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ESPN will run a Home Run Derby marathon on ‘Opening Day’


Opening Day was supposed to be this Thursday. That’s obviously not happening. But even if there will be no games, ESPN will broadcast something that is, at the very least, baseball-adjacent: a Home Run Derby marathon.

It’ll start at 6PM Eastern time and run until 2AM. Which is, more or less, the block during which evening games happen from coast-to-coast. The marathon will show the 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2015 Home Run Derby events, in that order. I’m not sure why they’re not showing the 2016 version, but maybe it’s because the crowd at the 2015 Derby — in Cincinnati — was on fire as Todd Frazier kept hitting longballs. I was in that crowd and it was a hoot.

Anyway, it’s not baseball games, but it’s something.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.