Game 4: Dashing through the snow …



PNC Park as of 8:43 this morning. Not a postcard-pretty day for ball.
PNC Park as of 8:43 this morning. Not a postcard-pretty day for ball.

By Rob Biertempfel

I know it’s Happy Home Opener Day ’n’at, but please excuse me if I seem a bit ragged (I haven’t shaved since Wednesday) and cranky this morning. The storm that washed away game three of the Pirates-Red Sox series yesterday also delayed my flight home for several hours. When I triggered my garage door opener this morning, the clock in my car said 3:02 a.m. Five hours later, I’m in the press box at frosty PNC Park.

Misery loves company, though, am I right? Fellow scribes Adam Berry, Stephen Nesbitt and Dustin Dopirak were on the same flight, so we hit a few watering holes near Fenway Park before grabbing an uber to the airport.

OK, enough whining. On with the game. Oh, wait. One last dose of whining (because SNOW) …

>>> The Braves originally were going to start R.A. Dickey today, but wound up moving the knuckleballer’s season debut back to Saturday. RHP Mike Foltynewicz will get the ball today.

>>> Chad Kuhl is still bummed about yesterday’s rainout, which wiped out his scheduled start. He had lots of family who made the 5 1/2-hour drive from Delaware to Boston to see him pitch against the Red Sox. “My mom and dad and brother were actually at the exit (into Boston) when I texted to tell them the game was rained out,” Kuhl said. “I’m upset they drove all that way for a rainout.” Kuhl will pitch tomorrow against the Braves and is in line to work the make-up game Thursday at Fenway Park.

>>> During his pregame presser, manager Clint Hurdle was asked about what progress he believes his team has made: “They’ve grown from being young players and learning things to … They’ve gone from being survivors to being contributors to now, I believe, being winners. The opportunity is in front of us with this group collectively to own everything we do moving forward. That would be my biggest get for the season. The thing I’m encouraged by, watching the transition through spring training, is the work that was done physically, mentally. I’m very encouraged by all of it.”

>>> You want links? I’ve got links:

Here’s everything you need to know about the home opener,

Gorman: “It’s the opener, simple as that, so it’s ‘Play ball!’ Let’s just hope it’s not with snowballs.”

Hurdle didn’t exactly call out Starling Marte for an ill-timed bunt attempt, but …

Notebook: In which it rains (and rains, and rains) in Boston, Juan Nicasio goes one and done, and Andrew McCutchen is 0 for the season so far

>>> Friday’s game: Braves at Pirates, 1:05 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM

Braves (1-2): Ender Inciarte 8, Dansby Swanson 6, Freddie Freeman 3, Matt Kemp 7, Nick Markakis 9, Brandon Phillips 4, Adonis Garcia 5, Kurt Suzuki 2, RHP RHP Mike Foltynewicz

Pirates (0-2):  Starling Marte 8, Josh Bell 3, Andrew McCutchen 9, Gregory Polanco 7, David Freese 5, Francisco Cervelli 2, Josh Harrison 4, Jordy Mercer 6, RHP Ivan Nova (2017 debut)

Gamecast: Nova went 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in four Grapefruit League starts. He also pitched in two minor league games during spring training. … Last season, Nova ranked fifth in the majors with a average of 1.56 walks per nine innings pitched. He issued three walks in 64.2 innings pitched after being traded to the Pirates.

>>> Saturday’s game: Braves at Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park. TV: None. Radio: 93.7 FM

Braves: Lineup TBA. R.A. Dickey (2017 debut)

Pirates: Lineup TBA RHP Chad Kuhl (2017 debut)

Gamecast: Dickey’s final tune-up was on March 31, when he tossed two scoreless innings and gave up one hit against the New York Yankees in an exhibition at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. It was the knuckleballer’s best outing of the preseason.

>>> Sunday’s game: Braves at Pirates, 1:35 p.m., PNC Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM

Braves: Lineup TBA. RHP Julio Teheran (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Pirates: Lineup TBA RHP Gerrit Cole (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.