NEW YORK -- Concerned about a schedule that gives them just two off days the rest of the season, and about a weather forecast that puts Saturday and Sunday games in jeopardy, the Yankees wanted the Orioles to play a doubleheader Friday in Baltimore.
The Orioles refused.
"Absolutely no chance," one Orioles person said Thursday.
The Yankees and Orioles are scheduled to play five games in the next four days, with a day-night doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, but Hurricane Irene is expected to bring heavy rain through the area at some point over the weekend.
"I don't know what you do if you don't [play a Friday doubleheader]," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I don't know if they would be made up in our ballpark. I don't know if you would make them up in December."
Hurricane Irene also threatens games in Philadelphia, New York and Boston. The Phillies have already announced that they will play Sunday's scheduled game as part of a day-night doubleheader Saturday. The A's and Red Sox are only scheduled for three games, but Irene could hit the New England area on Sunday. The A's are scheduled to play Monday in Cleveland, eliminating the chance of playing a makeup game that day.