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Max Scherzer strikes out 14 vs. Tigers


The resurgent Nationals took care of business against the Tigers on Sunday, winning the series finale 2-1. Kurt Suzuki provided an RBI single in the fourth inning and Anthony Rendon broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth with a solo homer.

Starter Max Scherzer continued to dominate on the mound, striking out 14 batters over eight innings of one run ball against his former team. He scattered four hits and no walks on 115 pitches. It’s the fourth consecutive start in which Scherzer has accrued double-digit strikeouts.

Scherzer is now carrying an 8-5 record with a 2.43 ERA and a 170/22 K/BB ratio in 122 1/3 innings on the year. Among qualified starters, only Hyun-Jin Ryu (1.83), Mike Soroka (2.13), and Mike Minor (2.40) have a better ERA.

Now one game over .500, the Nationals’ upcoming schedule is quite favorable. They’ll host the Marlins and Royals for three games apiece, then head out on the road for three games against the Phillies and two against the Orioles before finishing up with a four-game set against the Braves.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.