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ALDS: Yankees-Guardians Game 2 Is Delayed Until Friday

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With rain within the forecast all evening on Thursday, Major League Baseball postponed Game 2 of the American League division series between the Yankees and the Cleveland Guardians to Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Friday was originally imagined to be a travel and workout day, with the series switching venues, to Progressive Field in Cleveland, after the primary two games. But now, the Yankees and the Guardians will play at 1 p.m. before flying to Cleveland.

The Yankees hold a one-game-to-none advantage within the best-of-five series after a 4-1 win on Tuesday. Nestor Cortes, an All-Star starting pitcher for the Yankees, was imagined to make his first profession postseason appearance on Thursday, facing off against Shane Bieber, the 2020 A.L. Cy Young Award winner. The Yankees didn’t immediately announce their pitching plans for the rescheduled Game 2, but Cortes remained a logical selection to start out Friday and Luis Severino had been previously appointed the Game 3 starter.

“Needless to say,” Cortes said Wednesday when asked if he could pitch either Thursday or Friday. “I’ll train today like I’m going to pitch tomorrow at 7:30. And if things do change, then we’ll adjust.”

Should the series go the utmost five games, the 2 teams face the prospect of playing 4 games in 4 days in two cities. Games 3 and 4 were slated for Saturday and Sunday in Cleveland, and Game 5 was scheduled for Monday within the Bronx.

Due to M.L.B.’s scheduling this season, the normal day without work between Games 4 and 5 was removed. The teams as an alternative had an unusual day without work in between Games 1 and a couple of. Without the postponement, the teams would have already played two games by Thursday and used Friday to travel, rest and work out at Progressive Field.

The weather could throw a wrench within the Yankees’ ability to show to Cortes again if he were needed later within the series. Had he began on Thursday, Cortes could have returned for a possible Game 5 with three days of rest. If he starts on Friday, that will shorten to only two days of rest.

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday that Cortes could be available in that scenario for Game 5 but “not necessarily as a standard starter,” with the left-handed Cortes perhaps available for an inning or two.

“If he goes Friday, hopefully we’re not in a Game 5 situation,” Boone said. “But when we’re, we’ll see.”

Gerrit Cole, the Yankees ace who pitched well in Game 1, can return for a possible Game 4 on regular rest. Jameson Taillon, a Yankees starting pitcher in the course of the season, was within the bullpen for Game 1 but might be a starting option for Game 5.

“I’m going to empty the tank,” Cortes said Wednesday. “So, if I pitch on Friday, and I even have to come back back on short rest, whether it’s two or three days, I’m going to try to prepare in between the perfect I can to feel as best as I can. But when the circumstances don’t allow me to, then just going to try to be like I’ve played this whole season, with my heart on my sleeve and competitive.”

The Yankees announced that tickets for Game 2 were valid for the rescheduled game on Friday. But citing M.L.B. ticket policy, the team said that there have been no refunds or exchanges for tickets to Game 2.

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