Friday's game vs. Indians cancelled
Extra-innings game scheduled for Saturday
ATLANTA -- With heavy rains forecast throughout the evening hours, the Braves cancelled Friday's exhibition game against the Indians.
In order to get their starting pitchers their necessary work in the final regular-season tuneup, the Braves and Indians will play an 11- or 12-inning game that will begin at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday at Turner Field.
Those fans who bought individual or group tickets for Friday's game can redeem them at the Turner Field ticket windows for any 2005 regular-season game. There are still tickets available for each of the games during next weekend's opening home series against the Mets.
John Thomson is scheduled to start the home opener against the Mets on April 8. The weekend's marquee pitching matchup will come two days later when John Smoltz opposes Pedro Martinez. Smoltz will be making his first start at Turner Field since May 28, 2001.
Tim Hudson, Mike Hampton and Thomson are all expected to throw at least three innings on Saturday. Hudson, who missed a start two weeks ago because of a stiff back, has thrown just 13 2/3 innings since the exhibition season began. He is still scheduled to make his regular-season debut against the Marlins on Wednesday at Dolphins Stadium.
In between the third and fourth innings on Saturday, the Braves will unveil their new alternate uniforms that will be worn during their 13 scheduled home games at Turner Field. This will be the first time the club has altered their uniform selection since 1997.
The new uniforms consist of white pants with a bright red jersey. The hats will possess the traditional "A" with a tomahawk going through it.
Saturday's game will be televised on Turner South. The Braves' new flagship stations, 96 Rock and 640 WGST, and their affiliates will carry the radio broadcast.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.