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Definitely a thermal underwear game

The Yankees were hopeful of getting in a game finally despite deplorable conditions Friday night. The tarp covered the infield, a common site these days, an hour and a half before the scheduled first pitch, but it was not raining, which was a plus. What it was, was cold with a strong wind blowing in from left field.

At least it was dry enough to attempt to get in a game. The Yankees have had their fill of rainouts, having been boxed two nights in a row at Cleveland. It marked the first time the Yanks had consecutive games postponed since a doubleheader Aug. 27, 2011 at Baltimore due to the impending approach of Hurricane Irene.

The back-to-back rainouts at Cleveland was the first time the Yankees had games postponed on separate nights other than those related to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 since June 11 and 12, 2000 against the Mets and the Red Sox, respectively.

The Mets rainout led to the same-day, different-venue doubleheader of July 8, 2000 in which the Yankees won both games in the afternoon at Shea Stadium and at night at Yankee Stadium by scores of 4-2. That was the first single-day, two-park major league doubleheader since Sept. 7, 1903 when the New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Superbas (later the Dodgers), 6-4, at Washington Park in Brooklyn in first game and lost, 3-0, at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan in the second game.

Yankees contribute to hurricane, wildfire relief efforts

The Yankees will donate $100,000 to support the rescue and relief efforts associated with Hurricane Irene. The total will be broken down to $50,000 for the Salvation Army and $50,000 to the Red Cross, both of which are already working in the affected areas.

The Yankees will make an additional $25,000 donation specifically to support rescue and relief efforts associated with the Texas wildfires. Of the total, $12,500 will go the Salvation Army and $12,500 to the Red Cross.

“On behalf of the entire New York Yankees organization, we would like to express our support to all of those affected by Hurricane Irene here at home on the East Coast and those affected by the devastating wildfires in Texas,” said Yankees general partner and vice chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal. “We are eager to support the efforts of wonderful organizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army who are already on the ground making a difference in so many lives. Our hearts and prayers are with all those suffering during this difficult time as they begin the process of rebuilding.”

Yankees struggle against Orioles’ bullpen

The Yankees are finally finished with the Orioles – and good riddance. I don’t think there was a single game among the 18 the teams played this year where they didn’t get their shoes wet. Rain followed them wherever they went, especially two weeks ago in Baltimore when Hurricane Irene hit and this week in New York when the heavens opened again causing one game’s starting time pushed to past 11 p.m.

The Yankees didn’t even want to go to Camden Yards Thursday, which they had to do because one of the games during the Baltimore series Aug. 26-29 was lost to the storm. The Yankees had wanted to play two games on the first day of that series, but the Orioles refused, so the game was made up Thursday, which originally was an open date before starting a trip to the West Coast.

So the taste in the Yankees’ mouths was pretty sour, particularly after losing a game, 5-4, to a Baltimore team that seemed to be handing it to them. The Orioles made three outs on the bases, two on sensational throws to the plate by Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson and sturdy play from catcher Francisco Cervelli, who withstood hard-charging runners and later threw out Robert Andino on a foolish attempt to steal third base with two out.

Ironically, it was Andino who got the game-winning hit, a single off Scott Proctor, the Yankees’ seventh pitcher, in the 10th inning. The Orioles had tied the score in the eighth on Andino’s RBI single off Rafael Soriano. Andino took second on the throw home before making the dumb move of trying to swipe third.

But where the Yankees really lost the game was after the fourth inning when the Orioles’ bullpen shut them down over six innings. The Yankees didn’t get a hit during that stretch and had only two base runners. Granderson was hit by a pitch leading off the seventh inning but was erased on a double play. Alex Rodriguez walked with two out in the 10th and was stranded. Four Orioles relievers combined to hold the Yankees scoreless and hitless with one walk and eight strikeouts.

The Yankees had similar problems with the Birds’ pen the day before at Yankee Stadium when they had no runs and three hits against Baltimore’s relief corps over the last six innings of the 5-4, 11-inning loss.

In a way, the Yankees were lucky to have scored at all Thursday. Andino, who had a weird day, failed to cover second base on a potential force play as a run scored in the second. After Brett Gardner walked on a very close 3-2 pitch, Derek Jeter singled in two more runs. Eric Chavez pushed the Yanks’ lead to 4-1 in the fourth with a two-out single, but the offense went stagnant after that.

