Rain leads to split twin bill for Yankees, Reds

Rain leads to split twin bill for Yankees, Reds

Rain leads to split twin bill for Yankees, Reds
CINCINNATI -- The Yankees have had a steady parade of players going in and out of the trainers' room of late, so there wasn't too much disappointment when Tuesday's rainout at Great American Ball Park was announced.

Those weary bodies will have an evening of rest, but there will be a long day of baseball ahead. The Yankees and Reds will play a split-admission doubleheader on Wednesday, with first pitches set for 12:35 p.m. ET and 7:10 p.m. ET.

"We'll have some guys that are going to have to play a doubleheader tomorrow," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "But we get today off and we get Thursday off and we get Monday off. That should help."

The announcement of postponement was made around 5 p.m. New York plans to have Freddy Garcia pitch against Mike Leake in the afternoon game, with Brian Gordon and Johnny Cueto matching up for the evening game.

Girardi said that the rainout would benefit third baseman Alex Rodriguez and catcher Russell Martin in particular.

Rodriguez said on Monday that his body felt "just OK," having received treatment for a sore left shoulder.

Martin was a little banged up after being hit in the head by Alfonso Soriano's backswing on Saturday at Chicago's Wrigley Field, one day after he was clobbered in a home-plate collision with the Cubs' Carlos Pena.

"I think it helps them," Girardi said. "Those two guys, you definitely won't see Russell playing two games, and Alex we'll have to wait and see -- but probably not. It probably helps them, physically."

Tuesday's postponement was only the fifth in the Reds' nine seasons at Great American Ball Park. This marks New York's only trip to Cincinnati in 2011.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.