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September 9, 2004

Let's Try this Again
by SG

Thanks to the remnants of Frances, yesterday's doubleheader has been rescheduled for today at 3 p.m., with the second game scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

The weather is still crappy, so it's going to be iffy that both games will get played. From the YES Network web site:

If postponement occurs, things get complicated for a couple of reasons: 1) this is the Devil Rays’ final trip to New York; 2) the teams don’t have any mutual off days for the remainder of the season. The Yankees are off on Sept. 16, 20 and 27, while the Devil Rays are off on Sept. 13 and 23.

Among the options being discussed are playing a split doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, with one game in the afternoon against the Devil Rays on one of Tampa Bay’s off days, and the night game against whoever is scheduled. Pushing a game to Oct. 4, as the Yankees intended, is a last resort.

The best news out of all this, no Esteban Loaiza start. Mussina and Halsey will get the starts instead. I'm very surprised by this. Tampa will still go with Brazleton and Rob Bell.

In other news
Kevin Brown was supposed to throw yesterday for the first time since he broke his left hand. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. Brown will try again today. The right-hander, who will need someone to catch the return throws when he pitches, will likely throw every other day for the next 2-3 weeks. Brown hopes to be able to make a start for New york before the end of the month.

Also, Giambi's rehab game with Columbus got rained out, so they'll try again today.

Boston won again last night, and now sit just two games back. Remember when Boston once lost a game? That was awesome. They are mowing through the toughest part of their schedule, and I don't think anyone expected that. All the Yankees can do is try and match them, then win the majority of the remaining six games between the two teams. It certainly seems that they won't be getting help from any other teams.

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