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Season begins after brief rain delay Down Under

Season begins after brief rain delay Down Under

SYDNEY -- A brief rain shower delayed the start of the season opener between the D-backs and Dodgers on Saturday. First pitch was pushed back 14 minutes to 5 a.m. ET.

The tarp came off the Sydney Cricket Ground turf at 4:30 a.m. and the pitchers began their pregame warmup routines, but the planned pregame festivities were shortened.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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