O's, Yanks Saturday doubleheader postponed
Hurricane Irene forces rearranging of schedule
BALTIMORE -- After consulting with Major League Baseball and the National Weather Service, the Orioles announced Friday night that Saturday's scheduled day-night doubleheader against the Yankees has been postponed due to expected bad weather as a result of Hurricane Irene.
Saturday's 1:05 p.m. ET game will be made up on Sept. 8, at a time that will be announced at a later date, while the scheduled 7:05 p.m. game will be played as part of a split-admission doubleheader this coming Sunday at 7:35 p.m.
"It's a very difficult process, a lot of people, a lot of factors involved with both teams, [and] both business operations," Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, who is the team's player representative, said of the rescheduling.
"It's unfortunate that it's a natural disaster, and we have to be sensitive to the needs of those who are going to be negatively affected by that. And so, we are just trying to make it work with both sides."
While Yankees player rep Curtis Granderson issued a statement prior to Friday's 12-5 Orioles win that said he was "perplexed" with the way things were handled --specifically Baltimore's refusal to play a doubleheader Friday -- Guthrie said talks were cordial with the Yankees outfielder.
"I haven't seen any statements," Guthrie said when asked of Granderson's reaction, which included that it wasn't "an adequate solution" to use the Sept. 8 off-day for a make-up date.
"The talk we had at home plate, I think [Granderson] understood both sides," Guthrie added. "How we were just a little bit handcuffed. So, I had no frustration."
This Sunday's doubleheader will begin with the regularly scheduled afternoon game at 1:35 p.m., and the Orioles will send lefty Zach Britton to the hill against the Yankees' Ivan Nova. Brian Matusz will start the nightcap with the Yankees' starter to be decided.
Tickets dated for Saturday's night game will only be accepted at the 7:35 p.m. game on Sunday. No exchange is necessary, and fans should bring their original tickets to the ballpark gates for admission.
Saturday's 1:05 p.m. game will be made up on Sept. 8 at a time that will be announced at a later date. This change marks the second rescheduling of the game originally scheduled for April 22, which was postponed by rain. Tickets dated Aug. 27 at 1:05 p.m. or April 22 will be accepted only for the game on Sept. 8. No exchange is necessary and fans should bring their original tickets to the ballpark gates for admission.
"The attitude I've had, and I think our players have, is they say play, we play," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who will have starter Alfredo Simon available if needed in relief on Sunday, and could also have an extra arm with lefty Troy Patton headed to the restricted list.
Patton is expected to fly back to Texas on Saturday morning for a court hearing stemming from a drunk driving arrest this winter, and the Orioles could use his roster spot until he rejoins the team, which is tentatively scheduled for sometime on Monday.
Fans who are unable to attend the regularly or rescheduled games this weekend may exchange their tickets for any remaining game during the 2011 season, subject to availability. Ticket exchanges must be completed by Sept. 28. Parking passes will be honored for the make-up games only and are non-transferable.
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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.