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09-18

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What You Need to Know: September 18, 2014
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09-16

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What You Need to Know: September 16, 2014
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09-15

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What You Need to Know: September 15, 2014
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09-10

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What You Need to Know: September 10, 2014
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09-09

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What You Need to Know: September 9, 2014
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09-08

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What You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014
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09-05

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What You Need to Know: September 5, 2014
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09-03

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What You Need to Know: September 3, 2014
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08-28

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What You Need to Know: August 28, 2014
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08-27

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What You Need to Know: August 27, 2014
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08-25

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What You Need to Know: August 25, 2014
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08-21

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What You Need to Know: August 21, 2014
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08-20

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What You Need to Know: August 20, 2014
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08-18

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What You Need to Know: August 18, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-15

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What You Need to Know: August 15, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-14

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What You Need to Know: August 14, 2014
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08-13

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What You Need to Know: August 13, 2014
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08-11

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What You Need to Know: August 11, 2014
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Daniel Rathman and Chris Mosch

08-08

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What You Need to Know: August 8, 2014
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Sam Miller, Daniel Rathman, Andrew Koo and Morris Greenberg

08-06

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What You Need to Know: August 6, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-04

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What You Need to Know: August 4, 2014
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08-01

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What You Need to Know: August 1, 2014
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07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Yankees Get a Proper Infield
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Daniel Rathman, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and CJ Wittmann

07-29

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What You Need to Know: July 29, 2014
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07-28

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What You Need to Know: July 28, 2014
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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

07-23

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What You Need to Know: July 23, 2014
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07-22

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What You Need to Know: Boston Gives 'Em A Little Thumpin' Thumpin'
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Daniel Rathman

07-21

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What You Need to Know: Sunday Morning Defending
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07-18

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What You Need to Know: Our Long National All-Star Break Is Over
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Daniel Rathman

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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What You Need to Know: Alcantara Can Stay
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Daniel Rathman

07-08

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What You Need to Know: Matt Adams Powers Up
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Daniel Rathman

07-07

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 7/7
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07-03

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

07-01

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What You Need to Know: Davis Downs the A's
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Daniel Rathman

06-30

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/30
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06-26

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What You Need to Know: Lincecum Conquers Again
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Daniel Rathman

06-24

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What You Need to Know: Odrisamer Despaigne's Debut
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Daniel Rathman

06-23

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/23
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Daniel Rathman

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

06-17

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What You Need to Know: The Royals Roll On
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Daniel Rathman

06-16

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/16
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Daniel Rathman

06-12

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

06-11

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What You Need to Know: A Wild One at Coors
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Daniel Rathman

06-09

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/9
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06-03

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What You Need to Know: Masterson Makes an Adjustment
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06-02

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/2
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September 18, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 18, 2014

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The Angels get to celebrate, the Dodgers get Coors'd, the Giants and Royals close gaps, and Brandon McCarthy is immaculate.

One of the reasons Dodgers manager Don Mattingly chose Carlos Frias to take the place of the injured Hyun-jin Ryu for yesterday’s start at Coors Field is that the left-hander “has been a strike thrower.” True to form, Frias notched strikes with nearly two-thirds of his pitches on Wednesday and did not walk a batter. But the good news ended there.

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September 16, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 16, 2014

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Jacob deGrom punctuates his ROY bid and ties a record in the process; the Rizzo/Cashner trade pays off in a big way, for both sides; the Royals and Tigers hold the line.

What’s a good way for a pitcher to try to wrap up his league’s Rookie of the Year award? How about starting a game with eight consecutive strikeouts to tie a record previously held by Jim Deshaies? That’s the route Jacob deGrom chose.

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September 15, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 15, 2014

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The Dodgers, and Kershaw, put some space between them and their competition; the Cardinals are building a cushion; a Twin struck out more than 10 batters; and baseball happened in all other corners of this great nation of ours.


The Dodgers came to AT&T Park for a three-game showdown with a two-game lead in the West. A sweep would bump Los Angeles from the top of the standings. Any other outcome would keep the Giants in second place.


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September 10, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 10, 2014

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The revised interpretation of Rule 7.13 gets tested immediately by the Yankees and Rays. The rest of yesterday's action is recapped and the best of today is previewed.

Sometime yesterday, Joe Torre sent a memo to all 30 teams to clear up the mounting confusion over Rule 7.13, otherwise known as the ban on catchers blocking the plate and on runners bowling them over. A key point of the letter was to eliminate, or at least mitigate, the possibility that runners who looked dead to rights coming down the line could be deemed safe on a technicality. The wording of Rule 7.13 wasn’t changed, but no longer would the replay crew in New York side with a manager who argued that his runner, a good distance away from the plate when the ball arrived, had his path to the dish impeded by the catcher.

