Cubs' opener vs. Padres postponed; twin bill Wed.

Cubs' opener vs. Padres postponed; twin bill Wed.

CHICAGO -- Monday night's game between the Cubs and Padres was postponed because of inclement weather; the two teams will play a split doubleheader on Wednesday. The first game will begin at 12:05 p.m. CT, and be followed by the regularly scheduled game at 7:05 p.m. CT.

Jon Lester (3-1, 1.58 ERA) will start on Tuesday for the Cubs, while rookie Cesar Vargas (0-1, 1.10 ERA) will go for the Padres. Both had been slated to start on Monday.

This was the first game postponed by the weather for the Padres this season. The Cubs had two games in late April rescheduled because of weather, and will play a makeup game on July 7 against the Braves and a makeup split doubleheader on Aug. 16 against the Brewers.

Separate tickets are required for each game on Wednesday. Gates for the nightcap will re-open approximately 90 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Tickets to Monday's game will be honored for the 12:05 p.m. CT game on Wednesday. No ticket exchange is necessary.

The Cubs entered Monday riding a seven-game winning streak that included a three-game sweep in Pittsburgh and a four-game sweep of the Nationals at Wrigley Field. At 24-6, the Cubs have the best record in the Major Leagues and are off to their best start through 30 games since the team opened the 1907 season 24-6.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.