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09-27

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What You Need to Know: Dee Gordon and the Marlins Honor Jose Fernandez
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Daniel Rathman

09-20

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What You Need to Know: The Best Bullpens Are the Ones You Don't Need
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Daniel Rathman

09-14

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What You Need to Know: The Ownage That Won The West
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Daniel Rathman

09-06

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What You Need to Know: Freak Out About Brian Dozier!
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Daniel Rathman

09-02

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In The Air Every Night
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Daniel Rathman

08-30

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What You Need to Know: Werth Is Back, For the Thousandth Time
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Daniel Rathman

08-23

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What You Need to Know: Homer Story
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Daniel Rathman

08-16

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What You Need to Know: Green Light, Now Begin
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Daniel Rathman

08-09

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What You Need to Know: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
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Daniel Rathman

08-02

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What You Need to Know: Soft-Tossin' Salazar
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Daniel Rathman

07-26

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What You Need to Know: Give 'em Hell
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Daniel Rathman

07-20

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What You Need to Know: Fret No More
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Daniel Rathman

07-05

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What You Need to Know: Oh, That Fernando Rodney
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Daniel Rathman

06-28

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What You Need to Know: A Five-Hit Night Unlike Any Other
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Daniel Rathman

06-21

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What You Need to Know: Eight Solo Shots!
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Daniel Rathman

06-14

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What You Need to Know: Near-Max Effort
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Daniel Rathman

06-07

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What You Need to Know: James Paxton's 101s
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Daniel Rathman

05-31

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What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey!
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Daniel Rathman

05-27

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What You Need to Know: Would You Believe It, A New Strikeout Record
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Daniel Rathman

05-17

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What You Need to Know: Jose Berrios: Not An Instant Ace
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Daniel Rathman

05-10

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What You Need to Know: Sonny Gray's Short-Lived Mound Shuffle
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Daniel Rathman

05-03

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What You Need to Know: Nomar Mazara Makes Five Of Us Look Smart
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Daniel Rathman

04-26

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What You Need to Know: Chris Archer Says Goodbye To All That
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Daniel Rathman

04-19

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What You Need to Know: Let's Roll It Up
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Daniel Rathman

04-12

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What You Need to Know: The Year Of The Botched Infield Fly
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Daniel Rathman

04-05

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What You Need to Know: Picking Up Where They Left Off
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Daniel Rathman

03-29

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Rumor Roundup: The Two Most Exciting Fifth Starters Named
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Daniel Rathman

03-22

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Rumor Roundup: Dodgers Consider Their Options, e.g. Zach Lee
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Daniel Rathman

03-15

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Rumor Roundup: Keon Broxton, Front and Center
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Daniel Rathman

03-09

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Rumor Roundup: Sorry, Missed Jackson
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Daniel Rathman

03-02

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Rumor Roundup: Arroyo's Hopes Alive, If Nats Can't Find A Better Man
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Daniel Rathman

02-24

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Rumor Roundup: The Sultriest Fifth-Starter Showdown?
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Daniel Rathman

02-17

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Rumor Roundup: Cotts' Contracts
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Daniel Rathman

02-09

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Rumor Roundup: The Next Two Cubans
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Daniel Rathman

02-02

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Rumor Roundup: Staying in Searage
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Daniel Rathman

01-26

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Rumor Roundup: The Josh Reddick Extension Conversation
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Daniel Rathman

01-19

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Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Will Make Pollock Prove It
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Daniel Rathman

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: There Were Four In the Bed and the Little One Said...
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Daniel Rathman

01-05

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Rumor Roundup: The Slow Burn Of Ian Desmond's Free Agency
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Daniel Rathman

12-29

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Rumor Roundup: Yo Back to Motown?
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Daniel Rathman

12-22

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Rumor Roundup: On the Dodgers' No. 2 Starter
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Daniel Rathman

12-16

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Prospectus Feature: The New Dominican Dandy?
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Daniel Rathman

12-15

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Rumor Roundup: Rumors About Melancon Aboil
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Daniel Rathman

12-07

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Rumor Roundup: You Can Never Have Enough Pitching Rumors
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Daniel Rathman

12-01

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Rumor Roundup: Cueto Aims Higher
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Daniel Rathman

11-23

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Rumor Roundup: What a Lovely O'Day
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Daniel Rathman

11-16

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Rumor Roundup: Is Yovani Gallardo Worth the 13th Pick?
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Daniel Rathman

11-09

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Rumor Roundup: Wait 'Til Next Year
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Daniel Rathman

10-05

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What You Need to Know: Fin
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Ian Frazer and Daniel Rathman

10-01

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What You Need to Know: Cardinals Clinch; Cardinals Are Doomed?
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Daniel Rathman

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A fitting tribue was paid to Jose Fernandez in Miami, Jean Segura keeps socking homers, St. Louis struggles, and Jonathan Schoop wears down.

