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Yu Darvish hits three guys with one pitch

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I’m a total sucker for the Marvel movies. My favorite character in them is probably Captain America. I never much cared for Cap comics, but Chris Evans’ portrayal of him has been outstanding and the writers have nailed a great multi-movie storyline for a character that, in the wrong hands, might’ve been absolutely terrible.

Not gonna lie, though: the action carries these things. That’s especially so for Captain America, who has some of the best fight scenes in any of the MCU movies. The elevator fight in “Winter Soldier” was amazing. When he just picked up his dang motorcycle and threw it at the bad guys in the opening sequence of “Age of Ultron” was fantastic. Great stuff, man.

His shield work, though, is his obvious calling card. The way the throws it around, ricocheting off of the bad guys and/or destroying planes and vehicles and whatever else needs to be destroyed. How cool would it be to be able to do that in real life?

Hahaha, I know you couldn’t, though. That stuff is all just CGI. You could never get a real object to do that. It just defies the laws of physics.

Well, most of the time:

I’d like to think that Darvish said some cool Captain America line to himself during his windup like, “before we get started, does anyone want to get out?” Except, given how poor his control and effectiveness has been in recent outings, I am sadly resigned to believing it was just an accident.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.