The rain slowed down for a little while tonight, and that’s when Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman joined a group of decision makers in left field. They checked the outfield to make sure it was playable, and found nothing more than wet grass. The dirt itself was solid. The tarp came off and both sides went back inside to prepare for a game.
“We thought we were going to start and then it came back,” Girardi said. “We did everything we could to play this game, and they were great about it… You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. It wouldn’t have been our preference, but there’s nothing we could do. You can’t argue with Mother Nature.”
The Yankees biggest concern is the lineup. Girardi said there are some guys who will be able to play both games tomorrow, but not everyone. He specifically mentioned Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter as guys who he would be worried about playing 18 innings on the next-to-last day of the season.
“You would have liked to have been able to play your guys these three days and see where we end up,” he said. “There are a number of guys you could play both games, it’s just something we’ll have to decide. See how guys feel. They got two days off, Curtis (Granderson) got three, and then you’ve got two days off Monday and Tuesday. Let’s just play it by ear tomorrow.”
• Andy Pettitte will face Tim Wakefield in the first game at 4:10 p.m. A.J. Burnett will face Daisuke Matsuzaka in the second game at 9:05. The Red Sox flipped their starters. The Yankees kept the same order.
• Obviously Jorge Posada will catch only once game. “Probably stick him with Pettitte,” Girardi said.
• The players voted on which day to have the double header. Girardi said Saturday would be an easy choice.
• Girardi said playing a game on Monday’s off day was never an option. It was always a double header, the only question was which day.
• Pettitte never warmed up tonight. Matsuzaka did.
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