Snow pushes back Cubs' home opener vs. Pirates

Snow pushes back Cubs' home opener vs. Pirates

Snow pushes back Cubs' home opener vs. Pirates

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The Cubs' game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed a day because of snow that covered much of Wrigley Field, creating a scene more reminiscent of January than April. Pittsburgh is also 1-7 in Nova's last eight starts and 1-4 in his last five starts in game one of a series.

Though they aren't playing Monday, Cubs players managed to make the best of their situation as they took to Wrigley's snowy diamond for a little snow-day fun. But Maddon told reporters he is uncertain whether Rizzo will be ready to play Tuesday when the Cubs look to win for the fourth time in their past five games. This will be the third "home opener" the Pirates have played in. He is 2-1 in four career starts against the Cubs. On Sunday, the Pirates took a 5-0 shutout victory, out-hitting the Reds 11-1 on the day.

Tyler Chatwood will make his second start of the season, aiming for his first win as a member of the Cubs. There wasn't quite as much snow on the South Side, and the series against Tampa Bay is the only scheduled trip to Chicago for the Rays, so rescheduling their game would have been more hard.

The Pirates are just 1-7 in Nova's last eight starts and are 5-16 in his last 21 road outings. In his 6.0 innings during his first start this year, Chatwood put up four hits and one earned.

The game was initially delayed an hour Monday, before finally being canceled.

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Rizzo said he's gradually felt better since Friday.

At least the Pirates are hot.

Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo was out of the starting lineup when it was announced Monday.

Williams suggested holding on for another three days in Chicago might be worth waiting for as Pittsburgh's next road trip will be a warm one.

"On the way out I had no idea if I was going to Cub Convention or Opening Day", Maddon said.

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