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SAN DIEGO AT CHICAGO CUBS, POSTPONED (RAIN)

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Chicago Cubs righthander Mark Prior will
have to wait at least another day to make his much anticipated
start to the 2005 season.

The scheduled Tuesday afternoon game between the Cubs and the
San Diego Padres was postponed due to rain. It has been
rescheduled as part of a doubleheader here Wednesday beginning
at 1:05 pm EDT.

Prior, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier
Tuesday, was scheduled to face 2004 National League ERA leader
Jake Peavy (0-0, 0.00 ERA). Instead, he will square off against
Brian Lawrence (0-1, 2.57 ERA) in the second game of Wednesday's
doubleheader.

Peavy, who was 15-6 with a 2.27 ERA last year, will start the
first game for the Padres against Kerry Wood (0-0, 3.18 ERA).

The 24-year-old Prior began the season on the disabled list with
inflammation in his elbow. Manager Dusty Baker said it had
more to do with Prior fine-tuning his mechanics rather than
being injured.

Last season, Prior started on the DL with Achilles' tendon and
elbow problems and missed two months. He also missed a start in
July with discomfort in his elbow.

One of baseball's best young pitchers, Prior was just 6-4 with
a 4.02 ERA in 21 starts last season. He went 18-6 with a 2.43
ERA in 2003, helping the Cubs come within a win of their first
World Series appearance since 1945.