Rain postpones Reds, Phillies

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 15, 2004

PHILADELPHIA - Mother Nature gave the Philadelphia Phillies a reprieve for now.

The Phillies, off to a 1-6 start, avoided losing another game Wednesday when rain postponed their game with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Reds, off to a 5-2 start and leading the Central Division, beat the Phillies on Monday 4-1 to spoil the opening of Philadelphia's new ball park. Tuesday was an off day and Thursday is a 1 p.m. game. Cincinnati heads for Chicago after the game.

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The game will be made up at 7 p.m. on June 14 which had been a scheduled day off for the Reds between a series with St. Louis and one with New York.

"You never want to come back and play on an off-day," Reds first baseman Sean Casey said. "But it's pretty nasty out there, I mean it hasn't stopped raining since we got here."

Cincinnati nor Philadelphia will change their rotation due to the washout. The Reds will send Jose Acevedo (1-0, 4.50 ERA) to the mound against the Phillies Vicente Padilla (1-0, 3.00).

"It's a little bit disappointing after waiting so long between starts," said Acevedo, who last pitched on April 8 against the Cubs. "I haven't even thrown in two days, but it's not a big deal. It's only one more day. I just need to make sure everything is OK when I go out and warm up tomorrow. Everything should be fine."

Aaron Harang (1-0, 1.50) will open Friday's series in Chicago against Sergio Mitre (0-0, 2.35) at 2:20 p.m.