UPDATE, 9:01: There’s a new estimated start time: 9:35 p.m.

UPDATE, 8:52: The tarp is off the field and the rain has stopped. Looks like they’ll try to play, and you lost your bet if you followed my advice. The estimated restart time is 9:20 p.m.

UPDATE, 8:15: Sorry, still no update. But it’s very dark and raining at a staggering rate. I would bet against baseball here tonight.

UPDATE, 7:20: Well, the Nationals and Phillies played for five minutes before a hurricane broke out. It was a surprise that the game started at all, with black clouds overhead and thunder crashing down before the game. After one shock of lightning, Livan Hernandez stepped off the mound, looked up in the sky and flailed his arms.

No word yet when the game will restart. It’s an intense storm, though.

Original post: Ivan Rodriguez will try hitting off a tee tomorrow, his first swings in more than a week, but his return from a right oblique strain to the Nationals will come after rosters expand Sept. 1 at the earliest, Manager Davey Johnson said. “I don’t know how it’s going to be,” Rodriguez said. “Tomorrow, we’ll see.” Rodriguez hopes to play in minor league games next week.

For tonight’s game, Livan Hernandez will try to baffle the Phillies for the second straight start. Last Friday, he allowed no earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. The Nationals have actually won three of four games against the Phillies. Tonight’s game, judging by the pregame crowd, will probably feel like a road game for the Nats with all the Phillies fans in attendance.

As always, talk about the game right here.