Padres MLN: Opening Day notes

Fort Wayne's season has been delayed - tonight's game against Lansing has been cancelled and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday. Rotations are becoming clear - as well as tonight's starters. And will be in Rancho Cucamonga today - and Lansing this weekend.

The Lansing Lugnuts have announced that tonight's game against the Fort Wayne Wizards has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game was scheduled to be both teams Midwest League season opener.

Tonight's game will now be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:05 p.m. Each game of the doubleheader will be seven innings in duration and there will be a 30 minute break between games.

Fans who had tickets to tonight's game can exchange them for tickets to any future 2007 Lugnuts home game by visiting the Oldsmobile Park box office.

The Lugnuts will now play their home opener tomorrow night at 6:05 p.m. against Fort Wayne, with gates opening at 4:50 p.m.

Jack Cassel takes the hill as the Opening Day starter for Portland. It is the seventh time in seven seasons that Portland has had a different starter on Opening Day.

Cassel will be followed by Ryan Ketchner, Jared Wells, Cesar Carrillo, and Justin Germano. Tim Stauffer will begin the year in the pen but it is a temporary move to give him time to heal from a Spring Training injury.

"Numbers-wise I have my own set goals, things I want to accomplish," Portland outfielder Vince Sinisi said.

Mike Ekstrom will get the Opening Day nod in San Antonio. It is the fourth straight year Ekstrom has garnered Opening Day honors - all with different clubs.

Sean Thompson, Jose Oyervidez, Cesar Ramos, and Josh Geer will follow Ekstrom.

The Lake Elsinore rotation will feature Brent Carter, Matt Buschmann, Manny Ayala, Wade LeBlanc, and Richie Daigle. The Storm will face off against Bartolo Colon tonight as he makes a rehab assignment and Jered Weaver on Friday night in Rancho.

"Definitely feeling good," Carter said of coming back from his Achilles injury before proclaiming himself fit for the regular season. "As each day and each week on I was able to get a little bit more range and motion and was able to put a little more weight on it each day."

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