Phillies postpone home opener until Tuesday

Philadelphia Phillies fans wait out a rain delay. (Matt Slocum/AP file photo)

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. Monday, will be played Tuesday at 4:05 p.m.

The decision was made Sunday afternoon, 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 Monday's game will be honored Tuesday, the team said. All 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 a day before the game.

The postponement affects the Phillies pitching: They will need a fifth starter on Saturday, one day earlier than anticipated. Righthander David Buchanan is 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.

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