The Washington Times - September 8, 2011, 07:29PM

Try as they might, the Nationals and Dodgers couldn’t navigate the weather well enough to get all four games of their series in. With heavy rains and flash flooding continuing to hit the Washington, D.C. area, the second game of their straight doubleheader Thursday was rained out. Unless it is absolutely necessary for the game to be made up, it will not be played.

The Dodgers won the first game Thursday, 7-4, and their magic number to be eliminated from postseason contention stands at nine. If, by something of a miracle, they’re still in the race after 161 games, the teams will be forced to make the game up. Los Angeles does not come back to the east coast this season. 

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“The weather’s been tricky,” said Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, who had to navigate the forecast on Wednesday as well, ultimately postponing that game to be a part of Thursday’s doubleheader.

“There’s a lot of decisions that go into canceling a game. There are personnel decisions, team decisions and MLB decisions. I thought we did a good job of getting in as many games as we could. We were in total conjuncture with MLB and we just couldn’t get this last one in.”

The Nationals pitching rotation will be altered some for the Houston series, which begins this weekend at Nationals Park. Ross Detwiler, Thursday night’s scheduled starter, will be skipped. Tom Milone will start on Friday, the second of his major league career, John Lannan will pitch Saturday and Stephen Strasburg will remain on track to start Sunday afternoon against the Astros.