BALTIMORE – New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has had quite enough of April showers.
New York's game against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night was postponed by rain. It was the third washout of the young season for the Yankees, the second against the Orioles.
No makeup date was immediately announced, but Girardi indicated it will not be this weekend. With this rainout and the washouts of Washington's game at Pittsburgh and Cleveland's game at Minnesota, there have been 15 postponements in the major leagues this season, just six shy of the total for all of 2010, according to STATS LLC.
Sooner or later, though, the Yankees will pay for their unexpected night off. New York also must make up a rainout against Minnesota on April 6 and the one against Baltimore in New York on April 12.
"We don't like it because you know they're probably going to be split doubleheaders," Girardi said. "It makes it tough, it makes it tough on your bullpen, it makes it tough on your guys. But what are you going to do? They don't want to lose the gate."
After this weekend, the Yankees return to Baltimore from May 18-19 and Aug. 26-29.
CC Sabathia, scheduled to start Friday, will instead pitch Saturday. After that, Girardi isn't certain.
"We want to look how it affects the whole schedule," he said.
New York came to town as the only team in the AL East with a winning record (10-6). The Orioles started the night tied for third with an 8-10 record.
Brad Bergesen, Friday's scheduled starter for Baltimore, will start on Saturday.
Before the rainout, the Yankees selected the contract of reliever Buddy Carlyle from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned right-hander Hector Noesi to the same club. Carlyle, a right-hander, went 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in five games with Scranton.
Noesi was recalled from Scranton on April 13 and did not appear in a game with the Yankees. He still has not played in a major league game.
Noesi originally signed with the Yankees as a free agent in December 2004 and was added to the 40-man roster in November 2009. To make room for Carlyle on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated left-hander Jose Ortegano for assignment.