WASHINGTON—With rain in the forecast for perhaps four hours after the scheduled start of Saturday’s game, Major League Baseball postponed Game 2 of the Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Nationals.
Commissioner Rob Manfred, who was on hand for the game, announced the postponement about 45 minutes before the scheduled 4:08 p.m. starting time. Game 2 has been rescheduled for Sunday at 1:08 p.m.
Manfred said that weather forecasts showed rain until at least 8 p.m. and perhaps mist after that.
Game 3 is scheduled for Monday in Los Angeles at 4:08 p.m. and there won’t be an alteration in that.
“We do east-to-west travel like this during the regular season,” Manfred said. “It’s not ideal, but doable.”
The weather forecast is for clear skies on Sunday.
“We met with both teams. I think there was a lot of consensus that no matter who controlled the game, that the right decision here was to cancel and play in good weather tomorrow,” Manfred said.
“We hate to cancel. We hate to make travel worse on the player than it was originally intended to be. But it just doesn’t look like we’re going to have a situation that would be safe for the players to play."
Manfred got no argument from Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy.
“It’s not the first time we’ve ever been canceled. I think we’ve all been through this before. We were ready to play," Murphy said.
"I think looking at it, we all had an idea it wasn’t going to be on time, so I don’t think guys completely launched full boar. We were still kind of waiting to hear when a starting time might be, the game was. I don’t think everybody got to full brew."
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