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Wire Taps: Nationals name Max Scherzer as Game 1 starter; How Nats navigate social media; Clayton Kershaw throwing sidearm

It's just two days now until the Nationals and Dodgers NLDS matchup gets underway. These links will get you through...

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Who should start Game 2 for the Nats? On one hand, you have to throw Gio Gonzalez at some point, and you might as well make it a home game. On the other hand, Tanner Roark may be more likely to lead you to a much-needed win. This is definitely something to keep an eye out for.

Here's the news from Nationals Park.

Daniiel Murphy makes progress, Baker confident he'll be ready for Game 1
Dusty Baker says he "looked pretty good."

Nats officially name Max Scherzer as Game 1 starter
In a not-so-surprising twist, the righty got the rights to pitch Game 1.

Dusty Baker can erase Hall of Fame doubts with World Series win
Baker, who has a full resume excepting a World Series win as a manager, would love to be enshrined in Cooperstown.

Nats' progress in Latin America showed by organizational awards
Three Dominican-born players won the Nationals' minor-league awards, and another won the Gulf Coast League MVP award.

Trea Turner named NL Rookie of the Month
Turner posted a .339 batting average with five doubles, two triples and eight home runs, bringing home the NL Rookie of the Month award for September/October, his second consecutive ROTM honor (he also won the award in August).

How the Nationals navigate social media
In the playoffs, social media blows up for everyone -- players included. For Bryce Harper, things are always on a whole other level.

Nats have several roster decisions to make before Friday
Which lefties will come out of the bullpen? Who will come off of the bench? Seriously, we don't know.

Clayton Kershaw now throws sidearm, too

Also, this is happening

Friday's Game: Dodgers vs Nationals - 5:38 PM (FS1, WJFK, ESPN Radio)
Probable Pitchers: Clayton Kershaw (12-4, 1.69 ERA) vs Max Scherzer (20-7, 2.96 ERA)