Yankees to play five straight day games

Yankees to play five straight day games

NEW YORK -- Starting with Thursday's series finale against the Athletics, the Yankees will play five consecutive day games in the Bronx for the first time since April 2004.

The Yankees are playing day games wrapping around Labor Day weekend, much like they did earlier this summer for Independence Day. Thursday's day game is a traditional getaway afternoon game, allowing the Athletics plenty of time to fly back to Oakland for their next series with the Angels.

After a night game on Tuesday, the Yankees will host another day game against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Manager Joe Girardi said he doesn't have any issues with playing in the afternoon, so long as the temperatures aren't too high.

"It's not so much the consecutive ones unless it's really hot," Girardi said. "To me, it's when it's the night-day-night-day -- that's the hardest thing for a player. We have six out of seven [day] games, so we'll be able to get on a pretty good schedule."

Nick Swisher, though, isn't as excited about the scheduling quirk.

"Baseball should be played at night," he said.

The Yankees have enjoyed afternoon baseball all season, posting a 31-16 record in day games. That's good for second in the Majors, behind only Thursday's opponent. The A's are 30-13 under the sun in 2010.