- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 5, 2008

10 p.m. today as part of a day-night doubleheader.

It was the first rainout in the history of Nationals Park.

“We waited out the second [storm], and we were supposed to start the game,” manager Manny Acta said. “It just kept building up. It wasn’t possible [to play].”

The change will have little effect on the Nationals’ lineup, which was supposed to take on a new look for last night’s game. Elijah Dukes still will bat second today, Cristian Guzman likely will lead off and Felipe Lopez will rest. Kory Casto will bat fifth and play third base, while Aaron Boone plays first to spell Dmitri Young, whom Acta said was “a little sick” last night.

John Lannan, who was supposed to pitch last night, will start the first game, and Tim Redding will make his scheduled start during the second game at 7:10 p.m.

The Cardinals also will retain the same pitching matchups, starting Todd Wellemeyer in the first game and Mike Parisi tonight.

Tickets from last night’s rainout will be honored at the 1:10 p.m. game or can be exchanged for a seat of the same price at a future Nationals home game during the 2008 regular season. The team’s parking policy for the makeup game is available at www.nationals.com/waytogo.

Clippard on Saturday?

Acta said yesterday afternoon that the starter who fills in for Odalis Perez likely will come from Class AAA Columbus. Tyler Clippard, who was the team’s pitcher of the month in May with a 4-1 record and 1.91 ERA, was removed after two shutout innings.

But Acta wasn’t giving any hints that Clippard would get a call-up.

“I’m not up to speed why [he was removed],” Acta said. “It’s a good guess though. I know you guys are smart enough.”

Clippard went 3-1 with a 6.33 ERA for the Yankees last season.

Perez came out of Tuesday’s game after three innings with shoulder tendinitis, which he said had bothered him for his past three starts and finally reached a point that he couldn’t pitch. Acta said yesterday he doesn’t expect Perez to miss more than two starts.

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