Jose Fernandez becomes a U.S. citizen

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It hasn’t been the best year for Jose Fernandez, what with the Tommy John surgery and all. But it’s not like he’s been sitting and watching TV the whole time. He’s been doing stuff:

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez is officially a U.S. citizen. USCIS held a special ceremony at their field office in Kendall Friday morning where Fernandez, along with 140 other South Florida residents, became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

The Marlins presented Fernandez with an American flag that previously flew over Marlins Park. Pretty cool.

Just looked back to see what other players we’ve posted about becoming citizens since the blog launched. I see Robinson Cano and Orlando Cabrera. David Ortiz did in 2008 back when I was writing a personal blog.

No reason. Just think it’s neat. Thanks to Old Gator for the heads up.

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.