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Nationals Max Scherzer named N.L. Starter for 2017 MLB All-Star Game

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Nationals Max Scherzer named N.L. Starter for 2017 MLB All-Star Game

When the National League All-Star team takes the field in the top of the first inning on Tuesday night at Marlins Park for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, a familiar face will be on the mound.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer (10-5, 2.10 ERA, 173 K) was named N.L. All-Star Game starting pitcher on Monday afternoon by the Cubs' Joe Maddon, the N.L. manager for the Mid-Summer Classic.

Scherzer will be opposed by Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale (11-4, 2.75 ERA, 178 K).

The 2017 All-Star Game start will be Scherzer's second. Scherzer started the 2014 MLB All-Star Game for the American League as a member of the Detroit Tigers.

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With the Tuesday start, Scherzer will become just the fifth pitcher in MLB history to start an All-Star Game for both the American and National Leagues, joining Vida Blue ('71 & '75 Athletics, '78 Giants), Randy Johnson ('95 & '97 Mariners, '00 & '01 Diamondbacks), Roger Clemens ('85 Red Sox & '01 Yankees, '04 Astros), and Roy Halladay ('09 Blue Jays, '11 Phillies).

Scherzer  sits atop the N.L. lead in earned run average, strikeouts, WHIP and is tied for third with ten wins.

He is also the first pitcher in MLB history to enter the All-Star Break with at least 10 wins and 60 strikeouts in five straight seasons.

The 2017 MLB All-Star Game starts at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11 and will be broadcast on FOX.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.