Ivan Nova did not have his Rookie of the Year candidate stuff and labored through 5 1/3 innings but was still in position for a winning decision, thanks to the Yankees’ defense. The relay from Granderson to Cano to Cervelli on a double by Vlad Guerrero in the seventh that cut down Nick Markakis at the plate was poetry in motion. Cervelli got his bell rung on Markakis’ hard slide but stayed in the game and made two more splendid plays.

That the Yankees’ bats were silenced two days in a row by a bullpen that has been torched all year may say something about the fatigue factor that comes with playing three games in 42 hours under hostile weather conditions. The Yankees were on their way to Anaheim, Calif., where it hardly ever rains and then continue the trip to Seattle and Toronto, cities that have domed parks. It will feel nice playing with dry cleats.

Midnight madness at Stadium

There is baseball in the Bronx Tuesday night – just barely. Less than an hour before midnight, the Yankees and the Orioles took to the field at Yankee Stadium after a rain delay of 4 hours, 3 minutes. The teams waited this one out at the urging of Major League Baseball, which wants to get games in at this point of the season because there is very little time left for makeups. There were probably no more than 5,000 people in the stands when the game started at 11:08 p.m.

Neither team was crazy about the prospect of playing two games Wednesday when the weather is supposed to be inclement again. They are already scheduled to have a makeup game at 1 p.m. Thursday at Baltimore for a game they lost to Hurricane Irene last week. The Yankees then have to fly across the country to Anaheim, Calif., to begin a 10-day, 9-game trip that includes stops in Seattle and Toronto. Those last two cities have domed ballparks, and with rain rarely a problem in California’s Orange County the Yankees don’t expect to be victimized by weather on the trip.

Tuesday night marked the 20th time this season that a Yankees game has been affected by weather. They have had eight postponements, the most in the majors, and delays in 12 other games. The list includes their victory over the Rays July 18 at Tropicana Field, an indoor facility that had a bank of lights go out due to lightning in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Yanks lose off day due to Saturday postponements

Major League Baseball and the Orioles would not heed the Yankees’ earlier request that the teams play two games Friday night at Camden Yards to avoid a washout of Saturday’s split-admission doubleheader due to Hurricane Irene reaching Baltimore, so what happened? After consulting with MLB and the National Weather Service during Friday night’s game, the Orioles announced the postponement of Saturday games.

Saturday’s 1:05 p.m. game will be made up Sept. 8 at a time to be determined as the Yankees will lose another open date on the schedule, something they had hoped to avoid by playing two games Friday. Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. game will be made up at 7:35 p.m. Sunday as part of a dual-admission doubleheader with the regularly scheduled afternoon game to start at 1:35.

Tickets dated Aug. 27 at 7:05 p.m. will only be accepted at the 7:35 p.m. game Aug. 28. No exchange is necessary. Fans should bring their original tickets to the ballpark gates for admission. Saturday’s 1:05 p.m. game was a makeup for a game rained out April 22. Tickets dated Aug. 27 at 1:05 p.m. or April 22 will be accepted only for the game Sept. 8. Again, no exchange is necessary, and fans should bring their original tickets to the ballpark gates for admission.

Fans unable to attend any of the games this weekend may exchange their tickets for any remaining game during the 2011 season, subject to availability. Ticket exchanges must be completed by Sept. 28. Parking passes will be honored for the makeup games only and are non-transferable.

Fans who purchased tickets through StubHub should visit http://www.StubHub.com, call 866-788-2482 or e-mail customerservice@stubhub.com for complete information about StubHub’s rainout policy.

The Orioles’ offices and Official Team Store at the Warehouse will be closed tomorrow. Due to the impeding weather, road closures and public transportation closures in New York, the Yankee Stadium Ticket Office will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

It was clear that the Orioles did not want to lose a gate against the Yankees by not agreeing to play a doubleheader Friday. They could have still completed the series even if Saturday’s two games were lost to the storm by arranging for split-admission games Sunday or Monday.

The Yankees’ disappointment was expressed in a statement released in the name of center fielder Curtis Granderson, the club’s player representative:

“Given the advance notice and the fact that other teams have adjusted their schedules ahead of time, we are perplexed at the current options we are being presented with in regards to making up any games postponed due to Hurricane Irene. The proposition to take away our only full off day in the final month of the season is not an option, even though the Orioles’ front office and the commissioner’s office think this is an adequate solution. It’s a shame that the decision has now come down to possibly having to play four games in two days or having to come back to Baltimore for another makeup game.”

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