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Nationals name Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzalez starters for Games 2 and 3 vs. Dodgers in NLDS

Nationals name Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzalez starters for Games 2 and 3 vs. Dodgers in NLDS

Minutes after releasing their 25-man playoff roster on Friday morning, the Nationals made official their starting pitchers for Games 2 and 3 for their NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tanner Roark will get Game 2 on Saturday in Washington, while lefty Gio Gonzalez will start Game 3 in Los Angeles on Monday.

Roark, 30, will make his first ever playoff start. The right-hander went 16-10 with a 2.83 ERA in 34 appearances this seasin, 33 of them starts. He logged 210 innings and struck out 172 batters.

Roark faced the Dodgers once this season, on June 21. He went 7 1/3 innings with three runs allowed in a 3-2 Nationals loss. 

Gonzalez, 31, will make his fourth career playoff start. He has a 3.21 ERA across 14 postseason innings with 12 walks and 11 strikeouts.

Gonzalez also pitched vs. the Dodgers once this season, back on July 20. The lefty went six innings with one run allowed on three hits and two walks. The Nats won their only game out of six against the Dodgers this season that day.

Roark will pitch opposite Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill. Gonzalez will go up against rookie right-hander Kenta Maeda.

Game 2 is slated to begin at 4:08 p.m. on Saturday. The first pitch time for Game 3 has not been announced. Game 1 begins at 5:38 p.m. on Friday with Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw set to square off.

[RELATED: 5 keys to a Nationals win over the Dodgers in the NLDS]

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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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