Nationals postpone game against Dodgers; will play doubleheader Thursday

Confusing day ends as two teams agree on traditional doubleheader

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In what may have been one of the most confusing rainouts of the year, the Nationals‘ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed due to torrential downpours that covered Washington all day and were projected to last into the night.

The game will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader on Thursday, with the first game starting at 1:05 p.m. and the second one shortly thereafter. The Nationals‘ pitching is expected to remain in line with right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, Wednesday’s scheduled starter, starting the first game and left-hander Ross Detwiler getting the nod in the second game.

But it took a while for all parties to agree on that plan. The Dodgers‘ official Twitter account announced around 1:30 p.m. that the game had been rained out and would be moved to a doubleheader on Thursday. Several players said the same. The Nationals had yet to confirm that announcement even two hours later, though, and their official Twitter account maintained that the game was indeed on.

Players from both sides were told the game would be postponed and attendance was sparse. According to those on the scene, the Dodgers‘ clubhouse remained empty and closed for much of the afternoon. It wasn’t until four hours after the Dodgers‘ initial announcement that the game was indeed called.

Needing approval from Major League Baseball for the switch, the Nationals couldn’t make any official announcements  and didn’t  until just after 5:30 p.m., when they concurred that there would indeed be no game Wednesday evening.

The teams beat the odds — that were once as high as a 100 percent chance of rain for several hours — on Tuesday night, getting in a full nine innings and featuring Stephen Strasburg’s return to the mound from Tommy John surgery. They played throughout the night with a brief 31-minute rain delay pausing the action in the seventh inning.

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