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Twins-Cardinals Thursday contest rained out

Wainwright scheduled to make spring debut against Marlins on Friday

Twins-Cardinals Thursday contest rained out

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Cardinals' scheduled game against the Twins at Hammond Stadium on Thursday was cancelled due to rain.

The Cardinals made the two-hour bus ride across the state from Jupiter, but after a 40-minute rain delay, the game, which was expected to be a sellout, was called.

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Right-hander Ricky Nolasco was scheduled to start for the Twins with Brian Duensing, Casey Fien and Anthony Swarzak also on the list to pitch. Nolasco pitched a simulated game Thursday, and right-hander Adam Wainwright, who was slated to start for St. Louis in his spring debut, will start Friday vs. the Marlins.

Outfielders Oswaldo Arcia and Aaron Hicks were late scratches for the Twins before the cancellation.

Arcia, who was originally in the lineup in right field and batting cleanup, was scratched due to a stomach virus. And Hicks, who was penciled in at center field and as leadoff hitter, was taken out of the lineup for precautionary reasons due to right elbow discomfort, which he felt after taking swings in the batting cages Thursday morning.

Wilkin Ramirez and Byron Buxton were scheduled to start in place of Arcia and Hicks, respectively, before the game was cancelled.

Fans with tickets purchased by mail, phone or Internet can exchange them only at the Hammond Stadium box office. Tickets must be exchanged by March 20. If a refund is preferred, fans who have purchased single-game tickets by phone, mail or Internet will receive a refund automatically.

And for tickets purchased at the box office, fans can exchange them only at the Hammond Stadium box office. Tickets must be exchanged by March 20. If a refund is preferred, only tickets purchased in person with cash need to be returned for a refund. All other payment methods will be refunded automatically.

Parking passes purchased at the gate need to be returned to the Twins' ticket office in Minneapolis along with a name, address and daytime telephone number to receive a refund.

Up next: Wainwright will get the ball at home against the Marlins on Friday at 12:05 p.m. CT, and Lance Lynn will pitch in relief for the Cardinals. St. Louis also has a split-squad game against the Mets in Port St. Lucie scheduled for 12:10 p.m., and Carlos Martinez will start against Daisuke Matsuzaka. Watch both games live on MLB.TV.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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