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Hurricane Irene playing havoc with Marlins: Sunday's game in Philly canceled

     Sunday's game in Philadelphia has been canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Irene, which is expected to wind its way up the East Coast over the next several days. The Marlins, who played a doubleader on Wednesday against the Reds over worries that the storm would threaten South Florida on Thursday, will now face the Phillies in a day-night doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday.

     With a twinbill already scheduled for Monday in New York, the Marlins will end up playing three doubleheaders in six days, creating some havoc with their rotation.

     The only certain starter for the Marlins on Saturday is Anibal Sanchez, who will go in Game 1 (1:05 p.m.) of the DH against Cliff Lee. The second game (7:05 p.m.) starter is to be determined. Whoever draws that assignment will be stuck facing Roy Halladay.

      Tom Koehler (10-7, 5.16 for Triple A New Orleans) pitched Monday for the Zephyrs and would be in line to start on Saturday, but the Marlins would have to make room for him on their 40-man roster. Elih Villanueva is scheduled to start tonight for New Orleans. Brad Hand started Tuesday for Double A Jacksonvile.