NLDS Game 4: Dodgers rally past Washington Nationals to force a Game 5.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig pleads with home plate umpire Tom Hallion after he is called out on a disputed check swing in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5 win on Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

An eighth-inning rally washed over a hauntingly familiar seventh-inning collapse in the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over the Washington Nationals. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Joe Blanton‘s long journey put him in the spotlight again, writes columnist Mark Whicker.

Game 5 is at 5 p.m. Thursday in Washington D.C. The winner plays the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. Justin Turner guaranteed a victory, writes columnist Jeff Miller.

A 2 p.m. start time, revealed on short notice, meant a smaller crowd and cheaper tickets.

Andre Ethier came through with a big pinch hit.

 

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The Dodgers’ NLDS roster: This is not a guess.

Austin Barnes

Austin Barnes is appears much smaller than his teammates, who are standing on the pitchers’ mound during a workout at Dodger Stadium on Monday. The Dodgers held a workout at Dodger Stadium in preparation for their National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday in Washington, D.C. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed the team’s roster for the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday. Our first and second guesses were both wrong.

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Game 162: Vin Scully soars, Dodgers go meekly in the final game of the season.

Kenta Maeda

Kenta Maeda allowed a season-high nine hits and five runs in the Giants’ 7-1 win over the Dodgers.
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SAN FRANCISCO — The Dodgers tried to play their final series down the middle, simultaneously prioritizing rest and staying sharp for the National League Division Series, and wound up getting swept with a 7-1 loss to the Giants.

The box score is here.

Andre Ethier has a National League Division Series roster spot.

Vin Scully invited us to pull up a chair one last time. He ran into a traffic jam before leaving AT&T Park.

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Why Andre Ethier is one of six outfielders on the Dodgers’ NLDS roster.

SAN FRANCISCO — Andre Ethier will be among the outfielders on the Dodgers’ roster for the National League Division Series, manager Dave Roberts said Sunday.

After breaking his leg in spring training, Ethier didn’t make his regular season debut until Game 141. The 34-year-old veteran enters Game 162 having collected only four hits in 23 at-bats — but 3 for 10 as a pinch hitter, with one home run, a walk and two runs batted in.

Ethier will join left-handed hitters Andrew Toles, Josh Reddick and Joc Pederson, and right-handed hitters Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick in the outfield rotation. The NLDS begins Friday in Washington, D.C. The Nationals will host Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-five series.

Here’s what Roberts said about Ethier prior to Sunday’s game:
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Game 146: Latest Dodgers-Dbacks feud amounts to a whole hill of beans.

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Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt follows pitcher Rich Hill off the field after a benches-clearing incident in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 7-3 win. (Getty Images)

Rich Hill avoided serious injury, but not a loss, as both benches emptied in the Dodgers’ 7-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The box score is here.

Now that Andre Ethier and Alex Wood are healthy, they’re in the running for playoff roster spots.

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