The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins had almost four hours to kill on Saturday night as the teams huddled in their clubhouses and hoped the rain that was pounding the area might pass.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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The teams filed back into Nationals Park early on Sunday morning to settle in for a long day of baseball that would start with the regularly scheduled game at 1:35 p.m. and continue with a 7:05 p.m. makeup of Saturday night's game. The Nationals will fly to St. Louis whenever all of that is over.
The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins sat through a three-hour and 49-minute rain delay on Saturday night before their game was finally postponed at 10:54 p.m.
The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins will almost certainly be delayed on Saturday night, and there is at least a question of whether or not they will play at all. The Nationals need the game, so they will be sure to get it in somehow -- the only question is whether they wait until late Saturday night to start up, or play a doubleheader on Sunday in the Nationals' final day at home this season.
When Denard Span made his way into the Washington Nationals' clubhouse Thursday night, after an on-field interview and as he tried to process the first game he had gone hitless in since Aug. 17, he walked up the tunnel from the dugout alone.
Bryce Harper became just the second player in baseball history to tally two 20-homer seasons before his 21st birthday, joining only Tony Conigliaro on that illustrious list, as his three-run shot sparked the Nationals in a 3-2 victory over the Marlins.
Saturday night, before the Washington Nationals play their penultimate home game of the regular season, the team will gather on the field and the organization will honor Davey Johnson.
Stephen Strasburg did not appear to have any significant issues during his flat-ground session of catch on Thursday afternoon, but his start on Saturday remains at least slightly tentative until the right-hander can get through his throwing on Friday also without incident.
The Washington Nationals' last-ditch effort to sneak into the second wild card spot were dealt a significant blow on Wednesday night when they lost to the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Houston Astros in 13 innings.
The Washington Nationals acquired 22-year-old left-hander Matthew Spann on Thursday, completing their Aug. 23 trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder David DeJesus.
It is on nights like Wednesday when the difficulty of what the Washington Nationals have been trying to accomplish these last few weeks becomes crystal clear. When a 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves in a series in which the Nationals took two of three, can bring all of their momentum crashing back down to earth. The Nationals have 10 games remaining in their season and they trail the Cincinnati Reds by 5.5 games.
Stephen Strasburg was scratched from a start for the second time in five days when he reported some tightness in his forearm again and Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson decided not to pitch the right-hander on Thursday against the Miami Marlins.
ESPN's Keith Olbermann devoted a segment to the hats on his show on Tuesday night, in which he took aim at MLB for their policy against such tributes, and criticized the Nationals for not asking them to waive the rules.
Ross Detwiler threw enough pitches to account for about three innings of work on Wednesday afternoon, and the next step for the Washington Nationals left-hander will be to travel to Viera, Fla., on Monday and pitch in instructional league games.
The Washington Nationals will send Ross Ohlendorf to the mound Wednesday night in search of their first sweep of the season over the Atlanta Braves.