PHILADELPHIA — With rain expected to intensify during the opening hours of would have been Game 3 of the World Series, Major League Baseball made the preemptive move Monday night to postpone the game before a pitch could be thrown.
The Phillies, familiar with Fall Classics interrupted by weather, will host the Houston Astros on Tuesday night for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series.
In a notable change from the earlier rounds, the remaining games of the World Series will all be shifted back one day. The travel day will be preserved and take place Friday with games 6 and 7, if necessary, coming Saturday and Sunday at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Major League Baseball and its broadcast partners had studiously avoided having a World Series game on Sunday, but rather than stuff five games into five days, they agreed to keep the integrity of the travel day and delay the series' finish.
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All game times will be around 7 p.m. St. Louis.
The Phillies will start Ranger Suarez for Game 3 and come back with Aaron Nola for Game 4, the team announced. The Astros will soon announce pitching plans for the rescheduled Game 3 at Citizens Bank Park.
In 2008, the last year the Phillies' won the World Series, rain meddled with the schedule and actually halted the play of a game, forcing a suspension. The fallout from that rainout was a change in rules that have governed weather delays since.
This story will be updated.