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Nats, Braves to play day/night doubleheader

Tonight’s Nationals-Braves game scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., has been postponed due to the tragic events that occurred earlier today.

The team will play a split doubleheader on Tuesday, with tonight’s make-up game beginning at 1:05 p.m. The second regularly scheduled game will begin at 7:05 p.m. All gates for the originally scheduled 7:05 p.m. game will open 1.5 hours after the last out of the 1:05 p.m. game or 6:00 p.m., whichever is later.* The two games against the Braves on September 17 will require separate admission.

Fans with game tickets to Monday’s postponed contest may use their original tickets for the 1:05 p.m. make-up game on September 17. Those unable to attend the 1:05 p.m. game on September 17 can exchange their tickets for any remaining home game during the 2013 regular season or any Value Game during the 2014 regular season. Exchanged tickets will be issued from available inventory in the closest pricing category of equal or lesser value to the original seats.

Season Plan Holders, whose Season Plan includes seats for tonight’s postponed game, will have their Card automatically activated for the September 17 contest at 1:05 p.m. Season Plan Holders who wish to transfer or forward seats for this make-up game should login to nationals.com/access to view their seats. Season Plan Holders who cannot attend the 1:05 p.m. game on September 17 may exchange their seats for any remaining home game during the 2013 regular season or any Value Game during the 2014 regular season at the Nationals Park Box Office.**

In the event that a seat for tonight’s game was forwarded from a Season Plan Holder Card to a print at home ticket, the print at home barcode will be active for the make-up game and will not return to the Card; as such, fans should retain their print at home tickets from tonight’s postponed game to gain entrance to the 1:05 p.m. contest on September 17.

Rival Q&A: Braves Center Fielder B.J. Upton

After eight years with the Rays, outfielder B.J. Upton signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Braves this past offseason. So far, Upton is off to a slow start, going 3-for-29 with just an RBI entering Friday’s action. However, his teammate, brother Justin Upton, is red hot, hitting .353 with a league-leading six home runs.

MLB.com caught up with B.J. on Friday to talk about the Braves, Justin and the Nationals.

MLB.com: How good are the Braves this year?

B.J. Upton: We can be very good. We have all the right pieces. We have the pitching, we have the bullpen. We have the lineup to do it. We have the bench players to do it. We have to keep doing what we are doing. The biggest thing for us: we are playing well, but we haven’t clicked on all cylinders yet.

MLB.com: How do you explain the fast start? The Braves lost only one game.

Upton: I don’t know. We are getting timely hits. Our pitching has been keeping us in ballgames. We are just hitting the ball when we need to right now. Obviously, we would like to do it a little bit more consistently, but it’s still early. We have a lot of season left.

MLB.com: How good is it to see your brother, Justin, get off to a hot start?

Upton: It’s something that is pretty cool to watch. Obviously, what happened during the offseason and the rumors that were rumbling around, it could have affected him. [Those rumors] haven’t affected him. For the most part, he has been carrying us. He has been doing pretty well right now.

MLB.com: How much has your presence helped him?

Upton: I don’t know. I can’t say he wouldn’t be doing this without me here. I’ve seen him do it in the past. … He is a strong-minded guy, he works hard and he strives for perfection. Obviously, you are not going to be perfect in this game. If you expect that out of yourself, you are going to get the results that you want.

MLB.com: What do you think of the Nationals? How much of a factor will they be in the National League East race?

Upton: They are a great team. Obviously, they showed it last year. They didn’t lose anybody and they have some guys back healthy. Like I said, they are a great ballclub and we know they are going to be around all season.

MLB.com: I know you are from Virginia. After you became a free agent, did you think about playing for the Nationals?

Upton: That was always a possibility. It didn’t work out that way. I’m an Atlanta Brave. I’m looking forward to playing baseball with these guys.

MLB.com: Did you ever think about playing on the same big-league team as Ryan Zimmerman?

Upton: We would like to do it. But sometimes, things don’t work out. We are always going to support each other. Maybe not as much in the series when we play each other. But we are always going to support each other. I wish him the best. We’ve always been good friends. We get together during the offseason as much as we can. I know he comes to Florida every once in a while. We get out and have some dinner. I’m always supporting him and he is always supporting me.

