to make it to the end. from mary123's blog

WASHINGTON -- As they pursue their uphill wild-card bid into the seasons final week, the Nationals had another opponent to contend with Saturday night: Mother Nature. . After a lengthy wait, persistent rain finally forced the postponement of the Nationals game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. The teams, and a few thousand fans, waited nearly four hours from the 7:05 scheduled start time before an announcement was made shortly before 11 p.m. The game was rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader Sunday with the first game starting at 1:35 p.m. and the second at 7:05 p.m. Washington plays in St. Louis Monday night, while Miami hosts Philadelphia. Neither teams clubhouse was open to the media after the postponement was announced. "Id like to call it early and play a doubleheader. Its easier on everybody," Washington manager Davey Johnson said Saturday afternoon. "That said, well probably be here until 1 (a.m.)." Marlins manager Mike Redmond also said he expected that the teams would wait it out. "From what Ive heard, I think they want to play it tonight. Nobody really wants to play a doubleheader on our getaway day. I think well sit this one out, wait it out and see what happens," he said. The details of the decision to wait nearly four hours, and then ultimately postpone the game, were not disclosed. The home team generally controls whether or not a game will start, but late in the season Major League Baseball and the umpires are part of the decision-making process. The Nationals have won 12 of 14 and began the day five games behind Cincinnati and Pittsburgh for two NL wild card spots. Pittsburgh defeated the Reds 4-2 Saturday night. The Marlins have lost six of seven. Miamis Tom Koehler (3-10, 4.51) opposes Dan Haren (9-13, 4.88) in the afternoon game, while Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 2.96), Saturday nights scheduled starter for Washington, faces Brian Flynn (0-2, 9.64) Sunday night. Strasburg will make his first start since Sept. 8. On Sept. 13, the day before his next scheduled start, he felt tightness in his right forearm, so his start was pushed back to this past Thursday. On Wednesday, Strasburg couldnt shake forearm tightness while trying to get loose for that start, so he was again pushed back, to Saturday. .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. . -- Lou Brocks shoulder-to-shoulder collision with Bill Freehan during the 1968 World Series and Pete Roses bruising hit on Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star game could become relics of baseball history, like the dead-ball era. looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable.ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Team owner Roger Penske gave AJ Allmendinger a second chance. Now they both have a trophy to show for it -- and, perhaps, the foundation of a rebuilt racing career. Allmendinger took the lead from Justin Allgaier with seven laps to go in regulation, then didnt get rattled through a late restart and two nerve-testing green-white-checkered overtime finishes, holding on to win Saturdays NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America. Afterward, he expressed appreciation for Penske, the team owner who originally let him go last season after he was suspended for violating NASCARs substance abuse policy. "Its just meant the world to me," Allmendinger said. "This was the only way I could repay him. I was trying so hard out there -- and, at times, probably over-trying." Allgaier finished second, followed by Parker Kligerman, Owen Kelly and Sam Hornish Jr. Allgaier won a road course race at Montreal last season but still tipped his cap to Allmendingers road racing skills. "Im still not a road racer, I can assure you of that," Allgaier said. "Just watching AJ in front of me and seeing some of the places he was able to get away from me on that last green-white-checkered, I still have some stuff to learn." Its Allmendingers first win in NASCAR, but not his first at Road America. He won at the four-mile road course in Central Wisconsin in 2006, racing in the Champ Car Series. "Its my favourite track now," Allmendinger said. Billy Johnson led on a restart with eight to go, but he slid wide in Turn 5 and was passed by Allgaier and Allmendinger. Allmendinger then made the decisive move one lap later, snatching the lead from Allgaier at the top of the hill in Turn 6. Hed have to defend his lead on three more restarts, fending off a charge from Allgaier with three laps to go and then facing two green-white-checkered finishes -- NASCARs version of overtime. Allmendinger once again took the lead, only to watch another caution come out for Michael Annetts accident to trigger a second overtime. With drivers facing concerns about having enough fuel left on the second green-white-checkered restart, Allmendinger held on again to take the checkered flag and stop in Turn 5 to celebrate in front of the fans. Allmendinger even had enough fuel left too do a celebratory burnout. "They werent fun," Allmendinger said of all the restarts. "I had a lot of thoughts in my head about how bad that (stunk) having to do that. But its part of the rules." Regan Smith finished 32nd and leads the Nationwide Series standings by 28 points over Allgaier. Defending race winner Nelson Piquet Jr. then had a rough moment before the races halfway point, plowing into the back of Brian Scotts car. Piquets hood crumpled in the crash, costing him any chance of contention. Allmendinger then retook the lead on lap 26, bumping his way past Kelly on the exit of Turn 5. Allmendinger pulled away and quickly built a lead of more than two seconds -- and then Kelly lost second place when he came to a stop on the back side of the track, apparently out of fuel. After getting a push back to the pits from a safety vehicle, Kelly was able to get back in the race. Most of the leaders then pitted with 19 laps to go -- right at the outer edge of most teams fuel windows, making it unclear whether they had enough to make it to the end. Meanwhile, Kenny Habul caused a moment of levity when he veered off course on the restart and collected a large advertising sign, which stuck to his nose for the better part of a lap before another caution came out. The win was a big step for Allmendinger, whose racing career took a wrong turn last year when he failed a NASCAR drug test, resulting in a suspension and the loss of his ride at Penske Racing. Allmendinger, who said he took a pill offered by a friend that turned out to be Adderall, was reinstated after completing a NASCAR-affiliated recovery program, and now is getting a limited second chance with the Penske team this year. "I wouldnt have thought twice if he would have just kind of wrote it off and not called and went on," Allmendinger said of Penske. "Hes got so much going on in his life. But he just kept checking up on me. I didnt expect anything from it. It was just nice to have a friend, somebody that I could bounce ideas off of." Kilgerman, a friend of Allmendingers off the track, is impressed by his resiliency. "Once youve lost it all, I think you see a lot of times, you come back and youre better at what you do. I think were seeing that right now with AJ." Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '

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