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Nats pick Joe Ross, Dodgers pick Clayton Kershaw to start NLDS Game 4

Nats pick Joe Ross, Dodgers pick Clayton Kershaw to start NLDS Game 4

The Nationals have chosen right-hander Joe Ross to pitch Game 4 of their NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Ross, 23, was picked over rookie Reynaldo Lopez, who will be the remain the Nats' long reliever. They also technically could have gone with ace Max Scherzer on short rest.

Ross will try to lead the Nationals to a series-clinching victory. With a 2-1 series lead, the Nationals have a chance to move on to the NL Championship Series with a win.

First pitch is at 5:05 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles is starting ace Clayton Kershaw, hoping to keep their season alive.

Kershaw will be starting on just three days rest, but that hasn't hurt him in the past. He holds a 1.89 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 19 innings in previous postseason starts on short rest.

Ross went 7-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 19 starts this season. He held the Dodgers to two earned runs through 6 1/3 innings on June 22.

Ross missed six weeks with right shoulder inflammation, but returned in time to make three starts before the season ran out. He worked his way up to 90 pitches in his final regular season outing, a four-inning start against the Diamondbacks.

[RELATED: Nationals beat Dodgers to take 2-1 lead in NLDS]

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager

The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018. 

Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.

Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.

The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.

Only the Marlins have had as many.

The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.

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Bryce Harper thanks Nationals fans for support during 2017 season

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Bryce Harper thanks Nationals fans for support during 2017 season

It's been a week since the air was sucked out of D.C. in the Nationals Game 5, 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs. 

And now that we've had a few days to decompress from another early D.C. playoff exit, Nats right fielder Bryce Harper decided to take some time to thank fans for their support this season.

Harper posted an Instagram video Wednesday afternoon, with a fresh cut, and thanked fans for continuing to pack Nats Park. In the video he says he looks forward to "chasing that championship" again next spring. 

The 2017 season could be described as a rough one for Harper after missing the last few weeks of the season with a bone bruise in his left knee. 

Harper had a .319 average during the 2017 season, along with 29 home runs, 97 RBI's, 95 runs scored and 4 stolen bases. He is entering the final year of his contract.

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