Saturday, April 5, 2008
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ATLANTA - For a change, Bobby Cox welcomed the rain - and the rainout.
Rain and the threat of severe storms caused Friday night's opening game of the Atlanta Braves-New York Mets series to be postponed.
It was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader in Atlanta on May 20. The first game will be at 1:05 p.m. and the second at 7:10 p.m.
By May 20, Cox hopes his pitching staff will be better rested than it would have been if Friday night's game had been played. The Braves used seven pitchers in Thursday night's 4-3, 10-inning loss to Pittsburgh, after scheduled starter Mike Hampton was held out with a chest injury.
Hampton was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday, and the Braves recalled Jo-Jo Reyes from Triple-A Richmond.
'We had to have an arm here, quick,' Cox said.
'It gives us a day off for the relievers, which is really good for them. I mean, if we played tonight we had just really one guy in the middle (relief) and that's it, Reyes.'
With the postponement, the Mets will skip right-hander Mike Pelphrey, who had been scheduled to start today.