Rich Hill starts tonight for the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

Rich Hill

Rich Hill will start a game on fewer than four days’ rest for the second time in his career tonight. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Veteran Rich Hill will start Game 5 of the National League Division Series for the Dodgers, an interesting choice considering it’s been seven years since Hill pitched on short rest. He’s had three days off since Sunday’s Game 2, in which Hill started and pitched 4 ⅓ innings.

Dave Cameron at Fangraphs.com offers a thought experiment about how a bullpen game might unfold from the Dodgers’ perspective. My guess: Ross Stripling might see some work in the middle innings as well, if Dave Roberts has concerns about piggybacking one left-hander (Hill) with another (Julio Urias).

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It costs more to park at Dodger Stadium than to attend Game 4 of the NLDS. Update.

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Tickets to Game 4 at Dodger Stadium were retailing for as little as $5 on third party websites today. (Staff photo)

Tickets to Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Washington Nationals were retailing for as low as $5 on third-party websites in the hours before first pitch of today’s game.

Some field level seats were retailing for $6 on the website Gametime, while the website StubHub was selling left field pavilion seats for as little as $7 this morning. The website SeatGeek had dugout-area seats going for $90.

In some cases, it’s more expensive to park at Dodger Stadium than watch the game. General admission parking is $25 at the gate and $15 if you purchase your pass in advance (link here).

The unusually cheap tickets were made possible by an unusually early 2 p.m. (PT) start time. The game would have been at 5 p.m., but the San Francisco Giants came from behind to beat the Chicago Cubs in extra innings last night. Game 4 in San Francisco now occupies the 5 p.m. time slot on Fox Sports 1 instead.

Some Dodgers players didn’t learn that today’s game would begin at 2 p.m. until they woke up this morning.

Update (1:15 p.m.): Not all Dodger fans are pleased with the circumstances of the price drop.

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NLDS Game 3: Washington Nationals put Dodgers’ season on the brink.

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Dodgers right fielder Josh Reddick misses a catch at the wall during the ninth inning of the Washington Nationals’ 8-3 win in Game 3 of their National League Division Series. (Stephen Carr/Staff photographer)

LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers’ season might be over tomorrow, as the Washington Nationals pulled away late to win Game 3 of the best-of-five National League Division Series 8-3. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

The Dodgers fell short against a left-handed pitcher again, writes columnist Mark Whicker.

Carlos Ruiz delivered a vintage home run. (“The truth is,” he would say later in Spanish, “I enjoyed it in the moment because I was able to get the team closer since we were down at that moment.”)

The Game 4 starters for both teams are undecided; the Dodgers must choose between Clayton Kershaw and Julio UriasColumnist Jeff Miller thinks it’s an easy choice.

Here’s what they were saying after the game:
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