It is supposed to rain all of Wednesday, however, which complicates things.
The Bombers were snowed out of their April 2 home-opener against Tampa, which was postponed and made-up the following day.
Following a delay, the Yankees-Nationals game, which was tied at 3-3 after 5 1/2 innings of play, was suspended and scheduled to resume Wednesday at 5:05 p.m. The two teams are also slated to play the finale of their two-game series at 7:05 p.m. with CC Sabathia opposing Max Scherzer.
But starting in the third, Tanaka switched from pitching out of the windup to pitching out of the stretch, finding better success. After Pedro Severino's one-out RBI double in the second, Tanaka retired the final 11 batters he faced.
Also of note: Giancarlo Stanton recorded his 1,000th career hit with a fifth-inning single. The final stats — as well as the score — will be decided Wednesday.
Even the start of their home game this past Sunday against Oakland was delayed for 2 hours, 45 minutes.
But not for long.
"I felt like I was able to control the ball better so maybe that had to do with it," Tanaka said.
Tyler Austin brought the Yankees back, though. Hitless in his previous 23 at-bats coming in, Austin singled in the second, then hit a two-run homer in the fourth. He also added a game-tying sacrifice fly to deep center in the fifth. The Bombers were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
"My understanding is that if we don't get it in we're going (to Kansas City on Thursday), but I'm sure those will be things that they've got to work through over the next 24 hours if the weather doesn't cooperate," Aaron Boone said.
"Obviously you don't like it, but as I always say it's part of being a big-leaguer, part of being a pro," Boone said of all the weather issues his team has faced so far. "You've got to deal with different things that come up adversely, whether it's injuries or weather issues we've had to face — that's all part of it. I know our guys will be good at dealing with the circumstances — whatever we're thrown into."
As for as Tuesday's game itself, the Bombers quickly trailed 3-0 in the second inning. Masahiro Tanaka gave up a solo homer to Anthony Rendon — the ninth homer Tanaka has surrendered in his first nine starts — in the first, then two more runs in the second.
Boone is unsure who will take the mound for the bottom of the sixth as of yet.
WASHINGTON — A few minutes before 9 p.m. Tuesday, the scoreboard at Nationals Park displayed a message encouraging fans to "take cover" because of severe thunderstorms. At that point, the game was still going on.
"Well, the game's not over," Austin joked of his success. "But it felt good to take a few good swings tonight."
Both teams have off Thursday, but Boone cited hotel issues — among other things. Plus, the Nationals are slated to have a charity event that evening as well. And, of course, the weather forecast isn't promising that day either.
They also were rained out in Detroit on April 14. A day-night doubleheader was supposed to be played the following day, but both of those games were rained out as well. As a result, the Yankees will play a day-night doubleheader there on June 4, losing an off-day in the process.
Or so they hope, if the weather allows.