Yankees Very Upset With Way Orioles Handled Weather Rescheduling Over Weekend, Curtis Granderson Says Team Will Dispute It


August 28, 2011

Hurricane Irene left its mark on the baseball world this weekend, as a number of teams were forced to make schedule adjustments. But the New York Yankees aren't satisfied with the way the Baltimore Orioles handled their rescheduling over the weekend, according to the New York Post.

The Yankees and O's were set to play a doubleheader at Camden Yards in Baltimore on Saturday, but both games of the twinbill were postponed due to Hurricane Irene. The two teams played a doubleheader on Sunday, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said his team was left out of the rescheduling arrangements for the other game that needs to be made up — which is now scheduled for Sept. 8.

"Major League Baseball and Baltimore never communicated with me. I wasn't aware," Cashman said, according to the New York Post. "When we found out, MLB told us our players approved it. Our players said they didn't."

The Orioles have insisted that they've done nothing wrong, but Yankees center fielder and player representative Curtis Granderson reportedly declared that the team would dispute the rescheduling and enlist the MLBPA in the fight.

Greg Bader, the Orioles' director of communications, said that every scenario offered was met with resistance and that it would be inaccurate to suggest that the Orioles were uncooperative in the situation.

The Yankees reportedly wanted to play a doubleheader on Friday — with Hurricane Irene in the forecast for Saturday — in an effort to preserve one of their September off-days.

"Unhappy? Definitely," Granderson said, according to ESPN.com. "We don't mind playing two on Sunday. But playing on the 8th and leaving us with half of an off-day isn't an off-day. And that's our only off-day in September for a team that's trying to push for the end of the season and finish up as strong as we can."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the Yankees haven't agreed to play on Sept. 8 and will fight it. He said the situation "just doesn't make sense."

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