Postponed

Series: Game 1 of 3

Series starts Fri 4/18

Game 1: Friday, April 18
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Montreal
Game 1: Saturday, April 19
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in 10
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Game 2: Saturday, April 19
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Game 3: Sunday, April 20
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Expos

 

7:05 PM ET, April 18, 2003

Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Teams to play day-night doubleheader Saturday

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- As poorly as the Cincinnati Reds have been playing, even a rainout and the prospect of a long day provided a respite.

The opener of a three-game series between the Reds and Montreal Expos was postponed by rain Friday night. The teams will play a day-night doubleheader on Saturday, with games at 1:05 p.m. EDT and 7:05 p.m. EDT.

"In the major leagues, you get this constantly," Reds manager Bob Boone said. "We've been playing in very difficult weather in Chicago. We prefer hot --- we definitely prefer hot."

The Reds were routed at Wrigley Field 16-3 on Thursday. The wind-chill factor was 33 degrees, about 50 degrees colder than what they can expect in Puerto Rico.

Cincinnati gave up at least 10 runs in losing three straight times to the Cubs. The Reds haven't allowed 10 or more runs in four games in a row since 1949.

The bad series left the Reds at 5-11, tied with Arizona for the worst record in the NL. The Reds rank last in the league in pitching and fielding, and next to the bottom in hitting.

Both teams will keep their rotations in order. Ryan Dempster will start for the Reds against Zach Day in the opener and Jimmy Anderson will face Montreal's Javier Vazquez in the second game.

There was steady rain all day in San Juan, with lightning and thunder moving in during the afternoon and more showers in the forecast. The game was called off about 2½ hours before it was to start at 7:05 p.m.

"These things happen in baseball," Expos third baseman Fernando Tatis said. "Now we go to the hotel, rest and get ready for tomorrow."

This was the Expos' first home postponement because of inclement weather since July 13, 1991, when a game against Los Angeles was rained out. For many years, Olympic Stadium had a retractable roof, which was eventually shut for good.

Maybe Montreal could also use a day off. After winning their first four games at their part-time home, the Expos were swept in a three-game series by Atlanta.

The Braves finished it off with a 14-8 win in 10 innings Thursday night, and Montreal manager Frank Robinson called it "the worst game we've played all year, from both sides."

Organizers of the Expos' games in Puerto Rico may have caught a break, from an attendance standpoint, with the rainout. Good Friday is a major religious holiday on the island, and a small crowd was expected.

Cincinnati is not scheduled to play at Montreal this season, with this three-game series at Hiram Bithorn stadium serving as the Reds' only visit against the Expos. The teams have only one other series this year, on the final weekend of the season at Cincinnati.

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