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Sunday, April 6
Updated: April 7, 4:12 PM ET
 
With storm on way, home opener off till Tuesday

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees' home opener on Monday has been postponed because of forecast of heavy snow.

The game between the Yankees and Minnesota Twins will be played Tuesday at 4:05 ET. The forecast for Monday is for snow all day and temperatures in the 30s.

"They've had this forecast for a few days,'' manager Joe Torre said Sunday after the Yankees won 10-5 at Tampa Bay. "It didn't surprise me.

"We want to play, but obviously they feel that if we did play, it would have been in-between, stop and start and I think everybody dreads that kind of a ballgame. It's not fair for the fans to see the first game like that.''

Joe Mays (1-0) is scheduled to start Tuesday for the Twins against Andy Pettitte (1-0).

"I glad as far as pitching the game that they went ahead and made the decision today instead of getting there tomorrow, being ready to go and canceling,'' Pettitte said Sunday. "It's always good to know ahead of time.''

The Yankees played their home opener in snowy conditions in 1996 against Kansas City. The snow started before the first pitch and lasted through the entire game. It began as flakes, then turned to flurries and eventually, whipped by winds that never stopped, became a swirling storm that blinded the players.

But the game went on because the snow never stuck -- it was 40 degrees at gametime.




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