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03/13/10 5:15 AM ET

Dodgers rained out in Taiwan

Second game against Chinese stars canceled

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- After a 2 1/2-hour rain delay, organizers reluctantly canceled Saturday's sold-out goodwill series game between the Dodgers and an All-Star team from the Chinese Professional Baseball League before it ever started.

There's no time to make up the rainout, as the Dodgers, after a 90-minute bullet train ride from Taipei, conclude the series Sunday in Kaohsiung County.

"We waited as long as we could," said Jim Small, vice president of MLB Asia. "As you can see, the field is pretty bad. We did everything we could. All fans will be issued refunds. Nobody is happy with the outcome."

Small said the forecast for Sunday's game 150 miles south of Taipei is "beautiful."

Players from both clubs threw balls and caps into the stands in a farewell token of appreciation to fans who sat through the downpour hoping the game would be played.

Moments before the final downpour, Dodgers manager Joe Torre, vice president Kim Ng, Players Association chief operating officer Gene Orza and MLB officials Paul Archey and Small surveyed the condition of the field, as a break in the weather appeared to provide a window to at least get the game started.

But a flash of lightning was followed by the hardest rain of the day and the plug was pulled.

"The people received it well," said Torre, who signed autographs for several of the opposing players during the rain delay, one of them getting a copy of Torre's book translated into Chinese signed. "We all wanted the game to be played, but Mother Nature had other plans."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.