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Clayton Kershaw will start for the Dodgers in Game 4 against the Nationals

It is an elimination game for the Dodgers, who trail the Nationals, 2-1, in the best-of-five series.

Clayton Kershaw will pitch on short rest for the Dodgers on Tuesday in Game 4 of their National League Division Series against Washington. It is an elimination game for the Dodgers, who trail the Nationals, 2-1, in the best-of-five series.

The Nationals will start Joe Ross (7-5, 3.43 ERA) in Game 4.

Kershaw is 1-2 in postseason games on short rest, giving up four earned runs and striking out 23.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner pitched in the Dodgers’ only win of the series, a 4-3 victory in Game 1 on Friday, but he was hardly at his best, throwing 101 pitches — his most since June 26, before he received an epidural for a herniated disk and missed 75 days — in five innings.

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The Times’ Andy McCulloch speculates the Dodgers would piggyback pitchers Julio Urias and Rich Hill if there’s a Game 5 on Thursday.

charles.schilken@latimes.com

Twitter: @chewkiii

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