- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

LOS ANGELES — In five separate months during the regular season, Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen allowed fewer earned runs than he did at the end of Game 3 in the NLDS on Monday.

The Nationals scored four earned runs against a closer widely considered among the best in the National League.

Jayson Werth began the scoring against Jansen with the longest home run by a Nationals player since they began tracking them in 2009, a 446-foot hit to left field that stunned all watching.

Tuesday morning, Nationals manager Dusty Baker mentioned that Werth can say some strange things. Among the strangest, in Baker’s opinion, is one of Werth’s preferences.

“He says he enjoys hitting off closers,” Baker said. “And I don’t know anybody that enjoys hitting off closers. But he’s done real well against closers.”

That was at least the case in Game 3.

Notes: Agent Scott Boras, who has numerous clients on the Nationals’ roster, was behind home plate talking to Bryce Harper, one of his key clients, on Tuesday during batting practice. … Magic Johnson, part of the Dodgers‘ ownership group, was on hand Tuesday. He stopped at the Nationals’ dugout to say a quick hello to Baker. … Tickets for the game were on sale for $6 on the web site Stubhub an hour before the game.


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