The Marlins and Nats probably shouldn't have played last night

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There was a three-hour rain delay before the Nats-Marlins game, and when play finally began, the players faced this:

The game began with puddles throughout
the outfield particularly in right field. Outfielders on both teams ran
through them, slid on the wet grass, and even fielded ground balls that
simply stopped well in front of them.

“I was thinking about how much water
was going to be in my shoes,” Nationals right fielder Michael Morse
said. “I’ve never seen a field like that.”

Yeah, it dried out over time and they got the game in, but that’s dangerous stuff to be messing with. Calling a game after it begins is the umps’ job, but calling a game before it begins is the job of the home team.  Rather than play into the wee hours on a wet track, the Marlins should have sucked it up, called the game and gone with a double header today.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

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Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.

Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”

It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.

Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.