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Monday's postponement: 'Definitely right call'

Field unplayable for series opener; single-ticket twin bill on Wednesday
@BryanHoch
May 13, 2019

NEW YORK -- Luis Cessa warmed up and was ready to take the mound for the Yankees. David Hess did the same on the Orioles side, but despite the best efforts of the Yankee Stadium grounds crew, the soggy outfield turf changed those plans on Monday evening. Monday's contest between

NEW YORK -- Luis Cessa warmed up and was ready to take the mound for the Yankees. David Hess did the same on the Orioles side, but despite the best efforts of the Yankee Stadium grounds crew, the soggy outfield turf changed those plans on Monday evening.

Monday's contest between the Yankees and Orioles was postponed due to unplayable field conditions. It will be made up as the first game of a single-admission doubleheader on Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. ET.

"Usually the field drains pretty well," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "It was a bad situation there with the standing water in left field, and then all of a sudden the emerging thought that maybe there was more rain on the way. Definitely the right call to put this one off."

Originally scheduled as a 6:35 p.m. ET start, the start time was pushed back to 7:45 p.m. Boone, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde and the umpires frequently inspected the turf in left and center field, but several leaf blowers and an aeration machine were not enough to make the field playable. An official announcement of the postponement was made at 8:48 p.m. ET.

"I saw the umpires walking in left field and I saw too much water," Cessa said. "Maybe the shortstop or third baseman on a popup would slide over there in the outfield, so it's better to keep us away from that field."

Boone said that left-hander J.A. Happ will remain in line to start Tuesday against the Orioles, and that right-hander Domingo Germán will start one of the games on Wednesday. Cessa could be available in relief on Tuesday and will be in consideration to start Wednesday's other contest, Boone said.

"The other game, it'll kind of depend on our bullpen usage, who's available," Boone said. "It could be a number of things for that second game."

Wednesday's regularly scheduled second game will start at 6:35 p.m. or approximately 30 minutes after the first game ends, should it conclude after 6:05 p.m. All Yankee Stadium gates will open at 2 p.m. for the doubleheader.

Fans holding paid tickets for Monday's game (May 13) may exchange their paid tickets for any regular-season game at Yankee Stadium through the end of the 2019 season (subject to availability). Exchanges may be made at Yankee Stadium ticket window beginning Tuesday and at any other times the ticket windows are open during the regular season.

For complete information about the Yankees' rainout policy, please visit www.yankees.com/rainout.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and Facebook.