3. Scherzer. The Orioles helped get Max Scherzer back on a roll the last time they met, as he has a 1.86 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 29 innings over his past four starts. That run began with 12 strikeouts in eight scoreless innings against the Orioles on May 30, one start after he allowed a season-high four earned runs with a season-low four strikeouts. Because of the Nats’ offensive struggles, Scherzer enters Thursday a hard-luck loser in two straight starts. He’ll be facing a team he has owned — much like the rest of baseball. Adam Jones (.350), Chris Davis (.316) and Danny Valencia (.250) are the only Orioles with batting averages above .150 against Scherzer. Manny Machado has had difficulty against him, batting .080 in 25 at-bats. Davis remains on the bench and Colby Rasmus returns to the lineup for the first time since April 6 to face the Nats’ Cy Young winner. Joey Rickard was optioned to make room.