Game 90: Orioles (49-40) @ Nationals (48-40), 7:05 p.m. ET

Mike Stobe

Weather was an issue last night. It may prove to be one yet again. If they do play, you can come talk about it with everyone in the comments here.

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Well, last night went pretty pour-ly. See, what I did there? Ya know, with the rain? Anyway, it took a two and a half hour delay to force the O's and Nats to push their matchup all the way to August. In the meantime, the Yankees fell to the Indians 5-3; that's good. But later in the night Toronto would blank the Angels; 4-0. That is not so good.

When all was said and done, the Orioles had lost ground on the Blue Jays by a half game, trimming their lead to just two and a half games.

Tonight, the weather looks nasty again. However, those ever reliable meteorologists in the area have indicated that the rain should subside right around the scheduled first pitch of 7:05. Each team's lineups came out very promptly and neither manager strayed from their scheduled starter. That usually means the game will get through all nine if it is played. But don't be surprised if there is a delay to begin things.

What is the opposite of the "rain dance"? Whatever it is, we all need to do it in the hours leading up to this game.

Lineups

Washington Nationals Baltimore Orioles
CF Denard Span (L) RF Nick Markakis (L)
3B Anthony Rendon (R) LF Steve Pearce (R)
RF Jayson Werth (R) CF Adam Jones (R)
1B Adam LaRoche (L) DH Nelson Cruz (R)
DH Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B Chris Davis (L)
LF Bryce Harper (L) SS J.J. Hardy (R)
SS Ian Desmond (R) 3B Manny Machado (R)
C Wilson Ramos (R) C Caleb Joseph (R)
2B Danny Espinosa (L) 2B Jonathan Schoop (R)
RHP Doug Fister RHP Bud Norris
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