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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Somehow, Clayton Kershaw outlasted Max Scherzer. He went 7 innings, giving up 4 runs on 9 hits with 0 walks and 4 strikeouts. Scherzer: 6 innings, 1 run, 4 hits, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Yasiel Puig snaps the Dodgers' 0-for-6 RISP with a two-out RBI single into left field. Dodger Stadium has come to life.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw gave up three runs in 45 prior regular-season innings against the Nationals. Tonight, he has allowed four runs through six.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

White Sox manager Rick Renteria describes the scary scene in the dugout after reliever Danny Farquhar collapsed during the game.

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Max Scherzer dumped a base hit into shallow right field against Clayton Kershaw, raising his batting average to .333 this season. The next batter, Trea Turner, perfectly executed a safety squeeze, making it 3-0 in the 5th. Scherzer hasn't allowed more than two runs in four prior starts this year.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers have put a runner in scoring position in three of the first four innings, but have yet to push a run across versus Max Scherzer, It's still 2-0, Nats.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

We're back to normal now. Clayton Kershaw has retired 11 in a row since that first-inning onslaught, three of them via strikeout.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Javier Baez is 4 for 4 tonight and 9 for his last 13. He has 13 extra base hits this season including two more tonight making him a triple shy of the cycle. It's his fifth career, 4-hit game and already has three, 4 rbi games this season.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Bryce Harper just struck out for the 15th time in 25 career at-bats against Clayton Kershaw. Lefties came in OPS'ing .560 against him for his career, so, yeah, makes sense.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw's first three pitches: Double, deep flyout, RBI single. Max Scherzer's first two pitches: Triple, hit by pitch.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Nations manager Dave Martinez said his team has to be aggressive because Clayton Kershaw will fill up the strike zone. His team swung at the game's first three pitches — double, deep fly out, single to right, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead.

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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer are the game's two best pitchers, and that shouldn't really be up for debate. They've claimed 4 of the last 5 Cy Young Awards and 6 total. They finished 1 and 2 in Cy Young voting last year, and they're on track to do so again. But we've never been treated to a great matchup between them. They faced each other as rookies in 2008 and in the playoffs in the 2016 NLDS. Neither was at his best in those starts.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said "if you can't enjoy" Clayton Kershaw versus Max Scherzer "you shouldn't be a baseball fan," which sounds harsh. On getting to Kershaw: "You have to be aggressive. He's going to be in the strike zone, so get a pitch you can hit."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, on Clayton Kershaw versus Max Scherzer: "They're the best competitors in the game. Obviously the stuff, the execution — they're pretty much in a league by themselves. We understand this is April, but the intensity already in the clubhouse with great pitching and knowing who we're playing, it's that kind of playoff mindset. It's an important baseball game."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees starter Sonny Gray spent part of this week working on a small mechanical tweak that was intended to help prevent him from overthinking between pitches. It seemed to work in an efficient, 10-pitch first inning. But it didn't work much beyond that Friday. He was pulled in the fourth after having thrown 73 pitches. Gray finished the night having allowed five runs and walking four. He induced just two whiffs on 25 swings. It was the second-fewest swing-and-miss total of his career. He also didn't strikeout a batter for the second time in his career.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Giancarlo Stanton has been slowly putting it together at Yankee Stadium this week. After going hitless in the two-game series vs. Miami early this week, he now has two hits in two games against Toronto this week. His third-inning two-run homer Friday was the surest sign that he's easing out of his home slump. The blast with a 110-mph exit velocity went out to right field. When Stanton headed back out to play in RF the next half inning, he got a loud ovation from the fans out there.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Nationals manager Dave Martinez representing the hometown Washington Wizards, who trail the Toronto Raptors, 2-0, and will play Game 3 tonight.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Just Yasiel Puig having a casual pregame chat with Don Newcombe. He does it every chance he gets.