The Yankees and Orioles are scheduled to begin Wednesday’s game a little after 1 p.m., which is less than 11 hours after Tuesday’s rain-delayed contest ended at 2:15 a.m.
Manager Joe Girardi rested all of the regulars who played on Tuesday except for one – Nick Swisher – against Orioles lefthander Zach Britton. That gave the Yankees’ batting order a spring training feel.
Eduardo Nunez SS
Russell Martin C
Nick Swisher RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Andruw Jones LF
Jesus Montero DH
Brandon Laird 1B
Greg Golson CF
Ramiro Pena 2B
A.J. Burnett P
Of Tuesday’s rain-soaked game, Girardi said, “I know my hat and shoes are still wet.” But he said MLB did the only thing they could by starting the game at 11:08 p.m. after a four-hour, three-minute delay.
“You look at the weather today, too,” he said. “Could you play a doubleheader? Yeah, maybe. But we don’t know what’s going to happen with the weather today. And having a day game in Baltimore tomorrow, we were in a tough spot. Everyone was in a tough spot because there are no really off days left. We’re at the end of the season. These games have to be played. I don’t know that there was an alternative. I really don’t. Were the conditions bad? They weren’t great. In the [top of the fifth], where it really rained hard, that was the worst time for the players. The infield was soaked, home plate was soaked, the mound had to be wet. I was concerned about that.”
After Wednesday’s game, the Yankees will head to Baltimore to play the Orioles again in a 1 p.m. makeup game on Thursday.
Swisher, by the way, when asked about being in the lineup today, said: “I’m a rock star.” And he said he doesn’t want Thursday off.