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Mad Max returns for Rangers after month away with chance to put them up 3-0 over Astros in ALCS
Max Scherzer is getting back on the mound for the Texas Rangers with a chance to put them up 3-0 in the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Max Scherzer has pitched only once since a miserable night in early September that saw the Houston Astros complete an overwhelming three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers.
When the three-time Cy Young Award winner returns to the mound Wednesday night after missing just more than a month because of a muscle strain in his shoulder, the Rangers will be trying to take a 3-0 lead over those same Astros in the AL Championship Series.
“When the first diagnosis was a teres strain, four to six weeks, for one day I was kind of relieved about it,” Scherzer said Tuesday. “And then it’s been a grind to get myself back to this point to be able to go out there and take the ball again. That’s been my mentality this past month.”
Texas, off to a 7-0 postseason start, will be the fifth team Scherzer has pitched for in the playoffs — he is 7-7 with a 3.58 in 27 games with Detroit, Washington, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets. The Rangers acquired the 39-year-old right-hander from New York in a deadline deal in hopes of starts just like this.