Rays-Yankees game postponed due to severe weather forecast

Posted at 11:26 PM, Jul 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 23:26:48-04

NEW YORK — Rain keeps interrupting the New York Yankees’ sunny season.

The scheduled game between the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays was postponed Wednesday night due to a forecast of thunderstorms and severe weather.

Though no showers were falling yet on a humid evening in the Bronx, the game was called about 35 minutes before it was supposed to start — drawing groans from some fans scattered throughout the stands. But less than two hours later, it was pouring at Yankee Stadium as lightning flashed in the sky.

The game will be made up Thursday as part of a single-admission doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. After that, Tampa Bay is not scheduled to return to New York this season.

“Obviously, it kind of stinks. But maybe not the worst thing,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “I kind of like the off day to freshen up the bullpen a little bit.”

New York leads the AL East by six games over the Rays. The teams split their first two matchups this week and the Yankees hold a 10-5 advantage in the season series.

It was the sixth postponement for the Yankees this year and their 16th game rained out or delayed because of weather — plus a power outage that caused a 43-minute stoppage at Tampa Bay in May. Thursday will mark their fourth doubleheader, with two more scheduled in August.

Tampa Bay just split a twinbill Saturday in Baltimore.

“They’re making it sound like it was going to be really nasty weather,” Cash said.

Yonny Chirinos (8-4) had been set to pitch for the Rays against Domingo Germán. Tampa Bay will remain in rotation, with Chirinos starting the opener Thursday followed by All-Star right-hander Charlie Morton (11-2).

New York will go with Germán (11-2) in Game 1, but did not announce a pitcher for the nightcap. Left-hander J.A. Happ (7-5) will be pushed back a day to Friday night against Colorado.

“It’s just, we decided with the consecutive games, we’d have to insert somebody,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We just figured we’d do it now.”

Boone was asked what he was told about the weather forecast.

“That the storms have filled in and that there’s a line of them that anywhere from 7 to 7:30 to 8 or 8:30 on some, and then going to be here for a while,” he said.