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Leiter, Halsey go Saturday; Contreras Sunday

NEW YORK -- The Subway Series opener between the Mets and
Yankees was rained out Friday night, called before it ever began
because of showers and a poor forecast.

The teams will make it up with a day-night doubleheader Sunday
at Yankee Stadium, with the first game at 1:05 p.m. and the other
starting at 8:05 p.m.

Toward the end of the Yankees' batting practice, sprinkles
began. The Mets were already on the field, but left as the rain
intensified.

Around the scheduled start at 7:05 p.m., the rain let up and
lots of fans in the sellout crowd headed to their seats. But about
40 minutes later, with a light rain falling, it was announced that
the game was postponed and many fans booed.

The Yankees pushed back their rotation by a day. Rookie Brad
Halsey will start Saturday afternoon, with Jose Contreras pitching
the opener Sunday and Mike Mussina working the second game.

The Yankees swept all six games of the Subway Series last year.
Overall, the Yankees lead the series 24-12 since interleague play
began in 1997, not including their five-game win over the Mets in
the 2000 World Series.