NEW YORK -- The Blue Jays' series opener on Tuesday against the Yankees was postponed, as weather forecasts predicted heavy rain and thunderstorms well past midnight ET.

The American League East teams will play a split doubleheader Wednesday, with the first pitches scheduled for 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.

The Blue Jays announced they would throw Tuesday starter Ricky Romero in the nightcap against rookie David Phelps. Henderson Alvarez will pitch the afternoon contest opposite Andy Pettitte, who is making his return from a fractured ankle.

Romero will take the mound on a 13-game losing streak that dates back to June 22 -- five days prior to Pettitte's last start. Three of the losses have come against the Yankees, most recently on Aug. 28, when Romero allowed two runs in seven innings and came out on the wrong end of a pitchers' duel against Phil Hughes.

Alvarez lasted only 3 1/3 innings in his last start against the Yankees, allowing four runs in a no-decision. The Blue Jays rallied to win in 11 innings.