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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Nationals - Marlins lineups: Rain expected to hamper Nationals game all night

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.

Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span tips his cap to the fans as they give him an ovation following his fourth at-bat. Span's 29-game hitting streak was snapped on Thursday. (Associated Press photo)

Denard Span's hitting streak ends after 29 games

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.

Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span leaps to try and corral a ball in the Nationals' 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night. (Associated Press photo)

Braves deal strong blow to Nationals playoff hopes

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.