It’s Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) against Joe Ross (Nationals) in Game 4.

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Clayton Kershaw allowed three runs in five innings in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. (Associated Press photo)

Clayton Kershaw will start a do-or-die Game 4 of the National League Division Series today against the Washington Nationals. Right-hander Joe Ross starts for Washington. The game begins at 2 p.m. Pacific Time by virtue of the Chicago Cubs’ loss to the San Francisco Giants last night.

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Kershaw last pitched four days ago, allowing three runs in five innings in the Dodgers’ 4-3 win in Game 1. He is no stranger to pitching on short rest in October. In fact, it’s when he’s done some of his best work:

If the Dodgers win today, they’ll play a winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday in Washington, D.C. Rookie left-hander Julio Urias, who hasn’t pitched in the series, and veteran left-hander Rich Hill, who started Game 2 on Sunday, are the candidates to start that game. Hill would be pitching on three days’ rest, something he’s done only once in his career. That was in July 2009, when Hill allowed five runs in three innings in the Baltimore Orioles’ loss to the New York Yankees.

Dave Roberts spoke about the decision to start Kershaw today and his options for Game 5:

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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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NLDS Game 2: Dodgers’ runners in scoring position amount to a whole hill of beans.

Andrew Toles during BP today. Note the wool cap. It's cold. #Dodgers #Nationals #baseball

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Dodgers squandered one opportunity after another in their 5-2 loss to the Washington Nationals in Game 2 of their National League Division Series. The box score is here.

The Dodgers’ shortcomings against left-handed pitchers — including Game 3 starter Gio Gonzalez — were largely the result of right-handed hitters failing to perform as expected.

Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill put the loss on himself, even though only one mistake might have cost him the game.

A game was postponed due to rain that didn’t fall. Deal with it.

Look ma, no tarp! #baseball #Dodgers #Nationals #Game2

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A brief postscript on the decision to postpone Game 2 due to rain, even though the rain stopped shortly after the game was postponed.
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