It was a strange scene here in Cleveland. From the moment the Indians announced an 8:30 p.m. first pitch, there wasn’t another official announcement — except the announcement of the starting lineups — until roughly 9 p.m. when the game was officially rained out. Joe Girardi said the Yankees were on their way to the field a little past 8 when he got a call in his office saying the rain was starting again and the game was back on hold.
Now the Yankees seem likely to play a double header here in Cleveland on May 13, which means they’re play 18 games in a span of 17 days (though they might have some guys off the disabled list by then). It’s a mess of a situation because the Yankees aren’t supposed to come back to Cleveland this season.
“I think you’ve got to stay in your division the first month,” Girardi said. “… The other thing, too, is I know teams want night games, and I understand that, but if you had a day game today, it gives you a longer window to play the game.”
• The top of the rotation will stay on turn, skipping both Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes and letting CC Sabathia start tomorrow’s series opener against Baltimore. As of Sunday, the Yankees will have used their top three starters for six straight games. “If you could say there’s a positive to getting rained out two days in a row, I guess (that’s it),” Girardi said.
• There’s rain in the New York forecast for tomorrow, so Girardi said he could use either Hughes or Nova as a long reliever if Sabathia’s start gets cut short. “If we got in a lengthy rain delay, I’ve got two pretty fresh arms,” Girardi said.
• Hughes said he’s been told he’ll start on Tuesday after the Monday off day. Girardi said that’s likely when Hughes will get the ball, but he said it’s also possible the Yankees will go with Nova on Tuesday and Hughes on Wednesday.
• Regardless of who starts Tuesday, the top three guys will get an extra day off next turn.
• Hughes’ voice didn’t sound great, but he said he was plenty healthy to pitch tonight. “I was fine,” he said. “I was good.”
• Obviously two days off isn’t what a team wants when it’s offense has been red hot, but such is life. I guess Hughes gets the final word as we get out of Cleveland. “We’ve gone through rain delays before,” Hughes said. “You just have to sit it out and wait. Everybody was looking at the radar and it didn’t look good. We were just kind of holding tight and hoping we would get a window in, but obviously that didn’t happen.”
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