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On Wednesday night, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer suited up for his game against the Detroit Tigers and graced baseball fans with a historical performance for the ages. Max struck out 20 batters in a nine-inning start and tied the MLB record. In doing so, he joined the exclusive 20 strikeout club with Roger Clemens, Kerry Wood and Randy Johnson. More importantly, Max's prolific performance on the mound also helped end human trafficking - an important cause for Max and Erica Scherzer.

At the start of the 2016 MLB season, Erica and Max invited fans to make a donation to Polaris, a nonprofit organization that disrupts human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom, for every strikeout Max recorded during the season.

Erica and Max are matching every gift up to $25,000, doubling the effort to help end modern slavery. Fans who pledge a donation per strikeout can also enter a chance to win a signed baseball or tickets to a Washington Nationals home game.

“The Strike Out Modern Slavery campaign exemplifies the commitment Erica and Max continue to make to fight on behalf of vulnerable populations across America. Polaris is a global organization combating modern slavery, but we share our home with the Washington Nationals. We are thrilled Nats fans and baseball fans everywhere have an opportunity to get involved with Polaris through Erica and Max." - Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris.

Polaris will use this money to help fund the National Human Trafficking Hotline, a lifeline for victims and survivors that they can call around the clock to be connected to a network of services and resources across the United States. The hotline offers a safe space to report tips, seek services, and ask for help. Since December 2007, Polaris has responded to more than 25,000 cases of human trafficking in the United States and reported over 6,500 leads to law enforcement.

To learn more about Erica and Max's campaign to end human trafficking, please click here.

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