When the Yankees arrived in Boston Thursday they were assumed to be the AL wild card team.
That was based on the Rays having four games with the Royals and the Yankees playing the Red Sox.
Improbably, without having played a game since Wednesday, the Yankees now control their destiny.
But they'll still likely need to sweep the Red Sox, a difficult task under any circumstance and one made more challenging by Saturday's doubleheader, with the first game at 4:10 p.m. and the second at 9:05.
Friday’s scheduled starter, Andy Pettitte, will pitch the first game and A.J. Burnett, perhaps with a first-round playoff roster spot on the line, will start the second game.
“It’s not our preference but there’s nothing we can do,” Girardi said. “You can’t argue with Mother Nature.”
The tarp came off the field at 9:40 and it was announced the game would start at 10 but the rains started falling heavily again and the game was called by 10:30.
“We thought we were going to start and then it [the rain] came back,” Girardi said. “It just kept going and going. We did everything we could to play this game and they [the Red Sox] were great about it. We thought we had a start time at 10 o’clock and then we walked out and it was raining again. The window had closed real quick.”