Game called after Yankee Stadium grounds crew struggles with tarp

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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The Yankees beat Yu Darvish and the Rangers by the score if 2-1 on Wednesday night (box score), though they did not play a full nine innings. The game was called after four and a half innings because the infield was deemed unsafe.

As you can see in the video below, the Yankee Stadium grounds crew had trouble getting the tarp on the field due to the wind. It took them approximately 15 minutes to get the tarp over the infield and by then it was soaked.

The game was set to be continued roughly an hour later, but the umpires and managers Joe Girardi and Ron Washington agreed the infield was not safe. The grounds crew used who knows how many tons of drying agent but still could not get the field ready.

The game became official after the Rangers batted in the top of the fifth. The Yankees lost a five-inning rain-shortened game to the Orioles right before the All-Star break, so I guess the weather gods owed them one.

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