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Irene puts dent in slate; Calendar altered by incoming storm

Before it hit land, Hurricane Irene trimmed at least 18 holes off the PGA Tour's first playoff event and forced several more schedule changes and cancellations along the East Coast.

U.S. Open tennis officials called off one of their big pre-tournament events, an MLS game was rescheduled and the New York Mets postponed their Saturday and Sunday games against the Atlanta Braves in advance of the storm.

Baltimore Orioles spokeswoman Monica Barlow said the team is closely monitoring the situation but because of the rapidly changing system nothing has been decided. The Orioles and Yankees are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday and at 1:35 p.m. Sunday.

With up to 10 inches of rain expected Sunday in the New York area, the PGA Tour decided to turn The Barclays into a 54-hole event, with the top 100 players advancing to the second playoff tournament next week in Boston. If conditions worsen before 54 holes are complete, the tournament could revert to 36 holes.

"It kind of makes you want to cry because of all the effort that went in, and all of the energy that surrounded this event going into the week, which is going to be the best Barclays we have ever had," tournament director Peter Mele said.

The Giants and Jets originally moved their preseason game up from tonight to this afternoon, but decided on Friday to postpone it until Monday night.

At Flushing Meadows, the U.S. Tennis Association called off Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, a tennis-and-music event set for today and scheduled to feature Novak Djokovic, defending champion Rafael Nadal and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.

Tennis officials said they would close the National Tennis Center on Sunday, with plans to reopen it Monday morning before play begins.

In other sports, the MLS game between the Portland Timbers and D.C. United, set for today, was postponed, with a makeup date to be announced next week.

Other games had been previously rescheduled.

Major League Baseball moved Sunday's games at Philadelphia and Boston to today to make them part of day-night doubleheaders, but the Phillies have since rescheduled the night game to Sept. 15. The Phillies play the Marlins, and the Red Sox play the Athletics.

Meanwhile, as of 6 p.m. on Friday, the Orioles and Yankees could not get together on a plan for this weekend's games at Camden Yards.

Later on Friday night, the two teams agreed that a split doubleheader today between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles would be postponed because of the expected bad weather.

The afternoon game will be held on Sept. 8, previously an off day for both teams. The time of that game will be announced at a later time.

The game originally scheduled for tonight will become part of a split doubleheader on Sunday. The first game is slated to start at 1:35 p.m., and the nightcap is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.

New York and Baltimore will also play Monday night, a game already on the schedule.

"We've got a game tonight," Derek Jeter announced in the Yankees' clubhouse Friday night. "And then a hurricane tomorrow."