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Want to hear from Max Scherzer? Of course you do

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Want to hear from Max Scherzer? Of course you do

Click play in the embedded podcast to listen to The Racing Presidents' interview with Max Scherzer and click here to subscribe to the podcast.

Max Scherzer has thoughts. Lots of thoughts.

Trying new things at spring training? Yes.

“This is a time when you get to take some ideas you thought about during the season last year, and what you thought about in the offseason, and see if you’re able to implement it,” Scherzer told NBC Sports Washington. 

Concerned about baseball free agency? Yes. 

“It’s tough to really change anything in the middle of the CBA. This is the deal we signed up for as players, and this is the deal we have to live [with].”

Daddy daycare following spring training work? Yes.

“Right now, it’s family life.”

The three-time Cy Young winner and Nationals ace sat down with NBC Sports Washington on a recent sunny West Palm Beach day to discuss these things and more. You can hear everything Scherzer said below on the latest edition of The Racing Presidents podcast.

Also on this episode, discussion about where the bullpen goes following the release of Sammy Solis (who reportedly signed with the San Diego Padres on Monday). The Nationals now have questions in the middle of that group. In particular, they have questions about left-handed pitching in their bullpen. Matt Grace is currently their lone left-handed reliever outside of closer Sean Doolittle.

Rounding out the show is reaction to Adam Jones signing in Arizona, and thoughts on the MLB All-Star Election Day proposal. 

Listen, subscribe, rate, and stay tuned for more 1-on-1 conversations with players to come this week.


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Why Mike Rizzo is optimistic he'll get a deal done with Anthony Rendon

Why Mike Rizzo is optimistic he'll get a deal done with Anthony Rendon

Nationals manager Mike Rizzo is hopeful that Anthony Rendon will be staying in Washington and that a deal can be done before Rendon becomes a free agent following the 2019 season.

Rizzo joined The Junkies Wednesday morning, one day after NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas confirmed reports that the team met with Rendon on Tuesday to talk about his future in Washington. Rendon told Dybas in March that extension talks had come to a halt. 

Rizzo, when speaking on The Junkies, said he was hopeful they would and said the two had had a nice chat about their long history.

We go way back together and we were kind of reminiscing a little bit about where we've been and the next step in our relationship," he said. 

Rizzo has known Rendon since his high school days in Texas, and followed him closely at Rice University before drafting him with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. 

"We recognize what we have in Anthony, he recognizes what we've meant to him," he said. "Hopefully we can come to some sort of agreement." 


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Washington Nationals Roundup: Brain Dozier left out of lineup with toe injury

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Washington Nationals Roundup: Brain Dozier left out of lineup with toe injury

The Washington Nationals survived a ninth inning scare to beat the San Francisco Giants 9-6 Wednesday.

Here's the latest Nationals and Giants news:

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Second baseman Brian Dozier was left out of the starting lineup Wednesday due to a toe injury. Dozier fouled a pitch off his toe and had to have it drained, according to Nats manager Davey Martinez. Howie Kendrick took Dozier's place at second base.

In other injury news, Martinez told reporters there is still no definitive timetable for shortstop Trea Turner's return to action, but said the shortstop is "doing everything possible" to get back in the lineup. Turner is on the 10-day injured list with a non-displaced fracture in his right index finger. 


First baseman Tyler Austin tested his right arm after batting practice Wednesday to see if he could return to the lineup Thursday. Austin has been dealing with inflammation in his right elbow. 


2B Brian Dozier: Toe, Sidelined

SS Trea Turner: Finger, 10-Day IL 

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, 10-Day IL

RP Justin Miller: Back, 10-Day IL

Coming Up: 

Thursday, 4/18: Giants @ Nationals, 1:05 p.m., Nats Park

Friday, 4/19: Nationals @ Marlins, 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park

Saturday, 4/20: Nationals @ Marlins, 6:10 p.m., Marlins Park

Source: Rotoworld