Yankees-Reds Prepare To Play Doubleheader

NEW YORK YANKEES at CINCINNATI REDS

Postponed – Rain

The Yankees and Reds game scheduled for Tuesday night was postponed early in the afternoon by rain.

The teams will play a split-admission doubleheader on Wednesday with the first game beginning at 12:35 p.m. and the second game beginning at 7:10 p.m.

Manager Joe Girardi is not happy about having to play a doubleheader but the Yankees did have the day off and will have days off on Thursday and Monday. So this can help rest a few ailing players like Alex Rodriguez (sore right shoulder) and Russell Martin, who was involved in a home-plate collision with Carlos Pena on Saturday and was hit in the jaw with a bat on a backswing from Aramis Ramirez on Sunday.

Girardi said Martin would catch only one of the games on Wednesday and the same likely was true for Rodriguez.

The Yankees did get a bit of good news before they rest up for the twinbill: The Yankees gained a half-game on Boston in the American League East because the San Diego Padres beat the Red Sox 5-4. The Yankees now trail by just a game.

ON DECK

In the first game, the Yankees will send Freddy Garcia (5-6, 3.63 ERA) to the hill. Garcia overcame a poor beginning in his start on Friday but ended up a loser after giving up three runs over seven innings. In his career, Garcia is 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA against the Reds.

The Reds are relying on right-hander Mike Leake (6-3, 4.04 ERA) in the first game. Leake faltered in the seventh inning against the Blue Jays, giving up three runs and he ended up taking the loss on Friday. Leake has never faced the Yankees.

In the nightcap, the Yankees will start veteran minor-league right-hander Brian Gordon (0-0, 3.38 ERA) in his second major-league start for the Yankees. In his first start, Gordon, 32, gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Rangers on Thursday. He did not get a decision but the Yankees did win the game. The former outfielder will get to test his hitting skills against the Reds.

The Reds are starting right-hander Johnny Cueto (4-2, 1.68 ERA), who could not pitch on Monday due to a stiff neck. He has been the Reds best pitcher since being activated from the disabled list in May. He is 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA against the Yankees in his career.

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