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06-19

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What You Need to Know: Every Man Wants to Be a Macho Man
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06-12

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What You Need to Know: You Complete Me
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06-05

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What You Need to Know: (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
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05-29

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What You Need to Know: Blown Away
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05-22

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What You Need to Know: The Name is Bonds, Mike Bonds
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05-15

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What You Need to Know: Feels Like the First Time
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05-08

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What You Need to Know: King of the Hill
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05-01

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What You Need to Know: Tidal Wave
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04-24

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What You Need to Know: Funk Blast
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04-17

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What You Need to Know: Less Than Perfect
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04-10

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What You Need to Know: It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To
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04-03

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What You Need to Know: Baseball's Back, Alright!
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03-29

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: San Francisco Giants
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03-27

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Rumor Roundup: Blindsided, Bothered, and Bewildered
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03-20

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Rumor Roundup: The Waiting Game
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03-13

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Rumor Roundup: Let Me Be Your Star
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03-06

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Rumor Roundup: Taking Sides
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02-27

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Rumor Roundup: Down But Not Out
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02-20

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Rumor Roundup: Shooting for the Moon
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02-13

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Rumor Roundup: Staring Out the Window, Waiting for Spring
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02-06

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Rumor Roundup: Got to Begin Again (And It's Hard)
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01-30

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Rumor Roundup: Don't Go Changing to Try and Please Me
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01-23

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Rumor Roundup: Don't Call Him the Comeback Kid
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01-16

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Rumor Roundup: Ain't Settling for Anything Less Than Everything
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01-09

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Rumor Roundup: No, Atlanta
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12-19

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Rumor Roundup: You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
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12-12

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Rumor Roundup: Hasta La Vista, Bautista
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12-09

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Rumor Roundup: Rockies Dig the Long Ball
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11-28

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Rumor Roundup: You're The One That I Want
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11-21

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Rumor Roundup: Show Me the Money
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11-14

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Rumor Roundup: A Pirate's Life for Me
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11-07

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Rumor Roundup: Peace Out, Yo
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11-03

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 7
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10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 4
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10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 1
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10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: Terry Francona and The Funky Bunch
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10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Not a Duel, But Dodgers Grab Game 1
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10-03

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What You Need to Know: Swan Song
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09-26

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What You Need to Know: How the West (and the East) Was Won
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09-19

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What You Need to Know: Bruised, Not Beaten
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09-12

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What You Need to Know: Pitch Imperfect
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08-29

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What You Need to Know: Everything Is Gary Sanchez
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08-22

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What You Need to Know: Flaherty, Floperty
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08-15

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What You Need to Know: Every Time We Say Goodbye (I Cry a Little)
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08-08

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What You Need to Know: We're Not in Asgaard Anymore
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08-01

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What You Need to Know: Pecking Order
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07-25

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What You Need to Know: Just For the Record
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07-18

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What You Need to Know: All He Does Is Win, Win, Win
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07-11

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What You Need to Know: And Then It Got Weird
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07-04

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What You Need to Know: Rams 21, Patriots 2
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Jacob deGrom and Jeff Samardzija dig the long ball, Eddie Butler gets his sleeves cut off, and Orlando Arcia hits an inside-the-park home run.

The Weekend Takeaway

The designated hitter vs. pitcher hitting debate is one for the ages (well, at least the last 44 years of the ages). Until you see Bartolo Colon set PETCO Park ablaze with his first career home run or Madison Bumgarner muscle two moonshots on Opening Day, it’s difficult to make a compelling case against the undeniable offensive bonus a polished, professional hitter brings to the lineup.

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Carlos Martinez hurls his first shutout, Aaron Judge hits the longest and fastest home runs of 2017, Max Scherzer strikes out his 2,000th batter, and Ichiro Suzuki emulates Giancarlo Stanton.

