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Check that: Now Dodgers-Nationals game is back on [Updated: Now it's off again]

September 7, 2011 |  2:59 pm


When is a rainout not a rainout?

When Joe Torre says so.

Yep, that rained-out game today in Washington between the Dodgers and Nationals is back on. I say that with all the conviction of a teenage boy calling up a girl on the phone for the first time.

Anyway, it’s not officially rained out. Which means the Dodgers will have to wrestle up their players, or at least enough of them to play a game, should it now go off.

[Updated at 3 p.m.: Wait, check that again, MLB just officially postponed the game again.]

This day was just more proof that this has been a season to remember, all the way around.

The Nationals and Dodgers had agreed to the rainout at 10:37 a.m. PDT Wednesday, announced it and scheduled a doubleheader for Thursday. Then Major League Baseball said: No so fast.

Because this is the Dodgers’ last trip on the East Coast this year, and there is a 70% chance of showers again Thursday, MLB wants them to try everything to get Wednesday’s game in.

Torre, the ex-Dodgers manager who is now a MLB executive, called Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo Wednesday afternoon to let him to try to play.

The gates at Nationals Park were re-opened. The Dodgers were back at the team hotel trying to get their team together. When the rainout was announced, several took off to points unknown, thinking they had the day off.

Turns out they did, after all.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: A member of the grounds crew pulls the tarp over home plate on Tuesday night during a rain delay. On Thursday, the game was eventually postponed. Credit: Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press