By Sam Bush
Major League Baseball announced schedule changes to make up for all the games lost due to coronavirus outbreaks among the Marlins and Cardinals.
And in order for the Nats to make up their postponed weekend against Miami, they’re going to have to play three doubleheaders in two cities before season’s end.
The Nationals and Marlins are scheduled to face each other twice more in 2020: Aug. 21-24 in Washington, then Sept. 18-20 in Miami. MLB will have them make up the lost games during each of those series.
The two clubs will now play a doubleheader Aug. 22, beginning at 4:05 p.m. The Nationals will serve as the home team in the first game, which was on the schedule all along. Then they’ll play another game with the Marlins serving as the designated home team, much as the Blue Jays did when they were here last week.
The late-September series at Marlins Park will include five games in three days, with a 5:10 p.m. doubleheader Sept. 18 followed by one game the next day and then a 1:10 p.m. doubleheader Sept. 20 to wrap things up. The Marlins will be the home team for all five games.
And remember, all doubleheader games the rest of this season are scheduled for seven innings, with the new extra-inning automatic runner rule taking effect if any game reaches the eighth.