NEW YORK (AP) — Game 5 of the AL Division Series between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians has been postponed due to rain and rescheduled for Tuesday at 4:07 p.m.
Both teams took batting practice on Monday before the scheduled start at 7:07 p.m. Major League Baseball announced the delay at 6:20 p.m., rain began at 7:30 p.m., and the delay was announced at 9:38 p.m.
“If time is an issue, I don’t necessarily want to go through it,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said around 4 p.m.
Cleveland outfielder Myles Straw, who got into a heated altercation with Yankees fans in April, traded footballs with fans in the first and second decks during the delay, as did backup outfielder Will Brennan.
A video board at center court showed a split view of New York City’s 3-0 win over Miami in the Major League Soccer playoffs, the NHL game of the New York Rangers against the Anaheim Ducks and the NFL game of the Denver Broncos against the San Diego Chargers.
This was the second postponement of the series after Game 2 at Yankee Stadium was pushed back a day until Friday.
Either Cleveland or New York will open the AL Championship Series in Houston on Wednesday night.
Aaron Civale was scheduled to start Monday for the Guardians and Jameson Taillon for the Yankees. The delay allows Cleveland ace Shane Bieber and Nestor Cortes to start on three days’ rest.
After losing the opener last week, Cleveland won Games 2 and 3, overcoming a two-run deficit in the ninth inning to win Game 3 6-5. The Yankees won 4-2 on Sunday night in Cleveland to send the series back to New York.
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New York used Clay Holmes for 17 and Wandy Peralta for seven on Sunday, a night after Peralta threw for 27, Clarke Schmidt 12, Jonathan Loáisiga 15 and Lou Trivino seven.
The Yankees are without Chad Green, Scott Effres, Zack Britton, Michael King and Ron Marinaccio due to injuries, and Aroldis Chapman was fired after not showing up for mandatory practice on Oct. 7.
Cleveland hasn’t used its top players since Friday, when All-Star closer Emmanuel Classe threw 33 pitches after Trevor Stephan had 21 and James Karinchak 29.
The Guardians used Sam Hentges (31), Enyel De Los Santos (19) and Eli Morgan (12) on Saturday, and Morgan (23), Cody Morris (22) and Zach Plesac (11) on Saturday.
Cortes threw 92 pitches in five innings on Friday. Bieber threw 101 pitches in 5 2/3 innings in the same game.
GAME ON THE FIELD
New York shortstop Giancarlo Stanton could see time in left field in Houston if the Yankees advance. He was limited to DH and pinch-hitting, and last played in the outfield on July 21, before spending a month on the injured list with left Achilles tendonitis.
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Yankees: Marinaccio (right calf) and fellow RHP Frankie Montas (right shoulder inflammation) could be available if the Yankees face Houston. Marinaccio last played on October 2, and Montas on September 16. … OF Andrew Benintendi, who hasn’t played since Sept. 2, received an injection in his right wrist and likely won’t be available against the Astros.
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