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By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com


CHICAGO -- Chicago is definitely the Marlins' kind of town. But the defending World Series champions will be glad to return to South Florida.

Late Monday afternoon, the Marlins received word that they will be resuming their series with the Expos at Pro Player Stadium on Wednesday.


A straight doubleheader has been scheduled for Wednesday in Miami, with Game 1 being played at 3:05 p.m. ET. The final game of the five-game series will be Thursday at 7:05 p.m. ET.


The Marlins have been in Chicago since Friday, where they played a doubleheader against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.


Because of Hurricane Ivan, the first two games of the series are being played at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox.


The Marlins rallied to a 6-3 victory on Monday before a crowd of 4,003, with a 3,519 walkup.


Tuesday's game will be played at U.S. Cellular Field, starting at 2:05 p.m. ET. All seats are general admission, and cost $15, with $5 going to hurricane relief.


"Chicago has been very accommodating," Marlins president David Samson said.


To give the games at U.S. Cellular Field home-game flavor, the Marlins have flown up their mascot, Billy the Marlin, and public address announcer Dick Sanford.


Marlins players were treated to their own introduction music during their at-bats.


"I guess this is a home game, but it's an extended road trip, in a good city," catcher Paul Lo Duca says of the entire Chicago experience. "There are guys who want to get home, and hopefully everything is safe over there. You look at it like that. I guess we're batting last, but it's weird. It's definitely weird."


Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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I certainly want to see the Fish home, as in Miami, ASAP, but of you look at those feeder bands coming off Ivan (and I'll defer to Cape here) it doesn't look to me to be out of the question that rain could be in our forecast for Wednesday and perhaps Thursday.


If in fact Wednesday is forecasted to have rain here both Wednesday's doubleheader and Thursday's game will most assuredly be played in Chicago. MLB would never ask both teams to fly down here for a single Thursday game after the DH, they will play them all at the Cell.


I hope my precipitation prediction proves wrong but my guess is that there's only a 50/50 chance we'll see baseball here before the weekend.

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I'm more interested in sweeping the Expos than where we do it.


Now the Braves on the otherhand, I want to play here at PPS.


With a little luck (the Braves already lost the first game of their doubleheader tonight with the Mets) this weekend's Braves/Marlins series can put the Fish right back in contention for the NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP, something I've been forecasting for weeks.


Go Fish !

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They'll probably play in Chicago till wednesday...I really hope we play here on thursday though. Theres no school so I'll be there for sure. I've heard other people talking about going as well. But whatever works. Like Marlins2003 said: "I'm more interested in sweeping the Expos than where we do it."

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