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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals media relations staff put out a list on paper this past week of Max Scherzers accolades this year in effort to drum up support for a possible National League Cy Young Award.It was a long list.The right-handed starter, who won the Cy Young with the Detroit Tigers in 2013, will aim for his 20th win of the season on Sunday in the regular-season finale against the Miami Marlins. He has struck out at least 10 batters in a game 13 times this season and leads the NL in strikeouts with 277.The St. Louis native fanned 20 batters on May 11 against the Detroit Tigers and nine times in the last two years he has taken a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He got his 19th win on Tuesday when he beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.Thats what were playing for, Scherzer said of the home-field edge, which the Nationals wrapped up Saturday. I know the 19 wins, yada, yada yada, but the most important thing is the team wins. Would love to have Game 5 here at Nationals Park facing the Dodgers. In a short series, home-field advantage matters.But Scherzer has a penchant for giving up homers -- he has allowed 29 -- and several Marlins have gone deep against him.Justin Bour is hitting .190 in 21 at-bats against him with a homer. Dee Gordon is batting .292 in 24 trips with one homer. Outfielder Christian Yelich, closing in on 100 RBI for the season, is hitting .333 with two homers in 15 at-bats against Scherzer. Marcell Ozuna has two homers against the pitcher in 19 at-bats and is hitting .263.Scherzer will aim to be one of the few pitchers to get his 20th win on the final day of the season. One pitcher who did that was Scott McGregor, who won his 20th on the last day of the 1980 season for the Baltimore Orioles against the Cleveland Indians.On the last regular-season game for the Nationals in 2014, Jordan Zimmerman threw the first no-hitter in franchise history, against the same Marlins. Yelich made the last out of the game as his liner was caught in left center by Steven Souza Jr., then the Washington left fielder.Scherzer is 19-7 with a 2.82 ERA this season for the Nationals. He will also be making a tuneup for Game 1 of the NLDS on Oct. 7 against the Dodgers, though Washington -- as is custom -- had not made an official announcement for its rotation.The Dodgers have announced their first three starters will be Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda.Washington secured the home-field edge in the NLDS as the Dodgers lost Saturday and Washington won 2-1 over Miami.I feel great any time you get home-field advantage, Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. You get the first two games here and it could be very important. Its not necessary, but Id rather have it here than to travel out there.The Marlins starter will be right-hander Tom Koehler (9-13, 4.15 ERA), who is no stranger to the Nationals. 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MANCHESTER, England -- It might be time for Manchester City to start practicing penalties.Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero had spot kicks saved as City drew 1-1 with Everton in the Premier League on Saturday in the latest stumble by Pep Guardiolas side.Thats four failures from eight attempts from the penalty spot this season for City, with Aguero having spurned two chances in a Champions League qualifier. The striker missed one for Argentina in its loss in South American qualifying on Tuesday, t.Asked if City practices penalties in training, Guardiola said no before adding: I dont have time to practice everything I want to practice.It needed a 72nd-minute goal by Nolito, seconds after the Spain forward came on as a substitute, to earn City a point from a game it dominated at Etihad Stadium, with 72 percent possession and 19 shots on goal.Its the first testing spell of Guardiolas short reign, with this draw coming after a 3-3 draw at Celtic in the Champions League and a 2-0 loss at Tottenham in the Premier League. The team opened the season with 10 straight wins.We did absolutely everything, Guardiola said.Romelu Lukaku, with his sixth goal in his last five games, put Everton in front against the run of play in the 64th by running onto a flick by Yannick Bolasie in central midfield, dribbling past last-man Gael Clichy and burying a low finish.That was a rare foray forward by the visitors, who defended deeply and tried to hit on the counterattack.Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg backed up his penalty stops by producing a brilliant save to tip De Bruynes shot around the post in the last minutes, leading Everton manager Ronald Koeman to say: Maybe the goalkeeper played his best game ever.ddddddddddddCity are the best team in my managerial career I have played against, Koeman added.City is now only top of the Premier League on goal difference from Arsenal.It was a fascinating tactical duel between Guardiola and Koeman, who played together at Barcelona in the early 1990s and were disciples of the Spanish clubs then-coach, Johan Cruyff. Koeman was a mentor and rmmate to Guardiola in those days, teaching an eager-to-learn youngster about tactics and styles of play.Now Guardiolas tactical acumen is widely regarded as second to none, and intriguingly he switched to a 3-2-4-1 formation, playing three men in defense for the first time as City manager.Guardiola also chose to start with Aguero on the bench after the strikers exertions with Argentina over the international break, meaning the teams top scorer wasnt on the field when City was awarded its first penalty in the major incident of the first half, after David Silva was tripped by Phil Jagielka.De Bruyne replaced Aguero as penalty-taker and his kick was a nice height for Stekelenburg, who parried the ball away diving to his left.Aguero was on the pitch for 14 minutes when he earned his own penalty, with Jagielka again the Everton player committing the foul. Stekelenburg dived the correct way again, clawing away Agueros attempt.By then, Lukaku had put Everton ahead but Nolito, back from a three-match domestic suspension, headed Silvas cross inside the near post for the equalizer. ' ' '

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