BALTIMORE -- The Yankees were informed that they will not play at all on Saturday, as both games of a scheduled doubleheader have been postponed, but that scenario was clearly not their first choice.
With Hurricane Irene approaching, the Yankees were hoping to play a doubleheader on Friday in anticipation of this weekend's weather issues, looking to avoid coming back to Baltimore on one of their last off-days.
But it appears they will return, as the Orioles announced plans to play a split-admission doubleheader on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. ET, and a single game on Monday at 7:05 p.m.
The Yankees must prepare to be back on Sept. 8, making up an April 22 rainout -- a development that player representative Curtis Granderson said he was "perplexed" with.
"The fact that stuff can be moved around meant that today could have been moved around, and it wasn't," Granderson said. "That's the first and foremost. I just look at, when given the opportunity and everybody else made moves, why wasn't the move made today?"
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he had lobbied to play a doubleheader on Friday, even if the teams had to go into the early morning hours, but the Orioles had not been interested in that idea.
Girardi said that the Yankees never agreed to play Sept. 8, even though the game has been scheduled as 'TBA.'
"It's silly to me. I don't understand why we didn't play a split doubleheader today," Girardi said Friday. "Someone's got to step up. They did it all over the country. ... We didn't agree to play Sept. 8th. They scheduled it, we didn't agree with it, and I really don't understand it. We're going to fight it. It just doesn't make sense."
Granderson said that the Yankees had been reaching out to the Orioles since Wednesday in an effort to find a better solution, with no success.
The rescheduling figures to be more difficult for the Yanks on Sept. 8. They wrap up a series at Yankee Stadium with the Orioles on Sept. 7, and then would come to Baltimore before flying to Los Angeles to play the Angels.
"We've got to fight through it. That's all," Girardi said. "There's nothing else we can do. We can't control Mother Nature, but it has been kind of a pain for us."