The change in interpretation was made effective immediately. Its consequences were evident just a few hours later.

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September 9, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 9, 2014

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Winners (Angels, Mariners, Cardinals) win. Losers (A's, Brewers) lose. Plus what to watch today.

On Sunday, the Angels became the majors’ highest-scoring offense, taking the crown with a 14-4 romp over the Twins, their fourth win in a row and 10th in 12 games.

A rainout on June 18th threw a wrench into the Halos’ travel plans, forcing them to make a one-day stop in Cleveland on an already hellacious road trip that began in Texas and will end there, too. After taking Labor Day off, Mike Scioscia’s squad is in the midst of a grueling stretch of 23 games in as many days, but that daunting docket didn’t deter the Angels from padding their league-leading run total on Monday afternoon.

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September 8, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014

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Buster Posey goes for MVP consideration, the Angels pound their way to the top of one leaderboard, Nelson Cruz makes a run for a HR crown, and, in an Oakland ninth inning, the best fun fact of the month.

The Weekend Takeaway
After Friday’s game, Chris Carter now has 36 home runs on the year, putting him hot on the trails of Nelson Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton for the MLB lead. The A’s, who shipped Carter to the Astros on February 4, 2013, as part of a package to acquire Jed Lowrie, don’t mind that. They just kindly request that the 27-year-old Bay Area native stop going yard against them.


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September 5, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 5, 2014

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The Brewers are in trouble, the Buehrle-Odorizzi matchup was as glamorous as advertised, Koji Uehara can't get it together, and more of yesterday's action. Plus what to watch this weekend.

When an eight-game losing streak sends you tumbling from first place in your division to the brink of the playoff picture, it’s easy to begin feeling helpless. When you hold a lead at the end of only one of your last 56 innings on the diamond, desperation surely starts to set in.

The Brewers, with Carlos Gomez nursing a wrist injury and Ryan Braun away for the birth of his daughter, could not have chosen a less opportune time for their collapse. They welcomed the Cardinals, the team they led less than a week ago but at which they’re now looking up, to Miller Park on Thursday for the opener of a four-game showdown. And their tailspin continued almost immediately.

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September 3, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 3, 2014

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A whiff-tastic Cleveland-Detroit game, more Philadelphia pitching exploits, and your daily dose of Jose Altuve, plus what to watch today.

The Indians got trounced in their series opener versus the Tigers on Monday, when Corey Kluber took the hill without his best stuff. That’s never a good idea in a matchup with David Price, but it was merely one loss, and the Tribe had reason to believe that it might even the series on Tuesday.

Kluber has deservedly gotten most of the press for an outstanding breakout campaign, but Carlos Carrasco has quietly emerged as a fine second fiddle since returning to the rotation on August 10th. He’d racked up a 0.73 ERA in four starts to go with a 24:3 K:BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. J.P. Breen took notice. And the Indians, 3-1 behind the 27-year-old during that span, were reaping the rewards.

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August 28, 2014 9:54 am

What You Need to Know: August 28, 2014

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The Price debacle and the Smyly success.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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August 27, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 27, 2014

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Madison Bumgarner comes close to a perfect game, Alex Gordon does something nobody has done against Glen Perkins, and more from around the league.

The Tuesday Takeaway
If you’ve pitched at any level, from Little League to high school to college to the pros, you’ve had a coach tell you to get ahead and stay ahead. Madison Bumgarner took that sage advice to heart on Tuesday night.

Facing a depleted Rockies lineup—sans Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki, and Michael Cuddyer—Bumgarner threw 24 first-pitch strikes in 28 tries. Fifteen of the 23 plate appearances that lasted at least three pitches featured an 0-2 count. And eighty of Bumgarner’s 103 offerings either satisfied plate umpire Cory Blaser’s strike zone or elicited a swing.


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August 25, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 25, 2014

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Some history lessons and double-digit scoring action from this weekend, plus the best matchups of Monday.

The Weekend Takeaway
The Tigers could not have asked for a better start to their weekend series against the Twins: Their first batter, Ian Kinsler, went yard and Detroit was up 1-0 right off the bat. Their starter, Robbie Ray, got two strikeouts and a popup in the bottom of the first. Everything was peachy.

The Twins went double-double-double to begin the last of the second, and it was 2-1 Minnesota, but a one-run deficit is hardly the end of the world. Kurt Suzuki struck out, and Ray had three punchouts to his name in 1 1/3 innings. Unfortunately, that’s just about the only good thing anyone could say about the left-hander’s performance.


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August 21, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 21, 2014

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Gerrit Cole is back and hitting 100.3 mph, which makes baseball just that much better.

The Wednesday Takeaway
The Braves had the misfortune of running into Gerrit Cole, rested and refreshed after a 45-day stay on the disabled list with a lat strain.


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