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Nationals, Dodgers lineups for NLDS Game 5

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It all comes down to this. The Nationals are playing a decisive game five in the NLDS for the fourth time in five appearances dating back to 2012. They have been unsuccessful each and every time, so they’re trying to change that by upsetting the Dodgers tonight in Los Angeles. The Dodgers are looking to advance into the NLCS for a third consecutive year. They lost in the World Series in each of the past two seasons. Expectations are high and anything less than a championship will be considered a disappointment.

Here are your starting lineups for Game 5. First pitch is scheduled for 8:37 PM ET.

Nationals

SS Trea Turner
RF Adam Eaton
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
1B Howie Kendrick
2B Asdrúbal Cabrera
C Kurt Suzuki
CF Victor Robles
P Stephen Strasburg

Dodgers

RF Joc Pederson
2B Max Muncy
3B Justin Turner
CF Cody Bellinger
1B Matt Beaty
SS Corey Seager
LF Kiké Hernández
C Will Smith
P Walker Buehler

Clayton Kershaw to make Opening Day start for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Opening Day
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.

Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.