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START: Mets ace Scherzer starts night game against Phillies

A preview of what’s happening around the majors on Sunday:

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THE MAXIMUM

Mets ace Max Scherzer starts the night against Bryce Harper and the Phillies at Citi Field.

Scherzer is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts in his freshman year in New York. The three-time Cy Young Award winner struck out 33 in 25 innings while allowing just 11 hits.

Zach Eflin (1-1, 3.20 ERA) pitches for Philadelphia.

ROCKY START

Colorado southpaw Kyle Freeland is trying again for his first win since signing a five-year, $64.5 million contract last month.

The 28-year-old Denver native is 0-3 with a 6.16 ERA in four starts for the Rockies this season.

He’s ready to pitch against the Reds at Coors Field.

SICK RAYS

A COVID-19 outbreak hit Tampa Bay staff this weekend in their series against Minnesota at Tropicana Field, keeping pitching coach Kyle Snyder, field coordinator Paul Hoover, bench coach Matt Quatraro and bullpen coach Stan Boroski away from the team until further notice. None of them will be on the plane Sunday night when the Rays fly to Oakland for the start of a nine-game road trip.

“When something like this snowballs like it did today. . . . I mean, we dealt, dealt, dealt with trying to contain it, and then the last day or two it got to us. pretty hard hit,” manager Kevin Cash said.

CRUISE CHARTS

The St. Louis Cardinals lead the Majors with 22 stolen bases on 23 attempts.

The only blemish came when slugger Albert Pujols attempted to slip third at Milwaukee on April 14 and was caught by Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff.

Harrison Bader leads the NL with six interceptions after a hit against Arizona on Saturday. He has had a total of nine interceptions in 2021.

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