There’s been a lot of waiting around here at Camden today. It seems no one knows how the Orioles plan to deal with the hurricane about to hit this region.
Yankees player representative Curtis Granderson said the two sides have discussed pretty much every alternative you can imagine, including briefly talking about playing a second game after tonight’s game. That’s almost certainly not going to happen.
Apparently there’s a chance that tomorrow’s first game will be pushed up to the morning to give the teams a better chance of playing before the weather gets bad. Then again, there’s also some talk of preemptively calling both games tomorrow and planning a makeup for one of the two off days remaining on the Yankees schedule.
The Yankees really, really don’t want to lose one of those off days. That’s why they pushed to play a split doubleheader tonight. The Orioles refused.
“I don’t really understand why we didn’t,” Joe Girardi said.
• Honestly, this hurricane situation is the issue at the ballpark today. Some players were talking about making sure their families were safe in New York. Some were hoping to get out of Baltimore if things get ugly. Some are just curious. Brett Gardner lived through a hurricane in South Carolina when he was 6. “Definitely a spooky feeling,” he said. “I remember that. ”
• The other big news of the day is that Alex Rodriguez met with MLB investigators about illegal poker allegations. Rodriguez said the meeting went well, and he believes MLB will contact him if there needs to be any further discussion. Rodriguez wouldn’t go into detail about the meeting.
• If the Yankees had played two today, Ivan Nova would have started the second game.
• Girardi said the uncertainty really doesn’t affect his pitching staff too much. If things change, his pitchers will adjust. Right now, everyone is moving forward as if the schedule is going to remain unchanged.
Robert Andino 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ryan Adams 2B
Nolan Reimold LF
Matt Angle CF