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The grounds crew at Nationals Park has been kept busy this week.
Tonight's game between the Nationals and Dodgers has now officially been postponed due to heavy rain and potential flooding in the area, general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters at Nationals Park.
The teams will play a traditional doubleheader tomorrow, beginning at 1:05 p.m. The second game will begin approximately 30 minutes after conclusion of the first game.
The status of tonight's contest had been up in the air for a few hours after both clubs originally agreed to a postponement, only to have Major League Baseball step in and request they attempt to play the game despite the threatening forecast.
The two clubs spoke early in the afternoon and agreed to a postponement and a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 1:05 p.m. The Dodgers announced the news via their official Twitter account, and Nationals players posted on their personal accounts that the game would not be played.
But MLB then said they would prefer the clubs attempt to get the game in, or at least wait until closer to 7 p.m. before postponing it, leaving everyone in a holding pattern. As of 5 p.m., the Dodgers' team bus had not departed their hotel.
But then came the official word from Rizzo shortly before 6 p.m. that the game had been postponed and would be made up in tomorrow's doubleheader.
Fans holding tickets to tonight's game can exchange them for available seats of equal or lesser value to any future 2011 home game, including tomorrow's doubleheader. Fans holding tickets to tomorrow's originally scheduled game receive admission to both games.