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Rockies' opener vs. Mets postponed by snow

DENVER -- Coors Field was a white sheet on Purple Monday, when the Rockies donned their purple uniforms. But no one can play baseball with snow continuing to fall, so Monday's scheduled opener with the Mets was postponed to Tuesday as part of a split doubleheader -- if the snow clears.

Figuring that would be the case, Rockies players Chris Nelson, Carlos Gonzalez, Eric Young Jr. and Jonathan Herrera played a competitive game of Hacky Sack in the warmth of the Rockies' clubhouse.

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The Mets, who had their finale Sunday in Minnesota called because of wintry conditions, decided after Monday's game was postponed not to let the snow stop them. Several of their pitchers trudged through about three inches of white accumulation in left field to have impromptu bullpen sessions, with catchers peering through flurries to see and snag the throws.

The teams are hoping to celebrate history, on two different accounts, on Tuesday.

The 1:10 p.m. MT game will be the Jackie Robinson Day celebration that was supposed to occur Monday. All players will wear No. 42 to commemorate Robinson breaking the color barrier on April 15, 1947. Monday's scheduled starting pitchers -- Juan Nicasio of the Rockies (1-0, 4.91 ERA) and Dillon Gee (0-2, 7.71 ERA) -- have been pushed back to Tuesday's first game.

The second game is at 6:40 p.m. as originally scheduled. To commemorate the first game in the history of the Rockies franchise, a 3-0 loss to the Mets at Shea Stadium on April 5, 1993, the teams will wear throwback uniforms, with the Mets in their home uniforms and the Rockies in their original road grays. Lefty Jeff Francis (1-1, 5.87 ERA) will start for the Rockies in the nightcap. The Mets haven't settled on a Game 2 starter, but it could be righty Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 6.00) or lefty Aaron Laffey (0-0, 5.06).

Fan information, according to the club press release:

• Separate tickets will be required for each game. Parking lots will open at 11 a.m., and gates for the early game will open at 11:30 a.m.

• Tickets for Monday's snowed-out game are valid only for Tuesday's first game. Exchanges for Monday's game may be made for any game the rest of the season -- value-for-value, best available seating -- but exchanges must be made before May 15. Complimentary tickets may not be exchanged because they have a value of zero dollars. Discounted tickets may be exchanged only for the amount paid to the Rockies and are subject to the restrictions of the original sale.

• For the second game, only tickets printed with April 16 at 6:40 p.m. will be valid. Gates for the second game will open at approximately 5:30 p.m.

• No cash refunds are available. To receive a refund, the ticket must be returned and a refund check will be issued in four to six weeks.

• Tickets purchased on StubHub must be returned to StubHub for a refund or exchange. StubHub tickets are not valid for exchange or refund at Coors Field or Rockies Dugout Stores.

• Ticket exchanges will be accepted at the Coors Field ticket office and all Rockies Dugout Stores. Requests for refunds will be accepted only at the Coors Field ticket office or by mailing the tickets to Colorado Rockies Ticket Office, 2001 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80205.

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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