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Rain, Rain.....and a pitching change (with updates)


          9:40 p.m. -- It is raining sheets at the moment, creating a kind of swaying lava lamp effect with the stadium lights in the background. No information to pass along beyond that. The intent is still to play.

           9:20 p.m. -- If you're planning to stay up for this game, get the coffee pot going. There seems to be no hurry in removing the tarp and getting things going. In fact, it hasn't rained hard at Dolphin Stadium for more than an hour, and yet here we sit, fingers tapping.

           8:40 p.m. -- Looks like it's going to be a long night. The grounds crew has placed the tarp on the field in anticipation of another storm cell that appears to be moving in from the north. One weather footnote: the Marlins have not had a game at Dolphin Stadium postponed due to rain since Aug. 1, 2004.

           The grounds crew has removed the tarp at Dolphin Stadium and all signs point to a delayed start. But the deluge has prompted manager Fredi Gonzalez to make a pitching adjustment. It was just announced that reliever Logan Kensing will start in place of Burke Badenhop, who had already warmed up and was prepared to pitch when the rains hit.

          Long reliever Doug Waechter would normally be the go-to pitcher for an emergency start, but he went 3 2/3 innings out of the bullpen on Friday.

          Clearly, Gonzalez doesn't want to take the same chance with Badenhop that Joe Girardi took in 2006 when he sent starter Josh Johnson back out to pitch following an 86-minute rain delay. Johnson, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, wasn't the same after that, and Girardi took plenty of heat for the decision.

         Kensing has not started for the Marlins since 2004.