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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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Daniel Rathman

09-16

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What You Need to Know: September 16, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-10

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What You Need to Know: September 10, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-02

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What You Need to Know: September 2, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-01

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What You Need to Know: September 1, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-28

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What You Need to Know: August 28, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-26

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What You Need to Know: August 26, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-11

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What You Need to Know: August 11, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-07

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What You Need to Know: August 7, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-04

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What You Need to Know: August 4, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

07-31

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What You Need to Know: July 31, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

07-28

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What You Need to Know: July 28, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

07-24

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What You Need to Know: July 24th, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

07-17

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What You Need to Know: July 17, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

07-10

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What You Need to Know: July 10, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

07-01

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What You Need to Know: July 1, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

06-30

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What You Need to Know: June 30, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

06-24

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

06-23

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

06-19

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What You Need to Know: June 19, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

06-16

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What You Need to Know: June 16, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

06-12

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What You Need to Know: June 12, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

06-10

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What You Need to Know: June 10, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

06-03

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What You Need to Know: June 3, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

05-29

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What You Need to Know: Another Day, Another Hard-Throwing Rookie Starter
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Daniel Rathman

05-26

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What You Need to Know: Your Meats and the Royals' Pitching Go Up in Flames
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Daniel Rathman

05-22

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What You Need to Know: Bummed!
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Daniel Rathman

05-21

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What You Need to Know: Ump Show!
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Daniel Rathman

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September 10, 2015 11:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 10, 2015

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Nats! Mets! Another disaster for Matt Williams!

The Wednesday Takeaway
When the Nationals took the field last night, their hopes of gaining ground on the Mets in the three-game showdown on their turf had already been dashed. The series victory had already been celebrated in the visitors' clubhouse. All the hosts could do now was avoid a sweep.

Washington's homegrown franchise cornerstones, Stephen Strasburg—the first-overall pick in the 2009 draft—and Bryce Harper, who followed in his footsteps in 2010, marched onto the diamond determined to deprive Mid-Atlantic headline writers of the "National disaster" puns they craved. A loss would justify those, of course, because there'd be no other way to spin a seven-game deficit with 23 left to play.


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September 2, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 2, 2015

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An unlikely duo strikes a blow for the Rays, and more of yesterday's action.

The Tuesday Takeaway
In early April of this year, the Orioles released catcher J.P. Arencibia and watched him sign a minor-league deal with the division-rival Rays. About a month after that, in a completely independent event, the Rays lost Drew Smyly to a torn labrum in his left shoulder. With the southpaw's season in doubt, the odds were solidly against either Arencibia or Smyly furthering the O's summer tailspin on the first day of September.

Smyly forewent surgery, which would have ended his year, and instead rehabbed his shoulder to the point where the Rays cleared him for duty in mid-August. The early results were mixed—two clunkers sandwiching one strong showing—and there was reason to wonder if the 26-year-old's arsenal would regain its crispness before 2016.


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September 1, 2015 12:26 pm

What You Need to Know: September 1, 2015

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If Shelby Miller didn't have bad luck, he wouldn't have no luck at all.

The Monday Takeaway
Shelby Miller woke up yesterday thinking he would start today. Then he got word from manager Fredi Gonzalez that Mike Foltynewicz had fallen ill and was going to be scratched because of flu-like symptoms. Miller, on regular rest anyway, agreed to take the rookie's place.

In so doing, the right-hander might have been hoping to drum up a little good karma for himself, karma that, ideally, would manifest itself in the form of run support. Miller had compiled a 3.24 ERA in his previous 18 starts, but the Braves had gone just 3-15 behind him, and the ex-Cardinal had no wins to show for his fine work on the mound. You'd be hard-pressed to find better evidence that win-loss records belong in the dustbin than his 0-10 record since May 23rd.


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August 28, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 28, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

The weekend is here! What are you going to do about it?

The Thursday Takeaway
Yordano Ventura's 10-month-long road from World Series stardom back to big-league dominance had no shortage of twists and turns. He was ejected from back-to-back starts in April, spent a month on the shelf with ulnar neuritis in his throwing elbow in June, and was briefly demoted to Triple-A, with only the season-ending injury to Jason Vargas' elbow sparing Ventura a summertime stint in Omaha. But the electric right-hander appears to have come out the other side just fine.

He'd held foes to two or fewer runs in three straight starts before Thursday, when the Orioles bore witness to the crispest stuff Ventura has wielded all season. He fired 36 four-seamers at the Birds and averaged—yes, averaged—99.6 mph with the fastball, approaching 102 and entering triple digits time and time again:


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August 26, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 26, 2015

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Blowouts! Bat flips! Yellin'! And tonight, aces!

The Tuesday Takeaway
Brendan Ryan played right field and pitched yesterday. The Astros batted around thrice. Besides that, it was just another day at the yard in the Bronx.

It all started with Ivan Nova on the hill for the Yankees, and say this for Nova: He twice got Jose Altuve out on one pitch. Trouble is, he did that twice in the first inning, which means he did a whole lot of less impressive stuff in between.


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August 11, 2015 10:55 am

What You Need to Know: August 11, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

Johnny Cueto's debut and more from yesterday, plus a look at tonight's action, including some #PitchersWhoRake possibilities

The Monday Takeaway
There hasn't been much buyer's remorse in the days following the July 31st trade deadline, at least not among the contenders that struck big.

The Blue Jays, for instance, have defeated their primary rivals, the Twins and Yankees, behind excellent work from David Price, while adding another potent bat to their collection in Troy Tulowitzki. South of the border, the biggest splash came from Dayton Moore and the Royals, who hauled in Johnny Cueto from the Reds and Ben Zobrist from the A's. And if Monday's win over the Tigers is any indication, they've got nothing to complain about, either.


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August 7, 2015 12:10 pm

What You Need to Know: August 7, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

Joe Ross earns a place in the Nationals' rotation and other games from yesterday, plus a look at ahead at the weekend, including a Felix-Prince matchup.

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August 4, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 4, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

A lot of runs happened yesterday, but no fear for tonight: Sliders are coming.

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July 31, 2015 11:39 am

What You Need to Know: July 31, 2015

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The Mets drop a weird one, the Astros continue their push toward the playoffs, and more of yesterday's action, plus a weekend preview.

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July 28, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 28, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

Fireworks for the Rockies headline yesterday's news, while tonight features a key AL West matchup.

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July 24, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 24th, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

A few pitchers make strong trade-deadline auditions, Kershaw flirts with perfection, and much more.

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July 17, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 17, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

A hot weekend preview for a hot weekend. Hot.

With no games to recap, let's look ahead …

What to Watch This Weekend

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