The Monday Takeaway

Playoff races, award chases, and all other September baseball storylines took a backseat over the weekend, as news broke early Sunday morning of Jose Fernandez’s tragic death in a boating accident. Our own Mauricio Rubio wrote about what Fernandez meant to the game, on and off the field, on Monday, before the Marlins returned to the field, all wearing no. 16 in honor of their late ace, to host the Mets.

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The Reds' relievers set a record, the Giants' blow another late lead, and two starters elsewhere don't let their teammates get anywhere near the mound.

The Monday Takeaway

The Reds came into their series opener against the Cubs having allowed 239 home runs on the season, two shy of the dubious major-league record held by the 1996 Tigers. To avoid breaking it, the team that had surrendered 1.6 long balls per game would need to keep the opposition to two, total, over the next 13.

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The Rangers improve to 15-3 against Houston, and more from Tuesday's action.

The Tuesday Takeaway

It’s tough to make the playoffs—let alone win your division—if you sink to 12 games underwater against one opponent.

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Brian Dozier is channeling June 1998 Sammy Sosa, and more from the Labor Day Weekend.

The Labor Day Monday Takeaway
The Royals were held scoreless in the top of the first inning yesterday, and then Ian Kennedy was forced to face the sizzling-hot Brian Dozier in the home half. Dozier, as Kennedy found out on his very first pitch of the afternoon, is currently hitting all of the homers:


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September 2, 2016 9:43 am

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A look at the extreme batted-ball distribution driving the league's most intriguing 28-year-old rookie.

There’s a growing trend in hitting circles, from the pros on down to Twitter, encouraging batters to do what they can to avoid hitting the ball on the ground. If one of the pitcher’s goals is to kill worms, the theory goes, then all hitters—save, perhaps, for the very fastest—should seek PETA’s approval by not doing so every chance they can. Jeff Albert, the minor-league hitting coordinator for the Astros, is among those who share such insights in 140 characters or less:

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The Nationals' expensive slugger is earning his keep, and more from Monday's action.

The Monday Takeaway

It didn’t take long for the Nationals to plate what would be the deciding run in their series opener against the Phillies. They got that out of the way two batters into the game:

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The Dodgers hit a bunch of homers off a guy named Bailey, and more from Monday's action.

The Monday Takeaway
If Homer Bailey never has to see Adrian Gonzalez again, the Reds right-hander would be just fine with that. Gonzalez entered Monday’s series-closing matinee 10-for-23 lifetime with five homers and two doubles against Bailey. Among opponents with at least 20 head-to-head plate appearances, Gonzalez’s 1.632 OPS was tops by more than 250 points. And that was before this:


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The Yankees get a superb performance from a rookie starter, and more from Monday's games.

The Monday Takeaway
Yankees right-hander Chad Green entered play Monday with splits wide enough to make Simone Biles jealous.

He’d been dominant with the platoon advantage at hand, holding like-handed foes to a .236/.271/.382 slash line with 17 strikeouts in 59 at-bats, but vulnerable without it, suffering a .327/.407/.731 fate at the hands of enemy lefties. As a result, he’d thrived in relief duty, limiting the opposition to a .194/.257/.194 output, and scuffled as a starter to the tune of a .316/.373/.697 allowance that included eight homers in just 18 innings of work.


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A marathon between the Marlins and Giants, the unsinkable Corey Seager, and more rom Monday's play.

The Monday Takeaway

Fill in the blank: Extra-inning games that stretch beyond the five-hour mark are _____.

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Danny Salazar is losing heat, and Max Kepler takes advantage. Meanwhile, Danny Duffy and Kyle Hendricks turn in signature starts.

The Monday Takeaway
The Indians had themselves a mighty fine trade deadline, even after Jonathan Lucroy nixed his ticket to Cleveland. Andrew Miller should fortify the bullpen and Brandon Guyer figures to provide a nice boost to the outfield. With a relatively stable and healthy rotation, general manager Mike Chernoff was able to use his myriad trade chits to patch other roster holes while steering clear of the extreme sellers’ market for starting pitchers.

Then the deadline passed, and game time came around for the Tribe’s August opener against the Twins, and… uh oh.


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Jeremy Hellickson aces his audition, the White Sox get to the Cubs' bullpen, and Dave Dombrowski has made so many trades that they're starting to overlap in a kind of baseball version of the grandfather paradox.

The Monday Takeaway
Trade rumors have swirled around the Marlins in recent days, with most honing in on the club’s search for a starting pitcher, especially in light of worrisome injury news regarding Wei-Yin Chen. Among the arms connected to Miami were Andrew Cashner and Matt Moore, and also Jeremy Hellickson


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July 20, 2016 9:48 am

What You Need to Know: Fret No More

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Jake Arrieta and Noah Syndergaard look like themselves again, Chase Headley keeps building his trade value, and Blake Snell is effectively wild at Coors.

The Tuesday Takeaway

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