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Phillies postpone opener until Tuesday
Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff WriterLast updated: Sunday, April 6, 2014, 6:10 PMPosted: Sunday, April 6, 2014, 6:07 PM
CHICAGO - The Phillies postponed their home opener against Milwaukee more than 25 hours before the scheduled first pitch at Citizens Bank Park. The game, originally scheduled for 3:05 p.m. on Monday, will be played Tuesday at 4:05 p.m.
The decision was made official Sunday at 1:46 p.m., the team said, because the schedule provided a built-in rain protection date on Tuesday. The weather forecast calls for considerable rain all Monday afternoon, according to the Phillies.
All tickets from Mondays game will be honored Tuesday, the team said. Gates will open at 1:35 p.m. The game will be televised on NBC10.
The Phillies made a similar decision in 1996. They postponed the season opener against Colorado at Veterans Stadium one day before the scheduled game. More coverageVOTE: Do the Phillies need to find a new closer?Are Phillies bullpen woes on Sandberg? POLL: Most popular Phils infielder from this era in 20 years?PHOTOS: 2014 Phillies Spring TrainingFollow the Phillies: Download our FREE Pro Baseball app!VOTE: Who will win the NL East?Latest Phillies videos Forum: Can the Phillies contend in 2014?
The postponement affects the Phillies pitching. They now will need a fifth starter on Saturday, one day earlier than anticipated. Righthander David Buchanan was the leading candidate to fill that spot, but he is scheduled to pitch Tuesday for triple-A Lehigh Valley. If he is to pitch for the Phillies on Saturday, it would be on short rest.
Jonathan Pettibone, another option, started Sunday for the IronPigs. He allowed three runs to Pawtucket on 86 pitches in five innings. Pettibone is on the 40-man roster, which is currently full. Buchanan is not.
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