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Dodgers vs. Mets: Hurricane Joaquin could affect home-field edge

A tarp covers the field at Citi Field as a steady rain falls Friday in New York.

A tarp covers the field at Citi Field as a steady rain falls Friday in New York.

(Julie Jacobson / Associated Press)

Although the Dodgers play their final game of the regular season Sunday, they might not know then where they will play their first playoff game.

The New York Mets’ game against the Washington Nationals was rained out Friday, the first in a three-game series that will largely determine whether the Dodgers and Mets open the division series in Los Angeles or New York.

The Mets scheduled a doubleheader Saturday, with a single game Sunday. Although Hurricane Joaquin is not expected to make landfall in the New York area, rain associated with the storm could complicate plans to complete the series.

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said Friday he was not sure whether Major League Baseball would insist on a makeup game Monday if necessary.

“We don’t have clarity about that,” Alderson said.

Alderson said the Mets would not concede the home-field advantage in order to avoid a makeup game.

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“Would we want to forego the home-field advantage? We want to play,” Alderson said.

The Dodgers-Mets series starts next Friday, in the home of the team with the better record. Each team is 89-70 record with three games to play. If they finish with identical records, the Mets get the home-field advantage because they won the season series between the teams.

Follow Bill Shaikin on Twitter @BillShaikin


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