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09-29

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What You Need to Know: September 29, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-26

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What You Need to Know: September 26, 2014
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09-23

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What You Need to Know: September 23, 2014
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09-22

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What You Need to Know: September 22, 2014
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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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Daniel Rathman

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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Daniel Rathman

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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Daniel Rathman

07-28

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What You Need to Know: July 28, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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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Daniel Rathman

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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Daniel Rathman

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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Daniel Rathman

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

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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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Daniel Rathman

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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Daniel Rathman

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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August 20, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 20, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Second chances for me but not for thee.

The Tuesday Takeaway
As the adage goes, baseball is a game of second chances. Usually.

It was true for Chris Carter with two on, one out, and the Astros and Yankees tied in the ninth. With a red-hot hitter at the plate with a 3-0 count, manager Bo Porter decided it was a good time to give the green light ...


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August 18, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 18, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The A's continue their free-fall, Michael Cuddyer and David Ortiz blast off, and other action from the weekend, plus what to watch on Monday.

The Weekend Takeaway
At the end of play last weekend, the Athletics held a four-game lead over the Angels in the American League West. That was the third-largest gap between first- and second-place teams in any division. If you’d had to pick one of the six to be tied one week later, you probably would’ve looked elsewhere.

But the A’s went on a tough road trip, first to Kansas City, where they couldn’t solve the Royals’ arms, then to Atlanta, where they continued to scuffle at the plate. With the exception of an 11-3 blowout win on Tuesday, Bob Melvin’s offense didn’t exceed three runs in any game on the trek.


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August 15, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 15, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Fourteen-strikeout facts and trivia, plus your guide to how to spend your baseball time this weekend.

The Thursday Takeaway
Max Scherzer last struck out at least 14 batters on May 20, 2012 and the Pirates were on the receiving end of his nastiness. In the intervening 28 months, only one pitcher—Yovani Gallardo on July 15, 2012—so thoroughly carved up the Bucs.

Yesterday, we found out that the Missourian’s assault on Pittsburgh two years ago was no fluke. Scherzer and the Pirates are simply a match made in strikeout heaven.


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August 14, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 14, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The blues run the game, so is there anything to be done about Rule 7.13? Also the rest of Wednesday's action and Thursday's previews.

The Wednesday Takeaway
On Tuesday, the Phillies stymied the Angels for five innings, only to watch them erupt for seven runs in the sixth. Yesterday, White Sox starter Jose Quintana worked around a leadoff triple by Buster Posey in the fourth inning to hold the Giants scoreless through six.

That gave the South Siders’ offense ample time to solve their old mate, Jake Peavy, who was seeking his first win in a Giants uniform. Adam Dunn did ...


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August 13, 2014 9:24 am

What You Need to Know: August 13, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The Doug Fister/First Place correlation gets even stronger.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The Nationals dropped two of three to the Braves over the weekend, shrinking their division lead to 3 1/2 games. A visit to Citi Field was just what the doctor ordered to stop any potential skid in its tracks.


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August 11, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 11, 2014

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Daniel Rathman and Chris Mosch

A lot of extra baseball was played this weekend, so we stuffed extra into this column.

The Weekend Takeaway
If you enjoy watching managers put their stamp on a game, the seventh inning of Friday’s tilt between the Dodgers and Brewers was your cup of tea. For those of you who prefer laughing at big leaguers making fools of themselves on the bases, Sunday had you covered.


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August 8, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 8, 2014

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Sam Miller, Daniel Rathman, Andrew Koo and Morris Greenberg

Thursday's recaps and the weekend preview from, well, basically the entire staff

The Thursday Takeaway
Not much separates the Tigers, A’s, and Angels this year, so every little advantage might help in October. With an 83 percent chance of winning its division entering play Thursday, one edge the Tigers will likely have is a relatively stress-free march from here to October. While the A’s (60 percent division odds) and the Angels (39 percent) will be beating each other into a pulp, the Tigers should be able to use the final two months to, for instance, rest Miguel Cabrera, as they did Thursday for just the second time all season. And they can start to think seriously about such October questions as: Would we really move Justin Verlander to the bullpen to make room for Rick Porcello?

Verlander pitched Wednesday and had one of his finest starts of the year, going seven innings while allowing two runs, striking out five, and walking one. Porcello, facing the same club in the same inhospitable pitching environment, bettered him Thursday, going seven innings while allowing one run, striking out five, and walking nobody. The effort lowered his season ERA to 3.09 and improved his team-best ERA+.


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August 6, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 6, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The Big Donkey pitches. Nothing is as exciting as that, but the rest of yesterday's action comes close.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Adam Dunn pitched an inning and allowed a run for the White Sox on Tuesday.

The run the Rangers pinned on his line was the 16th permitted by the home nine at U.S. Cellular Field last night and the dumpster fire was the second to pollute the South Side of Chicago in a span of three days, after the Twins lit up Robin Ventura’s pitching staff for a 16-3 rout on Sunday.


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