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Marlins-Nationals rain out will be made up as part of double-header on Sept. 26

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Marlins and Nationals were washed out Tuesday night at Nationals Park and the game will be made up as part of a day-night double header Sept. 26 when the teams meet in the final weekend series of the regular season.

"Not ideal for sure,"  Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "An ideal situation for us is to play. Nobody likes to play double headers late in the season. The only good thing is you have more players. But if you're in the race or have a chance, nobody wants to be playing double headers that late."

The Nationals (25-26) certainly do. With third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, outfielder Bryce Harper, and pitcher Gio Gonzalez on the disabled list it only makes sense for them to push a make-up game to when those players are supposed to be back.

Although both teams have a day off Thursday and Wednesday's game is scheduled for a 7:05 start, Redmond said no thought was given to playing on either of those days. 

With stormy weather expected to hit the DC area again on Wednesday there's a chance the teams could be washed out again. All that would mean is the Marlins and Nationals would play two double-headers and five games over a three-day stretch in late September, Redmond said.

"I've had that before," Redmond said. "In 1998, we finished the season against the Phillies in a double-header the last two games of the season because of the hurricane."

The Marlins won three of those four games against the Phillies.

ROTATION ADJUSTED

The Marlins have adjusted their starting rotation for the rest of this week. Tuesday night starter Henderson Alvarez will now pitch against the Nationals' Jordan Zimmerman, who was originally scheduled to face Tom Koehler on Wednesday.

After Thursday's day off, Koehler will start Friday when the Marlins return home to face the division-leading Braves. Jacob Turner will pitch Saturday for Miami and Nathan Eovaldi, who beat the Nationals on Tuesday, will pitch Sunday instead of veteran left-hander Randy Wolf. His next start will be made either Monday or Tuesday against the Rays, depending on whether or not the Marlins want to get Alvarez an extra day of rest. 

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