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Scherzer Will Start Opening Day for Nationals

Scherzer Will Start Opening Day for Nationals

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(VIERA, Fl.) -- With all of the top-line pitchers in the Washington Nationals rotation, the decision of who would start opening day would be a tough one.

The Nationals have decided newcomer Max Scherzer will get the nod on opening day when Washington tees off against their NL East rival New York Mets.

Stephen Strasburg has earned the honor for the past three seasons, but the Nationals felt Scherzer should set the tone for the season.

"He's a really good pitcher," Nationals Manager Matt Williams said. "He's confident. We're confident in him."

Scherzer signed a seven-year, $210 million contract this offseason with Washington after spending the last five seasons in Detroit.

Last year, Scherzer tossed a 3.15 ERA, struck out 252 batters, earned a spot on the American League All-Star team and finished fifth in Cy Young voting -- He won the award in 2013.

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Max Scherzer Ready to Contend in Washington

Max Scherzer Ready to Contend in Washington

David Banks/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Max Scherzer is ready to be one of the guys in the Nationals' loaded pitching rotation.

Washington introduced Scherzer on Wednesday after he signed a seven-year deal.

"It was jaw-dropping," Scherzer said of the $210 million deal.  "You just can't even fathom it sometimes."

"You work so hard to put yourself in this position," Scherzer continued. "It's all about winning, but I don't play this game for money, but at the same time when you have an offer like that, it just makes you go, wow."

The 2013 A.L. Cy Young Award winner will join a rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez."It's pretty easy, and it's one: winning," Scherzer said. "When you look at the near-term and long-term, this is an organization you want to be a part of."

The righthander was 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA last season. He struck out 252 batters.

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Report: Nationals Sign Max Scherzer to Seven-Year Deal

Report: Nationals Sign Max Scherzer to Seven-Year Deal

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The Washington Nationals are adding one of baseball's top pitchers to an already solid rotation.

Max Scherzer has agreed to a seven-year deal with Washington, according to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com.  The deal is for $180 million according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

He will likely take the ace role in the Nationals rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark.

Last season, Scherzer, 30, was 18-5, with a 3.15 ERA while pitching career highs in 220.1 innings and striking out 252 batters. 

Scherzer and Jon Lester were viewed as the top starting pitchers available this offseason. Lester signed with the Cubs for six-years, $155 million. 

 

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O’s Blast Tigers in Game 1 of ALDS

O’s Blast Tigers in Game 1 of ALDS

Baltimore Orioles/MLB(BALTIMORE) -- The Orioles got their post season off to a fast start.Nelson Cruz had a home run and three RBIs, and Baltimore scored eight runs in the eighth inning, on their way to routing the Detroit Tigers 12-3 in Game 1 of the American League Division Series Thursday.Chris Tillman (1-0) pitched five innings, allowing four hits, two runs, one walk, while striking out six in the victory.The Orioles started off fast when Cruz hit a two-run homer off Detroit ace Max Scherzer in the first. Scherzer (0-1) finished the day pitching 7 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits, five runs, one walk, while striking out two.The Orioles' 12 runs were the most the team ever recorded in a postseason game.Game 2 is Friday in Baltimore. The Tigers send Justin Verlander to the mound. He will be opposed by the Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen.

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Tigers Beat Royals, Earn Tie Atop AL Central

Tigers Beat Royals, Earn Tie Atop AL Central

David Banks/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Max Scherzer gave up just one run in six and two-thirds innings, helping the Detroit Tigers defeat Kansas City 4-2 on Tuesday night. The victory pulled Detroit (80-65) within percentage points of the Royals (79-64) atop the American League Central.

Rajai Davis and J.D. Martinez both homered in the game, as Detroit took a 3-0 lead after two innings. Kansas City made an attempt at a comeback in the fifth on an RBI single by Omar Infante, but could not complete the big inning against Scherzer.

Last year's Cy Young winner only gave up seven hits and four walks, but did strike out six to improve to 16-5 on the year. Closer Joe Nathan almost gave up the lead, allowing a pair of infield singles in the ninth, but finished the job to earn his 30th save of the year.

The Tigers, who had been scuffling in August, have stayed in the pennant race thanks to impressive play against Kansas City. Detroit is 11-4 this season against the Royals and can sweep their division rivals on Wednesday.

Both teams did leapfrog the Seattle Mariners for the second wild card spot on Tuesday, thanks to Seattle's 2-1 loss to Houston.

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Scherzer Gets First Complete Game Shutout in Tigers Win

Scherzer Gets First Complete Game Shutout in Tigers Win

David Banks/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) -- In baseball's modern era (since 1900), no starting pitcher had gone longer than Detroit's Max Scherzer before tossing their first complete game. On Thursday night that drought ended as the righty struck out eight batters and scattered three hits in a 4-0 win over the White Sox.

"I was finally able to go nine and finish the deal, so it's good feeling," said Scherzer, who made his 179th career start on Thursday.

