Scherzer goes 4 innings in return, Nationals top Pirates 7-1

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Scherzer goes 4 innings in return, Nationals top Pirates 7-1
Scherzer goes 4 innings in return, Nationals top Pirates 7-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — To Max Scherzer, a short outing was totally OK. “I can't get hurt again,” the Washington Nationals ace said. “That's just the reality of this.” Scherzer pitched four innings in his return from the injured list Thursday night and the Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1. Scherzer allowed one run and four hits, struck out three and walked one. The three-time Cy Young Award winner was put on the IL on July 26 with a strain in his upper back — a day earlier, he made his first start since being on the injured list with a back issue. “I just wanted to come out here, not really empty the tank tonight, and just try to pitch,” Scherzer said. “Got out here and was able to go four

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