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09/02/09 8:35 PM ET

Yankees, Rays to play two on Labor Day

Twin bill the Bombers' first on this holiday since 1978

BALTIMORE -- Yankee Stadium's gates will open early for a long day of baseball on Monday, as the Yankees will entertain the Rays in their first Labor Day doubleheader since 1978.

New York and Tampa Bay are set to play a day-night twin bill, with the gates opening at 10 a.m. ET for the 1:05 p.m. scheduled game and at 5 p.m. for the second game, at 7:05 p.m.

The night game is the rescheduled contest of June 5, which was postponed due to inclement weather.

Fans holding paid tickets for the June 5 game -- purchased directly through the Yankees, on www.yankees.com or through Ticketmaster -- may use them for the rescheduled game or exchange them for any regular-season game at Yankee Stadium within 12 months of June 5 (subject to availability).

In addition, the promotional item originally scheduled to be given away on June 5 -- a Yankee Stadium figurine courtesy of Sports Authority -- will be distributed to the first 18,000 fans age 21 and older holding tickets for the rescheduled game.

Tickets for the postponed game will only be valid for the night game on Sept. 7, not the regularly scheduled day game.

Tickets can be exchanged at Yankee Stadium Advance Ticket Windows only. Windows are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and until two hours after the scheduled start time of any regularly scheduled home game.

The Yankees split two games on Sept. 4, 1978, vs. Detroit at the original Yankee Stadium, winning the first game, 9-1, behind Ron Guidry's 20th win of the season.

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