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Max Scherzer gave his catchers Hublot watches for catching his no-hitter and one-hitter

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Jordan Zimmermann gave Steven Souza a Best Buy gift card for the catch that saved his no hitter last year. Max Scherzer upped the ante a bit. From James Wagner of the Washington Post:

. . . after Max Scherzer tossed his career first no-hitter on June 20 against the Pirates, he bought catcher Wilson Ramos a little something for his help that day. But Scherzer didn’t stop with Ramos. He also gave catcher Jose Lobaton, who was behind the plate when Scherzer tossed a one-hitter against the Brewers on June 14, the same gift: an elegant Hublot watch.

They’re not cheap, though Wagner does not know which model was given. They retail from between $2,000 and $80,000 or even more for crazy ones.

There are some nice, graceful quotes from Scherzer and his catchers in the article. It’s been a crappy second half for Washington, but this is nice at least.

Home plate umpire Brian Knight leaves game after being hit in mask by pitch

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Scary moment in today’s Phillies-Nationals game, as home plate umpire Brian Knight was forced to exit after he was hit in the facemask by a pitch in the top of the ninth inning.

Knight was hit when Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton flat out missed a 96 mph fastball from right-hander Blake Treinen. The pitch hit him square. He was noticeably woozy, but walked into the tunnel under his own power. The game then had a 12-minute delay, as second base umpire Larry Vanover put on the gear to move behind the plate.

We’ll pass along an update on Knight when it is made available. Here’s hoping for the best.

The Nationals announce their playoff roster: Rafael Soriano is there

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The Washington Nationals have announced their roster for the NLDS against the Giants. It breaks down thusly:

PITCHERS
Jerry Blevins
Gio Gonzalez
Matt Thornton
Aaron Barrett
Tyler Clippard
Doug Fister
Tanner Roark
Rafael Soriano
Craig Stammen
Drew Storen
Stephen Strasburg
Jordan Zimmermann

CATCHERS
Jose Lobaton
Wilson Ramos

INFIELDERS
Asdrubal Cabrera
Ian Desmond
Danny Espinosa
Kevin Frandsen
Adam LaRoche
Anthony Rendon
Ryan Zimmerman

OUTFIELDERS
Bryce Harper
Nate Schierholtz
Denard Span
Jayson Werth

Twelve pitchers, including Rafael Soriano who had a 7.56 ERA in September and has looked awful in low-leverage situations. But no Ross Detwiler. Also: no Scott Hairston, though he was pretty crappy in the second half so it makes some sense.

Not that these are huge issues. If it comes down to a situation where having Ross Detwiler is important, a lot of things have gone wrong for Matt Williams before then. And it’s not like Kevin Frandsen can’t do most of what Hairston would likely be called on to do in a playoff game.