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Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander fall short of history, Salvador Perez beats Robby Scott, Jose Berrios looks great again, and Orlando Arcia makes magic.

The Wednesday Takeaway

While what happens on a baseball field may not have a tangible impact on a general fan’s day-to-day life, many of us, often unconsciously, use the sport to reflect our world. We can feel a deep connection to those otherworldly athletic multimillionaires, even if they couldn’t possibly be more different than us, because we see ourselves in them.

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Things get even worse for Matt Harvey, Logan Morrison powers up, the Dodgers break Andrew Miller, and Aaron Hicks robs a grand slam.

The Wednesday Takeaway

As our good friend Stefan from SNL would say, New York’s hottest club is Citi Field. This place has everything: leadoff home runs, monster dingers, devastated Mets fans, injuries, even more devastated Mets fans, milestones, great catches, inspirational comebacks, and ... even cautiously optimistic Mets fans? Grab your popcorn, take a seat, and enjoy the wild rollercoaster of yesterday’s game of the day.

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CC Sabathia adjusts, Trey Mancini hits a pair, Kershaw faces Strasburg, Farmer faces Meyer, and MIKE ZUNINO.

The Wednesday Takeaway

The heartbeat of baseball is the perpetual battle between a batter and a pitcher, two players with one goal in mind: to best the other. While this duel is started anew following each pitch, it also exists on the macro level as a seasonal grind, a constantly shifting war as both sides try to figure out how to gain the upper hand. With that in mind, it’s fair to say that one of the most important parts of baseball is to adjust, to figure out how your opponent is gaining ground, and counteract that with a move of your own. Without making these vital adjustments, a player simply won’t survive in the major leagues. Vulnerabilities will inevitably be discovered and if they aren’t covered up, the opposition wins.

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Sean Manaea slows things down, Chad Pinder goes deep twice, Houston wrecks Minnesota, and Max Schezer and Carlos Martinez dominate.

The Wednesday Takeaway

Don’t be fooled by the 3.91 ERASean Manaea has been money for the Athletics this season. After beginning the season with two rough outings, the young southpaw has a 2.92 ERA over seven starts, striking out 40 batters in 37 innings. The 25-year-old has lived up to the hype following an impressive rookie season, and Wednesday’s performance against the reigning American League champs only reinforced this.

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Luis Severino gets back on track, Sonny Gray looks like his old self, Jose Berrios dazzles with his hook, and Billy Hamilton is very fast.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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Lance McCullers pays tribute to Jose Fernandez in Miami, Freddie Freeman leaves with an injury, the Mets keep stumbling, and benches clear.

While it’s surely been impossible for Lance McCullers to forget longtime friend Jose Fernandez since Fernandez’s tragic passing last fall, the memories were fresh as ever when the Astros’ hurler made his first career start in Miami. As he’s done in every start this season, the 23-year-old wrote ‘16’—Fernandez’s number—in the dirt behind the pitching mound and put on a glove with Fernandez’s name inscribed on the side. This time around, McCullers also donned shoes custom-made for the start, when he’d finally be toeing the rubber on “Jose’s mound.”

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German Marquez shuts down the Cubs at Coors Field, Andrew Triggs keeps rolling, Matt Wieters walks off his former team, and Cody Bellinger impresses again.

The Wednesday Takeaway:

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A curveball gets Kevin Gausman the boot, both New York teams do some heavy hitting, Matt Hollidays smacks 300, and Byron Buxton does it again.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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Gift Ngoepe makes his MLB debut, Aaron Judge and Luis Severino shine, and a Little League game breaks out in Baltimore.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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Bryce Harper owns Julio Teheran, Aaron Judge hits a bomb, Jason Vargas out-duels Madison Bumgarner, and the Tigers lose on a walk-off error.

The Wednesday Takeaway

In 2015, Bryce Harper set the baseball world on fire with one of the best non-Barry Bonds offensive seasons we’ve ever witnessed. Hitting .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs and an absurd 197 wRC+, Harper’s age-22 season was so transcendent that it even made people question whether Mike Trout could stake claim as the no-doubt best player in baseball. Alas, Harper’s follow-up act was marred by ... “issues,” according to Scott Boras. If you ask anyone else, they’d tell you his performance was slowed by a nagging shoulder injury, which played a large role in his depressed .243 batting average and mere 24 home runs.

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Stephen Wright gets lit up, Jordan Montgomery debuts, Giancarlo Stanton goes deep twice, and Andrew Benintendi flashes some glove.

The Thursday Takeaway

While just about every aspect of baseball has a sense of mystery (how do hitters hit a curving 90 mph ball with a two inch-wide stick of lumber?), the mere concept of a knuckleball may be the hardest to understand. Save for the knuckler, every pitch relies on spin to twist and turn. Naturally, by not spinning, the knuckleball breaks more, and in more unpredictable manners, than its peers.

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Good pitching performances early and walk-off homers late, a recipe for a good day of baseball.

The Wednesday Takeaway

No matter what the box score may tell you, no two (or three) baseball games are created equal. That truth was on display Wednesday night—three battles stretched past the ninth inning and into the 12th (and 13th), but each matchup offered vastly different viewing experiences. There was the exciting game, the slightly less exciting game, and the, uh, weird game.

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