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Rain, power outage postpones Dodgers-Cubs

Split doubleheader scheduled for 12:05, 7:05 p.m. CT
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CHICAGO -- The threat of rain and a limited power outage at Wrigley Field forced the Cubs and Dodgers to postpone Monday's game. The two teams will play a split doubleheader on Tuesday, with the first game scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CT and the regular game to be played at 7:05 p.m.

On Monday, the power outage affected the operation of the lights in right field.

CHICAGO -- The threat of rain and a limited power outage at Wrigley Field forced the Cubs and Dodgers to postpone Monday's game. The two teams will play a split doubleheader on Tuesday, with the first game scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CT and the regular game to be played at 7:05 p.m.

On Monday, the power outage affected the operation of the lights in right field.

"We still haven't gotten to the root cause of the limited power outage," Cubs vice president of communications Julian Green said. "We're actively working on this issue tonight and we plan to have the ballpark fully operational by [Tuesday]."

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Separate tickets will be required for each game. Tickets to Monday's game will be honored for the early game or exchanged for tickets to another 2018 regular-season home game, subject to availability. Ticket exchange requests must be received by noon CT on Tuesday, and can be made by contacting the Cubs Fan Services team at 800-THE-CUBS or fanservices@cubs.com. Season-ticket holders can contact their season-ticket service representative.

Both clubs' starting pitchers will stay as scheduled. Tyler Chatwood will square off with right-hander Kenta Maeda in the day game, and Mike Montgomery and fellow southpaw Rich Hill will start the nightcap.

Monday's game was scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m., and the delay was announced at approximately 6:30 p.m. At the time the decision was made, Green said the three forecasts being tracked all said 100-percent rain.

Both teams wanted to wait out the storm system impacting the area as long as possible because potential makeup days are limited. Both clubs have just two mutual days off the rest of the season, and the distance of travel for the Dodgers to come to Chicago also presented some logistical issues.

Green said the lights were expected to be functional by first pitch Tuesday. He also said the Cubs are going to try and use the daylight for the afternoon game to their advantage if the limited power outage is still an issue.

"We'll continue to look at the forecast," Green said, "and make sure that when the players take the field, we're making sure that we're putting each team in the best possible [situation] to complete and play baseball safely."

Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

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