Boston’s Porcello, Washington’s Scherzer look forward to ‘reunion’

A pair of old friends will reconnect when the Boston Red Sox visit the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
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Former teammates Rick Porcello (9-2, 3.60) of the Red Sox Rayshawn Jenkins Jersey and Max Scherzer (10-4, 2.04) square off for the first time in the opener of a three-game series.

Porcello and Scherzer spent five seasons together with the Detroit Tigers, reaching the 2012 World Series before losing to the San Francisco Giants.

Since leaving Detroit, Porcello won the 2016 American League Cy Young Award and Scherzer is making a strong case for his third straight National League Cy Young. Both have been aware this matchup was coming.

Looking forward to it. We’ve been texting back and forth, Porcello told the Boston Globe. We’ve had a good time with it and I’m sure we’ll both get a kick about going against each other once the game starts.

Scherzer is looking for his first win since June 5, though he’s pitched well enough to win each of his past four starts, allowing two earned runs or less in each outing. The Nationals are 1/3 in those starts and were shut out in each loss.

The Nationals are now 6-15 in their past 21 games and fell six games behind Atlanta in the NL East.

In each of their last nine losses, they’ve scored three or fewer runs.

We’ve got to start striking out less, manager Dave Martinez told MASN, putting the balls in play, driving in runs when we have the ability to drive in runs.

Boston (56-29) finished a three-game series against the Yankees on a forgettable note Sunday night, getting routed 11-1 behind starter David Price as New York blasted six home runs, including three by Aaron Hicks.

Price allowed eight runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

The Red Sox dropped two of three and travel south percentage points behind the Yankees in the AL East.

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The 76ers’ coach and interim general manager Brett Brown has made no secret of his desire to attract James, Leonard or another superstar to slot next to Simmons and All-Star centre Joel Embiid.

We are star-hunting, Brown said after last week’s draft.

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Warriors general manager Bob Myers says he will give his NBA Finals MVP Durant whatever he wants to remain with the team, opening up the possibility of a four-year $US160 million contract.

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