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Pressure's on: Hill, Scherzer get the call for decisive Game 5 of NLDS

Max Scherzer will start as Nats host Dodgers in Game 5 on Thursday

In the only Division Series to go the distance, the Washington Nationals host the Los Angeles Dodgers in a deciding Game 5 at 8:08 p.m. ET, Thursday. The winner heads to Chicago for a National League Championship Series matchup with the Cubs. For the Nationals, 20-game winner Max Scherzer will take the mound.

This is probably the biggest start of my career, the biggest start of my life.

Max Scherzer, Nationals pitcher

Veteran left-hander Rich Hill will start for Los Angeles. Hill’s getting the start on short rest comes as no surprise. Manager Dave Roberts says it's fair to expect a combination of the 36-year-old Hill and young lefty Julio Urias. The Nationals beat Hill in Game 2 when he allowed four runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. Hill, who has dealt with blister problems, has never pitched on three days' rest after a start.

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The Washington Nationals are a professional baseball team based in Washington, D.C. The Nationals compete in Major League Baseball(MLB) as a member club of the National League(NL) East division.

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Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington

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