The Yankees Are Coming

The weather forecast for Scranton Wilkes-Barre calls for mostly sunny skies and 76 degrees on Thursday, but the Yankees field may be too wet to play on. That debacle means the series with the IronPigs shifts to Coca-Cola Park.

The IronPigs-Yankees upcoming two-game series has been shifted to Coca-Cola Park due to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees continuing efforts to correct drainage issues at PNC Field. The upcoming games between the IronPigs and Yankees at Coca-Cola Park on Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10 are both scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

The IronPigs are offering complimentary tickets to their season ticket holders for both games of the series. "We are very thankful that more than one million people have chosen Coca-Cola Park for a convenient, affordable and fun sports and entertainment experience," exclaimed IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes. "We want to express our extreme gratitude by offering our season ticket holders complimentary tickets to this upcoming two-game series against the Yankees."

Also on Thursday, Phillies All-Star slugger Raul Ibanez is scheduled to continue a Major League rehab appearance for the IronPigs. Ibanez' status for Friday's series finale is currently undetermined.

"We are sympathetic to the issues recently at PNC Field," explained Landes. "As a fellow member of the International League alongside the Yankees, the IronPigs will do everything possible to assist the Yankees and the league in their efforts to ensure that these games are played."

The problems stem from a decision not to upgrade the drainage system at PNC Park when the artificial turf was torn up and natural grass was put on the field. A period of heavy rain in the Scranton area over a week ago has left the field with areas deemed too soggy to play on without the potential for affecting the game.

"We are going to continue our efforts and utilize all available options at our disposal to make short term solutions to the current issues affecting the field," said Kristen Rose, president of the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees. "We are taking this very seriously and ask that our fans remain patient during this difficult time."

The Yankees have also moved their series with Syracuse, scheduled for this weekend to Syracuse.

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