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Max Scherzer faces Dodgers as Nats try again to clinch NLCS berth

Max Scherzer faces Dodgers as Nats try again to clinch NLCS berth

Game 5 of the NL Division Series
Nats
 (2-2) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (2-2) at Nationals Park

Let's try this again. The Nationals fell in Game 4 on Chase Utley's go-ahead, eighth-inning single. Now they will attempt once more to clinch a berth in the NL Championship Series. This time, however, a loss means the end of their season.

Max Scherzer (0-1, 6.00) will be tasked to keep the Nationals alive in his second start of the series. He pitched Game 1 and allowed four runs across six innings of work.

Pitching for the Dodgers will be lefty Rich Hill (0-1, 8.31), who started Game 2. He lasted only 4 1/3 innings with four runs allowed. Both pitchers will hope to be better the second time around.

Jose Lobaton is back in at catcher, as the Nats hope he can continue to have success against Hill. Lobaton hit a three-run homer off the Dodgers starter in Game 2, his third career extra-base hit against him.

Bryce Harper is back in the two-hole with Jayson Werth behind him. Other than that, the lineup remains the same, including with Danny Espinosa in at shortstop.

First pitch: 8:08 p.m.
TV: FOX Sports 1
Radio: 106.7 The Fan, ESPN
Starting pitchers: Nats - Max Scherzer vs. Dodgers - Rich Hill

NATS 

CF Trea Turner
RF Bryce Harper
LF Jayson Werth
2B Daniel Murphy
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Max Scherzer

DODGERS

TBA
LHP Rich Hill

[RELATED: Werth on 2016 Nationals: 'I feel like this is our chance']

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Watch Max Scherzer strike out Tim Tebow on just three pitches

Watch Max Scherzer strike out Tim Tebow on just three pitches

Max Scherzer is a two-time Cy Young Award winner and widely considered one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball.

Tim Tebow is a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and Single-A baseball prospect for the New York Mets.

That enough should tell you all you need to know about how an encounter between the two would fare. But considering Tebow is one of the most polarizing figures in sports, and despite him being the longest of longshots to crack an MLB roster, people flock to the interwebs to see how he's doing on the baseball diamond.

On Monday, he got a chance to step into the batter's box against Scherzer, who was making his first spring training start for the Nationals.

Pitch 1: 96 MPH fastball — Swing and miss

Pitch 2: 97 MPH fastball — Looking

Pitch 3: 97 MPH fastball — Swing and miss

Tebow faced Scherzer again later in the game, and managed to do only slightly better.

Scherzer struck him out on four pitches.

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2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

2017 ballpark foods that are way better than peanuts and Cracker Jack

Back in the olden days, cotton candy or a plate of nachos were considered bold ballpark snacks. Thankfully, the olden days are over, and a new era of ballpark food has begun.

And in this era, a menu item isn't considered complete until it's fried, sandwiched between something else and then finally drizzled with some sort of sauce. 

So, what's on the menu for 2017? Well, peanuts, hot dogs and apple pie nachos, of course.

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With a new season about to begin, CSNmidatlantic.com has identified 10 of the most eye-popping and artery-clogging foods available around Major League Baseball in 2017. To see them, simply click on the link above or below to open our gallery (no fork and knife necessary).

After all, while peanuts and Cracker Jack are cute, they simply can't match up with a hot dog topped with bacon and a fried egg. 

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