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LEADING OFF: Scherzer ready after liner, Senzatela at Cincy

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  • FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) delivers during an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore. Scherzer says he is ready to start against Atlanta on Saturday, May 20, 2017, six days after he was struck on the left knee by a line drive off the bat of Philadelphia’s Michael Saunders.

    FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) delivers during an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore. Scherzer says he is ready to start against Atlanta on Saturday, May 20, 2017, six days after he was struck on the left knee by a line drive off the bat of Philadelphia’s Michael Saunders.
    Associated Press

  • FILE - In this May 14, 2017, file photo, Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela delivers pitch to Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver. Senzatela will make his first career appearance Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Great American Ball Park, one of the most home run-friendly in the majors.

    FILE - In this May 14, 2017, file photo, Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela delivers pitch to Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver. Senzatela will make his first career appearance Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Great American Ball Park, one of the most home run-friendly in the majors.
    Associated Press

 
 

A look at what's happening all around the majors Saturday:

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SCHERZER READY

Washington's Max Scherzer says he is ready to start against Atlanta, six days after he was struck on the left knee by a line drive off the bat of Philadelphia's Michael Saunders. It first appeared Scherzer couldn't put weight on the leg following the fourth-inning play, but he lasted six innings.

"It's unbelievable, I don't even have a mark," Scherzer said Friday.

Bartolo Colon is to start for the Braves.

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SENZATELA AT GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK

Rockies rookie Antonio Senzatela gets acquainted with a ballpark that punishes small mistakes. He'll make his first career appearance at Great American Ball Park, one of the most homer-friendly in the majors. Senzatela is second in the NL with six wins, including 2-0 in three road starts. He's allowed only one homer in starts at San Diego, at San Francisco and at Milwaukee.

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TANAKA TURNAROUND?

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka (5-2) looks to rebound from his worst major league appearance when he starts against Matt Andriese (3-1) and the Tampa Bay Rays. Tanaka allowed three first-inning home runs Sunday against Houston and gave up a career-high eight runs in 1 2/3 innings, including and four home runs.

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PITCHING IN

Mets righty Zack Wheeler (2-2, 3.76) has hit his stride after a difficult start to his first big league season since 2014. He's allowed one earned run in each of his last three starts, going 1-0 with a 1.62 ERA - a needed boost for a New York staff that entered Friday last in the majors with a 5.13 ERA. He'll oppose 6-foot-9 Angels righty Alex Meyer (2-1, 5.59), who pitched one-run ball into the seventh inning against Detroit last time out.

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