Now, Nova will look to extend the Pirates' torrid start in the first of a three-game series at Wrigley Field, where Pittsburgh finished 4-5 last season. Several workers shoveled slush between aisles in the 100-level seating area, while others used hand-held blowers to remove snow from the seats.
By late morning, the decision was made to push the Cubs' Wrigley Field debut to Tuesday, which was originally scheduled for an off-day in the three-game series between the National League Central rivals.
Earlier in the day, the home team appeared ready to battle the elements. On Sunday, the Pirates took a 5-0 shutout victory, out-hitting the Reds 11-1 on the day.
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Trainer's room: Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo missed his second consecutive game with back tightness and is day to day. The Pirates will give the starting nod to 31-year old right-hander Ivan Nova, and 28-year old right-hander Tyler Chatwood will take the mound for the Cubs.
Although the home opener brings a special type of excitement to Wrigley Field, reliever Carl Edwards Jr. didn't seem to bummed that the team wouldn't be playing in 30-degree weather.
The ever-optimistic Cubs at first said the scheduled 1:20 p.m. game time would be moved back an hour so the grounds crew could clear and prepare the field.
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Brandon Morrow got three outs for his first save since signing with the Cubs in the offseason.
"I've got a lot of pitches, including my fastball", Darvish said.
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Pittsburgh is off to a surprising 7-2 start. He allowed just one earned run, four hits and six walks in six innings in his first start against Cincinnati. Chicago is also 35-16 in their last 51 Monday games and the under is 10-3-2 in their last 15 Monday games.