Max Scherzer won’t pitch in the All-Star Game


Nationals starter Max Scherzer will start on Sunday against the Orioles and won’t pitch in the All-Star Game in Cincinnati on Tuesday,’s William Ladson reports. He will attend the All-Star Game and participate in the festivities, but that’s it.

Scherzer, 30, has put together a terrific season, his first season with the Nationals after signing a seven-year, $210 million deal. He has a 2.12 ERA with a 143/14 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings. The right-hander, memorably, no-hit the Pirates on June 20 and was a strike away from completing a perfect game.

It remains to be seen who will take Scherzer’s spot on the NL All-Star roster. Could this pave the way for the addition of Clayton Kershaw?

Cavan Biggio hits for the cycle

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Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.

Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.

After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.