Johnny Damon mulling whether to accept move to Red Sox

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According to Jason Beck of MLB.com the Tigers have informed Johnny Damon that the Red Sox are indeed the team that placed a waiver claim on him and the veteran outfielder is now deciding whether or not he’d accept the move.
Damon has the Red Sox on the list of teams he can’t be traded or assigned to, so even if the two sides are able to work out a deal or the Tigers simply conclude they’re willing to dump his salary without receiving anything in return he has the ability to veto.
Things could get interesting if Damon decides he wouldn’t mind a return to Boston and the Tigers decide freeing up the $2 million he’s still owed this season is enough value to let him go, but short of that my guess is the Red Sox placed the claim primarily to block the Yankees and Rays from getting a crack at him.

Max Scherzer, with broken nose, strikes out 10 Phillies over seven shutout innings

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Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.

Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.

Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.

Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.