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Nationals' Max Scherzer just misses perfect game

Nationals' Max Scherzer just misses perfect game

Just one strike from a perfect game, Max Scherzer saw it slip away with a misplaced slider. Or, some thought, a misplaced elbow. Scherzer lost his bid in agonizing fashion, plunking a batter with two outs in the ninth inning before finishing off a no-hitter Saturday in the Washington Nationals' 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. A letdown? Yeah, a little. "I mean there is, just because you're so close, one strike away from a perfect game," he said. "But to get a no-hitter in front of these fans, there's nothing better." Pinch-hitter Jose Tabata was all that stood between Scherzer and pitching's ultimate achievement. Tabata fouled off three...

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