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10/29/08 4:44 PM ET

No anthem planned for Game 5 restart

'God Bless America' will be performed before contest resumes

PHILADELPHIA -- Wednesday's World Series Game 5 will begin with the Phillies batting in the bottom of the sixth inning, and because the game is a continuation of one already in progress, there will be no national anthem.

Instead, the crowd will be asked to join in for the singing of "God Bless America" before the first pitch is thrown. It will be performed by Petty Officer First Class Dorcus Whigham, who was scheduled to sing it on Monday.

The crowd will also sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the seventh-inning stretch as normal.

Game 5 was suspended on Monday when torrential downpours made the field conditions at Citizens Bank Park unplayable. Forecasts on Tuesday called for more bad weather, forcing the final 3 1/2 innings of what may be a World Series clincher for the host Phillies to be moved to Wednesday night. Game 6, if necessary, would take place on Thursday night at the Rays' Tropicana Field.

Game 5 is scheduled to begin at 8:37 p.m. ET.

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