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07-24

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What You Need to Know: July 24, 2014
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

07-21

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The Week in Quotes: July 14-20, 2014
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Chris Mosch, Nick Wheatley-Schaller and Nick Bacarella

07-21

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The Weekend Shift
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07-14

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What You Need to Know: Round Up The Usual Weekend Suspects
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

07-11

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BP Unfiltered: Cat-and-Mouse with Kevin Kiermaier
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Chris Mosch

07-10

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What You Need to Know: Chris Sale's Revenge
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Chris Mosch

07-09

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What You Need to Know: The Tigers' Roaring Comeback
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Chris Mosch

07-07

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The Week in Quotes: June 30-July 6
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

07-03

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What You Need to Know: Edwin Ends One
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

07-02

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What You Need to Know: The A's Get Rick-Rolled
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Chris Mosch

06-27

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/27
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-27

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What You Need to Know: The Killer Cs
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Chris Mosch

06-25

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What You Need to Know: Five Hours and Counting
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Chris Mosch

06-20

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/20
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-20

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What You Need to Know: Wheeler Hooks the Fish
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

06-19

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What You Need to Know: Another No-No
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Daniel Rathman and Chris Mosch

06-18

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What You Need to Know: Can't Retire the Royals
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Daniel Rathman, Nick Bacarella and Chris Mosch

06-13

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/13
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-13

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What You Need to Know: Scherzer's First Gem
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Chris Mosch

06-12

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What You Need to Know: Walking the Walk
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

06-10

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What You Need to Know: Chisenhall Messes With Texas
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Chris Mosch

06-06

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 6/16
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

06-06

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What You Need to Know: Soaring Jays
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Chris Mosch

06-05

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What You Need to Know: The Rays Sink to the Bottom
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Chris Mosch

06-04

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What You Need to Know: A Modern-Day Greg Maddux?
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Chris Mosch

06-02

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The Week in Quotes: May 26-June 1
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

05-30

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Overthinking It: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/30
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

05-29

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What You Need to Know: Kazmir's 'A' Game
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Chris Mosch

05-28

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What You Need to Know: Ben Revere's Ride
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Chris Mosch

05-23

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/23
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

05-22

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What You Need to Know: Worst Sweeps First
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Chris Mosch

05-19

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The Week in Quotes: May 13-19
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

05-16

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BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/16
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Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch

05-16

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What You Need to Know: Cueto Fries the Friars
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Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

05-15

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What You Need to Know: Odorizzi Blows Away the M's
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 5/12
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Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

05-12

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The Week in Quotes: May 5-11
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

05-05

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The Week in Quotes: April 28 - May 4
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Nick Bacarella, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

04-28

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The Week in Quotes: April 21-27
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 4/21
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

04-14

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The Week in Quotes: April 7-13
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Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

04-07

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The Week in Quotes: March 31 - April 6
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-31

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The Week in Quotes: March 24-30
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-24

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The Week in Quotes: March 17-23
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Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-17

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The Week in Quotes: March 10-16
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-10

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The Week in Quotes: March 3-9
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Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-04

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The Week in Quotes: February 24-March 3
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-24

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The Week in Quotes: February 17-23
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-17

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The Week in Quotes: February 10-16
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-10

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The Week in Quotes: February 3-9
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 24, 2014

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Bartolo Colon, Aaron Sanchez, and Yoenis Cespedes, among others, had eventful nights.

The Wednesday Takeaway
When Bartolo Colon made his major league debut for the Indians in 1997, Taijuan Walker was a few months away from turning five years old and had probably not yet been enrolled in kindergarten. Fast-forward 17 years and Colon is now pitching for his seventh organization and Walker is looking to tap into his massive potential in his first full season with the Mariners. Walker is expected to make his mark on the league in the not-so-distant future, but Wednesday’s rubber match between the Mets and Mariners was Colon’s time to shine.

The Mets spotted Colon an early 1–0 lead and he quickly went to work against Seattle, pounding the strike zone with his low-90s fastball and getting the Mariners to chase an occasional slider. Not a single Seattle batter was able to reach base during the first two times through the order, with Kyle Seager, Corey Hart, Jesus Sucre, and Logan Morrison all falling victim via strikeout.


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Pipe Balls, the Home Run Derby Anti-Curse, and the craziest unwritten rule we've ever heard.

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July 21, 2014 6:00 am

The Weekend Shift

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A shift-happy Baltimore squad unveils a new approach against the Athletics' switch-hitting leadoff hitter.

