Play brrr! A chilly start to the baseball season, Yankees & Red Sox games postponed

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A tarp covers the field at Yankee Stadium on April 4, 2016. Inclement weather forced the team's home opener to be postponed until April 5, 2016. (Photo: Dan Mannarino, PIX11 News)

NEW YORK — The opener between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium has been postponed because of a forecast of bad weather and rescheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel is to start for Houston against Masahiro Tanaka of New York in a rematch of last year’s AL wild-card game, won by the Astros 3-0.

It was 40 degrees and drizzling when Monday’s game was called, 4½ hours before the scheduled first pitch for the afternoon start. Tuesday’s forecast is for sunshine and temperatures of about 40 at game time.

The game will be broadcast on the YES Network which is in a contract dispute with Comcast and currently not being shown in Comcast coverage areas.

The Boston Red Sox opening day against the Indians in Cleveland was expected to go on as planned, despite temperatures near freezing. But, just before 2:30 p.m. officials decided to postpone the game. Now they will play at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday.