NLCS Preview: Kenta Maeda gets the ball for underdog Dodgers in Game 1.

Kenta Maeda interpreter

On Thursday, Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda doused his intepreter, Will Ireton, with beer. On Friday Ireton interpreted Maeda’s thoughts about starting Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. (Getty Images)

CHICAGO — A fairly routine off-day practice at Wrigley Field injected a dash of news on the eve of the National League Championship Series.

Kenta Maeda will start Game 1 for the Dodgers, who will reset their 25-man roster but haven’t said who’s in and who’s out.

Position for position, the Cubs have the advantage on paper. A balanced attack allowed Chicago to win 103 games.

Kenley Jansen‘s Mariano Rivera impersonation might need to continue into the NLCS, writes Mark Whicker.

Here’s more from Maeda prior to the Dodgers’ Friday afternoon workout:

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NLDS Game 5: Dodgers pull out all the stops, advance to NLCS with 4-3 win.

Joc Pederson

Joc Pederson jumps into the dugout after hitting a home run in the seventh inning to tie Game 5 of the National League Division Series 1-1. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — What a rush.

Clayton Kershaw‘s adrenaline got him through the final two outs, after Kenley Jansen recorded the seven before that, after Julio Urias became the youngest pitcher ever to win a postseason game, after the Dodgers overcame Max Scherzer at his peak. Four hours and 32 minutes after it all began, the Dodgers were in the National League Championship Series with a 4-3 win. Read the full game story here. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Kershaw had no idea the final inning would unfold the way it did. His teammates appreciated his heroics, writes columnist Mark Whicker. Now, Kenta Maeda is in position to start Game 1 of the NLCS.

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NLDS Game 1: Bullpen picks up Clayton Kershaw in a narrow Dodgers victory.

Justin Turner, Corey Seager

Justin Turner, right, and Corey Seager, left, hit home runs in the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of their National League Division Series. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Clayton Kershaw was not perfect, but he didn’t have to be in the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday. The box score is here.

Kershaw won, and that was enough, writes columnist Mark Whicker.

Kenley Jansen‘s five-out save meant he got to bat with the bases loaded in the ninth inning; other than it was business as usual for the Dodgers’ bullpen.

Game 2 starter Rich Hill has no hard feelings toward the Washington Nationals, who released him last year.

Here’s what they were saying after the game:

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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 148: Dodgers’ rookies steal the show in the desert.

Adrian Gonzalez catch

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez catches a foul pop-up in the dugout in front of teammate Clayton Kershaw during the Dodgers’ 6-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. (Getty Images)

It was a good day to be a rookie in the Dodgers’ 6-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. The box score is here.

The Dodgers have had preliminary discussions with third baseman Justin Turner and closer Kenley Jansen, both of whom become free agents after the season.

Ross Porter, Charley Steiner and Dick Enberg shared their memories of Vin Scully with columnist Tom Hoffarth.

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