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Max Scherzer’s status for World Series Game 6 still uncertain

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Nationals manager Dave Martinez said the team still isn’t sure about starter Max Scherzer‘s status for Tuesday’s Game 6 of the World Series, MLB.com’s Jamal Collier reports.

Scherzer was scratched from Sunday’s Game 5 start due to neck and trapezius muscle spasms. The pain was so bad that Scherzer said he couldn’t lift his arm and needed his wife to help him get dressed.

Some, including at least one writer who has had a Hall of Fame vote, have questioned Scherzer’s toughness. However, it takes a lot to keep Scherzer off of the mound. The right-hander pitched against the Phillies with a broken nose back in June — and was quite effective, tossing seven shutout innings with 10 strikeouts. Scherzer is arguably the last player in the game whose toughness can be called into question.

Scherzer went five innings in his Game 1 start against the Astros, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. Across the entirety of the postseason, he has compiled a 2.16 ERA with 34 strikeouts and 11 walks in 25 innings of work.

Stephen Strasburg will start Game 6 opposite Justin Verlander. If the Nationals are able to win, and Scherzer still isn’t well enough to pitch, Aníbal Sánchez would be on regular rest to start Game 7. Patrick Corbin threw 96 pitches in a subpar Game 4 start but is likely to be used out of the bullpen as needed in Game 6 and, if necessary, Game 7.

Tom Brady has moved into Derek Jeter’s mansion

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The Tampa Bay Times reports that the newest Tampa Bay Buccaneer, quarterback Tom Brady, has a new place to live in the Bay Area: Derek Jeter’s house:

Brady has arrived in Tampa Bay and is in the process of moving his family into the sprawling, 30,000-square foot mansion on Davis Islands built by Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter, the Tampa Bay Times has confirmed. The home features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, an entertainment room and billiards room that wraps around a pool with two boat lifts providing access to Tampa Bay.

It’s like a crossover episode conceived by sports yakkers like me. It’s like a gift from Content Heaven. Like, I had NO reason to talk about Derek Jeter today, but now I can mention how much progress he has made as a human being. After all, a mere 16 years ago he wouldn’t move 25 feet to third base to make room for Alex Rodriguez — and wouldn’t move to his left for anything — but now he’s willing to completely move out of his house for Brady.

See, we can all grow, even in trying times like this. Bless you, Derek.