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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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06-27

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What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Hit Seven Homers and Lose
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06-20

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What You Need to Know: Big Time Timmy Jim Is Back, Big Time
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06-13

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What You Need to Know: Nothing Left to Do But Win
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06-06

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What You Need to Know: It Won't Always Be Like This
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05-30

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What You Need to Know: Yu is Back; Baseball Better
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05-23

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What You Need to Know: Matt Cain's Campaign To Get His 2018 Option Picked Up Wins the Weekend
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05-16

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What You Need to Know: Papi Endings
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05-09

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What You Need to Know: The One With All the Home Runs
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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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Will the Giants' few offseason acquisitions be enough to net another title in 2017?

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Kolten Wong needs a starting role, Will Smith needs Tommy John surgery, and the Rays need a right-handed hitter.

Wong frustrated by potential platoon

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced Saturday that he was considering a second base platoon for the upcoming season. It was an unexpected revelation, not only for the media but for starting second baseman Kolten Wong, who was under the impression that he had an everyday role on lock. Wong addressed the change prior to the Cardinals’ game on Sunday, telling the press that he felt the team did not believe in him and going so far as to say that he would rather be traded than benched.

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Alex Cobb prepares to depart Tampa Bay, the Diamondbacks shop Nick Ahmed, and Chi Chi Gonzalez takes a turn on the disabled list.

Cobb draws trade interest from Cubs, Dodgers

Alex Cobb has been patient for the last two years. He waited through platelet-rich plasma treatments when he was first diagnosed with a torn UCL in 2015. He bided his time through the inevitable Tommy John surgery and the accompanying 349-day recovery period. He worked his way back to the mound, slowly and steadily, and pitched 22 innings of 5.04 DRA ball that reassured the Rays he still had a usable arm while simultaneously confirming that he was not yet near the 2.69 DRA, 4.4 WARP pitcher he had been in 2014.

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The Nationals prepare to release Derek Norris, while Julio Urias and Trevor Rosenthal appear on the verge of losing their starting roles.

Rays, Royals could be interested in Norris

The Nationals placed veteran catcher Derek Norris on waivers Saturday and are expected to release him sometime this week. If they do so before March 15, they’ll only be on the hook for his termination pay, which comes in around $700,000 compared to the $4.2 million salary he would have received in 2017. Norris lost his starting role after the team picked up Matt Wieters on a one-year, $10.5 million contract in February. They reportedly made a good faith effort to trade him, but his price tag and abysmal offensive production for the Padres in 2016 made it a tough sell.

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Fernando Abad jeopardizes his spot in the Red Sox's bullpen, Brett Lawrie enters free agency, and the Royals decline to open extension talks with core players.

Abad foregoes camp competition for World Baseball Classic

Red Sox relief candidate Fernando Abad will participate in his first World Baseball Classic for Team Dominican. Playing in the WBC is generally regarded as an honor, but in this case it might compromise his chances of making the Opening Day roster.

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Josh Hamilton's knee gives out again, Joe Maddon juggles rotation options, and Jose Quintana continues to draw trade interest.

Hamilton to undergo third knee surgery

Everything seemed to align for Josh Hamilton’s big-league comeback in 2017, but another bout of knee pain has all but eradicated his chances of joining the Rangers in time for Opening Day.

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Eric Gagne eyes a return to the majors, the Mets talk extension figures with Neil Walker, and the Yankees get into hot water with Dellin Betances.

Gagne considering a major league comeback

Eric Gagne is 41 years old. Eric Gagne has not played a full season of baseball at any level since 2009, has not carried a major-league contract since 2008, and has not, as was so elegantly written in the Baseball Prospectus 2005 Annual, “[exorcised] the stoicism out of Dodger Stadium and made it just plain rock” since 2004.

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Sean Rodriguez schedules shoulder surgery, Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright prepare for a spring training delay, and the Cubs and Padres vie for Travis Wood's services.

Rodriguez set to undergo shoulder surgery

It’s been a rough offseason for Sean Rodriguez. The Braves’ infielder was involved in a serious car crash in late January, one that hospitalized his wife and two of his children after the family’s SUV was t-boned by a stolen police cruiser. While Rodriguez left the scene with “minor injuries,” according to an initial report from WSVN.com’s Ann Kiel, he is scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery later this week.

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