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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.
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.
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.”
Aaron Nola outdueled Max Scherzer in a meeting of All-Star aces, Odubel Herrera hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals 2-0 Thursday.
Max Scherzer pitched eight strong innings to become the first 10-game winner in the majors this season, striking out 13 in the Washington Nationals’ 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
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.
Max Scherzer heard his name and thrust his arms in the air, shouting and smiling big before turning to kiss his wife.
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.
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.
Winning is great. But, as most who have engaged in competitive sports know, there’s nothing to match the amplitude of emotion brought by losing.
Neither of the past two N.L. Cy Young Award winners had his best stuff, though Max Scherzer handled things much better than Jake Arrieta.
Max Scherzer struck out 10 over eight masterful innings to reach double digits for the fifth straight start and limited the Mets to four hits, leading the Washington Nationals over host New York 7-2 on Friday night.
N.L. Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer probably will miss the Washington Nationals’ opener against Miami on April 3 because of a stress fracture in his right ring finger.
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.
N.L. Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer injured a finger on his pitching hand and will miss the World Baseball Classic.
Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox has won the A.L. Cy Young Award by a narrow margin and Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals has taken the N.L. prize.
While going to ace Clayton Kershaw on short rest helped the Los Angeles Dodgers stave off elimination in their NL Division Series against the Washington Nationals, it also has raised the question:
Bartolo Colon and Max Scherzer are headed to the All-Star Game, picked as replacements for other pitchers originally selected for the National League team.