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Yankees, Indians rained out again

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CLEVELAND -- New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi had a premonition.

Speaking with reporters prior to the scheduled game between the Yankees and Cleveland Indians on Thursday night, Girardi said, "When we left yesterday, I thought there was no way we would play today."

Girardi was right. The Yankees and Indians didn't play Thursday night just as they didn't play Wednesday night. Both games were postponed due to rain. No makeup date for either game has been announced.

The bad weather turned what was supposed to be a four-game series into a two-game series. The Yankees won both games, by a combined score of 25-7.

"As much as I tried to get (the rain on the radar screen) to move, it wouldn't," Indians manager Terry Francona said following Thursday's postponement. "But that's part of the game. You can be grumpy about it or you can go home and come back tomorrow and try to win."

The two postponements came at a bad time for the Yankees, who have won three games in a row. Cleveland has lost five of its last six games, and that is undoubtedly a reason why Francona will juggle his rotation.

Zach McAllister was scheduled to be the starter Thursday night, but rather than push him back to Friday and the start of a three-game series with the Chicago White Sox, Francona said McAllister will go Saturday instead. That allows Cleveland to start ace Justin Masterson on Friday, in hopes of getting the Indians back on the winning track.

With rain in the forecast and the possibility of a rain delay and a long night in Cleveland, which is exactly what happened, the Yankees sent pitchers CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte home to New York late Thursday afternoon. The Yankees open a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Friday, and Sabathia, Kuroda and Pettitte will start the three games.

NOTES: Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has hit safely in his last 11 games at Progressive Field, batting .444 (20-for-44) with 10 doubles, five home runs and 10 RBIs in those games. ... Indians catcher Carlos Santana, who hasn't played since Monday due to a bruised left thumb, caught a bullpen session Thursday. He could return to the lineup sometime over the weekend, according to Francona. ... In his first two starts this season, Masterson has beaten the two reigning Cy Young Award winners from last year, the Toronto Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey and the Tampa Bay Rays' David Price. Dickey won the NL Cy Young last year while pitching for the New York Mets.
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