Girardi Criticizes MLB Schedule-Makers After Another Yankees Rainout
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CLEVELAND (CBSNewYork/AP) — Yankees manager Joe Girardi wasn’t in a great mood after yet another game was postponed in Cleveland.
Play between the Yankees and Indians never began Thursday night, and the tarp was still covering the infield when the game was called at 9 p.m. The teams also were rained out on Wednesday night, cutting a four-game series in half. The Yankees won the first two games, outscoring the Indians 25-7.
“I don’t think you can come to cold-weather cities (in April) if you’re only going to go there once,” he said. “I think you’ve got to stay within your division first.”
“I know teams want night games, and I understand that,” he added. “But if you would have had a day game today, it gives you a longer window to play.”
Don’t hold back, Joe.
“I mean, it’s snowing in Minnesota and the Mets are there. I don’t know who can make the best snowman,” he said.
No makeup date was announced. However, both teams have an open date May 13 and it’s possible they will play a doubleheader. This was New York’s only scheduled visit to Progressive Field, but the Yankees will now be coming back to Cleveland.
“I don’t think there’s anything else you can do,” Girardi said.
The Indians will open a three-game series at home Friday against the Chicago White Sox. The Yankees return home to face the Baltimore Orioles.
“Everybody was looking at the radar for a window,” said Phil Hughes, who had his second start of the season postponed.
Hughes will not pitch until Tuesday against Arizona as Girardi will stick with his scheduled starters — CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte — over the next three days. After coming to the ballpark on Thursday to work out, the trio returned to New York ahead of their teammates.
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