Irene likely to disrupt Yanks-O's in Baltimore

Irene likely to disrupt Yanks-O's in Baltimore

NEW YORK -- As the threat of Hurricane Irene looms over a four-game series between the Orioles and Yankees in Baltimore this weekend, the two sides discussed the possibility of playing a pre-emptive doubleheader on Friday, but the O's said they would not do it.

The two clubs are scheduled to play five games in four days, including a doubleheader on Saturday, but it's likely that Saturday and Sunday's games will be washed out. Either way, the hurricane is expected to force the Yankees and O's to make up at least two games at some point later in the season.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said his club will set its starting pitching day by day, adding that if there were to be a doubleheader on Friday, he would start A.J. Burnett and Ivan Nova.

"It could be a mess, so I can't really tell you," Girardi said. "We were going to activate Freddy [Garcia] on Saturday, and does that get pushed back just because we're not going to play Saturday? There are a ton of scenarios."