The Weekend Takeaway

Even at its best, baseball invites doubt. We question whether the Clayton Kershaws and Mike Trouts will ride their career-high numbers to Hall of Fame ballots, whether hitters can best 121.1 mph. home runs and 167.8 career WARP, whether perfect games will remain intact for their requisite nine innings. Part of the beauty of baseball is found in its unpredictability and variety, making the payoff that much sweeter when it finally comes around.

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Edinson Volquez tosses a no-hitter, Albert Pujols enters the 600-home run club, Clayton Kershaw strikes out his 2,000th batter, and Jon Lester makes his first pickoff in two years.

The Weekend Takeaway

Pitching a no-hitter wasn’t the first thing on Edinson Volquez’s mind when he prepared for his start on Saturday.

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Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer combine for 28 strikeouts, Chase Anderson flirts with a no-hitter, Aaron Judge collects his first grand slam, and Dellin Betances destroys Gary Sanchez's mitt.

The Weekend Takeaway

What’s better than one flame-throwing, run-suppressing powerhouse pitcher with an appetite for strikeouts? Two, of course.

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Mike Trout remains the best in baseball, Chris Sale puts his stamp on the history books again, Mike Clevinger tries his hand at a no-hitter, and Rio Ruiz clubs his first home run.

The Weekend Takeaway

The only way we know how to pay homage to the best player in baseball is by evoking the legends of the past. Mike Trout’s career has been Ruthian—the 49.7 WARP and .354 TAv, his Rookie of the Year decoration and, somehow, only two MVP distinctions—and now he’s incurring a level of fear from opposing managers and players that was most recently evident with Barry Bonds.

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Ian Happ gets his first taste of the majors, Chris Sale strikes out 12, the Giants play 17, and Chris Iannetta is felled by a fastball.

The Weekend Takeaway

There’s always a certain level of risk involved when a top prospect makes the final leap to the big leagues. No matter how the scouting reports sparkle or how inflated the minor-league stats appear, it’s hard to breathe easy until that first strikeout or home run is in the books.

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Chris Sale gets the best of both worlds, Matt Albers avoids the wrong side of history, Javier Baez takes to the skies, and Billy Hamilton exhibits superhuman speed.

The Weekend Takeaway

Good pitchers flourish at the intersection of dominant pitching and plentiful run support, and on Sunday afternoon, Chris Sale hit the coveted sweet spot.

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The Nationals sink the Mets with an unprecedented 23 runs, the Dodgers pull off a raucous rally to beat the Phillies, and the Yankees hit all the home runs.

The Weekend Takeaway

There are losses and then there are the colossal, dumpster-fire-verging-on-apocalyptic-disaster losses that the Mets experienced on Sunday afternoon.

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Home runs still dominate the highlight reels, Manny Machado's takeout slide leads to some tense aftermath, Dan Straily joins an exclusive strikeout club, and more from the weekend.

The Weekend Takeaway

The home run era isn’t dead just yet, not if Aaron Judge and Trevor Story and Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper and Joey Gallo and Willson Contreras and Daniel Murphy have anything to do with it.

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Tyler Chatwood and Dan Straily attempt their first no-hitters of the year, Ender Inciarte makes history at SunTrust Park, and more from this weekend's games.

The Weekend Takeaway

No major-league pitcher has pulled off a no-hitter since Jake Arrieta’s no-no against the Reds last April, but that didn’t stop Tyler Chatwood and Dan Straily from putting forth some creative no-hit attempts this weekend.

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Jeremy Guthrie's birthday goes horribly wrong, Felix Hernandez enters a 14-pitch duel with Mike Trout, and more from the weekend.

The Weekend Takeaway

We’ve all had bad birthdays before. Maybe some other kid blew out the candles on your cake, or your grandma bought you itchy socks instead of the Nintendo game you pinned your hopes on, or no one remembered to call to wish you a happy day. Still, there’s a decent chance that your worst birthday memory isn’t quite as bad as Jeremy Guthrie’s last birthday.

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Madison Bumgarner and Masahiro Tanaka pitch themselves into the history books, and more from Opening Day.

The Weekend Takeaway

Meet Madison Bumgarner, the last true Renaissance Man of Major League Baseball.

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