Carlos Martinez will wear No. 18 to honor Oscar Taveras

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This had been rumored for a while, but now it’s apparently official

Martinez was longtime friends with the deceased Cardinals outfielder and pleaded with Taveras to come stay with him at a VIP resort the night before Oscar and his girlfriend died in a car crash. Martinez had been wearing No. 44, which manager Mike Matheny could now take. He gave his No. 22 to Jason Heyward.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.