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A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday: ANOTHER CHANCE Washington ace Max Scherzer gets another look at Fernando…

A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday:

ANOTHER CHANCE

Washington ace Max Scherzer gets another look at Fernando Tatis Jr. and the Padres when the Nationals close out a weekend series against San Diego. Scherzer was hit hard by the Padres on July 8, giving up a grand slam to reliever Daniel Camarena during Washington’s 9-8 loss.

Scherzer (7-4, 2.66 ERA) had been pitching well before that no-decision, going 6-2 with a 1.68 ERA in his previous 11 outings. He started the All-Star Game for the National League on Tuesday and tossed a perfect inning.

Joe Musgrove (5-7, 2.93) takes the ball for San Diego.

A-OK

Athletics All-Star Chris Bassitt (10-2, 3.28 ERA) takes a 10-game winning streak into a matchup with Cleveland at the Coliseum. The 32-year-old righty dropped his first two starts of the year and hasn’t lost in 17 outings since.

Bassitt’s streak is the longest by an Oakland pitcher since Mike Fiers won 12 straight in 2019. Indians right-hander Zach Plesac (4-3, 4.11) has won three in a row.

THAT HURTS

It’s been a painful start to the second half for the first-place New York Mets, who are suddenly minus their two biggest stars. Francisco Lindor is out indefinitely with a strained oblique and ace Jacob deGrom is sidelined with forearm tightness in the latest round of health setbacks for the NL East leaders.

The Mets didn’t put a timetable on Lindor’s return, but such injuries can often take a month or more to heal.

“I’d love to say I’m day-to-day, but I’m not,” the shortstop said Saturday.

DeGrom felt discomfort Friday while throwing a bullpen in Pittsburgh. An MRI revealed forearm tightness but no structural damage. There’s no projection for when the two-time Cy Young Award winner might pitch again.

Luis Guillorme started at shortstop Saturday night in Pittsburgh. Jonathan Villar and Jose Peraza could also see action at the position.

“I refer to our depth,” manager Luis Rojas said. “The front office has done a good job preparing for situations like this. We’re going to miss Francisco, but we’re covered.”

FLYING HOME

The Blue Jays will host Texas in a doubleheader at their temporary home in Buffalo as a result of a rainout — which soon won’t be a problem for them.

Starting on July 30, the Blue Jays will be allowed to play under the retractable roof at Rogers Centre in Toronto. They’ve received approval from the Canadian government for an exemption on border restrictions to return north of the border.

The Blue Jays didn’t play in Toronto last season because of COVID-19 restrictions. They started this year holding home games at their spring training site in Dunedin, Florida, and later moved to the field of their Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.

“I think about Marcus Semien, Hyun Jin Ryu, George Springer — players who made a decision to come to the Toronto Blue Jays because Toronto was a big part of that decision,” Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said.

Kolby Allard will start for Texas in the first game of the doubleheader, followed by Mike Foltynewicz. The Blue Jays will have left-handers work both games, with Ryu in the opener and then Steven Matz.

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