Phillies move home opener to tomorrow

Posted: April 08, 2014

CHICAGO - Before yesterday's game against the Cubs, the Phillies announced that today's home opener has been postponed and rescheduled for tomorrow.

The decision was made "due to a weather forecast for considerable rain all Monday afternoon," the team said in a press release. The season's first game at Citizens Bank Park, originally on tap for 3:05 p.m., will now take place at 4:05 p.m. tomorrow.

All tickets for the originally scheduled game will be honored for the new game day and time; gates will open at 1:35 p.m. and the game will air on NBC10.

Major league teams often schedule extra days off into the first week or two of their schedules - and often in the middle of series - as built-in rain makeup dates. With an unfriendly weather forecast a day away, the Phillies decided to take advantage of that built-in makeup date.

"It makes sense to me with the clean weather after that, it makes a lot of sense, especially Opening Day," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "That [day is] always a big deal and to have that misfire and not be a big deal would be disappointing, I think to everybody, so I think it's very smart and I'm totally on board with it."

According to the weather.com forecast, there is an 80 percent chance of rain in Philadelphia today.

- Ryan Lawrence

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