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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Max Scherzer, on what he admires about Clayton Kershaw: "He attacks the zone, doesn't walk guys. He brings it every single time. ... He goes out there and competes as well as anybody."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Max Scherzer was asked if he was excited about the game today, given the opponent. "Yeah. I mean, isn't that obvious? I've always said, ‘You don't measure yourself against the worst; you measure yourself against the best.' I've always thought that."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist said he's going on the 10 day DL to take care of a back injury. It's not serious but he's been out the last few days anyway and the Cubs can make it retroactive so Zobrist can return after the team's current road trip. They'll call someone up from Triple-A for Saturday's game but the move hasn't been announced by the team yet.

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Shohei Ohtani went 2-4 against the Giants on Friday where he picked up his first hits against a National League team.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw surrendered nine hits, the most he has given up since May 28 of last season, and Max Scherzer made some big pitches to get out of some tough jams. The Nationals win, 5-2, and improve to .500. The Dodgers are now two games under.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Albert Almora react to his first career 4 hit game in the Cubs blow out win over the Rockies. He also scored a career high 4 runs.

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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.