xml:space="preserve">

Tonight's game has been suspended and will resume on July 27 at 7:05 p.m., before the regularly scheduled game. It'll be a pseudo-doubleheader. Free baseball! Or at least a few innings.

The Yankees still will be batting in the eighth with an 8-6 lead. Players who left the game can't be used. And none of the statistics count until it's over.

Advertisement

Melvin Mora was, indeed, ejected for arguing with third base umpire Tim Tschida that play should have been halted before Derek Jeter's at-bat. Unless the Orioles add a position player from the minors, Ramon Hernandez will play first base and Chris Gomez will move to third.

"I just asked him, 'You don't think it's too wet? He started yelling at me and cursed," Mora said. "I was like, 'You don't have to curse at me because I ask a question.' He was upset. I said, 'This is worse than when you stopped the game when we were winning. Why don't you stop it now? I can't even see the ball.' He was cursing and cursing and cursing. I was like, 'OK, this is not good.'"

Mora said he talked to Tschida "way before" Jeter's at-bat.

"He just tried to make Jeter hit so they can score one run so they can get out of here. That's what I think," Mora said.

The commissioner's office is going to love this.

"Before Jeter came to the plate, I said the rain is a little heavy, so it's kind of hard to see. It's a mess. He just cursed and said something really bad that made me go back to my position. I saw Chris Ray walking around the mound. This is not good," Mora said.

"We shouldn't have started that game if they knew the rain is coming back in less than 10 minutes."

Chris Ray said he's never pitched in conditions like this before.

"I was just trying not to throw the ball to the backstop," he said. "I was getting the ball back on the mound and water was just pouring off my hands. I was just trying to deal with it. They weren't making any moves, they weren't calling the game, and I was trying to get the ball over the plate."

Manager Dave Trembley said Scott Williamson was available to pitch and would have been used if the game continued tonight.

Instead, he got to practice his backstroke in the bullpen.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement