UPDATE: Nationals get their rainout anyway

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6:00 p.m. EDT update: Mother nature overruled MLB.

Tonight’s game between the Dodgers and Nationals in D.C. is again off, the Nationals announced.  A split doubleheader will be played Thursday.

Both teams had agreed to call it off hours ago, but MLB intervened and insisted that the Nationals wait before calling it.  With the forecast for the game still looking terrible, the Nationals got permission to postpone the game just before 6 p.m. local time.

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The Dodgers announced this afternoon that Wednesday night’s game against the Nationals in D.C. had been postponed due to rain and would be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday.  Nats manager Davey Johnson confirmed it, and players tweeted to the same effect.

But the game is, for the moment anyway, still on.  The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore reports that MLB stepped in and ordered the Nationals to try to get the game in tonight.

Kilgore adds that GM Mike Rizzo has been in communication with Joe Torre in the league office about the situation.  Apparently, MLB is none too happy with some of the early calls on rainouts lately, even though the early calls make it easier for fans set to go to the game.

So, the two sides will at least try to play tonight.  Dana Eveland and Chien-Ming Wang are the scheduled starters.

World Series Games 1 and 2 may be the hottest of all time

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The World Series is often played in near winter-like conditions. The 2008 Series was interrupted by a snowy, wintry mix. The 2012 World Series games in Detroit dipped into the 20s. It’s not uncommon to see players wearing balaclavas and other winter gear during the so-called “Fall Classic.”

Not this year, though. Indeed, this year we’re likely to see record high temperatures for Games 1 and 2 at Dodger Stadium.

As of this moment, WeatherUnderground.com forecasts a high in Los Angeles of 101 degrees for today’s World Series Media Day and highs of 102 and 98 for Games 1 and 2, respectively. First pitch for both games is just after 5PM Pacific time, when the sun will still be blazing. The sun will set about an hour or so in to the game which should cool things off somewhat, but the heat will definitely impact pregame workouts and the early innings. Fans showing up three or more hours before first pitch will do well to prepare themselves for the elements.

The hottest World Series game on record came in Phoenix for Game 1 in 2001 when the mercury stood at 94 degrees at game time. That year Major League Baseball unwisely demanded that the Chase Field roof be left open for the Diamondbacks-Yankees tilt. If there is a Game 6 and/or 7 things will be nicer as the long range forecast shows temperatures in the low 70s by then.

Hydrate well, Dodgers and Astros. Those of us watching from cooler temperatures and/or the comfort of our air conditioned homes will feel really bad for you.