NEW YORK (AP) _ Joe Torre didn't think a rainout would slow down baseball's hottest team.

``We've already had a lot of games postponed, and I don't think it's going to effect us much,'' the New York manager said after Monday night's game against Kansas City was rained out.

No makeup date was set. The teams are scheduled to conclude their two-game series Tuesday night when David Wells (3-1) will oppose Glendon Rusch (3-4) in a matchup of pitchers who had been scheduled to throw Monday.

``I would like to have played two tomorrow,'' Torre said, ``but our guys didn't think the field could handle it.''

New York has been hit with four days of heavy rain, which washed out games between the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday and Sunday.

After a 1-4 start, the Yankees have won 23 of 26. Going into Monday night, they led second-place Boston by two games in the AL East.

New York won eight straight before losing at Minnesota on Saturday night, then finished the series with a 7-0 win Sunday. The Yankees went 7-1 on a road trip that opened at Kansas City, where the Yankees swept three games by a combined 24-8.

New York has had four games rained out. Two other games against Anaheim were postponed when a 500-pound expansion joint fell at Yankee Stadium on April 13.