The Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers are going to play a split doubleheader on Saturday due to the series finale on Sunday being rescheduled because of Hurricane Hilary.
MLB also rescheduled Sunday home games for the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres. Thus, all three Southern California teams are playing doubleheaders against the Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks, respectively.
First pitch for the first game on Saturday — which is the rescheduled contest — is set for 12 p.m. PT. The Marlins and Dodgers then will play their originally scheduled Saturday night game at 6:10 p.m.
Auto and Dodger Stadium gates will open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Tickets and parking for Sunday’s game are being honored for the afternoon affair on Saturday. For fans who purchased tickets directly from the Dodgers and are unable to attend the 12 p.m. start, will receive instructions next week on how to exchange them for a select future home game remaining on the 2023 schedule.
Saturday afternoon’s game has been designated Native American Heritage Day. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a hat giveaway. A LeBron James bobblehead will be distributed to the first 40,000 fans in attendance for the nightcap.
While logistics of how the Marlins and Dodgers will proceed this weekend have been ironed out, the same can’t necessarily be said for pitching plans. Bobby Miller was scheduled to start in the series finale on regular rest, which essentially renders him unavailable for either of the doubleheader games.
Caleb Ferguson is going to pitch as an opener in the afternoon affair and Ryan Pepiot likely will be recalled to fill a bulk role. Julio Urías is expected to start the nightcap.
With the schedule change the Dodgers now have consecutive off days on Sunday and Monday.
As of Friday morning, Hilary remained a Category 4 Hurricane and a Tropical Storm Watch was issued for Southern California. It is in effect for area from San Diego deserts to the San Bernardino County mounts, along with Catalina Island. According to the National Hurricane Center, it’s the first such warning ever issued for the region.
A Tropical Storm Watch amounts to conditions of more than 39 mph sustained winds are due to arrive within 48 hours of the warning being issued.
Hilary is expected to remain a hurricane as it approaches the California coast late Saturday night and into Sunday morning, when it should then start to weaken into a tropical storm once making landfall.
Dodger Stadium rainouts
There have been 17 rainouts in Dodger Stadium history, with the most recent coming on on April 17, 2000, against the Padres.
Including Friday, the Dodgers have played an MLB record 1,872 home games without a rainout.
The last rain delay at Dodger Stadium was April 7, 2015, also against the Padres. It was the first rain delay since May 23, 2008.
The 2023 Dodgers home opener appeared to be at risk of a rainout because of inclement weather, but it cleared out from Dodger Stadium prior to first pitch.
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