BALTIMORE — The weather continues to be a tougher foe for the Yankees than most of their opponents are.
After a wait of nearly two hours, Thursday night’s series opener against the Orioles at Camden Yards was postponed because of rain. The game will be made up on July 9 as part of a single-admission doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.
One reason the Yankees and Orioles didn’t plan for a doubleheader this weekend is that the forecast is iffy for the final three games of this series, too. And the Yankees already have a day-night doubleheader scheduled for Monday in Detroit to make up a pair of April games.
Perhaps the Yankees should have known something was going to be up this year when their home opener was snowed out on April 2.
“Sadly, we’re used to it, I guess,” manager Aaron Boone said. “It is what it is. Trying to make the best of it. Just get ready to go tomorrow. Period.”
Of the forecast for the next three days, Boone said: “I saw raindrops for Friday and Saturday on my iPhone, whatever that means.”
“Hopefully, we’re good to go,” Boone said.
Sonny Gray, who was supposed to start on Thursday, instead will pitch on Friday against Andrew Cashner as the teams stayed in rotation. Boone hopes to get a good outing from the enigmatic Gray, who followed up an eight-inning, one-run gem in Kansas City with a 3 2⁄3-innings, five-run stinker against the Angels on Saturday.
“I think he is a guy with a lot of potential,” Boone said. “I feel like he is close to being where we want him to be. I think he’s done really good work in between [starts]. He’s shown flashes in the games. He’s had starts where he’s been really good. So I’m really optimistic that it’s really close to being what we all think it can be.”
One of the subplots for Friday will be if Boone again pairs Gray with Austin Romine. On Thursday, Boone’s lineup had Romine behind the plate and no Gary Sanchez at all.
Sanchez, who was the designated hitter on Wednesday, got a second day off from the rigors of catching. Boone coyly said that was his thinking, not that he wanted Romine to catch Gray.
It would be OK if the latter was the manager’s true motive. Gray has a 4.57 ERA in eight starts with Romine behind the plate. It’s 15.63 in two starts with Sanchez. As much as Boone says he doesn’t believe in personal catchers, darned if Romine doesn’t keep showing up in catching gear when Gray is scheduled to be on the mound.
Boone also mentioned that he wants to keep Sanchez healthy after a cramping calf forced him out of a game in Texas last week. But Boone then said Sanchez isn’t having any problems with the calf.
Another factor: Sanchez, who snapped an 0-for-19 skid on Wednesday, is batting .211. Romine, who is 10-for-20 with three homers and nine RBIs in his last seven games, is batting .358 in limited action.
Miguel Andujar also was not in the lineup a night after colliding with Houston’s Yuli Gurriel. Boone said Andujar was not injured and that he just wanted to get Neil Walker into a game.
Warren back, not active. Adam Warren had a locker in the clubhouse, but the righthander was not activated from the disabled list. Warren, out since April 21 with a strained back, threw three innings for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday, so he’s unlikely to be activated before Saturday. Boone said he doesn’t consider Warren a candidate to start one of the Monday games.