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Kenta Maeda to start NLCS Game 5, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirms

Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda not left-hander Clayton Kershaw will start Game 5 of the NLCS Thursday, manager Dave Roberts confirmed after Wednesday’s series-tying lo s in which the Cubs’bats came alive.”It’s going to be Kenta,” Roberts reiterated to reporters, after a question that sought to “triple-, quadruple-check” thatnothing in the 10-2 lo s would lead Roberts to adjust the rotation he announced earlier in the week.MORE: Best photos from the NLCSKershaw has pitched on short rest repeated times in this postseason, and wouldbe doing so again if he were to start Thursday. Now, it appears he’ll be pushed back to Saturday’s Game 6 and likely would have limited availability if there’s a deciding Game 7 the next day.Not https://www.padresedges.com/san-diego-padres/chase-headley-jersey that the three-time Cy Young Award winnerdidn’t offer to step up Thursday.”Yeah, he said he’s done what he’s always done in saying that he’ll do whatever we ask of him,” Roberts said. “So I think that for us thinking through it, the best thing for us is to have him pitch Game 6 and have Kenta to go [Thursday]. And with the guys that we have at the back end of the pen, I feel really good about the position we’re in.”MORE: Three takeaways from NLCS Game 4Asked why he wouldn’t start his left- https://www.padresedges.com/san-diego-padres/rickey-henderson-jersey handed ace in Game 5 and potentially have him for a longer stint in Game 7, Roberts said, “It’s not an elimination game [Thursday]. And I think the accumulation of his usage over the last 10 days plays a factor in our decision. So I think those are kind of the reasons why we’re not going with Clayton.”Roberts also expre sed confidence in Maeda, 28: “We’re expecting Kenta to go out there and throw well. And I expect for us to play a much cleaner game.”The rookie has allowed seven runs, allearned,in seven innings this postseason.MORE: Every team’s worst postseason memory”It’s going to be an important game for the team, but it’s going to be an important game for myself, too,” Maeda said before Wednesday’s game. “I haven’t been doing well, so I really want to I have the desire to really want to do well, and that’s what I’m going to try to do.”Left-hander Jon Lester Cory Spangenberg Jersey is scheduled to start for the Cubs.

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