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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

09-30

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What You Need to Know: The Chaos Chase
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Daniel Rathman

09-28

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What You Need to Know: September 28, 2015
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Daniel Rathman and Ian Frazer

09-24

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What You Need to Know: September 24, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-23

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What You Need to Know: September 23, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-21

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What You Need to Know: September 21, 2015
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Daniel Rathman and Ian Frazer

09-18

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What You Need to Know: September 18, 2015
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The Astros strike out a slew to set one record, Fernandez whiffs a bunch to tie a franchise mark, and Jackie Bradley is back to being a regular guy.

The Thursday Takeaway
With the power-packed but whiff-happy Astros and Orioles squaring off this week, strikeouts were sure to be a-plenty at Minute Maid. Suffice it to say that the Astros’ arms held up their end of the bargain.

After Houston struck out 19 Baltimore batters in the opener and 18 more in the middle match, Lance McCullers took it upon himself to bring his team into record territory. The right-hander was effectively wild Thursday,


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It was a disaster for the Twins pitcher, just like down the road it was a disaster for the Blue Jays pitcher, J.A. Happ.

The Monday Takeaway
There were eight major-league games played yesterday, and half of them featured a team scoring double-digit runs. Only one of them chased the opposing starter in the first inning, though, and that same team’s skipper was gone by the fourth. That’s ample reason to begin this recap in Detroit, where there was a whole lot offense accompanied by a whole lot of ugly on Monday night.

Jose Berrios took the hill in the last of the first and figured, “Ah, I’ll just groove a fastball for strike one.” Little did he know that Ian Kinsler was locked, loaded, and ready to fire:


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The A's ace adjusts but struggles again, the Yankees hit bombs, Corey Kluber bombs, and the best Bad-Braves Fun Fact we heard yesterday.

The Monday Takeaway
When this season began, Sonny Gray was Sonny Gray. Seven innings of one-run work on Opening Day paved the way for three more quality efforts, amounting to a 2.73 ERA four starts into his 2016 campaign. Then, on April 27th, the Tigers sent Gray to the showers after just two-plus innings. And while the right-hander bounced back to log seven innings six days later, the Mariners tagged him for 11 hits and seven runs during his time on the hill.


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Adam Wainwright is a exit-velo monster at the dish, Dallas Keuchel loses a streak, and Lorenzo Cain has a tough night.

The Monday Takeaway
For those who sought to go out on a limb with their World Series picks this spring, the Rangers represented an alluring dark horse. They were so alluring, in fact, that, at least in this neck of the woods, the horse in question wasn’t dark at all. Five BP’ers, including yours truly, pegged Texas to go all the way in 2016, giving Jeff Banister’s club more backing than any other except the Cubs.

The Rangers had plenty going for them as a tempting pennant pick. They’d have a full season of Cole Hamels. They sported a breakout candidate in Rougned Odor. They’d added a cheap, high-upside bat in Ian Desmond near the end of the offseason. And, beyond all that, the injury-ravaged 2015 outfit had managed to win 88 games and the American League West. But, while I can’t speak for my colleagues, the determining factor behind my preseason vote was the potential for internal reinforcements to greatly bolster the roster midyear.


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The Rays ace was back, for a night. Meanwhile: Noah Syndergaard, Taijuan Walker, Francisco Lindor, and more from Monday.

The Monday Takeaway
Chris Archer woke up Monday with as many losses as he had starts, and the blame for most of them laid on the right-hander, a popular preseason Cy Young Award pick, considering his alarm clock rang with his ERA at 7.32. The strikeouts were there—29 of them in 19 1/3 innings—but they were joined by 11 walks, and 30 hits, and six home runs.


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The Red Sox coax five double-play balls and still find a way to lose, Carlos Rodon comes unglued, Jake Lamb saves the D'backs' bacon, and more.

The Monday Takeaway

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I mean, there have been two of them, so there you go. Meanwhile, David Price and Craig Kimbrel couldn't get it done, and Taylor Jungmann really couldn't get it done,

The Monday Takeaway
We’re but a week and change into the 2016 campaign, and already, the Phillies have had a season’s worth of misadventures with the infield-fly rule. Last Friday, Cesar Hernandez seemed to forget what the rule means all together:


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April 5, 2016 6:00 am

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

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Harper is still Harper, Kershaw is still Kershaw, Arrieta is still Arrieta, and the new rule banning takeout slides claims its first victim.

