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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.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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