MLB.com: You spent most of your career with the Rays. Do you miss them?

Upton: Obviously, being with them for 10 years, there are some things that I miss, but it’s baseball. Obviously, there are some guys who stay with one franchise their entire careers. But I think to be at one place for 10 years is pretty good. I will always have a place in my heart for them and I’m always rooting for those guys because they gave me an opportunity to be where I am today. I wish them nothing but the best.

MLB.com: What do you miss about the city of Tampa?

Upton: I still live there during the offseason. I can’t really say I miss it because I’m there all the time. When I’m not in Atlanta, I’ll be in Tampa. The people and the city of Tampa, it’s a great place to live. They are friendly people, it’s a great place to start a family. For me, I like to play golf. It’s a great place to play golf. It such a great place to be. The weather is beautiful all year round. I feel comfortable there. I lived there the last eight years. Obviously home is Virginia, but if there is a home away from home, Tampa is it. I plan on settling there.

Friday’s starting lineups for Braves, Nationals

Braves
Andrelton Simmons–SS
Jason Heyward–RF
Justin Upton — RF
Evan Gattis — 1B
B.J. Upton– CF
Dan Uggla–2B
Chris Johnson — 3B
Gerald Laird–C
Julio Teheran — P

Nationals
Denard Span–CF
Jayson Werth–RF
Bryce Harper–LF
Ryan Zimmerman– 3B
Adam LaRoche–1B
Ian Desmond–SS
Danny Espinosa– 2B,
Kurt Suzuki–C
Ross Detwiler— P

Saturday’s lineups for Nats, Braves

Nationals
Bernadina, lf
Espinosa, 2b
Zimmerman, 3b
Morse, 1b
Werth, rf
Ankiel, cf
Ramos, c
Desmond, ss
Lannan, lhp

Braves
Schafer, cf
Prado, 3b
McCann, c
Freeman, 1b
Uggla, 2b
Heyward, rf
Gonzalez, ss
Ramirez, lf
Hanson, rhp

Friday’s lineups for Nationals, Braves

Nationals
Bernadina, cf
Espinosa, 2b
Zimmerman, 3b
Morse, 1b
Nix, lf
Werth, rf
Ramos, c
Desmond, ss
Hernandez, rhp

Braves
Schafer, cf
Prado, 3b
Heyward, rf
Freeman, 1b
Uggla, 2b
Ross, c
McLouth, lf
Gonzalez, ss
Hudson, rhp

Sunday lineups for Nats, Braves

Braves:
Prado – LF
McLouth – CF
Jones – 3B
McCann – C
Uggla – 2B
Heyward – RF
Gonzalez – SS
Freeman – 1B
Hudson – P

Nationals:
Desmond – SS
Werth – RF
Zimmerman – 3B
LaRoche – 1B
Morse – LF
Ankiel – CF
Espinosa – 2B
Rodriguez – C
Zimmermann – P

Saturday’s lineups for Nationals, Braves

Braves
Prado – LF
McLouth – CF
Jones – 3B
McCann – C
Uggla – 2B
Heyward – RF
Gonzalez – SS
Freeman – 1B
Hanson – P

Nationals
Desmond – SS
Werth – RF
Zimmerman – 3B
LaRoche – 1B
Morse – LF
Ankiel – CF
Espinosa – 2B
Ramos – C
Lannan – P

Starting lineups for Braves, Nationals

Braves
Prado–LF
McClouth–CF
Jones–3B
McCann–C
Uggla–2B
Heyward–RF
Gonzalez –SS
Freeman–1B
Lowe–P

Nationals
Desmond–SS
Werth–RF
Zimmerman–3B
LaRoche–1B
Morse–1F
Ankiel–CF
Espinosa–2B
Pudge–C
Hernandez–P

Nationals, Braves to play Saturday afternoon

The Saturday game between the Nationals and Braves, scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET on the Mid-Atlantic Network, has been changed to 4:10 p.m. ET on FOX, according to a Nationals spokesman. 

Nationals interim manager Jim Riggleman has not decided who will pitch in the game. Left-hander Ross Detwiler was scheduled to pitch that day, but he has been shut down for the season because he has reached his innings limit.   

 

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