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Cubs, Reds postponed; no makeup date scheduled

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Too much rain in Cincinnati, no baseball tonight

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With rain forecast in the Cincinnati area all evening, Major League Baseball pulled the plug on tonight’s Cubs/Reds game about an hour after game time:

The Cubs will return to Cincinnati August 28-30, that is, if baseball’s still being played by then. I have my doubts. If they do wind up playing a doubleheader then, there could be a difference in the way the games are played:

This is a good idea, for 2020 only. Minor leagues have played seven-inning doubleheaders for many years.

The game could have been called earlier, as noted by Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo:

Good for Rizzo for speaking up. I understand the desire to get the games in due to the compressed schedule, but sometimes weather simply doesn’t permit, Especially now, as Rizzo noted, players shouldn’t be sitting around for hours in the clubhouse.

So, the Cubs will be able to get back home a bit earlier this evening, once they can get packed up for their charter flight. They’re scheduled to play the Pirates at Wrigley Field Friday evening at 7:15 p.m. CT. Nothing’s been stated yet, but I would assume tonight’s starter Yu Darvish will be pushed back and start Friday.

As always, we await developments.