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Max Scherzer, Murphy-less Nats look to avoid sweep at Marlins

Max Scherzer, Murphy-less Nats look to avoid sweep at Marlins

Nats (88-63) vs. Marlins (76-75) at Marlins Park

The Nats saw their magic number to win the NL East fall to four on Tuesday night, but they now face a sweep at the Miami Marlins. Max Scherzer (17-7, 2.78) will do his best to prevent that in his 32nd start of the season.

Scherzer has seen the Marlins twice this season. He's allowed seven earned runs across 14 innings. Last time, though, he went eight innings with just two runs surrendered on May 22.

The Nats will be without Daniel Murphy again, as the star second baseman remains out with left leg tightness. Stephen Drew is in his place.

Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth are both back in the lineup after taking Tuesday off. They'll go up against right-hander Tom Koehler.

First pitch: 7:10 p.m.
TV: MASN2
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Max Scherzer vs. Marlins - Tom Koehler

NATS

CF Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
2B Stephen Drew
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Max Scherzer

MARLINS

2B Dee Gordon
RF Ichiro Suzuki
3B Martin Prado
CF Christian Yelich
LF Marcell Ozuna
1B Justin Bour
C J.T. Realmuto
SS Adeiny Hechevarria
RHP Tom Koehler

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Ex-Oriole Manny Machado homers off ex-National Gio Gonzalez in NLCS Game 1

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Ex-Oriole Manny Machado homers off ex-National Gio Gonzalez in NLCS Game 1

Sure, the Nationals and Orioles didn't make the playoffs, but that didn't stop a "Battle of the Beltways" moment from breaking out during NLCS Game 1.

Ex-National Gio Gonzalez started the game for the Brewers. In the second inning, ex-Oriole Manny Machado stepped to the plate for the Dodgers.

Here's what happened next:

If you squint, you can imagine the ball flying into the Nationals Park bullpen or the Camden Yards bleachers. 

And in case you're wondering, we have indeed entered the Twilight Zone. 

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Nationals get offseason started by acquiring righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Marlins

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Nationals get offseason started by acquiring righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Marlins

The Washington Nationals picked up righty reliever Kyle Barraclough from Miami in their first offseason move to rebuild the bullpen.

The Nationals said Wednesday that they gave the Marlins international slot value in the deal.

The hard-throwing Barraclough went 1-6 with 4.20 ERA and 10 saves in 17 chances, with 61 appearances this year. He allowed one hit in 36 at-bats in June, when he was chosen NL reliever of the month, but struggled with his command the rest of the season.

Barraclough's ERA ballooned to 10.24 over his final 24 games and he lost the Marlins closer's job.

He has a career ERA of 3.21 with 279 strikeouts and 134 walks in 218 2/3 innings over four seasons, all with Miami.

Washington general manager Mike Rizzo is in need of relievers after jettisoning Shawn Kelley and Brandon Kintzler late this season.

The deal helps the Marlins in their pursuit of top international free-agent Victor Victor Mesa, a Cuban outfielder who tried out for major league scouts at Marlins Park last week.

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