© 2009 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.

10/09/09 2:07 PM EST

Game 2 forecast: It's on in the Bronx

Twins-Yankees tilt expected to be played despite rain

NEW YORK -- Game 2 of the American League Division Series between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins is expected to be played as scheduled on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Rain showers started to fall in the early afternoon in the tri-state area, sprinkling the tarpaulin spread over the big diamond in the Bronx. The tarp was removed at 2 p.m. ET, indicating that baseball looks promising. First pitch for Game 2 of the ALDS is scheduled for 6:07 p.m. on TBS.

The National Weather Service is predicting "a slight chance of showers before midnight, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between midnight and 2 a.m., then showers likely after 2 a.m." The forecast for the Bronx calls for cloudy skies with a low around 62 degrees, with a 70 percent chance of precipitation.

In the event Game 2 of the ALDS could not be played as scheduled on Friday, Major League Baseball would likely move the contest to Saturday. The Yankees and Twins are scheduled to play Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Metrodome.

The Yankees have invited all fans interested in weather updates concerning future home games to follow their official Twitter account at: @YankeesWeather (http://www.twitter.com/YankeesWeather).

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.