Nationals tab Scherzer for opening day start

3 years 11 months 1 week ago Sunday, March 13 2016 Mar 13, 2016 Sunday, March 13, 2016 2:19:18 PM CDT March 13, 2016 in Baseball
By: The Associated Press

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker confirmed the obvious Sunday: Max Scherzer will be the team's opening day starter April 4 in Atlanta.

"He was opening day before I got here," the Nationals first-year manager said.

It will be the second consecutive opening day start for Scherzer, who signed a seven-year, $210 million contract prior to last season. He went 14-12 with a 2.79 ERA in 2015.

Scherzer also became the sixth pitcher in major league history to throw two no-hitters in the same season. He no-hit the Pirates on June 20 and the Mets on Oct 4.

The 31-year-old right-hander was set to make his third spring training start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Baker said, "He comes to pitch. Guys like playing behind him. I watched him on TV last year, every chance I got because I like watching baseball, and I like watching guys who have a chance to throw a no-hitter every time out."


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