The reason for the delay was the club's sense that Shea Stadium could not be properly operated with diminished water pressure. Howard said the upper levels of the park already had been affected by the scheduled game time, 1:10. Fans were alerted of the delay at 1:07 p.m. Oliver Perez threw the first pitch at 1:50.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.