Snow pushes back Cubs' home opener vs. Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs, 4-9-2018 - Pick and Prediction

Now, they'll face the Cubs for a three-game series, beginning with the home opener at Wrigley Field Monday at 2:20 p.m. With AP Photos.The Chicago Cubs' home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates has been postponed a day because of snow.

Although the home opener brings a special type of excitement to Wrigley Field, reliever Carl Edwards Jr. didn't seem to bummed that the team wouldn't be playing in 30-degree weather.

Expected cold temperatures Monday in Chicago could reek havoc on Rizzo's back stiffness, but temperatures are expected to rise throughout the week. "I looked at the (weather) map and looked at (Tuesday) being an open date with a much better forecast, so I thought it would be the prudent thing, and we did it".

The Cubs All-Star first baseman felt his back first tighten up last Monday in Cincinnati, but then the team had back-to-back off-days thanks to a rainout, so they had hoped he'd be good to go for the weekend in Milwaukee.

Tyler Chatwood will make his second start of the season, aiming for his first win as a member of the Cubs. He allowed just one earned run, four hits and six walks in six innings in his first start against Cincinnati. Chatwood is 0-0 in two career starts against Pittsburgh with a 1.50 ERA. This will be the third "home opener" the Pirates have played in. Nova surrendered five runs in 5 1/3 innings during his last start against the Minnesota Twins when he struck out three and walked one.

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The Cubs said they worked with Major League Baseball on whether to play Monday's game because of the special nature of opening day.

A short time later, it was announced that the game was canceled and moved to Tuesday.

Rizzo said he's gradually felt better since Friday.

Tuesday's scheduled off-day would have provided Rizzo with an extra day of rest before potentially returning Wednesday.

Cubs players Javy Baez (left) and Jose Quintana (center) throw snowballs on Monday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs tried pushing back the scheduled start time by an hour, but the snow persisted.

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