Orioles defeat Alejandro De Aza in arbitration hearing

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Alejandro De Aza will make a $5 million salary in 2015 after the Orioles defeated the outfielder in an arbitration hearing, reports Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com.

De Aza, who was arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter, filed at $5.65 million when figures were exchanged last month. The two sides went to a hearing despite the minor gap between them and the arbitration panel ultimately ruled in favor of the team.

De Aza turns 31 in April and batted .293/.341/.537 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 20 games after coming over from the White Sox last August. He figures to see at least part-time duty in Baltimore’s outfield this season.

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.