Hopefully you're not tailgating outside CBP right now

Hopefully you're not tailgating outside CBP right now

The Phillies didn't waste any time in postponing today's scheduled home opener against the Brewers at 3:05 pm and moving it to Tuesday at 4:05 pm instead due to the weather forecast calling for rain all day long. The fact that they made the call over 24 hours in advance gave fans plenty of time to make adjusted plans.

I wouldn't be surprised if some unprepared fans didn't get the memo and end up drinking in the rain. Could be worse problems to have though, I suppose.

The change does impact the Phillies starting rotation as they'll need a fifth starter earlier than planned since Kyle Kendrick will pitch in the home opener on Tuesday instead of Monday. That means the Phils will need a fifth guy on Saturday.

David Murphy writing at the Daily News points to Jonathan Pettibone as the logical choice over David Buchanan given the circumstances:

Pettibone has a couple of things going for him. First and foremost, he is familiar, having made 18 starts for the Phillies last season, during which time they went 10-8. Second, he is on the 40-man roster, and David Buchanan is not, and the 40-man roster is full. The fact that Pettibone pitched yesterday means he could start on Saturday on normal rest (plus an extra day). All of those conveniences could very well prompt the Phillies to bring up Pettibone, who would then face the Braves in Philly on Thursday, the Dodgers in Los Angeles on April 22, and the Diamondbacks in Arizona on April 27. At that point, Cole Hamels is expected to rejoin the rotation.

The Phils return home with a 3-3 record that places them down towards the bottom of the NL East after dropping a series in Texas and taking one in Chicago.

Hopefully you have a cool boss and he'll let you swap your half day on Monday for a halfday on Tuesday. Or maybe you're still a lucky college kid and can take off whenever you want.

The Phils will throw the first pitch at Citizens Bank Park this year shortly after 4:05 pm on Tuesday.

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.