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Dodgers rainout streak faces test on Thursday

The rare sight of a tarp at Dodger Stadium.
The rare sight of a tarp at Dodger Stadium.
Photo: Eric Stephen | True Blue LA

LOS ANGELES -- Just four days after a weekend series shortened by rain and nearly by snow, the Rockies must have brought the weather with them to Los Angeles for their rematch with the Dodgers.

Last weekend at Coors Field, the Dodgers won a rain-shortened, six-inning game on Friday, were washed out Saturday, and had to have snow cleared from the field in order to play on Sunday. The clubs will make up Saturday's game with a split doubleheader on Tuesday, June 2 in Denver.

Rain is in the forecast for Los Angeles, with between a 40-65% chance of rain between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. PT on Thursday night, per, for the the first night of a four-game series.

The Dodgers haven't had a rain out since April 17, 2000, and have gone a record span of 1,230 games without having a game washed away. Manager Don Mattingly had a wry smile on his face when asked about the weather, which sounded like the least of his concerns before Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

"I never worry about the weather here," Mattingly said.

But what if there is a big thunderstorm coming?

"We have a tarp," Mattingly quipped.

The tarp rarely gets used at Dodger Stadium, but it was in place covering the infield on Wednesday night in preparation for the Thursday rain. This isn't the first time this season for the tarp. On April 7 against the Padres, the start of the game was delayed by 30 minutes because of rain. But that game, like several hundred before it, was completed.