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08-28

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

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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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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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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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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07-07

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 7/7
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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

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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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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05-30

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What You Need to Know: Reversals of Fortune
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05-27

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

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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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Daniel Rathman

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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June 2, 2014 6:00 am

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

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The Mets and Phillies play bonus baseball, Oscar Taveras arrives, and the Red Sox go down the managerial depth chart, plus what to watch today.

The Weekend Takeaway
Nine innings simply wasn’t enough for the Mets and Phillies this weekend, so they decided to play a whole lot of extra baseball. Fourteen innings, to be precise—and not once, but twice.


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May 30, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Reversals of Fortune

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Boston bounces back, the Blue Jays' winning streak ends, and George Springer, Zack Wheeler, and Josh Collmenter have big days, plus what to watch this weekend.

The Thursday Takeaway
Josh Collmenter became only the second Diamondbacks starting pitcher to face the minimum in a complete game last night, but he didn’t do it Randy Johnson-style. The lefty notched a perfect game for the Snakes in 2004. Collmenter’s gem was a three-hitter.


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May 27, 2014 6:00 am

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

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Daniel Rathman

The Sox end a streak, Bckett throws a no-no, and Springer explodes, plus much more from the weekend and what to watch today.

The Memorial Day Weekend Takeaway
If you’re going to compile a 10-game losing streak, you’ll need to find some innovative ways to give away games. Like, say, batting around and scoring five runs in the first inning against David Price, then getting shut out for 14 offensive frames before going down with a series of defensive misadventures:


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May 23, 2014 6:00 am

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

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Robbie Ray has a rude awakening, the Rays and A's battle, and Chris Sale returns, plus what to watch this weekend.

The Thursday Takeaway
After holding the Astros to one run in 5 1/3 innings in his major-league debut and then keeping the Twins off the scoreboard for six frames in his second start, Robbie Ray might have come under the illusion that pitching in the big leagues is easy. If he did, the Rangers smacked the southpaw right out of it on Thursday afternoon.


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May 21, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Chris Davis Going Deep

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Last year's HR leader wakes up from his slumber, Masahiro Tanaka loses a game, and more from Tuesday, plus what to watch on Wednesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Chris Davis slugged three home runs in his first three games of the 2013 season—one in each of them—and then upped his total to four by going yard again the next day. That set the stage for his league-leading 53-homer campaign, which established the 28-year-old as one of the most feared hitters in the American League.


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May 20, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Cincinnati Stays Alive

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Daniel Rathman

The Reds tread water while waiting for injured players to return, the Brewers have a bullpen, problem, and Jason Vargas regresses, plus what to watch today.

The Defensive Play(s) of the Day
Last night’s best fielding efforts feed right into the Takeaway, so this segment moves to the top of the column.


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May 19, 2014 6:00 am

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

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Justin Morneau goes deep again, plus news about Clayton Kershaw, Prince Fielder, and Cole Hamels, and what to watch today.

The Weekend Takeaway
Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado have garnered most of the press surrounding the Rockies’ torrid start—and deservedly so, considering the shortstop’s otherworldly numbers and the third baseman’s league-best 28-game hitting streak and highlight-reel defense at the hot corner. But another member of Colorado’s infield was the man of the hour on Sunday, and he’s been flying under the radar all season.


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