In case you were wondering, no the Marlins were not bombed

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Suicide bombers hit three hotels frequented by westerners in Baghdad yesterday. When I read about it, I’ll admit, my first thought wasn’t “Oh God, I hope Chris Coghlan is safe!”  Indeed, I had actually forgot all about the Marlins’ Iraq trip. Still, it’s good to hear this from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald:

Just got off the phone with Marlins communications vice president
P.J. Loyello, who said a contingent of Marlins bound for
Iraq landed in Kuwait this morning, not long after suicide bombers
blasted three Baghdad hotels in neighboring Iraq.
   “They’re safe,” said Loyello, who has been in contact with the
traveling party. “They’re not in Iraq at the moment. They have
landed (in Kuwait) and they’re in good hands.”

The trip includes manager Fredi Gonzalez, team president Larry
Beinfest, Coghlan, catcher
John Baker, and four Mermaids cheerleaders.

No worries, Mrs. Beinfest: I’m sure the gender balance of the delegation is a purely political consideration.

Max Scherzer reaches 300 strikeouts on the season

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Nationals ace Max Scherzer struck out his 300th batter of the season on Tuesday night against the Marlins. Austin Dean was the victim, swinging and missing at a 3-2 curve for the second out in the seventh inning.

Scherzer’s 2018 is the seventh 300-strikeout season since 2000. The others: Chris Sale (308; 2017 Red Sox), Clayton Kershaw (301; 2015 Dodgers), Randy Johnson (334; 2002 Diamondbacks), Curt Schilling (316; 2002 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (372; 2001 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (347; 2000 Diamondbacks). It’s the 67th 300-strikeout season dating back to 1883.

At the conclusion of the seventh, Scherzer had held the Marlins to a run on four hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts. He entered the start 17-7 with a 2.57 ERA across 213 2/3 innings. Jacob deGrom will almost certainly win the NL Cy Young Award, but Scherzer’s 2018 has been outstanding.