Gaylord Perry and Bud Selig's comedy routine

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Bud Selig was at Giants’ camp over the weekend:

Just as Selig prepared to leave, Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, in town
for a series of Giants functions, ambled into the room. Greeting Selig,
the 71-year-old Perry jokingly said, “I want the rules changed so I can
make a comeback!”

Playfully rubbing Perry’s shoulder and cap — areas where the 314-game
winner may have concealed greasy kid stuff to throw his notorious
spitball — Selig responded, “What rules need to be changed?”

Said Perry, “I think you know!”

I think it’s great that the Commissioner and Perry can joke about cheating to gain a competitive advantage.  Maybe if Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds “ambled” and joked more they’d get into the Hall of Fame just like Perry did.

Nationals to reinstate Max Scherzer on Thursday

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Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.

It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.

While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.

If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.