

BOSTON -- Based on last year, the rainout was overdue.

The Yankees had 22 regular-season games impacted by the weather in 2011 and led MLB with nine postponements. They got on the board in 2012 in both categories Sunday when the rainstorm that postponed afternoon games in Washington and New York arrived in Boston.

It brought so much rain and the forecast was so dire -- weather.com had the chance of rain at 100 percent from 5 p.m. Sunday until 7 a.m. Monday -- that the Yankees were informed just after 3 p.m. that the game had been called.

"You don't want to have rainouts because you know eventually they either take up your off days or [result in] split doubleheaders," Joe Girardi said. "But it happens and you have to deal with it. We got used to doing it last year."

No makeup date has been determined. The Yankees return to Fenway Park July 6-8 and Sept. 11-13. The teams have mutual days off July 5 and Sept. 10.

Girardi said his starters will be pushed back a day, meaning Sunday night's scheduled starter, CC Sabathia, will start Monday night in Texas as the Yankees (9-6) open a three-game series against the scorching Rangers. Hiroki Kuroda will start Tuesday night against Yu Darvish and Phil Hughes gets the start Wednesday night.

The Yankees are off Thursday, and Girardi said Ivan Nova will open Friday's three-game series at the Stadium against the Tigers. From there, Girardi hasn't made up his mind. The decision is to either keep Sabathia on regular rest -- something the lefthander prefers -- or go with the struggling Freddy Garcia.

Of course, Garcia isn't the only starter who has had issues early this season. The unit, which has produced four quality starts in the first 15 games, will get tested all week.

First are the Rangers, an MLB-best 13-3, followed by the AL Central-leading Tigers (10-6). "I think they're important just because you see how you compare to other clubs," Girardi said. "You can say that about some of the other series that we've played: the Red Sox, the Angels, Tampa. I don't think we've clicked on all cylinders and I don't know if every other team has clicked on all cylinders. But it's still good to see how you match up."

The Rangers, of course, are one team that has clicked to start the season, all but shrugging off the loss of lefthander C.J. Wilson, who signed in the offseason with the Angels. "They're a complete team," Girardi said.

With a lineup that hasn't shown much weakness. "We saw what Texas could do [Saturday], put eight on the board in the first inning," Girardi said. "If you don't make your pitches and you're not sharp early on, it could be a short night."

A team not belonging in any elite-team talk is 4-10 Boston, led by manager Bobby Valentine, who already is under fire. Girardi hasn't been booed each time he makes a pitching change the way Valentine has most nights at Fenway, but he does have experience with it.

"Not as a manager but as a player, and as a player, I ran out there every inning," said Girardi, booed early in his Yankees career after replacing the popular Mike Stanley. "But not as a manager. Not up to this point. I imagine it's tough."

Notes & quotes: Girardi said "I can't even imagine" what it will be like in Japan tomorrow when two of that country's native sons, Kuroda and Darvish, square off. "There's going to be a lot of people late for work," Girardi said . . . Michael Pineda (right rotator cuff tendinitis), whose extended spring training outing was cut short after 15 pitches Saturday because of pain in his shoulder, saw a doctor in Tampa that afternoon and will see team physician Christopher Ahmad Monday in New York. Girardi said Joba Chamberlain (ankle), who has been throwing from a stool in recent weeks, will come to New York on Thursday to be evaluated.

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