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Anthony Rizzo (back) remains out of Cubs' lineup for home opener

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Darvish pitching during Saturday's fourth inning

The Chicago Cubs have rescheduled their home opener to Tuesday because of a steady snowfall over Wrigley Field.

"It's feels like it's been a long time since Spring Training, we've been on the road for a while", said the utility player, who will take part in his third home opener in Chicago.

On the field, a combination of slush and snow sat on the tarp, while the sprinklers went off in the uncovered outfield.

EARLIER STORY: The Cubs announced Monday morning that the home opener at Wrigley Field will begin at 2:20 p.m., instead of 1:20 p.m., to allow for field preparation.

"I woke up and saw everything going on", Maddon told reporters Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune. Whenever a northeast wind blows off the lake, as it did Monday, Scott said Wrigley Field will be affected more than Guaranteed Rate Field.

"Just roll with it", said relief pitcher Steve Cishek of the postponement. "It's just we have to get the field clear - obviously you don't want anyone to slip and fall". It opened the season with a 5-4 road trip to Miami, Cincinnati and Milwaukee.

The Cubs' new-look bullpen has shined so far. Their pitching has been solid, sporting a 2.88 team ERA, good for fourth in the Major Leagues.

Brandon Morrow got three outs for his first save since signing with the Cubs in the offseason. "If you're from Hazleton (Pennsylvania), I really don't need to see it".

Bossard reported 2.25 inches of snow at his ballpark and immediately started spraying water - which comes out between 48 and 50 degrees in Chicago - to melt eight hours before the scheduled first pitch. He allowed two runs in his first start against Minnesota and did not walk a batter, then threw the one-hitter Sunday against Cincinnati. The Pirates will give the starting nod to 31-year old right-hander Ivan Nova, and 28-year old right-hander Tyler Chatwood will take the mound for the Cubs.

20-8 in their last 28 games in the first game of a series. He hit a three-run home run to complete a comeback win over the Pirates on Saturday night. This is Tampa's only trip to Chicago this season. I woke up one day and it was just a lot tighter. The precipitation helps melt the ice and make it easier for the crew to remove the snow, Ricketts said. "When you are at the 3, 3½ level. they made the right call".

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