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10/31/09 8:53 PM EST

Start of Game 3 delayed by rain

Selig, umps meet before scheduled start to talk options

PHILADELPHIA -- The start of Game 3 of the World Series, on hold because of rainy conditions in the Philadelphia area, has now been scheduled for 9:15 p.m. ET.

A half-hour before the scheduled start of the game, a steady storm continued to pound Citizens Bank Park, where the Yankees are slated to meet the Phillies with the best-of-seven series tied at a game apiece. Cole Hamels is slated to start for the Phillies against Andy Pettitte of the Yankees in a battle of left-handers.

Commissioner Bud Selig went into the umpires' dressing room at 6:55 and conducted a lengthy meeting about the weather that included other baseball officials and the umps. Among the group was Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman. When the two exited the room at 7:15, Girardi said that he anticipated the game would be played.

Jimmie Lee Solomon, baseball's Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the front is expected to pass through before 9 p.m. ET and it looks clear behind that. At that time, a decision will be made on a start time.

Last year, rain in Philly plagued Games 3 and 5 of a World Series the Phillies eventually won in five games over the Rays. The start of Game 3 was delayed three hours before it was played to its conclusion -- a Phillies' win. Game 5 was suspended in a downpour and was delayed for two days before it was completed.

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.