Thursday, April 05, 2007

Rain Delays Pettitte's Return

The party was all set for Andy Pettitte's return to the Yankee Stadium mound Wednesday, but rain poured on his welcome-home parade and forced the prodigal son to wait another day before officially donning the Pinstripes for his second go-around a Yanks starting pitcher. The second game of the season for both New York and Tampa Bay was to be played at 1:05 Wednesday, but the Bronx rain forced the postponement and the game was called at approximately 11 a.m. No make-up date has been announced, and the delayed game most likely won't be played until mid-July when the D-Rays go back to the Bronx for a three-game weekend series. If that is the case, it will add one more game for the Yanks who will be in the middle of a stretch where they play 18 consecutive games without a break. The two American East teams will play what was to be game three of the series Thursday night, and Pettitte will be on the mound against the Rays' Jae Seo, who for some reason is on my fantasy team. There is a slight chance of rain tonight in the Bronx – it's only 20 percent – and it's going to be cold with the low temperature expected to be in the low 30s.

The above AP photo shows Yankees pitcher Kei Igawa leaving the rain-soaked field after the announcement was made postponing the game.

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