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Yankees' Nestor Cortes, Guardians' Aaron Civale to Start Game 5

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The Houston Astros will have to wait at least one more day to find their opponent in the American League Championship Series.

Game 5 of the AL Division Series between the Cleveland Guardians and the New York Yankees in the Bronx on Monday night was postponed due to weather.

Major League Baseball made the announcement just after 9:30 p.m. ET on Monday, adding that the now decisive Game 5 will be played Tuesday at 4:07 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Monday’s game was scheduled to begin at 7:07 PM, but MLB initially announced that the start was delayed due to a rain forecast at approximately 6:20 PM. The league later canceled it after more than two hours.

Aaron Civale was due to take the field for the Guardians against Jameson Taillon. But New York has announced that All-Star Nestor Cortes will begin Tuesday with three days of rest. The left-handed player started Game 2 and allowed two runs in five innings (92 innings), but it didn’t affect the decision as Cleveland won in the extra innings.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said earlier on Monday that Civale would start Game 5, even if it was delayed by a day.

Speaking after the MLB’s announcement, Yankees executive Brian Cashman said multiple video calls were made Monday night between the teams and the commissioner’s office as they weighed whether to play against predictions that initially seemed likely to clear by 9 PM.

“We were expecting to play,” Cashman said. “It’s not a window, it needed to be cleaned. Then a new system came up. We were actually wrestling with the first step, and then a new system came along with moderate rain, which is what it will be. It hit us 25 minutes later and now we couldn’t start it up again, and now it’s by no means predictable.” We had a brand new weather system and that’s what got us in the end.

“The weather is tough. It’s very unpredictable, but the whole intent was an expectation every step of the way, we were playing the game tonight. it’s more unpredictable.”

Field crew at Yankee Stadium covered the field with tarp just before 6:40 PM A steady rain started at 7:30 PM

Cleveland batsman Myles Straw, who got into a furious shootout with Yankees fans in April, swapped football pitches with fans in the first and second decks during the delay, as did backup batsman Will Brennan.

Video panel in midfield split New York City FC’s 3-0 win over Miami in the MLS playoffs, New York Rangers’ game against Anaheim Ducks, and Denver Broncos’ game against Los Angeles Chargers showed on the screen.

Cleveland has been battling inclement weather all season long. The Young Guard has been hit by the rain at home nine times and has suffered two more delays en route, one due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rain gives the Yankees a day to rest their battered and besieged bull huts. New York used Clay Holmes 17-courts and Wandy Peralta seven-courts on Sunday, a night after Peralta’s 27, Clarke Schmidt 12, Jonathan Loaisiga 15 and Lou Trivino’s seven. Peralta took the field for three days.

The Yankees missed Chad Green, Scott Efross, Zack Britton, Michael King, and Ron Marinaccio due to injuries, and Aroldis Chapman left the series roster after being unable to attend a mandatory practice on October 7.

Cleveland has not used its best savers since Friday, when All-Star close Emmanuel Clase scored 33 after Trevor Stephan 21 and James Karinchak scored 29. Guardsmen 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.

The ALCS is scheduled to begin Wednesday night in Houston, sweeping the other ALDS Mariners. That show ended on Saturday.

Cashman downplayed the idea that the winner of this series was at a disadvantage against the rested, 106-win Astros.

The Yankees GM said, “I don’t want to speak on behalf of anyone, but overall I think that if they have a chance to continue their season, anyone will feel nothing but joy.” said. “I think everybody understands that going down this road is a tough one, and you’re never going to be able to line up at full strength, 100 percent, or the way you want. But that’s how it should be at the end of the season, right? ? You still have to find a way.”

This report uses information from ESPN’s Marly Rivera and The Associated Press.