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Max Scherzer to miss World Baseball Classic

Max Scherzer to miss World Baseball Classic

Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer will miss the 2017 World Baseball Classic due to a stress fracture on the knuckle of his ring finger of his throwing hand. 

The Nationals announced that they expect the right-hander to be a full participant in spring training. 

Scherzer wrote a message on his Twitter page to give a more complete update on his finger. 

Scherzer, the 2016 NL Cy Young award winner, likely would have been the top starting pitcher for Team USA, joining the Rays' Chris Archer and the Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman. 

The only other National on the roster is second baseman Daniel Murphy, who finished second in NL MVP voting in 2016. 

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Juan Soto blasts historic home run - just as his hitting coach guaranteed

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Juan Soto blasts historic home run - just as his hitting coach guaranteed

Juan Soto was the best teenage hitter in Major League Baseball history, and he might be the best 20-year old hitter in MLB history, too.

His exploits at the plate over the past two seasons have ranged from impressive to historic, and everything in between.

He grew his legend even more Tuesday evening, launching a jaw-dropping home run to the train tracks in Houston.

This is a flat-out bomb. Left-handed hitters just don’t hit home runs to this part of Minute Maid Park.

The prodigious young outfielder actually struck out on an essentially identical pitch in his first at-bat. But it only took him one look to adjust, and he took the same pitch yard in his second at-bat.

Soto continues to see his name mentioned among baseball’s greats.

That’s a mighty impressive list. Andruw Jones is the only one besides Soto to accomplish the feat in his first World Series game.

What was even more impressive about this home run? It was foreseen by his hitting coach, Kevin Long.

Yes, that’s reporter Tom Verducci telling the world that not only did Long predict a home run for his young star, but he literally predicted it would come off a Gerrit Cole high fastball.

It was, frankly, wild that he would even suggest such a thing, given how utterly dominant Cole has been with his fastball all season long.

But Long believes in Soto, rightfully so, and never wavered in that belief. Now, Soto’s historic bomb -- which tied the game, by the way -- has an incredible story to go with.

What will this guy do next?

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Trea Turner's World Series steal earns free tacos for all

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Trea Turner's World Series steal earns free tacos for all

The World Series has it all. The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and the potential to earn all of America free tacos.

In recent years, Taco Bell and Major League Baseball have partnered up for the 'Steal a base, Steal a taco' movement in the World Series. The name tells you everything you need to know. If any player in the Fall Classic swipes a bag, you can head to Taco Bell at a certain time and collect a free, crunchy treat.

For the 2019 World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, Trea Turner wasted no time getting the job done.

With him stealing second in the first inning of Game 1, America can now pick up a free taco at participating locations from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30. 

It isn't too shocking that Turner was the one to swipe the bag. The speedy shortstop ranked fifth in the MLB with 35 steals in 2019. However, it was a surprise that it came so early, as the Nationals had not attempted a stolen base all postseason.

But with the lights on him and free tacos on the line, Turner delivered. On Taco Tuesday, no less. October baseball really is magical.

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