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Young & Exciting Vincent Velasquez and Aaron Sanchez win rotation spots, while Brian Duensing wins more time with his family.

Phillies choose Vincent Velasquez to be their fifth starter
Position battles abound for rebuilding teams like the Phillies, but as the spring winds down, one of the biggest battles in Clearwater, Florida, has now been decided. On Monday, manager Pete Mackanin told the media that Vincent Velasquez—who came over from the Astros in the Ken Giles blockbuster earlier this winter—has won the no. 5 starter job, relegating Adam Morgan, who started 15 games for Philadelphia last season, to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Velasquez, who turns 24 in June, debuted with the Astros last year in a swingman capacity. He made seven starts and appeared 12 times in relief, racking up 58 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings, a reflection of big-league-ready stuff. Chris Crawford wrote in our Transaction Analysis of the Giles trade, “At worst, Velasquez marks a strong central piece as a potential high-leverage reliever,” but the Phillies will let him start until he proves he can’t, and his ceiling could be substantially loftier than the late-inning floor.


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Many a fifth starter is down in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Pablo's gain might be Travis Shaw's... gain.

Dodgers fifth-starter spot back up for grabs
The theme song for the Dodgers rotation this spring has been “Another One Bites the Dust”—and that’s not a reference to opposing hitters digging in against Clayton Kershaw. Over the weekend, manager Dave Roberts revealed that the group’s latest ailing member is right-hander Mike Bolsinger, who was supposed to be the failsafe when the fragile veterans ahead of him went down. Now, the 28-year-old Bolsinger is sidelined with an oblique injury, and while it’s not believed to be a long-term matter, it does open up another void in Roberts’ Opening Day rotation.

Here’s the carnage to date: Brett Anderson is out several months with a back injury; Hyun-jin Ryu is still dealing with shoulder discomfort and can’t be counted on until late May; Brandon McCarthy and the recently acquired Frankie Montas will start the year on the 60-day DL; free-agent pickup Scott Kazmir is struggling to light up 9s on the radar gun; Brandon Beachy is dealing with elbow tendinitis; and Alex Wood just returned on Saturday from a minor case of forearm tightness.


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The Brewers look to settle the battle for center field, while Eric Sogaard might be facing Triple-A.

Keon Broxton emerging as possible center-field favorite in Brewers camp
The Brew Crew arrived in Arizona with a vacancy in center field, where Carlos Gomez once roamed before then-general manager Doug Melvin shipped him to the Astros at the 2015 trade deadline. At the time, now-GM David Stearns was in Houston, but since the Brewers hired him away in late September, it was Stearns’ job to fill the void created by his predecessor. And if Milwaukee Journal Sentinel beat writer Tom Haudricourt is reading the situation correctly, Stearns may have done so in a relatively nondescript December trade.

As Christmas approached, the Brewers struck a deal with the Pirates, sending first baseman Jason Rogers to Pittsburgh in exchange for two minor-leaguers: right-hander Trey Supak and outfielder Keon Broxton. The latter hit .273/.357/.438 in 133 plate appearances split between Double-A and Triple-A last year and has the athleticism to play up the middle, but with his 26th birthday looming in May, Broxton was running out of time to prove his major-league value. Now, his chance seems to have arrived.


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You can plan a pretty picnic but you can't predict Almonte. Meanwhile, the Cubs have balked at a long extension for Jake Arrieta, and Tim Lincecum's unemployment shows why.

Austin Jackson chose White Sox for opportunity to play center field
When Austin Jackson put pen to paper last week, the headline on the website of the Cleveland Plain Dealer read, “Austin Jackson signs with an AL Central team in need of outfield help.” The Indians were a natural fit for Jackson, even before Abraham Almonte was slapped with an 80-game suspension. Almonte’s half-season ban seemed likely to add urgency to their pursuit of the former Tigers outfielder, perhaps enough for general manager Mike Chernoff to overcome his budgetary constraints.

Alas, it wasn’t in the cards. The AL Central team that now employs Jackson is not the Tribe but the White Sox, who inked him to a one-year, $5 million contract. And the runner-up in the race to sign the 29-year-old wasn’t Cleveland, but Anaheim, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.


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