Snow covers Wrigley Field, delays Cubs home opener

Pirates day game postponed due to snow at Wrigley

Thousands of fans headed back to Wrigley Field for the Cubs' postponed home opener against the Pirates. Several workers shoveled slush between aisles in the 100-level seating area, while others used hand-held blowers to remove snow from the seats.

The only team in the majors yet to play at home this season, the Cubs decided at 11:00a Monday to wait another day to host the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates look to extend what has been an impressive start after a series victory over the Cincinnati Reds, whom Pittsburgh beat 5-0 on Sunday behind Jameson Taillon's 1-hitter.

The National Weather Service predicted more snow or rain on Monday afternoon, but only a few tenths of an inch accumulation.

Rizzo said his low back tightness has been getting better each day and right now, it's just a matter of ensuring this doesn't linger throughout the next six-plus months. The seventh-year right-hander posted a subpar 4.69 ERA with the Rockies last season, however he did put up a solid 3.49 ERA on the road.

Expected cold temperatures Monday in Chicago could reek havoc on Rizzo's back stiffness, but temperatures are expected to rise throughout the week. We'll see how it goes.

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"It's just something that gradually happens", Rizzo said. "Been limiting the free passes for the most part, and just really going in with a lot of confidence". Pittsburgh is also 1-7 in Nova's last eight starts and 1-4 in his last five starts in game one of a series. As of Sunday, he was considered doubtful for Monday's series opener against the Pirates.

The Chicago Cubs have pushed back the scheduled start time for their home opener because of a steady snowfall over Wrigley Field.

A short time later, it was announced that the game was canceled and moved to Tuesday. In the Sunday finale, the Cubs took a win 3-0.

Chatwood allowed one earned run, six walks and four hits in six innings in his first start against Cincinnat while striking out four.

"I think all of us are ready to get to Miami", he said.

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