Max Scherzer completes no-hitter against the Mets

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Update (9:26 PM EDT): Scherzer struck out Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda to start the ninth inning, then got Curtis Granderson to complete the frame and notch his second no-hitter of the season. He set a Nationals record and a new personal-best with 17 strikeouts. He struck out nine batters in a row prior to Granderson’s pop-up.

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Update (9:12 PM EDT): Scherzer struck out Kelly Johnson, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Kevin Plawecki to keep his no-hitter intact. He’s at 93 pitches with 15 strikeouts. He has struck out the last seven batters he has faced.

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Nationals starter Max Scherzer has no-hit the Mets through seven innings thus far on Saturday night, his final start of the season. It would have been a perfect game, but shortstop Yunel Escobar committed a throwing error to allow the leadoff batter to reach base in the sixth inning.

Scherzer has thrown 80 pitches and recorded 12 strikeouts. He is looking to become the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the regular season in the same year since Nolan Ryan in 1973. Roy Halladay threw a perfect game in the regular season and a no-hitter in the NLDS in 2010. Scherzer no-hit the Pirates at home on June 20.

The Nationals have provided Scherzer with two runs of support. Wilson Ramos hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and Dan Uggla clubbed a solo home run in the seventh.

Opposing starter Matt Harvey pitched well, allowing only one run on four hits while striking out 11 and walking none in six innings. The Mets were no-hit already this season, with Giants starter Chris Heston accomplishing the feat on June 9.

We’ll keep you updated as Scherzer attempts to complete the no-hitter.

RHP Fairbanks, Rays agree to 3-year, $12 million contract

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Reliever Pete Fairbanks and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a three-year, $12 million contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons.

The deal includes salaries of $3,666,666 this year and $3,666,667 in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have a $7 million option for 2026 with a $1 million buyout.

His 2024 and 2025 salaries could increase by $300,000 each based on games finished in the previous season: $150,000 each for 35 and 40.

Tampa Bay’s option price could increase by up to $6 million, including $4 million for appearances: $1 million each for 60 and 70 in 2025; $500,000 for 125 from 2023-25 and $1 million each for 135, 150 and 165 from 2023-25. The option price could increase by $2 million for games finished in 2025: $500,000 each for 25, 30, 35 and 40.

Fairbanks also has a $500,000 award bonus for winning the Hoffman/Rivera reliever of the year award and $200,000 for finishing second or third.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 11-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 15 saves in 111 appearances, with all but two of the outings coming out of the bullpen since being acquired by the Rays from the Texas Rangers in July 2019.

Fairbanks was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Fairbanks made his 2022 debut on July 17 and tied for the team lead with eight saves despite being sidelined more than three months. In addition, he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 career postseason appearances, all with Tampa Bay.

He had asked for a raise from $714,400 to $1.9 million when proposed arbitration salaries were exchanged Jan. 13, and the Rays had offered for $1.5 million.

Fairbanks’ agreement was announced two days after left-hander Jeffrey Springs agreed to a $31 million, four-year contract with Tampa Bay that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, third baseman Yandy Diaz and outfielder Harold Ramirez.