Report: Marlins’ interest in Ichiro Suzuki “has begun to intensify”

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Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Marlins’ interest in free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki “has begun to intensify.”

The Marlins already have Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna in-house, so they are looking at Suzuki as a fourth outfielder. That’s probably the best fit for him at this point in his career. The 41-year-old batted .289/.324/.340 with one home run, 22 RBI, and 15 stolen bases across 143 games with the Yankees last season. He’s currently 156 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.

Suzuki has also reportedly drawn interest from the Orioles and Blue Jays in recent weeks.

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.