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NEW YORK -- Though the weather at Yankee Stadium on Friday wasn't exactly ideal for baseball, Yankees manager Joe Girardi couldn't wait to take his seat in the dugout.

After the final two games of his club's road trip were rained out in Cleveland, Girardi didn't seem to mind the blustery 40-degree temperatures or light rain ahead of Friday's series opener against the Orioles.

"I'm just looking forward to going outside," Girardi said. "It seems like we were in the clubhouse for two straight days, and when we weren't in the clubhouse, we were in the hotel because it was raining. I think our guys are anxious to get going again. We were playing pretty well at the time, and hopefully it carries over."

Prior to the consecutive postponements on Wednesday and Thursday, the Yankees had won three straight games by a combined score of 32-7. After starting the season 1-4, New York defeated the Tigers, 7-0, in its series finale in Detroit, then scored 25 runs in two games against the Indians before weather disrupted the rest of the series.

"You do worry a little bit about rust after two days off," Girardi said. "It's unusual to have two days off now, at the beginning of the season ... but I think we'll be OK."

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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