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Scherzer the day after his no-hitter: 'I can't believe it happened'


Scherzer the day after his no-hitter: 'I can't believe it happened'

Max Scherzer walked into the Nationals clubhouse on Sunday morning just hours removed from his first no-hitter shaking hands with teammates and coaches. A team official brought the scorecard from Saturday's game over and he signed it. Then, he met with reporters to share his thoughts now that his historic day had settled in.

"I didn't get much sleep, but that's from a good reason," he said.

Scherzer got over 120 text messages from friends and family Saturday night and also got some from other players around the league.

"There were a lot of people that reached out. But it's really cool when the other players from other teams reach out. Those are the ones that kind of almost mean the most, because it's a sign of respect. And I really do appreciate all of the support from the rest of the league," he said.

Scherzer spent Saturday night with his parents, Brad and Jan, who had the good fortune of flying in this weekend to watch him pitch. They had only seen one of his other starts this season and were originally planning to come to Washington for July 4. But a scheduling conflict convinced them to come for the Pirates series.

"This was the weekend that worked best and so they were able to come here. So it was great to be able to share last night with them as well," Scherzer said.

It also just happened to be Father's Day weekend.

"That's what my dad wanted. He doesn't want a tie. I gave him a no-hitter, so he was pretty happy," he said.

Scherzer had a baseball from Saturday's game in his locker with the word 'no-hitter' written in the middle. He said he will get the jersey he was wearing framed, as well.

It was a great day for Scherzer and it may still take a while for him to fully process what he was able to accomplish.

"It's just something that you can't describe," he said. "I mean, I can't believe it happened."

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Rain knocks out another Phillies-Nationals game

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Rain knocks out another Phillies-Nationals game

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals and Phillies are 2-for-2.

Tuesday night's game was postponed following a two-hour rain delay. Monday's game was postponed after a three-hour rain delay.

Tuesday's game will be made up as part of a split day-night doubleheader Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., bumping a four-game series to a five-game series. The Nationals and Phillies are scheduled to also play a split day-night doubleheader Wednesday.

The day was not without news. Nationals ace Max Scherzer broke his nose in batting practice when a ball bounced off his bat and struck him in the face. Scherzer was attempting to bunt at the time.

Scherzer's injury and the multiple postponements throw the Nationals' pitching plans into disarray. They're not sure if Scherzer will pitch as expected Wednesday. It appears Austin Voth, who was scratched from his Thursday start for Triple-A Fresno, will be available to pitch in one of the Wednesday games -- should they be played. More rain is expected Wednesday.

The Nationals will bump Patrick Corbin, who was slated to pitch again Tuesday, into a Wednesday spot. Wednesday's other starter is TBA. It could be Scherzer if he is ready. It could be Erick Fedde, and Voth could be used in the bullpen as the 26th man. That would provide Scherzer a chance to pitch Thursday and Strasburg on Friday against Atlanta. 

Or, Scherzer could be provided more time off. There's a lot to sort out once again thanks to the rain.



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It's been 13 years since Ryan Zimmerman hit his first career walk-off HR


It's been 13 years since Ryan Zimmerman hit his first career walk-off HR

On June 18, 2006, a 21-year-old Ryan Zimmerman beat the New York Yankees with one swing. The once rising star who would later be nicknamed 'Mr. Walk-Off' launched his first career game-winning home run 13 years ago today. 

The blast marked the 10th long-ball of his big league career and came on Father's Day with his dad, Keith, in the stands. 

Fast forward to 2019 and the now 34-year-old owns a .279 career batting average with 267 home runs. 

But 2019 hasn't given him much of a chance to add to those totals, seeing how he's played in just 22 games after being placed on the 10-day Injured List April 28 because of plantar fasciitis

His recovery, though, is well underway. NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas reported Tuesday that the first baseman ran the bases and will do so again Wednesday. If these drills go well, look for the veteran to begin a rehab assignment as part of his continued efforts to return to help the Nationals make a run in his 15th season.