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Max Scherzer struck out 10 batters and held the Diamondbacks to two runs over six frames to earn his 19th win of the season in a 4-2 victory.

Scherzer served up a home run to Jean Segura to lead off the game and then yielded an RBI double to Welington Castillo in the third. He settled in after that, though, and the Nationals' offense finally went to work in the sixth inning with four runs. Scherzer hasn't lost since August 9. The right-hander will have one final tune-up on Sunday before starting Game 1 of the NLDS versus the Dodgers on October 7.
Sep 27 - 10:10 PM

Corey Kluber has been diagnosed with a mild quadriceps strain and is expected to miss 7-10 days.

Kluber left his start Monday against the Tigers with what was originally described as a groin injury. He won't take another turn in the rotation before the end of the regular season, but his final start this weekend was probably going to be an abbreviated one anyway. This diagnosis is mostly positive news for the American League Central-champion Indians. Kluber should be ready to rock for the ALDS.
Sep 27 - 10:06 PM

Matt Koch held the Nationals to two runs over five innings in a spot start Tuesday.

Koch allowed just a hit by pitch over over his first five innings, but he might have tired in the sixth in yielding a single and walk to start off the frame. He was pulled at that point and the Diamondbacks' bullpen allowed both inherited runners to score in addition to two more runs on top of it. It's unclear whether Koch will get another start on Sunday.
Sep 27 - 10:05 PM

Mark Melancon tossed a perfect ninth inning to notch his 44th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Called upon to protect a two-run lead, Melancon had a stress-free ninth with a couple groundouts and a strikeout. The veteran closer has nailed down 44-of-48 save opportunities this season, including 14-of-15 since joining the Nationals.
Sep 27 - 10:01 PM

Anthony Rendon delivered a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning of Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

The Nationals fell into an early hole with the D'Backs plating single runs in the first and third, but they were able to bunch together two hits, two walks and four runs in the sixth, punctuated by Rendon's bomb. The third baseman now has 19 dingers on the season and has five games left to get No. 20.
Sep 27 - 9:59 PM

Jean Segura clubbed his 20th home run of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.

After slugging a pair of longballs Monday, Segura led off the game Tuesday with another dinger. He continues to extend his career high in home runs in what has been a career year for the Diamondbacks' shortstop.
Sep 27 - 9:55 PM

Chris Davis was ejected from Tuesday night's game against the Blue Jays for arguing balls and strikes.

Davis took issue with a called third strike in the bottom of the seventh inning, and he and manager Buck Showalter were both shown the door after exchanging some heated words with home plate umpire Will Little. Davis finished the night 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk. He now has 213 total strikeouts in 152 games this season. Mark Reynolds set the MLB record with 223 strikeouts in 2009.
Sep 27 - 9:25 PM

Braves acquired INF Richard Rodriguez from the Giants for INF Gordon Beckham.

Rodriguez batted just .182/.216/.191 over 118 plate appearances this season as a 23-year-old in High-A ball, making 20 starts at shortstop and 11 starts at second base for the San Jose Giants. The native of Venezuela can't really be considered a prospect.
Sep 27 - 8:39 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Tuesday that Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Nationals.

Rich Hill will start Game 2 and Kenta Maeda will take Game 3. Rookie left-hander Julio Urias is a possibility for Game 4. Kershaw has registered a tremendous 0.86 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 21 innings (four starts) since returning from a herniated disc on September 9. He went seven scoreless innings against the Rockies in his latest turn.
Sep 27 - 8:17 PM

Giants purchased the contract of C Tony Sanchez from Triple-A Sacramento.

Sanchez will serve as emergency depth at catcher for the Giants over their final six regular-season games. The former Pirates prospect hit .200/.317/.340 in 60 plate appearances with Sacramento.
Sep 27 - 8:06 PM

Giants designated RHP Matt Reynolds for assignment.

The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Tony Sanchez, who joined the Giants as an emergency backup catcher on Tuesday. Reynolds allowed five earned runs on seven hits and five walks in six innings this season out of the San Francisco bullpen.
Sep 27 - 8:04 PM

Giants placed OF Mac Williamson on the 60-day disabled list with a strained quad.

Williamson suffered the injury Sunday in San Diego and is officially done for the season. He finishes the 2016 campaign with a .223/.315/.411 batting line in 54 major league games.
Sep 27 - 8:02 PM

Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is only expected to miss 2-3 days.

Nunez was sent for an MRI on Monday after injuring his right hamstring on a slide in Sunday's series finale against the Padres. The exam apparently showed nothing serious. Conor Gillaspie is starting at third base for the Giants on Tuesday night against Colorado.
Sep 27 - 7:59 PM

Johnny Cueto (groin) has been cleared to start Thursday at home against the Rockies.

Cueto suffered a mild groin strain in his September 20 start at Dodger Stadium, but he made it through a bullpen session Tuesday without issue and was given the go-ahead to pitch Thursday by San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy. It could be a very important game for the Wild Card-hunting Giants.
Sep 27 - 7:58 PM

Tyson Ross could need surgery to repair his injured right shoulder.

Ross was limited to just one start in 2016 -- back on April 4 -- due to ongoing shoulder discomfort. He's undergone multiple tests and received several different medical opinions, but nothing has worked. This has become a nightmare for the 29-year-old right-hander, who is eligible for salary arbitration for the final time leading into 2017. He had a 3.07 ERA and 526 strikeouts in 516 2/3 innings between 2013-2015.
Sep 27 - 7:53 PM


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