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Video: Adeiny Hechavarria jukes Salvador Perez to score a run

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Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria led off the top of the sixth inning of Monday night’s game against the Royals with a double off of Eric Skoglund. With one out, Matt Duffy lined a single to right. Hechavarria tried to test the arm of right fielder Jorge Soler. Soler’s throw brought catcher Salvador Perez a couple of feet in front of home plate, which created space at the back of the plate for Hechavarria, who juked past a diving tag attempt, then did a swim move to trick Perez in order to safely touch home plate.

Duffy’s single and Hechavarria’s effort broke a 1-1 tie.

Hechavarria, 29, has otherwise not done much offensively. He entered Monday’s action batting .261/.295/.328 with a pair of home runs and 13 RBI in 131 plate appearances.

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.