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Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork. Patty Mills Jersey .com) - The easy part for the Washington Nationals was signing former American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer to a contract. All they had to do for that to happen was shell out $210 million over seven years. The hard part, of course, will now be living up to some lofty expectations since most gambling web sites have pegged the Nationals as the odds-on favorite to win the World Series in the wake of Scherzer signing. With or without Scherzer, though, the Nats were going to have an extra eye or two on them. Thats what happens when you win an NL-best 96 games and bow out in the first round of the playoffs. In fact, the Nats have won two of the last three NL East titles and still have yet to win a playoff series since 1981 when the franchise was located north of the border in Montreal. In fact, no team has done less with more than the Nationals over the past three years. But with a $200 million-plus pitcher like Scherzer at the top of that rotation now, there is no more wiggle room. Speaking of that rotation. Scherzer, Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister. Tanner Roarke. Five spots for six guys. Someone figures to be the odd man out, especially when realize the rotation alone makes $61 million-plus this season. By the way, this is a problem 29 other managers wouldnt mind having. What our plan is right now is to make sure everybody is training to be a starter. All of our guys are training who were scheduled to be starters are training as starters because you just dont know, Washington manager Matt Williams said. Well go into spring training in that mode. Again, during spring training you need multiple starters anyways, you need multiple starters for sure. It will work itself out. Right now everybody is getting ready for spring. Weve got less than a month before we get down there. Everybody is working hard and getting prepared. All of those guys are getting their arms in shape to be starters for us. You can never have enough pitching anyway, right? Of course, this is a formula that doesnt always work. Ask the 2011 Philadelphia Phillies, who boasted Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt. Yes, they may have won 102 games, but they didnt get out of the first round of the playoffs. The smart money would be on Roark being the odd man out, but his 15 wins a season ago were one behind Fister for the team lead. But, Roark is the least distinguished of the group and he has pitched out of the bullpen in the past. Zimmermann and Fister are free agents at seasons end. There was some speculation that Zimmermann was going to be dealt earlier this offseason. And that could still be the case, but Id doubt it. Why deal him? Go for it this year, let Zimmermann walk at the end of the season and settle for the first-round pick that would come the Nats way. Some have even said they could deal Strasburg. Again, I just dont see it. He hasnt been as good as advertised, but at times he is electric. Plus, hes only 25 and still under contract for at least two more seasons. And in case you are keeping score, Strasburg is a Scott Boras guy, the same agent who just got the Nats to break the bank for Scherzer. Boras also represents Washington sluggers Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth. By the way, there is no truth to the rumor the Nationals are changing their nickname to the Fighting Boras. Scherzer, though, is a horse. If I was running a team, Jon Lester would have been my target, but Id hate to live on the difference between the two. Both are awesome. The 30-year-old Scherzer won the 2013 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA. He wasnt as sharp last season, but was still one of the best pitchers in baseball, posting a 18-5 ledger with a 3.15 ERA. I think this team is capable of winning and winning a lot, Scherzer said. When you look at near term and long term, this is an organization you want to be a part of. I want to win and thats why Im here. Scherzer doesnt give the Nationals the best rotation in baseball. They already were without him. It may give them a better shot in October. And at the end of the day, thats all that matters. Tim Duncan Spurs Jersey .J. -- Fabian Johnson scored his first international goal and Clint Dempsey doubled the lead after a defensive lapse as the United States beat Turkey 2-1 Sunday in the second of three World Cup warm-up matches for the Americans before they head to Brazil. Dejounte Murray Spurs Jersey . Subway workers in Rio de Janeiro, meanwhile, were holding an assembly to vote on whether they would strike to demand higher wages, threatening to disrupt transportation. By late Tuesday night there was no announcement of their decision. . The unrestricted free agent agreed to terms with the club on Thursday on a one-year, two-way deal worth $700,000.Denver, CO ( - Jarome Iginla led a Colorado scoring blitz with a pair of goals as the surging Avalanche delivered a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Pepsi Center. Iginlas big night was aided by markers from Brad Stuart, Erik Johnson and Daniel Briere, as well as another tremendous performance from Semyon Varlamov, in Colorados fourth win in five games. Coming off a spectacular 54-save effort in Tuesdays shutout of Chicago, Varlamov was busy again in turning aside 36-of-38 Ottawa shots. Craig Anderson didnt come close to matching Varlamovs level of play, allowing three goals on just nine chances before being pulled for Robin Lehner just past the midway mark of the second period. Mark Stone and Bobby Ryan had the Ottawa goals in the Senators third straight loss. Colorado recorded only seven first-period shots, but connected on two of them to support another clean frame from the razor-sharp Varlamov. Iginla began the scoring by ripping a quick shot from the right circle past a screened Anderson 8:20 into the contest. Stuart made it a 2-0 lead with 2:40 left in the stanza on the veteran defensemans first goal of the season, a long one-timer that got by Anderson with traffic in front of the Ottawa net. Stones successful attempt off a beautiful no-look give from Erik Karlsson with just over threee minutes elapsed in the second period gave the Senators some life, but the momentum was brief. LaMarcus Aldridge Jersey. Just 53 seconds after Stones goal, Johnson restored Colorados two-goal margin by landing a long drive with Iginla stationed right in Andersons line of sight. Varlamov made the 3-1 lead stand into the intermission with 13 more stops in the second. Iginlas second of the night, a power-play tally just 23 seconds into the third that came off a nice centering feed from Alex Tanguay, started a scoring flurry during the early stages of the final period. Ryan turned a bad giveaway from Johnson into his 12th goal of the season with 1:05 gone in the session. The Avalanche answered just 1:35 later, however, when Tyson Barries cross-ice pass to Briere resulted in a 5-2 Colorado advantage. Game Notes Tanguay recorded two assists to reach 800 career points ... Varlamovs 54 saves on Tuesday were the most in a road shutout in NHL history, breaking the mark that Anderson held with a 53-save effort for Florida against the Islanders on March 2, 2008 ... Ottawa went 0-for-4 on the power play and hasnt scored in 29 chances with a man advantage over its last eight games ... Colorado had won seven straight in the series prior to the Sens 5-3 win in Ottawa on Oct. 16. 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