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Scherzer looks forward to facing Tigers' Cabrera, Zimmermann

Scherzer looks forward to facing Tigers' Cabrera, Zimmermann

There will certainly be some mixed emotions for Max Scherzer when he takes the mound on Wednesday to face the Detroit Tigers, his former team whom he spent five years with. He has good friends that still play for Detroit and has great memories from his time there.

“It’s going to be fun. These are all my friends, played with them for five years there. They’re all talking trash with me and I love it. They’re all talking about hitting bombs off me. I wouldn’t expect anything else," he said.

There is a specific aspect of the matchup, however, that Scherzer is looking forward to, and that's the opportunity to face Miguel Cabrera, the two-time MVP and future Hall of Famer. Scherzer considers him the best hitter in the world.

“Love it. I love it. I’m facing the best hitter [Wednesday]. He’s the best hitter on earth and he knows so much. This is what you dream of, you dream of facing the best. I want to face the best. This is who you measure yourself against. You don’t measure yourself against the nine hole hitter. You measure yourself against Miguel Cabrera. And if your able to go out there and have success against him that’s a notch on your belt. I know it’s a heck of a daunting challenge to try to do that and I really got to be on my game to have any type of success against them. But that’s what makes it fun. That’s what makes playing in the big leagues the best thing there is,” Scherzer said.

Scherzer has spoken glowingly about Cabrera in the past, including in an interview with CSN last summer where he compared Bryce Harper and the Tigers slugger as hitters. This week he went into more detail about the other parts of the game Cabrera should get credit for.

“Honestly, how hard he competes in all phases of the game. I know he’s a big guy but he competes defensively as hard as anybody on the field. And on the bases, he’s looking to take every last bag possible that he can. He’s very smart about all of that. That’s the part of him that I think gets sometimes under recognized, that doesn’t get enough attention is how smart and competitive he is. We can all see him hit a 500-foot blast and talk about how great he is but it’s all the other little things that he does that really make him a just a special, special player," Scherzer said.

Scherzer will also face his former teammate in Jordan Zimmermann. With the game taking place in Washington, both will face each other as hitters, as well.

"He asked for a fastball right down the middle and I definitely said, ‘no, you’re not getting that,'" Scherzer said.

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Former Nats manager Jim Riggleman named interim manager of Reds

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Former Nats manager Jim Riggleman named interim manager of Reds

Remember Jim Riggleman, the infamous Nats manager that resigned from the position back in 2011 after a win against the Seattle Mariners? Well he's back in a managerial position.

Bryan Price was fired as manager of the Cinncinati Reds Thursday, after the team started the 2018 season 3-15. Riggleman, who spent four seasons as their bench coach, was named the interim manager to replace Price.

Riggleman was promoted to interim manager of the Nats in July of 2009, after Manny Acta was let go midseason. He stayed on as manager for 2010 and 2011, and he then resigned from the team on June 23, 2011 after a win agaisnt the Seattle Mariners. He had lead the team to a win in 11 of their last 12 games prior to stepping away.

The reason behind the dramatic exit was due to the organization not yet picking up his 2012 contract option. He had reportedly requested a conversation with the front office about his future with the organization, and was upset after they declined. At 58 years-old, he felt he deserved more respect.

He's been with the Reds organization since 2012, and has spent time managing the Padres, Cubs and Mariners, in addition to the Nationals. His career winning pct. with each team has been below-.500.


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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

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Nationals fall after Mets score 9 runs in 8th inning

NEW YORK -- Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam during a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning that rallied the New York Mets past the Washington Nationals 11-5 on Wednesday night, preventing a three-game sweep.

Todd Frazier tied it at 4 with a two-run single and pinch-hitter Juan Lagares put New York ahead for the first time with a two-run double off ineffective setup man Ryan Madson (0-2).

Shut down by Tanner Roark for seven innings, the first-place Mets broke loose in the eighth and improved to 13-4 with a stirring victory against their NL East rivals.

Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, tripled and drove in four runs for the Nationals, who pulled off their own big comeback in the eighth inning of the series opener.

Two nights later, New York returned the favor.

Roark limited the Mets to two hits and left leading 4-2. Michael Conforto, Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera singled off Madson to load the bases with nobody out in the eighth. Jay Bruce fouled out before Frazier smacked a two-run single up the middle and advanced to second on the throw home.

After an intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez loaded the bases again, pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores struck out. Lagares then lined a two-run double the other way, just inside the right-field line at the outer edge of the infield grass, to put the Mets up 6-4.

Sammy Solis walked Amed Rosario and Conforto to force in a run. Cespedes connected for his sixth career slam -- the third by the Mets already this season -- off A.J. Cole, sending fans into a frenzy.

Both of Cespedes' hits in the inning came on 0-2 pitches.

AJ Ramos (1-1) worked a perfect inning for his first win with the Mets since being acquired from Miami last July.

Howie Kendrick reached on an infield single for Washington in the first and Bryce Harper drew his 24th walk, most in the majors. Zimmerman, batting .121 at that point and struggling to make opponents pay for bypassing Harper, came through with a drive to left-center off Steven Matz for his second home run of the season.

Matz steadied himself after a 33-pitch first inning and retired his final 10 batters. He was pulled for a pinch hitter in the fourth after throwing 74 pitches.

Cabrera doubled to open the fourth and scored on Gonzalez's single. Zimmerman had a chance to start an inning-ending double play, but his throwing error from first base allowed another run to score on Jose Lobaton's RBI grounder as the Mets cut it to 3-2.

After Mets pitchers retired 16 in a row, Zimmerman's leadoff triple in the seventh got past a diving Bruce in right field, and Moises Sierra followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.

Zimmerman also hit a solo homer in the ninth.