Rain sets up Sox-Yanks twin bill on Sunday
Series opener moved to 6:30 p.m. as part of doubleheader
NEW YORK -- The weather has dealt yet another blow to the Yankees' regular-season schedule, forcing the postponement of Friday's game against the Red Sox.
The contest will be made up as the second game of a day-night doubleheader, to be played on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch of Game 2 set for 6:30 p.m. ET. Game 1 will start at 1:05 p.m.
"It makes sense -- it's going to rain all night," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I'm not sure that we had a window."
The pitchers will all be pushed back from their original assignments, so the Yankees will send Freddy Garcia to the mound on Saturday opposite Jon Lester.
Sunday's twin bill will feature Tim Wakefield and John Lackey pitching for Boston, with A.J. Burnett and Ivan Nova on the hill for New York.
The only tickets valid for Sunday's night game will be tickets dated Sept. 23.
Girardi noted that expanded rosters would help the Yankees -- already owners of the American League East title -- get through a grueling day.
"When you don't have the extra guys, it's tougher -- which we've been through already a few times this year," Girardi said. "It's very unlikely I'd play guys two games."
Eyeing the poor forecast, the Yankees met early on Friday afternoon and postponed a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of Roger Maris' 61-homer season until Saturday.
The team has asked that fans take their seats by 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, with the ceremonies set to begin at 3:35 p.m. before the 4:10 p.m. first pitch.
The Yankees have now had 22 games affected by weather this season, including a Major League-most nine postponed contests and 13 that have experienced delays.
Fans holding paid tickets for Friday's game may use them for the rescheduled game or exchange their paid tickets for any regular-season game at Yankee Stadium during the 2012 season (subject to availability). Tickets for Saturday's game and Sunday's 1:05 p.m. game are sold out.
Fans holding Complimentary tickets (COMP) for Friday's game must use them for the rescheduled game on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary tickets or equivalent tickets bear no cash value and do not have any additional benefits that may be offered to ticket(s) with a dollar value.
For complete information about the Yankees' rainout policy, please visit www.yankees.com/rainout.