Clayton Kershaw will start NLDS Game 4 for the Dodgers on three-days’ rest

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The Los Angeles Dodgers aren't messing around. With the chance to clinch their NLDS series against the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, the Dodgers have announced that ace Clayton Kershaw will be their Game 4 pitcher instead of scheduled starter Ricky Nolasco.

Kershaw dominated the Braves in Game 1, striking out 12 batters and surrendering just one run on three hits in seven innings. After Sunday night's 13-6 win, the Dodgers have the Braves on the ropes — especially with Freddy Garcia, a 37-year-old with a 4.37 ERA this season, pitching Monday for the Braves.

Bringing back Kershaw on three-days' rest is the Dodgers winding up for a knockout blow. It will, however, be the first time Kershaw has pitched on that short of rest. Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown explains some of the thinking behind the move:

You probably don't need us to remind you how great Kershaw has been this season. He's a favorite to win the NL Cy Young, finishing the season with a 1.83 ERA and a 16-9 record. The Braves probably don't need to be reminded of that either.

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