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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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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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Daniel Rathman

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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Daniel Rathman

06-03

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What You Need to Know: Masterson Makes an Adjustment
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Daniel Rathman

06-02

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/2
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Daniel Rathman

05-30

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What You Need to Know: Reversals of Fortune
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Daniel Rathman

05-27

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 5/27
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Daniel Rathman

05-23

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What You Need to Know: Ray, the Rays, and the A's
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Daniel Rathman

05-21

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What You Need to Know: Chris Davis Going Deep
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Daniel Rathman

05-20

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What You Need to Know: Cincinnati Stays Alive
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Daniel Rathman

05-19

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What You Need to Know: The Rockies' Other Big Bat
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Daniel Rathman

05-14

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What You Need to Know: Tuesday's Late Lead Changes
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Daniel Rathman

05-13

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What You Need to Know: Other Than Jose Fernandez, How Was the Play?
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Daniel Rathman

05-09

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What You Need to Know: Blue Jays Blasts
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Daniel Rathman

05-08

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What You Need to Know: Mariners Making Moves
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Daniel Rathman

05-07

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What You Need to Know: Kershaw Comes Back
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Daniel Rathman

05-06

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What You Need to Know: Tulo on a Tear
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Daniel Rathman

05-05

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 5/5
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Daniel Rathman

05-02

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What You Need to Know: A Busy Thursday in Baseball
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Daniel Rathman

05-01

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What You Need to Know: Harang Unravels
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Daniel Rathman

04-30

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What You Need to Know: Jose Fernandez, All Over the Field
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Daniel Rathman

04-29

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What You Need to Know: Gray Matters
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Daniel Rathman

04-28

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What You Need to Know: Jose Abreu's Amazing Month
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Daniel Rathman

04-25

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What You Need to Know: Kluber Completes a Game
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Daniel Rathman

04-24

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What You Need to Know: Pineda and Pine Tar, Part Two
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Daniel Rathman

04-23

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What You Need to Know: Historic Tuesday
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Daniel Rathman

04-22

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What You Need to Know: No Sale
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Daniel Rathman

04-18

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What You Need to Know: Meltdown in Minnesota
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Daniel Rathman

04-17

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What You Need to Know: Cueto in Control
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Daniel Rathman

04-16

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What You Need to Know: Please Send Starters
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Daniel Rathman

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June 26, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Lincecum Conquers Again

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Tim Lincecum no-hits the Padres again, but in a very different fashion, plus other action from Wednesday and what to watch today.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Until yesterday afternoon, only one pitcher in major league history had no-hit the same team twice. In the series finale between the Giants and Padres, Tim Lincecum gave long-ago Cleveland Naps right-hander Addie Joss—who baffled the White Sox in 1908 and 1910—some company by dominating Bud Black’s lineup for the second time in less than a year.


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June 24, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Odrisamer Despaigne's Debut

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The Padres add a pitcher, Chris Davis redeems himself, and much more action from Monday, plus what to watch today.

The Monday Takeaway
The Padres scratched Andrew Cashner from his scheduled Monday start against the Giants and put the hard-throwing right-hander on the disabled list with shoulder soreness. They called up Cuban defector Odrisamer Despaigne, who inked a minor-league pact in May and was sporting a 7.06 ERA in Triple-A El Paso, to take the mound in Cashner’s place. But if the Giants thought missing Cashner was a relief, they had another thing coming.


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June 23, 2014 6:00 am

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

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The Rockies fall further, the Tigers reassert themselves, and more action from the weekend, plus what to watch today

The Weekend Takeaway
It’s hard enough to win at Coors Field when you don’t gift the other team runs with defensive miscues and inattention. The Rockies didn’t make any fielding errors in Friday’s series opener, but they still lost 13-10, as the Brewers got the better end of the slugfest by outhitting their hosts 19-16.


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June 20, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Wheeler Hooks the Fish

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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

The young Met bests a young Marlin with his first career shutout, Nick Swisher hits a walkoff grand slam, plus more from Thursday and what to watch this wekeend.

