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Mets-Rockies snow game faces delay

Coors Field grounds crew and stadium employees shovel

Coors Field grounds crew and stadium employees shovel snow before the start of a baseball doubleheader between the Mets and Colorado Rockies. (April 16, 2013) Credit: AP

DENVER -- Give the Rockies credit. They're persistent.

With about 90 minutes left until Tuesday afternoon's scheduled 1:10 (MT) first pitch against the Mets, much of the snow that once blanketed Coors Field has been removed. At one point, even Mets general manager Sandy Alderson helped shovel snow.

Snow remains piled up on the track in the infield while parts of right field still look better suited for sledding. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the first game won't start on time. Nevertheless, the field looks (mostly) green again, though players will have to deal with soggy conditions.


"If they think it's playable, then it's playable," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Snow flurries and rain showers remain the forecast during various points of the day. And more snow is due to hit the Denver area again on Wednesday. But the Mets are holding out hope that they can somehow squeeze in Tuesday's schedule doubleheader.

"We're pretty tired of sitting at the hotel," Collins said. "Everybody wants to get going."

Rockies righthander Juan Nicasop (1-0, 4.91 ERA) will oppose Mets righty Dillon Gee (0-2, 7.71 ERA). In the nightcap, lefty Jeff Francis (1-1, 5.87 ERA) will face off against Mets lefty Aaron Laffey (0-0, 6.23 ERA). The lineups for the matinee:


Jordany Valdespin 9

Daniel Murphy 4

David Wright 5

Ike Davis 3

John Buck 3

Lucas Duda 7

Kirk Nieuwenhuis 8

Ruben Tejada 6

Dillon Gee 1


Eric Young 8

Jonathan Herrera 6

Carlos Gonzalez 7

Troy Tukowitzki 6

Michael Cuddyer 9

Todd Helton 3

Wilin Rosario 2

Chris Nelson 5

Juan Nicasio 1

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