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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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Nationals players visit local little league baseball teams

Nationals players visit local little league baseball teams

The Nationals visited several Washington D.C.-area little league baseball teams on Saturday before their afternoon game against the Padres.

The Nats’ Youth Baseball Uniform Program enables the team to get involved in their community. In addition to visiting local youth teams, the Nationals give all each player a jersey, a hat and the opportunity to come to a game at Nats Park.

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The goal of the program is to “breakdown and minimize financial barriers that can prevent kids from playing baseball.”

Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Max Scherzer were among the 10 Nats who went on the community visits.

Harper at one point encouraged kids not to settle for losing, saying “as much as they might tell you it’s okay you lost - no.”

Giving back to the community has always been important for the Washington Nationals, and all the players - from little leaguers to major leaguers - seem to enjoy it. 

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Bryce Harper launches mammoth home run into third deck at National Park

Bryce Harper launches mammoth home run into third deck at National Park

Bryce Harper had been in a little bit of a slump heading into Friday's game against the Padres, but in the seventh inning, he got back to what he does best. 

With a full count and a runner aboard, Harper launched an absolute bomb that landed in the third deck down the right field line at Nationals Park. That means a new seat will be painted red where the ball landed. 

Check out the blast for yourself: 

It was the 15th homer of the year for Harper, which leads the National League. 

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