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WASHINGTON -- Anibal Sanchez, not Max Scherzer, will be the Washington Nationals' starting pitcher for Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Nationals announced the switch Sunday morning, less than nine hours before the game is scheduled to begin.

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Scherzer had been expected to take the mound Sunday for Washington in the tied series. But that plan was thrown into question after he came on in relief in Game 2 and struck out all three batters he faced in a 4-2 victory at Los Angeles on Friday night.

Scherzer will instead start Game 4 on Monday, manager Dave Martinez announced later Sunday.

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Leaning on Scherzer-Strasburg duo, Nationals conjure up win-now magic Sanchez went 11-8 with a 3.85 ERA this season, his first with the Nationals. He is 2-5 with a 3.12 ERA in eight previous postseason appearances for Detroit and Atlanta. He started one game of last year's NLDS between the Braves and Dodgers, allowing three runs in 4 2/3 innings and taking the loss for Atlanta.

He was 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers this season.

Washington also announced that center fielder Victor Robles, who left Game 2 early, had an MRI and was diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain. Michael Taylor will start in his place, but Martinez said Robles will be available to pinch-hit in an emergency.