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Bryce Harper ready for anything in return to D.C. with Phillies

Seven miles from Nationals Park, at the Takoma Community Center in the northwest quadrant of Washington, there is a refurbished youth baseball field named for Bryce Harper. It’s a symbol of both the impact Harper made in the nation’s capital and the void he left behind.

Max Scherzer highest-paid player, Red Sox top payroll list again

Washington pitcher Max Scherzer took over from Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout as baseball’s highest-paid player at $37.4 million and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox remained the sport’s biggest spender for the second straight year, according to a study of major league salaries by The Associated Press. The average salary fell for an unprecedented second straight year on opening day to approximately $4.38 million, a drop caused by large signing bonuses for some top stars.

In data-driven age, ‘honor’ of opening day start still big

As spring training neared its conclusion, a reporter mentioned to Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez that Max Scherzer was not precisely on schedule to start on opening day. “He’s going to be lined up,” Martinez said with a laugh. “Come Thursday at 1:05, he’ll be on the mound.”

MLB capsules: Max Scherzer steals second, throws fifth shutout

Max Scherzer stole the first base of his professional career and allowed only two singles in his fifth big league shutout, and the Washington Nationals ended a five-game losing skid while getting back to .500 with a 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night in Washington.

Anthony Rizzo delivers as Cubs take NLDS lead over Nationals

Anthony Rizzo looped a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs overcame Max Scherzer’s brilliant performance to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Monday for a 2-1 lead in their National League Division Series.

Mariners’ Robinson Cano named All-Star MVP with 10th inning homer

A new-look All-Star Game ended with an old-time score. Robinson Cano homered off Cubs closer Wade Davis leading off the 10th inning and the American League beat the National League 2-1 Tuesday night in an All-Star Game dominated by this era’s flame-throwers, rather than its standout sluggers.

Max Scherzer knuckles down, comes up with new fastball grip

Max Scherzer has come to grips with a finger injury by coming up with a new, unusual grip for his fastball. Limited by a stress fracture on his right ring finger, the Washington ace and reigning NL Cy Young Award winner is throwing his fastball this spring with three fingers on top of the ball, rather than the usual two.