Max Scherzer and Rich Hill to duel in Game 5 of the NLDS

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We didn’t have to wait long to find out who’s starting Game 5 of the NLDS for the Nationals and Dodgers. Max Scherzer is going for the Nats, MASN’s Dan Kolko reports. Scherzer said, “Biggest start of my career. Biggest start of my life.”

Scherzer, a candidate for the National League Cy Young Award, went six innings in Game 1 against the Dodgers, giving up four runs over six innings.

Rich Hill will start for the Dodgers, Andy McCullough of The Los Angeles Times reports. Hill lasted only 4 1/3 innings in Game 2, yielding four runs.

Game 5 will be played at Nationals Park at 5:00 PM EDT and will be broadcast on FS1. The winner will move on to the NLCS to face the winner of the Cubs’ and Giants’ series.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.