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11-25

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Rumor Roundup: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Immediately
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Daniel Rathman

11-24

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Rumor Roundup: If Step One Is Making Betances Closer, What's Step Two?
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11-21

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Rumor Roundup: Upton and Ubaldo in One Ugly Rumor
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Daniel Rathman

11-18

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Rumor Roundup: Are the Jays Preparing to Splurge?
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Daniel Rathman

11-17

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Rumor Roundup: Will Cubs Rustle Martin?
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Daniel Rathman

09-29

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What You Need to Know: September 29, 2014
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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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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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08-15

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What You Need to Know: August 15, 2014
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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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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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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

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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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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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August 4, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 4, 2014

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Recaps of a weird slew of high-scoring affairs from this weekend and a look at what to watch on this slow Monday.

The Weekend Takeaway
In Friday’s opener between the Pirates and Diamondbacks, Ernesto Frieri had an 0-1 fastball get away. It rode in and drilled Paul Goldschmidt:

Unfortunately, the 93 mph heater caught more than flesh. Goldschmidt suffered a fractured left hand that will sideline him for at least a month and possibly close to two. In the latter case, he’d miss nearly the remainder of a regular season in which the Diamondbacks have scarcely caught a break. Goldschmidt’s plunking wasn’t intentional, but with frustrations mounting, the D’backs were bound to retaliate given appropriate circumstances.


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August 1, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 1, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The trade deadline has passed so we can all focus on the field again.

The Thursday Takeaway
There’s nothing like a replay controversy to stir up a day that needed no further stirring.

Setting the stage: The Marlins were up by one—on a first-inning bomb by Giancarlo Stanton—when the Reds loaded the bases with one away in the top of the eighth. Todd Frazier hit a fly ball to right. Stanton caught it and threw home. He appeared to have the runner, Zack Cozart, dead to rights at the plate for an inning-ending double play.


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The Yankees' rebuild of the infield is complete with the additions of Stephen Drew and Martin Prado.



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July 29, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 29, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

A big Marlins comeback and a great Yu Darvish fun fact are part of yesterday's action and today's previews

The Monday Takeaway
The Nationals were on top of the Marlins 6-0 at the seventh-inning stretch on Monday night, and if the last decade was any guide, they had to be feeling good about that lead:


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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 28, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Good pitching, triples, and sloppy baserunning are the weekend that was; pitchers on the trade block are the day that is.

The Weekend Takeaway
When the Angels, winners of five straight to wrap up the “first half,” looked up their schedule coming out of the All-Star break, here’s what they saw:


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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 24, 2014

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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

Bartolo Colon, Aaron Sanchez, and Yoenis Cespedes, among others, had eventful nights.

The Wednesday Takeaway
When Bartolo Colon made his major league debut for the Indians in 1997, Taijuan Walker was a few months away from turning five years old and had probably not yet been enrolled in kindergarten. Fast-forward 17 years and Colon is now pitching for his seventh organization and Walker is looking to tap into his massive potential in his first full season with the Mariners. Walker is expected to make his mark on the league in the not-so-distant future, but Wednesday’s rubber match between the Mets and Mariners was Colon’s time to shine.

The Mets spotted Colon an early 1–0 lead and he quickly went to work against Seattle, pounding the strike zone with his low-90s fastball and getting the Mariners to chase an occasional slider. Not a single Seattle batter was able to reach base during the first two times through the order, with Kyle Seager, Corey Hart, Jesus Sucre, and Logan Morrison all falling victim via strikeout.


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July 23, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 23, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Extra [innings], extra [innings], read all about it!

The Tuesday Takeaway
On Tuesday afternoon, one National League MVP candidate, Troy Tulowitzki, was placed on the disabled list with a left hip flexor strain. Hours later, one of his rivals in the running made his loudest case to date.

The Brewers led the National League Central by 6 1/2 games when the calendar flipped to July. A dozen days into the month, they shared first place with the Cardinals. And not once since the 12th had Milwaukee been able to rebuild its lead to more than a game.


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