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Scherzer gearing up for charity fantasy football league

Max Scherzer loves fantasy football and this month will be able to apply that passion to a good cause. The Nationals' ace is hosting a fantasy football fundraiser on August 22 and Nats Park. Scherzer will participate in a live fantasy draft with several of his teammates and fans who pay an undisclosed amount of money to play.

Scheduled to be there for the draft are Nationals players Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman, Denard Span and Matt Thornton. Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is also involved, but it's not clear if he will attend.

“We get to accomplish two goals here,” Scherzer said. “Have some fun, play some fantasy football and raise some money for a good cause.”

"I know major league clubhouses are. Everyone is very into fantasy football and talks a lot of trash. I think that’s the number reason why we do it."

Scherzer has participated in similar events in the past when he was with the Tigers. He hopes the same success can be had in Washington.

"I thought it was something I wanted to bring here to D.C. and have the fans have the same opportunities that some of the other cities have as well," he said.

Back to the football itself. Scherzer said he will take Adrian Peterson with the No. 1 pick if he gets it and, like he said, talk trash when he can.

"We talk trash on the fans. That makes it great. They talk trash on us over picks and we talk trash on them. It’s a great experience," he said.

The event is called 'Big League Impact D.C.' and it is affiliated with the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy and the Nationals Dream Foundation.

"I really enjoy helping out the youth baseball academy. that’s something that any time you’re helping out the game of baseball with at risk children, that puts a smile on my face. The fact that we have a fantasy football vehicle to help that makes it even better because it allows us to help raise money for a great cause and do it in a unique and fun way," Scherzer said.

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Stephen Strasburg makes history at the plate against Atlanta

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Stephen Strasburg makes history at the plate against Atlanta

Stephen Strasburg had the best hitting performance of his career against the Braves Thursday night, going 3-3 at the plate with two singles and a 420-foot three-run bomb. 

He didn't just set personal records but reached rare air in baseball history. He's the second pitcher ever with at least three hits, a HR, and five RBI since the DH debuted in 1973 and the fifth pitcher in the last 50 seasons to get two hits in an inning including a home run. 

Strasburg set franchise firsts with his performance, dating all the way back to the Expos. 

An extraordinary milestone for the Nationals' ace, hopefully Strasburg's performance will inspire the team during a crucial four-game series with Atlanta. 

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Nationals Roundup: Strasburg shines in Nationals' blowout of Braves

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Nationals Roundup: Strasburg shines in Nationals' blowout of Braves

In the first contest of a momentous four-game series, the Nationals trounced the Braves by a score of 13-4 behind Stephen Strasburg's historic performance. The Nationals improved to 51-44 and have the best record in baseball since May 24th

Here's the pertinent news to consider as the Nationals attempt to close the gap with division-leading Atlanta.  

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Stephen Strasburg was effective as usual on the mound, but his performance at the plate was all anyone could talk about. He went 3-3 with two singles and a 420-foot bomb, becoming the second pitcher since 1973 to record three hits, a HR, and five RBIs in a game. In addition, he tossed 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball and registered his NL-leading 12th win of the season. 

Adam Eaton opened the scoring with an RBI triple to plate Stephen Strasburg, the first of eight runs in the third inning. In 91 games, he's batting .283/.365/.391 with six home runs and 24 RBI as one of many unsung heroes of the Nationals' hot streak. 

Anthony Rendon went 3-5 on the day, knocking in Adam Eaton with a double to deep center to give the Nats a 2-1 lead in the third inning. In the five games since the All-Star game, Rendon is batting .421/.522/.579 with three doubles. 

Injuries:

SP Max Scherzer: Back, Expected to be out until at least Jul 20

RP Jonny Venters: Back, Expected to be out until at least Jul 18

SP Jeremy Hellickson: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Aug 25

RP Justin Miller: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Jul 16

RP Koda Glover: Elbow, Expected to be out until at least Aug 7

RP Austen Williams: Shoulder, Expected to be out until at least Jul 17

Coming Up: 

Friday 7/19: Nationals at Braves, 7:20 p.m., SunTrust Park 

Saturday 7/20: Nationals at Braves, 7:20 p.m., SunTrust Park 

Sunday 7/21: Nationals at Braves, 7:05 p.m. SunTrust Park

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