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08-14

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What You Need to Know: Come So Far, Got So Far to Go
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08-07

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What You Need to Know: Just Like the Good Old Days
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07-31

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What You Need to Know: Mr. 3000
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07-24

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What You Need to Know: Taking Care of Business
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07-20

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What You Need to Know: Easy as 1-2-3
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07-10

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What You Need to Know: Two-Hit Wonder
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07-03

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What You Need to Know: A Home Run for the Ages
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06-26

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What You Need to Know: Something to Balk About
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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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Chris Rowley makes his historic MLB debut, Bryce Harper takes a scary tumble, and Giancarlo Stanton rakes his 42nd home run of the year.

The Weekend Takeaway

Try as they might, the Blue Jays just can’t retain a healthy pitching staff. Bo Schultz underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in March, Aaron Sanchez was felled by a blister on his pitching hand, Cesar Valdez suffered a bout of right shoulder inflammation, and a comebacker spoiled Taylor Cole’s major-league debut with a right toe fracture.

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The Dodgers give the 1912 Giants a run for their money, Jacob deGrom swipes a base, Bartolo Colon tosses a complete game, and Rob Refsnyder uses evasive maneuvers to take down the Astros.

The Weekend Takeaway

The Dodgers are sitting on the cusp of their 80th win following a masterful sweep of the Mets this weekend, and you’d need a working time machine to find a team with a better 50-game stretch behind them.

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Adrian Beltre hits No. 3,000, Steve Pearce cracks another walk-off grand slam, and Zack Greinke stifles the Cardinals.

The Weekend Takeaway

On the eve of his 3,000th career hit, Adrian Beltre didn’t know how his teammates would react to the milestone.

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Marwin Gonzalez steps up for the Astros, Jaime Garcia goes yard, Jon Lester attempts a perfect game, and Dee Gordon meets his nemesis.

The Weekend Takeaway

You don’t need to have followed most of the 2017 season to know that the Astros have taken the American League by storm. Their 65-33 record is second only to the 68-31 Dodgers, and they maintained a hefty 17-game lead over their AL West competitors with a 5-4 run to start the second half.

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Nolan Arenado dismantles the Padres, Giancarlo Stanton catches up to Aaron Judge, and Carlos Beltran's glove is resurrected.

The Wednesday Takeaway

Perhaps it’s too soon to call 2017 the best season of Nolan Arenado’s career, but it’s not unreasonable to think that Wednesday’s 18-run beatdown of the Padres was among his best single-game performances.

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Kyle Freeland pitches a two-hitter, Marcus Stroman showcases a devastating slider, Aaron Judge gears up for the Home Run Derby, and Ji-Man Choi does the splits.

The Weekend Takeaway

Kyle Freeland didn’t look like a no-hitter pitcher last Tuesday. After a shallow third-inning single vaulted the Reds to a 4-1 lead over the Rockies, manager Bud Black visited his rookie starter on the mound.

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Justin Smoak helps set a new home run record, Mike Foltynewicz toys with a no-hitter, and Orlando Arcia steals a fan's ice cream.

The Weekend Takeaway

Lest Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw and heck, even Mike Foltynewicz, make you forget it, baseballs are still traveling further and more frequently than they have before. Home runs are up, thanks in part to juiced balls and Aaron Judge, and at no point was that clearer than on Friday.

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The Angels balk in a run, three rookies go deep, Felix Hernandez pitches like a King, and the Orioles snap an unusual skid.

The Weekend Takeaway

Presented without comment: three peculiar sequences of action, each involving a balk, a run scored, and a split-second ruling, each more implausible than the last.

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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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