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Liriano stays on turn after rainout, pushing Pavano to home opener

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Roster Report · Liriano stays on turn after rainout, pushing Pavano to home opener · Notes, Quotes

Rain started coming down at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday while the Twins were taking batting practice, and cutting the session short. A couple of hours later, about 50 minutes after the scheduled start time, the Yankees announced that the game was postponed.

The wait was certainly long enough for Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire.

"I thought we sat around plenty of time. I thought we got rained out the last group of BP, and just look at the weather right there," Gardenhire said, pointing to his laptop screen. "I'm not a weather forecaster, but that's green (the radar color indicating rain) all the way to Detroit. There might be a window, but it's somebody's house with a window open."

The teams could not play a doubleheader Thursday because both clubs travel that evening before playing afternoon games Friday, the Yankees at Boston and the Twins at Target Field against Oakland. That means Wednesday's game will be made up on one of the teams' two common days off in September, either Sept. 8 or Sept. 15.

Asked whether it's a good or bad thing to lose a game in April and add one in September, Gardenhire said, "I'll let you know in September."

Carl Pavano was scheduled to pitch Wednesday for the Twins. He will now pitch Friday in the home opener, with Francisco Liriano making his regularly scheduled start Thursday. The Yankees opted to skip Freddy Garcia, who was scheduled to start Wednesday, and stick with A.J. Burnett on Thursday.

Gardenhire said the team decided to flip Pavano to Friday because the right-hander "can make an adjustment a little easier right now" than Liriano could.

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