WASHINGTON — Nationals ace Max Scherzer?was pulled from his start Saturday night while tuning up for the playoffs with a right hamstring cramp.? The Nationals said Scherzer was sent for a precautionary MRI on the hamstring.?Manager Dusty Baker didn’t elaborate on the severity of the injury. “We took him out for precaution. We gotta make it to the playoffs healthy,” Baker said after Washington’s 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. “So we thought it was better that we make that move, the precautionary move, to get him ready.” Scherzer, who leads the NL in strikeouts and is 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA, was preparing for the Nationals’ matchup against the Chicago Cubs in the best-of-five Division Series that begins Friday in Washington. But the two-time Cy Young Award winner stumbled on a 2-2 pitch to Josh Bell in the fourth inning, briefly hopped around the mound and bent over at the waist. Scherzer then…

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