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Saturday's postponement delays Nats' climb

Scherzer to start Sunday; makeup date yet to be announced
MLB.com @JamalCollier

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals will have to wait another day to try and climb back into the race in the National League East after Saturday night's game against the Braves was postponed due to inclement weather.

Information regarding the date and time of the rescheduled game will be released at a later time, but all tickets for Saturday night's game will be honored for the rescheduled game or exchanged for any other 2018 regular-season game.

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WASHINGTON -- The Nationals will have to wait another day to try and climb back into the race in the National League East after Saturday night's game against the Braves was postponed due to inclement weather.

Information regarding the date and time of the rescheduled game will be released at a later time, but all tickets for Saturday night's game will be honored for the rescheduled game or exchanged for any other 2018 regular-season game.

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With inclement weather also in the forecast for Sunday's series finale at Nationals Park, it's likely any makeup information will hinge on whether that game gets played. Atlanta has one more trip to Washington scheduled from Aug. 7-9, with a mutual off-day between the two teams before the start of that series on Aug. 6.

Both teams will also skip their starter for Saturday's game in favor of putting their All-Star right-hander on the mound Sunday, when Max Scherzer matches up against Mike Foltynewicz. Scherzer, who started the game for the NL All-Star team on Tuesday, owns a 1.29 ERA in two starts against the Braves this season. The Nats are counting on a strong start from Scherzer after Friday's 8-5 loss dropped them below .500 and 6 1/2 games back in the NL East.

Scherzer was also involved in an argument with Stephen Strasburg in the Nats' dugout during the fifth inning on Friday night. The two were caught on camera in an animated discussion before going into the clubhouse. After the game, they both met with manager Dave Martinez in his office for about 15 minutes to discuss the incident.

"We had a really good conversation," Martinez said on Friday. "I'll just say that. It was addressed. Look, they're very competitive. Everybody is. I'm glad we talked. It's over. Let's move forward. These guys are professionals. We're good. I'm good that we had the conversation."

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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