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Rain postpones Phils' opener; twin bill set Sunday

Rain postpones Phils' opener; twin bill set Sunday

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Rain postpones Phils' opener; twin bill set Sunday
PHILADELPHIA --- Friday night's game between the Phillies and Rays was postponed due to inclement weather after a wait of almost three hours. The clubs will play a day-night, split-admission doubleheader on Sunday, with the first game starting at 1:05 p.m. ET and the second at 6:35 p.m.

Tickets for Friday's game will be valid for the 6:35 p.m. game on Sunday.

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Though Cliff Lee was slated to start Friday's game for the Phillies, Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.29) will take the mound on Saturday. Sunday's starters are to be announced, but it's likely that Lee (0-3, 3.48) will pitch in one of the games and Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25) will start the other.

Kendrick will oppose James Shields (7-4, 3.72), who was originally supposed to start on Friday. The Rays' starters on Sunday will be Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.82) and David Price (9-4, 3.08), but the club has yet to decide who will start which game.

Friday's game was finally called after a wait of 2 hours and 48 minutes. Heavy rain and wind, as well as thunder and lightning, delayed the start of the game as fans headed for cover in the concourse.

A little more than an hour later, it appeared the game was going to be played. Fans shuffled back to their seats, the tarp came off the field and the pitchers warmed up in the bullpens. A start time was estimated for 8:45 p.m. Then, more rain started falling. Fans booed as the grounds crew began to roll out the tarp again.

The game was called at 9:53 p.m.

Jake Kaplan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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