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Rain washes away G-Braves season opener

March 23, 2013;  Dunedin, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin (71) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

March 23, 2013; Dunedin, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin (71) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

OPENING DAY

The G-Braves new schedule following Thursday' rainout:

Today, 7:10 vs. Charlotte

Saturday 5 p.m. vs. Charlotte (DH)*

Sunday, 2:05 p.m. vs. Charlotte*both games will be seven innings

The G-Braves rained out opening-day lineup:

Pos. Name

LF Jose Constanza

SS Tyler Pastornicky

RF Joe Terdoslavich

1B Ernesto Mejia

2B Blake DeWitt

CF Todd Cunningham

3B Joe Leonard

DH Jordan Parraz

C Matt Pagnozzi

P Sean Gilmartin

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Opening Day had to wait.

With a steady rain throughout the day and no promise of improving weather, the Gwinnett Braves decided early to push the team's Opening Day festivities off for one day, canceling Thursday's game against the Charlotte Knights at about 4 p.m.

Gwinnett and Charlotte will open their first series and the season today at 7 p.m. with a full, nine-inning game. Lefty Sean Gilmartin will start against scheduled Charlotte starter Zach Stewart. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. and both games will be seven innings with a 30-minute break in between games. Those with tickets to Thursday's game can use their ticket for entry into any other G-Braves game this season. Thursday's T-shirt promotion will be today as well as the scheduled fireworks show. Saturday's Brandon Beachy bobblehead giveaway begins for the first 2,000 fans when the gates open for the 5 p.m. game at 4 p.m.

The rain delay is just one more day for the Class AAA Braves to wait before getting back on the field. The last time any of them played in a game was Saturday.

For starter Gilmartin, the brief break was welcome, though before he knew about Thursday's push-back.

"It's kind of nice to step back, gather yourself, take a little breather before the season starts and kind of re-group from spring training," Gilmartin said on Wednesday. "It's kind of nice actually."

Gilmartin kicking off the G-Braves season was the only known before Thursday when the G-Braves announced the scratched opening day lineup and their first pitching rotation of the season.

Marietta native David Hale will start Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, followed by Daniel Rodriguez in Game 2. Sunday's scheduled starter is Tim Corcoran and Omar Poveda rounds out the rotation.

The lineup, for the rainout, gives some sense of where certain players will begin the season. Tyler Pastornicky was penciled in the No. 2 spot and playing shortstop. The opening-day shortstop in Atlanta a season ago expects to work his way to some starts as second and in the outfield during this season.

Joe (formerly Joey) Terdoslavich was set to start in right field and to bat third. Thursday would have been the second straight Gwinnett Braves opening day lineup appearances for Terdoslavich, who played third base last year before struggles sent him down to Class AA. Power threat Ernesto Mejia was at first base and batting fourth.

The best news for today's game is the forecast. Morning rain should be replaced by temperatures in the upper 60s and sunny. The temperatures only rise Saturday and Sunday and the chance of rain decreases.

It's just one extra day to wait.

"Everybody is ready to roll," manager Randy Ready said Wednesday. "Everybody is in good shape and everybody is prepared and now the ball is in their court to have a good season."