Nationals GM labels Phillies' Joe Girardi as 'con artist' after Max Scherzer incident

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Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo had choice words for Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi after Tuesday night’s issue of Max Scherzer’s substance inspections.

Scherzer was checked in the middle of the fourth inning after Girardi suspected the pitcher may have had an illegal grip-enhancing substance on him. After it was ensured he was clean, Scherzer stared Girardi down on the way back to the dugout. The manager was then ejected after coming out of the dugout.

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, right, waits to be checked for foreign substances near home plate umpire Tim Timmons after the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Girardi insisted it had nothing to do with comeuppance after the game.

“I’m not playing games, I’m trying to win games here,” he said. “I have respect for what Max has done in his career, but I have to do what’s right for our team.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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