Max Scherzer brings his best stuff in another strikeout fest

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null null null null null null null Baseball null null Each night in the 2016 baseball season, we'll run down the top news, facts and highlights from action around Major League Baseball.Max Scherzer spun a masterpiece Thursday night in the Nationals' 4-0 victory over the Orioles. MORE: Best pitcher last names of past 100 yearsThe Washington ace tossed eight scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts. He allowed just two hits and did not issue a walk. This is Scherzer's ninth game with at least 10 strikeouts and zero walks as a National, which is the most in franchise history. Scherzer extended his contribution to the field when he made a great between-the-legs play to retire Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop.Outfielders Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper led the way for Washington at the plate. Werth went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a solo home run. Harper collected two hits and two RBIs.With just over a month left in the regular season, Scherzer has firmly stamped his name in the National League Cy Young award discussion. He is 14-7 with a 2.92 ERA and 227 strikeouts this year.MORE: SN's scoreboard | Updated standingsMeanwhile, Cole Hamels tossed eight scoreless innings with eight strikeouts to help the Rangers beat the Indians 9-0 in a matchup of American League division leaders. It's possible both of this year's Cy Young award winners pitched Thursday night.Player of the DayGiants left-hander Matt Moore, two years removed from Tommy John surgery, came one out away from no-hitting the Dodgers. The bid was broken up by rookie Corey Seager, who on his bobblehead night blooped a single to right field on Moore's 133rd pitch — the most thrown by any pitcher in this season. Moore's outing was still one to marvel, with seven strikeouts and three walks in 8 2/3 innings for his first win since coming over to the Giants at the trade deadline.HighlightRoyals outfielder Jarrod Dyson robs Christian Yelich of a home run:Just ridiculous, @mrzoombiya!— (@) August 25, 2016It was the first home run robbery in Marlins Park history.Three things to know— The Dodgers acquired catcher Carlos Ruiz and cash from the Phillies in exchange for catcher A.J. Ellis — who had a close relationship with ace Clayton Kershaw — minor league pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named.— Carlos Gomez got his Rangers career started in a big way, smashing a three-run home run in his first at-bat with the team. The home run was his first in the majors since July 17.— The Mets scored 10 or more runs for the first time since July 3 in beating the Cardinals 10-6. Outfielder Alejandro De Aza led the way with a career-high five RBIs. What's nextOrioles (70-57) at Yankees (65-61), 7:05 p.m. ET — Yovani Gallardo (4-5, 5.08 ERA) will try to help Baltimore stay close in the tight American League East race against Luis Cessa (3-0, 4.01 ERA) and the still-lurking Yankees.Indians (72-54) at Rangers (75-53), 8:05 p.m. ET — Cleveland has been falling hard this week, losing three in a row. Corey Kluber (13-8, 3.13 ERA) will try to right the ship against Martin Perez (8-9, 4.27 ERA) and the Rangers.

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