The Thursday Takeaway
Earlier this week, Ben Lindbergh made an appearance on Jonah Keri’s podcast, where the two raved about Thursday’s matchup between a pair of promising young National League East hurlers: Zack Wheeler and Andrew Heaney. Rarely does a Thursday night matchup between the Mets and Marlins prompt Keri to declare it a must-watch that had him as excited for a pitching matchup as he’s been in quite awhile, but the two youngsters each turned in performances that justified the hype.

In his major-league debut, Heaney came out firing from the get-go, dialing up seven of his first 15 fastballs at 94 MPH or higher. Unfortunately for the ninth-overall pick of the 2012 draft, David Wright crushed one of those 94 MPH heaters to center field and off the Marlins Park home run sculpture for a solo blast.


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June 19, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Another No-No

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Daniel Rathman and Chris Mosch

Clayton Kershaw gives the Dodgers their second no-hitter of 2014, the Royals run their winning streak to 10, Bartolo finds his bat, and more.

The Wednesday Takeaway
When play began on Wednesday, the Dodgers—thanks to Josh Beckett—were the only major-league team that could boast about a no-hitter this year. That’s still true. Only now they have two of them, after Clayton Kershaw sliced through the Rockies in Chavez Ravine last night.


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The Royals score 11 runs off a defending Cy Young winner for the second straight day, the A's continue to trouble Yu Darvish, and much more action from Tuesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
For much of Angels starter Matt Shoemaker’s career, the odds have been stacked against him. Shoemaker went undrafted out of Eastern Michigan—where he had a 4.83 ERA and 1.36 strikeout-to-walk ratio in three seasons—and spent parts of the next seven years in the Angels’ minor league system before making his major league debut last September. On Tuesday night, Shoemaker toed the rubber against the Indians for what turned out to be the best outing of his short big league career, and he was well on his way to a complete game before a short rain delay in the ninth inning brought a premature end to his night.


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June 17, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: The Royals Roll On

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The Royals down Detroit to win their eighth straight, plus more action from Monday and what to watch today.

The Monday Takeaway
Donnie Joseph allowed six runs yesterday. Donnie Joseph is a Royals reliever. Ergo, the Royals must have lost their series opener to the Tigers.


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June 16, 2014 6:00 am

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

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The Royals are resurgent, Polanco makes an impact, Bobby Abreu is back, and more from the weekend, plsu what to watch today.

The Weekend Takeaway
The second-place Royals have a message for the first-place Tigers: Look out below.


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June 12, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Walking the Walk

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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

The Nationals move into first place, Cole Hamels and Tyson Ross duel in Philly, plus more from Wednesday and previews for today.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Nationals starting pitchers have issued four walks over their last 10 games. Combined. That’s four walks in 71 innings and just one in their last 54. Giants starter Matt Cain walked four Nats in the first inning of last night’s game alone, including the first three who stepped into the box.

That was out of character for Cain, of course, but it tied a season high for the right-hander and put the Giants halfway to their worst walk output as a staff this season. To make matters worse for the home team, three of those four walks turned into runs, two of them on this RBI single by Adam LaRoche and the third on this RBI ground out by Ryan Zimmerman.


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June 11, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: A Wild One at Coors

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A high-scoring affair between the Rockies and Braves, a low-scoring one between Baltimore and Boston, and more from Tuesday, plus what to watch today.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Plenty of teams had trouble scoring runs last night. The Rockies and Braves weren’t among them.


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June 9, 2014 6:01 am

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

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How the Manny Machado incident(s) occurred, Jose Bautista's big night, the Tigers' bullpen problems, and more, plus what to watch today.

The Weekend Takeaway
By the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday’s series finale, the Athletics and Orioles had seen just about enough of each other. With the A’s up 10-0 in the rubber match at Camden Yards, Fernando Abad threw at Manny Machado twice, and the second straight tight one led Machado to chuck his bat toward third baseman Alberto Callaspo:


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June 3, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Masterson Makes an Adjustment

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Justin Masterson makes a mid-game change, Jose Abreu returns, and an update on Charlie Morton's HBP pace, plus what to watch today.

The Monday Takeaway
The Red Sox lost 10 in a row. Then they won seven straight. On Monday, they had a chance to make it eight—but an old friend stood in the way. And Justin Masterson had no intention of letting his first professional employer earn its longest winning streak in two years.


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