Split twin bill moved from Saturday to Sunday
Yanks wanted to play doubleheader Friday, but didn't get wish
BALTIMORE -- The Yankees were informed that they will not play at all on Saturday, as both games of a scheduled doubleheader have been postponed, but that scenario was clearly not their first choice.
With Hurricane Irene approaching, the Yankees were hoping to play a doubleheader on Friday in anticipation of this weekend's weather issues, looking to avoid coming back to Baltimore on one of their last off-days.
But it appears they will return, as the Orioles announced plans to play a split-admission doubleheader on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. ET, and a single game on Monday at 7:05 p.m.
The Yankees must prepare to be back on Sept. 8, making up an April 22 rainout -- a development that player representative Curtis Granderson said he was "perplexed" with.
"The fact that stuff can be moved around meant that today could have been moved around, and it wasn't," Granderson said. "That's the first and foremost. I just look at, when given the opportunity and everybody else made moves, why wasn't the move made today?"
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he had lobbied to play a doubleheader on Friday, even if the teams had to go into the early morning hours, but the Orioles had not been interested in that idea.
Girardi said that the Yankees never agreed to play Sept. 8, even though the game has been scheduled as 'TBA.'
"It's silly to me. I don't understand why we didn't play a split doubleheader today," Girardi said Friday. "Someone's got to step up. They did it all over the country. ... We didn't agree to play Sept. 8th. They scheduled it, we didn't agree with it, and I really don't understand it. We're going to fight it. It just doesn't make sense."
Granderson said that the Yankees had been reaching out to the Orioles since Wednesday in an effort to find a better solution, with no success.
The rescheduling figures to be more difficult for the Yanks on Sept. 8. They wrap up a series at Yankee Stadium with the Orioles on Sept. 7, and then would come to Baltimore before flying to Los Angeles to play the Angels.
"We've got to fight through it. That's all," Girardi said. "There's nothing else we can do. We can't control Mother Nature, but it has been kind of a pain for us."
A-Rod, MLB meet about poker allegations
BALTIMORE -- Alex Rodriguez said that he met with investigators for Major League Baseball for nearly two hours on Friday, addressing allegations that he had participated in illegal poker games.
The Yankees' third baseman said that he does not expect discipline from the league following the proceedings. The meeting involved several lawyers and took place at the club's hotel in Baltimore.
"I thought it went well," Rodriguez said. "They asked me all the questions, I answered them. And that's it."
Rodriguez was tabbed in a Star Magazine article in July as having participated in poker games that were also attended by high-profile celebrities.
At the time, MLB released a statement that said it took the allegations "very seriously."
"I said what I had to say, I answered all their questions until they were tired, and then I'll let them come back to you," Rodriguez said about Friday's meeting.
A recent report said that Rodriguez had been spotted at a legal casino in Connecticut during his rehab with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Rodriguez shrugged and said that he is used to such scrutiny.
"I guess that's just the world we're in. There's a moving goalpost," Rodriguez said. "Those are the rules, and it is what it is. Sometimes you just want to say, 'Uncle.'"
Jeter ties Mantle for most games as a Yankee
BALTIMORE -- It's official: Nobody has worn the Yankees uniform in more games than Derek Jeter.
When he took the field against the Orioles on Friday, Jeter played in his 2,401st game for the franchise, tying Mickey Mantle for the most games played in club history.
"I take a lot of pride in coming here and doing my job every day," said Jeter, who went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored in a 12-5 loss. "I just try to come here and play every day. That's what my job has been for a long time."
The 37-year-old captain also tied Mantle for 16th place all time in games played among players who spent their entire career with a single team.
"I don't think you ever sit here and set your sights on a games-played record, you know what I mean?" Jeter said. "My job is to come here and play and try to stay healthy and be on the field. I guess it's a good thing."