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Yusei Kikuchi delivers a pitch to a crowd of cardboard cutouts at T-Mobile Park. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Yusei Kikuchi delivers a pitch to a crowd of cardboard cutouts at T-Mobile Park. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

If sports are your escape from crisis, then you can agree with these three words: Best. August. Ever. Now that games and events have returned after a long shutdown, sports are no longer choices on a menu but rather items in a buffet.

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LEADING OFF: Hitters slumping, cutdown day, Scherzer’s exit

A look at what's happening around the majors today: OFF BASE Star hitters Christian Yelich, Gary Sanchez, Hunter Pence and others are slumping badly in a season where hitters across the majors are struggling to find base hits. The league-wide batting average entering Wednesday’s games was .232, down from .252 last year. It’s the lowest...