Nationals-Diamondbacks rained out

Nationals-Diamondbacks rained out

WASHINGTON -- Friday night's game between the Nationals and Diamondbacks has been postponed because of rain. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium.

The first game will start at 1:05 p.m. ET, while the second game is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m.

The rotation for both clubs will remain intact for the doubleheader, as left-handed pitcher Billy Traber will start Game 1 for Washington and right-hander Jason Bergmann will get the nod in the 7:05 p.m. game.

Arizona will counter with former Expos right-hander Miguel Batista, and former National right-hander Livan Hernandez will start in the second game for the Diamondbacks.

Fans holding tickets and/or parking receipts for Friday's contest vs. Arizona are asked to keep both, as they will be honored at Saturday's 1:05 p.m. contest at RFK Stadium.

Tickets for Friday's rainout can also be exchanged at the Nationals ticket office for any of the 17 home dates remaining on the Nationals' 2006 schedule, based on availability.

Fans holding tickets for Friday's game also have the option of exchanging those tickets for comparably-priced tickets to any 2007 regular-season contest, excluding Opening Day.

This is just the Nationals' second rainout at RFK Stadium since the franchise relocated from Montreal following the 2004 season. On April 22, the game was postponed between the Nationals and Braves. That game will be made up on Sept. 18.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.