D.C. shooting postpones Braves-Nats game

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

WASHINGTON — A shooting that killed 12 people Monday morning at the Washington Navy Yard in the southeast quadrant of the nation’s capital caused the Atlanta Braves’ game against the Washington Nationals to be postponed.

The game will be made up today as part of a split doubleheader, with starting times of 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. The three-game series ends Wednesday, and the Braves can clinch the NL East division title by winning two of three in the series against the second-place Nationals.

“All of us here in the Nationals organization were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic events that occurred this morning only a few blocks from Nationals Park. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families,” the Nationals said in a statement that was released at 3:23 p.m. “In light of the circumstances, we have decided to postpone tonight’s game against the Atlanta Braves.

“The safety of our fans is our utmost priority. As we have throughout the day, the Nationals security personnel will continue to work closely with all levels of law enforcement to reinforce the already high level of security in place at Nationals Park.”

Atlanta rookie outfielder Joey Terdoslavich told The Sports Xchange at 1:15 p.m. that he heard about the shooting in a text message from teammates Monday morning. One bus with Braves players left the team hotel at about 2 p.m. and began to head to Nationals Park.

The Navy Yard and Nationals Park are on the north side of the Anacostia River and Nationals Park is on South Capitol Street, about two miles south of the U.S. Capitol. Some fans in the upper deck at Nationals Park can see the dome of the U.S. Capitol to the north.

The shooting at a military installation came just hours after the Wounded Warriors took part in a benefit softball game at Nationals Park following an 11-2 win by Washington over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon. Celebrity players included the wives of Washington players Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche, along with Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, from nearby Bethesda, Md.

Left-hander Mike Minor (13-7, 3.15 ERA) of Atlanta and right-hander Dan Haren (9-13, 5.02) of Washington will pitch the first game today. The starters in the second game will be Atlanta righty Freddy Garcia (1-1, 1.32) and Washington right-hander Tanner Roark (6-0, 1.30).