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

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Nationals starter Max Scherzer will start on Sunday against the Orioles and won’t pitch in the All-Star Game in Cincinnati on Tuesday, MLB.com’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?