The Tigers (34-28) provided enough offense for the 2013 Cy Young winner. Victor Martinez put Detroit on top 1-0 in the fifth inning with his 16th home run of the season. Miguel Cabrera later drove in two runs with an infield single in the eighth before Bryan Holaday singled in another run.

It was billed as a matchup of aces with Scherzer dueling opposite Chicago's Chris Sale. Despite 10 strike outs from the White Sox (33-34) starter, his offense could do nothing against Scherzer.

"I was surprised when I found out that he had no complete games," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. "But he wanted this one for sure. He was on his game tonight."

Scherzer turned in a much needed effort, giving up 20 runs in his last four starts. The six-year hurler tossed nine innings on other time in his career, a ten inning 2-1 loss to Minnesota in 2010.

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Scherzer, Kershaw Win Cy Young Awards

Scherzer, Kershaw Win Cy Young AwardsMike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Even though he's only 25 years old, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is already piling up the hardware. For the second time in three seasons, Kershaw was voted the NL Cy Young Award winner.  He ...

Red Sox Edge Tigers 4-3, Lead ALCS 3-2

Red Sox Edge Tigers 4-3, Lead ALCS 3-2Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Boston Red Sox are just one win away from advancing to the World Series after defeating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in Game 5 of the ALCS. First baseman Mike Napoli continued to swing a hot bat, as h...

Red Sox Walk-Off Against Tigers to Even Series 1-1

Red Sox Walk-Off Against Tigers to Even Series 1-1Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- David Ortiz tied the game in the eighth inning with a grand slam and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a walk-off single in the ninth, as the Boston Red Sox rallied and beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 in Game 2 of the Ameri...

Scherzer Keeps Tigers Alive

Scherzer Keeps Tigers Alive Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- With the Tigers up 5-4 in the eighth, Max Scherzer pitched out of a no out bases loaded jam helping Detroit force a decisive Game 5 in their AL division series by beating the Oakland Athletics 8-6 Tuesday. The ...

Scherzer Shines As Tigers Clinch AL Central

Scherzer Shines As Tigers Clinch AL CentralTony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) --  For the third season in a row, the Detroit Tigers are AL Central champions. Max Scherzer pitched seven scoreless innings for his 21st victory of the season, and the Tigers clinched the AL ...

Max Scherzer Cruises to 19th Win of Season

Max Scherzer Cruises to 19th Win of SeasonTony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  Max Scherzer put forth yet another dominant effort on Saturday, pitching six scoreless innings to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 3-0 win over the New York Mets. With the win, Scherzer (19-1) b...

Scherzer Earns Major League-Leading 18th Win

Scherzer Earns Major League-Leading 18th WinTony Firriolo/ MLB Photos via Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Max Scherzer earned his major league-leading 18th win and Miguel Cabrera hit his 40th home run of the season, as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Sunday. Scherzer (18-1) pit...

Max Scherzer Wins 17th Game as Tigers Roll

Max Scherzer Wins 17th Game as Tigers RollTony Firriolo/ MLB Photos via Getty Images (CLEVELAND) --  It was just another night on the mound for Max Scherzer.  Scherzer gave up two runs over seven innings for his 17th win of the season, and the Tigers rolled to their 12th-straight vic...

Matt Harvey, Max Scherzer Named Starters for All-Star Game

Matt Harvey, Max Scherzer Named Starters for All-Star GameTom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will be the first pitcher in nine years to start the All-Star Game in his home park. Harvey was announced the starter for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game at Cit...

Scherzer Improves to 13-0 as Tigers Top Blue Jays

Scherzer Improves to 13-0 as Tigers Top Blue JaysTony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(TORONTO) --  It was just another night on the diamond for Max Scherzer. Scherzer worked into the seventh inning, becoming the first pitcher in 27 years to start the season with a 13-0 record as the Detroit...

Tigers’ Max Scherzer First Pitcher to Start 12-0 Since 1986

Tigers’ Max Scherzer First Pitcher to Start 12-0 Since 1986Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG) -- Even though he's in the same rotation as Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer is making a name for himself around the baseball world after improving to 12-0 on Friday night. Against the Tampa B...

Max Scherzer Improves to 11-0, Tigers Rout Red Sox

Max Scherzer Improves to 11-0, Tigers Rout Red SoxTom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Max Scherzer is on a roll.  Scherzer improved to an MLB-best 11-0 on Saturday night after the Detroit Tigers pounded the Boston Red Sox (45-32), 10-3. Scherzer allowed two runs in the first inning and sett...

Tigers Double Up Yankees, 8-4

Tigers Double Up Yankees, 8-4Dave Reginek/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Tigers used a four-run fourth inning to double up the New York Yankees 8-4 Saturday at Comerica park. Max Scherzer (1-0) pitched five-plus innings for the Tigers, giving up four runs.  Phil Hughes ...

RHP Scherzer Agrees to One-Year Deal with Tigers

RHP Scherzer Agrees to One-Year Deal with TigersEzra Shaw/Getty Images(DETROIT) --  The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Max Scherzer to avoid arbitration. The deal is worth $6.725 million.  The 28-year-old Scherzer went 16-7 in 2012 with a 3.74 ERA and 231 s...
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