CHICAGO (AP) — The game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs has been called off because of wintry weather, the 25th postponement in the first three weeks of the major league season.

The total matches 2007 for the most weather-related postponements through April since Major League Baseball started keeping records in 1986. There were 26 postponements through April in 2007, but one was caused by the death of St. Louis pitcher Josh Hancock.

With temperatures in the mid-30s and rain and snow in the forecast, the game was called about 4 1/2 hours before the scheduled first pitch and rescheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Chicago will keep its rotation in order and move Jon Lester’s start back a day. Luke Weaver had been scheduled to pitch Wednesday for St. Louis.

The postponement was the fourth on the Cubs’ first homestand, and third in four days. Sunday’s series finale against Atlanta was rescheduled for May 14 because of rain and Monday’s game against the Cardinals is to be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on July 21.

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