Colorado at Florida

Rockies-Marlins postponed because of rain wire reports

MIAMI -- Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez has been successful in doubleheaders, which doesn't mean he likes them.

"It's a lot of aspirin, a lot of headaches," Gonzalez said. "Call it a double headache."

The Marlins will play a doubleheader Sunday against the Colorado Rockies after Saturday night's game was postponed because of rain. The game never started and was called after a wait of 90 minutes, with more rain in the forecast.

"The thing is you don't want to stop and start, stop and start, and both teams blow out their bullpen," said Gonzalez, who has led the Marlins to one doubleheader sweep and two splits in his three seasons as manager.

The starting pitchers, Rick VandenHurk for Florida and Aaron Cook for Colorado, never began warming up. They were bumped to Sunday.

Cook will face Chris Volstad in Game 1 at 1:35 p.m. EDT. VandenHurk will face Jorge De La Rosa in Game 2. The forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain.

"We'll just take it one day at a time," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "It's August in South Florida, and I lived here 13 years, so I know what it's about."

Both teams have Monday off, giving their pitching staffs a day to recover from the doubleheader.

"We should be OK looking forward with the bullpen situation -- both ballclubs," Gonzalez said.

Keeping the Rockies in town an extra day for the makeup game wasn't an option because the Miami Dolphins play an exhibition game at the stadium Monday night against Jacksonville.

This weekend's series is the last of the year between the Marlins and Rockies. Colorado leads the NL wild-card race, and Florida is two games back.

The Marlins and Rockies have played one doubleheader apiece this year. Florida split two games at home against Arizona on May 20, and Colorado split a doubleheader against the Mets in New York on July 30.

The rainout was the third this year in Miami. The Marlins' new ballpark with a retractable roof is scheduled to be ready in 2012.

"Not fast enough, obviously," senior vice president for stadium development Claude Delorme said.

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