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Mother Nature postpones finale with D-backs

Mother Nature postpones finale with D-backs

Mother Nature postpones finale with D-backs
DENVER -- It turns out Rockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin's mother was right about Denver's unpredictable weather.

After Denver reached a record-high 84 degrees on Saturday, a rain-snow mix hit on Sunday and postponed the final game of the season-opening series with the D-backs. No makeup date was immediately announced.

Chacin was supposed to make his first start of the season, against the D-backs' Joe Saunders, and had invited his parents from Venezuela, but his mother put off the trip until at least May because she doesn't like bad weather.

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The teams took batting practice in cold wind. By the time the postponement was announced, there was rain and snow. Within minutes after announcement, it was all snow.

Chacin, instead, will start on Tuesday against the Dodgers. Righty Jason Hammel will start Wednesday in the second game of the two-game set at Coors.

Right-hander Esmil Rogers, who won the fifth-starter spot in Spring Training, will start on Thursday at Pittsburgh in the Pirates' home opener, and the first home game for current Bucs skipper and former Rockies manger Clint Hurdle. Ubaldo Jimenez, who is battling a cut cuticle on his right (pitching) thumb, is scheduled for Friday. Jorge De La Rosa, who left his first start of the season on Saturday with a blistered left middle finger, will start Saturday at Pittsburgh.

"It gives me more time for my finger to get even better," Jimenez said. "This is Colorado -- it's crazy weather. You never get used to the cold weather. Where I'm from [in the Dominican Republic] it's hot and humid all the time."

"I like pitching every five days, but we need the extra day," De La Rosa said. "Ubaldo needs the extra day, and me, too, so we'll take it."

According to the Rockies, tickets from Sunday's game are valid for the makeup, whenever it is scheduled. Exchanges may be made for any game during the remainder of the season, value-for-value, as long as the exchange is made before the makeup date. There are no cash refunds.

Ticket exchanges will be accepted at Coors Field ticket office and all Rockies Dugout Stores.

Complimentary tickets have a value of zero dollars and may not be exchanged, and discounted tickets may be exchanged only for the amount paid to the Rockies and are subject to any constraints applicable to the original sale.

When the date is determined, announcements regarding the rescheduled game will be made at www.coloradorockies.com. For more information, call 303-ROCKIES.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter@harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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