Cardinals-Marlins game postponed

The weather Sunday was great for fantasy football, not so good

for Cardinals-Marlins baseball. The two teams waited out rain in

vain for more than four hours before the game was finally

postponed.

How did the Cardinals kill time?

”Mock drafts, card games and a lot of toe tapping,” second

baseman Aaron Miles said.

The game started 55 minutes late, then was halted with two out

in the top of the first inning and no score. The postponement came

after a wait of 3 hours, 7 minutes.

The Cardinals aren’t scheduled to return to Florida, and no

makeup date was announced. The most likely choice is Sept. 20, but

that would mean the Cardinals would play the final 31 days of the

regular season without a day off.

”The game has to be played,” Marlins president David Samson

said. ”We’ve just got to find a date to do it.”

St. Louis, which fell two games behind the NL Central-leading

Reds, begins a three-game series Monday at Cincinnati. The

Cardinals will stay with the rotation they had scheduled, meaning

Chris Carpenter starts the first game in Cincinnati.

Jeff Suppan warmed up Sunday but never took the mound. Florida

starter Sean West, who faced three batters, said he went to the

batting cage six or seven times during the long delay to play catch

and keep loose.

”This weather stinks,” West said. ”Very frustrating.”

The Marlins, who are off Monday, also will stick with the

rotation they had scheduled. They play 16 of their next 19 games on

the road, starting Tuesday at Washington with Chris Volstad on the

mound. West’s next start will be Saturday at Cincinnati.

Florida’s new ballpark with a retractable roof is on schedule to

open for the start of the 2012 season. The Marlins long lobbied for

such a home because of the frequent summer rain in South Florida.

The countdown of home games remaining in their current home is

displayed on the left-field wall.

”Every fan I spoke to today, I just said to them, ‘Hang in

there, 103 more games to go,”’ Samson said.

Notes: Cardinals 2B Skip Schumaker (left wrist) was out of the

lineup for a fifth consecutive game but may be available Monday.

… Marlins 1B Gaby Sanchez (right hamstring) and CF Cody Ross

(neck) were out of the lineup for the third game in a row.