Of a soft sched­ule

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - CC Sa­bathia Jakob Ju­nis

KANSAS CITY — The Yan­kees were forced to rough it on Wed­nes­day night.

Af­ter Wed­nes­day’s games against the Na­tion­als were post­poned due to rain, the Bombers were sup­posed to fly out of Dulles Air­port in Vir­ginia on their team char­ter later that evening.

But they ended up sleep­ing there in­stead, un­able to get out or ob­tain more suit­able sleep­ing ar­range­ments due to a com­bi­na­tion the pro­mo­tions of do-ev­ery­thing sec­ond base­man Gley­ber Tor­res and sharp-hit­ting third base­man Miguel An­du­jar. And they could still use a starter of Justin Ver­lan­der’s ilk — if that’s pos­si­ble — by the July 31 trade dead­line.

But with that in mind, righty Chance Adams, 23, just had his best out­ing of the year at Triple-A Scran­ton, strik­ing out 10 over seven shutout in­nings in which he al­lowed just one hit and walked two. Per­haps Adams or lefty Jus­tus Sh­effield, 22, can also pro­vide a spark down the road.

Re­gard­less, from a pay­roll stand­point, the Yan­kees — at around $169 mil­lion — cer­tainly seem to have more room and prospects to ma­neu­ver than the Red Sox — at around $234 mil­lion — come the dead­line. That could be the difference, as close as it will prob­a­bly be.

The Bombers also could get Greg Bird (an­kle) and Tommy Kahnle of ho­tel issues, me­chan­i­cal issues and weather issues.

Most play­ers opted to sleep in the air­port lounge, while oth­ers slept in the plane with the AC turned on. The Yan­kees fi­nally flew to Kansas City Thurs­day morn­ing. Luck­ily, they had the day off. They will face the Royals Fri­day night at Kauff­man Sta­dium, hav­ing played a to­tal of six in­nings in the pre­vi­ous four days com­bined. — Mike Mazzeo (shoul­der) back be­fore the end of May. They’ve also got depth at first and third in Neil Walker, Tyler Austin and Bran­don Drury.

“Look, we’re the New York Yan­kees,” Boone said in D.C. “And I know from the Stein­bren­ner fam­ily down to Brian Cashman, we’re never go­ing to be bash­ful about mak­ing our team the best.”

The Sox have got­ten in­cred­i­ble pro­duc­tion out of new­comer J.D. Martinez, while Chris Sale and Mookie Betts have per­formed like the su­per­stars they are. The two teams, who have al­ready brawled at Fen­way Park, still have 13 more games against one an­other.

It should be a fun sum­mer, with the ri­vals go­ing neck-and-neck, punch-for-punch — an ex­tra win or loss per­haps be­ing the difference be­tween a guar­an­teed play­off se­ries for a 100-plus win AL East team and an ap­pear­ance in the door-die AL wild-card game.

ON DECK YANKS

(2-0, 2.23) vs. (4-3, 3.53)

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Mark Teix­eira (l.) is not sur­prised that team­mate of five years Robin­son Cano was sus­pended for 80 games this week af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for sub­stance com­monly used to mask an­abolic drugs. ‘You kinda know’ who is us­ing drugs, ac­cord­ing to the re­tired...

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