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Scherzer seeks 8th win as a Dodger

UNDATED (AP) — Max Scherzer tries to stay unbeaten with the Dodgers Thursday when he starts at Colorado as Los Angeles tries to overtake San Francisco in the NL West.

The 37-year-old right-hander is 7-0 with an 0.78 ERA in nine starts since arriving in Los Angeles from Washington in late July. He is 11-0 with a 1.90 ERA in 17 starts since a May 30 loss for the Nationals against Milwaukee.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 15-4 with a major league-leading 2.08 ERA. He hasn’t allowed an earned run over his last 36 2/3 innings.

Scherzer does hope to end another streak of his. A good-hitting pitcher for most of his career, he is 0 for 55 overall at the plate this season — not safely reaching base a single time.

The Rockies will start lefty Kyle Freeland, who is 3-3 with a 5.36 ERA at home this season.

In other highlights of Thursday’s schedule:

— The Chicago White Sox are looking to clinch their first AL Central title since 2008. They need to win just once in a day-night doubleheader at Cleveland. Reynaldo López starts the opener for Chicago and Aaron Civale pitches for second-place Cleveland. The White Sox are on the verge of reaching the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in team history. They have lost five of seven. Their magic number to clinch the division is two.

— Adam Wainwright has won nine of his last 10 decisions, a big reason the Cardinals have been building their lead for the second NL wild-card spot. The 40-year-old will start against Adrian Houser and division-leading Milwaukee. Wainwright is second in the majors in wins behind the Dodgers’ Julio Urías (oo-REE’-uhs) and is 5-0 with a 1.51 ERA since an Aug. 17 loss to the Brewers. St. Louis has won 11 in a row, its best streak since an 11-game run in 2001. They hold a 4 1/2-game lead over Cincinnati and Philadelphia for the final NL wild-card slot.

— Oakland right-hander Chris Bassitt fulfills his promise to return to the mound by season’s end following a frightening 100 mph line drive to the face on Aug. 17. He’s set to start the series finale against Seattle at the Coliseum. Bassitt underwent facial surgery Aug. 24 to repair three cheekbone fractures after being struck by a liner off the bat of Brian Goodwin of the White Sox. Bassitt was leading the American League in wins, innings and starts at the time of his injury. The 32-year-old returns to start a game between wild-card contenders.

— Left-hander Steven Matz is a career-best 13-8 with a 3.84 ERA as Toronto, battling for a playoff berth, opens a series at the Minnesota Twins and Michael Pineda. The Blue Jays are a half-game behind the idle Yankees for the second AL wild-card spot.


Sabres captain Eichel fails physical, stripped of captaincy

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) has failed his pre-training camp physical and has been placed on injured reserve. That leaves the two sides no closer to a resolution over how to treat a herniated disk he suffered in March. General manager Kevyn Adams says Eichel was also stripped of his captaincy as the Sabres opened camp. The developments mean Eichel is out for the foreseeable future, with a growing likelihood that the face of the franchise has already played his final game with the team that selected him with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft. The Sabres failed in their attempts to trade the five-time 20-goal scorer during the offseason.