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After days of speculation about who would get the ball for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, manager Dave Roberts made up his mind.

The Dodgers announced southpaw Rich Hill will start Thursday’s series-deciding contest, opposite Max Scherzer for the host Nationals.

Hill started Game 2 for the Dodgers, lasting just 4 1/3 innings and allowing four earned runs on six hits while striking out seven.

The 36-year-old last started an elimination game for the Chicago Cubs during the 2007 NLDS, allowing three earned runs during three innings of work.

Over his regular-season career, the veteran owns a 4.34 ERA and 1.45 WHIP against the Nationals spanning four appearances, three of which were starts.

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