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Rays-Yanks game Wed. postponed; DH Thurs.

@juanctoribio
July 17, 2019

NEW YORK -- The Rays and Yankees game on Wednesday was postponed due to the forecast of severe weather around the Yankee Stadium area. It will be made up as the first game of a single-admission doubleheader on Thursday, beginning at 3 p.m. ET. The regularly scheduled second game will

NEW YORK -- The Rays and Yankees game on Wednesday was postponed due to the forecast of severe weather around the Yankee Stadium area. It will be made up as the first game of a single-admission doubleheader on Thursday, beginning at 3 p.m. ET. The regularly scheduled second game will start approximately 30 minutes after the first game ends, but no earlier than 7:05 p.m.

Initially, the forecast read that the storm would arrive around 9 or 10 p.m. ET, which would’ve allowed the two teams to get started on time. But as the day went on, the storm was expected to start around 8 p.m.

Fans holding paid tickets for Wednesday’s game may exchange them for tickets to a 2019 or '20 regular-season game at Yankee Stadium. Exchanges for these tickets must take place by July 31, 2020, and can be made at Yankee Stadium ticket windows beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, and at any other times the ticket windows are open.

With Wednesday’s rainout, the Rays will stay with their same pitching rotation and start Yonny Chirinos, who was scheduled to pitch on Wednesday, in the first game of the doubleheader. Charlie Morton will start the second game for Tampa Bay.

The Yankees, who were in the middle of a stretch of playing in 17 consecutive days, will start Domingo Germán in the first game, but they have not named a starter for the nightcap. J.A. Happ was scheduled to pitch on Thursday, but New York will push him back to Friday instead.

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

Both teams are still deciding on who the 26th man on the roster will be, with the Yankees likely activating a pitcher. The Rays could go with either a position player or a pitcher because of the extra day to rest the bullpen.

“It would go either way,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said on the options for the 26th spot. “We’re going back and forth right now. Two days off of Diego [Castillo] and [Andrew] Kittredge help, so we’re going to count innings and pitches here in a little bit.”

It’ll be the fourth doubleheader for both clubs this season, with the Yankees holding a 5-1 record in those games. The Rays are 2-4 and played a doubleheader last Saturday against the Orioles.

Juan Toribio covers the Rays for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @juanctoribio.