At the end of May, I introduced the idea that some teams were going from playing nearly straightaway to using a full overshift once they got two strikes on certain pull-heavy, bunt-threat lefties. The idea was that teams would probably prefer to implement a full overshift earlier in the count, but were hindered by the hitter’s ability to bunt for a base hit. This was inspired by the Orioles using a two-strike overshift numerous times against Michael Bourn, and the Pirates doing it a couple of times against both Denard Span and Danny Espinosa.

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The Reds and Pirates battled for the Central this weekend. Lots of other action also happened.

The Weekend Takeaway
While the Brewers and Cardinals duked it out in Milwaukee for the National League Central lead, the division’s other two playoff contenders exchanged blows in Cincinnati to try and keep pace with the first half of the season coming to a close.


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How have the Rays outfielder's opponents shifted against him with the bunt in mind?

At the end of May, I introduced the idea that some teams were going from playing nearly straightaway to using a full overshift once the count went to two strikes against certain pull-heavy lefties whom they deemed threats to bunt. The idea was that teams would probably prefer to implement a full overshift earlier in the count, but were hindered by the hitter’s ability to bunt for a base hit. This was inspired by the Orioles using a two-strike overshift numerous times against Michael Bourn, and the Pirates doing it a couple of times against both Denard Span and Danny Espinosa.

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July 10, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Chris Sale's Revenge

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The White Sox lefty tops All-Star Game skipper John Farrell's Red Sox, plus more from Wednesday and what to watch on Thursday.

The Wednesday Takeaway
When the rosters for next week’s All-Star Game were revealed on Sunday, arguably the most glaring omission from either side was the absence of Chris Sale. The lanky southpaw did miss a month of the season with a muscle strain in his pitching elbow, but on a start-by-start basis, he’s been one of the most dominant starting pitchers in baseball. The White Sox are well represented at the Midsummer Classic and Sale is still likely to make the trip to Target Field—he currently leads the American League Final Vote. But their skipper, Robin Ventura, still questioned how Sale’s gaudy numbers didn’t earn him an automatic ticket to the event.


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July 9, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: The Tigers' Roaring Comeback

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Detroit goes from a 5-0 hole to a 14-5 romp, Jacob deGrom blows away the Braves, plus more from Tuesday and what to watch on Wdnesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The Tigers looked like they’d be in for a long night when the Dodgers jumped all over Justin Verlander in the top of the first inning of Tuesday’s clash between the two first-place clubs.


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Running through the notable quotes from the week that was.

CUBS TRADE SAMARDZIJA AND HAMMEL TO OAKLAND

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July 3, 2014 6:15 am

What You Need to Know: Edwin Ends One

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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

The Blue Jays walk off against the Brewers, Mookie Betts goes deep, and much more action from Wednesday, plus what to watch over the long weekend.

The Wednesday Takeaway
The Brewers and Blue Jays have been the most surprising division leaders heading into the July 4th weekend, and the two clubs hooked up for their second straight day game on Wednesday to close out their two-game series finale. Replays, manager ejections, and dingers were all recurring themes, with the contest finally decided in the ninth inning with a game-winning blast.


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July 2, 2014 6:30 am

What You Need to Know: The A's Get Rick-Rolled

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Rick Porcello keeps the ball on the ground to notch a shutout, and the Angels sweep a doubleheader, plus more from Tuesday and what to watch today.

The Tuesday Takeaway
After walking off against Sean Doolittle and the Athletics in dramatic fashion on Monday night, the Tigers quickly disposed of the American League West leaders on Tuesday to clinch a series win. The game breezed by in just two hours and 13 minutes, as Rick Porcello tossed his second consecutive shutout and needed just 95 pitches to complete it.


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This week's bunts (including the first attempt by a right-hander), plus a look at aggressive counter-adjustments by opposing defenses.

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June 27, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: The Killer Cs

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Cole Hamels pitches well, Cody Asche flashes leather, and Chase Utley whacks a walkoff homer, plus more from Thursday and previews for the weekend.

The Thursday Takeaway
The Phillies squandered opportunity after opportunity to send the Citizens Bank crowd home happy during extra innings on Thursday night. But after a slew of remarkable defensive plays by Cody Asche and a 14th-inning stretch, Chase Utley finished off the Marlins in walk-off fashion.

Cole Hamels took the hill for the Phillies and fired seven strong innings, with his only blemishes coming in the form of solo home runs. The southpaw fanned seven and issued no walks while notching 10 swings-and-misses with his changeup for the second straight game.


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