Scherzer likes nights

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL -

Fans who got rained out of the Na­tion­als’ sched­uled se­ries opener against the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants on Fri­day night will get a con­so­la­tion prize in the form of Wash­ing­ton ace Max Scherzer, who will start Game 2 of the two teams’ split dou­ble­header Sun­day night.

Tick­ets from Fri­day’s rain­out will be hon­ored for Sun­day’s 7:05 p.m. game. The first game on Sun­day was orig­i­nally sched­uled to be­gin at 1:35 p.m., but was moved up to 1:05 p.m. to ac­count for the dou­ble­header. Right-han­der A.J. Cole will pitch the af­ter­noon game.

Baker said Scherzer will go in the night­cap in­stead of the af­ter­noon game be­cause the 33year-old starter told him that he would rather pitch at night. Scherzer was set to pitch Sat­ur­day’s game, but with the rain­out, Baker de­cided to send Fri­day’s orig­i­nal start­ing pitcher, Edwin Jack­son, to the mound Sat­ur­day. Scherzer then got his pick of the two Sun­day games.

“We’ve got to kind of ac­qui­esce to what your aces want to do,” Baker said. “Un­til the other guys are aces they have to ac­qui­esce to their aces, and that is what went into it.”

It will be Scherzer’s sec­ond start since com­ing back from a neck in­jury. He went seven in­nings Mon­day against the Mi­ami Mar­lins.

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Stephen Stras­burg, re­cov­er­ing from an el­bow in­jury, plans to throw five in­nings or 75 pitches Mon­day for Class A Po­tomac.

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