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Bill Ladson

Dusty: Game 4 starter uncertain as of now

Dusty: Game 4 starter uncertain as of now

WASHINGTON -- If the Nationals go as far as Game 4 of the National League Division Series (Tuesday, 5 or 8 p.m. ET, FS1) at Dodger Stadium, Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Sunday he was not sure who would start game.

Baker could go with ace Max Scherzer on short rest or go with right-hander Joe Ross, with Reynaldo Lopez pitching in long relief. Ross has yet to pitch five innings since coming off the disabled list on Sept. 18 because of shoulder inflammation.

Game Date Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 7 LAD 4, WAS 3 video
Gm 2 Oct. 9 WSH 5, LAD 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 10 WAS 8, LAD 3 video
Gm 4 Oct. 11 LAD 6, WAS 5 video
Gm 5 Oct. 13 LAD 4, WSH 3 video

"I'd like to give you the starter, but I can't," Baker said. "Because of injuries, we're kind of upside down, you know, in our pitching. You know, after Gio [Gonzalez in Game 3] ... we really don't know. Do we go to a combination of guys? Ross is coming off an injury himself. So it depends on how far he can go.

"Like I said, we're just mixing and matching and trying to piece this thing together, and if I could give you a definitive answer, I'd love to. I'd love to give it to myself."

Worth noting
Baker said he was not bothered by all the mound visits Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and catcher Yasmani Grandal called during Friday's Game 1.

To Baker, it meant that the Dodgers' duo was not on the same page when it came to pitch selection.

"Actually, you kind of like when they are meeting on the mound like that," Baker said. "It means there's confusion of some type. I hate it when they are just getting it, rocking and firing, and then you know that they are on the same page and they are sharp."

Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.