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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

08-04

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The Week in Quotes: July 28-August 3, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

07-28

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The Week in Quotes: July 21-27, 2014
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

07-07

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The Week in Quotes: June 30-July 6
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

06-30

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The Week in Quotes: June 23-29
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

06-23

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The Week in Quotes: June 16-22
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Morris Greenberg and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

06-16

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The Week in Quotes: June 9-15
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

06-09

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The Week in Quotes: June 3-9
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

06-02

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The Week in Quotes: May 26-June 1
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

05-27

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The Week in Quotes: May 19-26
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

05-16

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What You Need to Know: Cueto Fries the Friars
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Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

05-15

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What You Need to Know: Odorizzi Blows Away the M's
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 5/12
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Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

05-12

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The Week in Quotes: May 5-11
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

04-28

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The Week in Quotes: April 21-27
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

04-21

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The Week in Quotes: April 14-20
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 4/21
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

04-14

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The Week in Quotes: April 7-13
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Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

04-07

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The Week in Quotes: March 31 - April 6
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-31

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The Week in Quotes: March 24-30
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-24

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The Week in Quotes: March 17-23
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Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-17

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The Week in Quotes: March 10-16
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-10

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The Week in Quotes: March 3-9
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Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-04

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The Week in Quotes: February 24-March 3
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-24

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The Week in Quotes: February 17-23
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-17

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The Week in Quotes: February 10-16
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-10

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The Week in Quotes: February 3-9
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-03

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The Week in Quotes: January 27-February 2
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-27

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The Week in Quotes: January 21-26
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Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-21

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The Week in Quotes: January 13-20
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-13

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The Week in Quotes: January 2-12
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-02

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The Week in Quotes: December 26-January 1
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

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The Week in Quotes: December 16-25
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Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

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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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TOTALLY UNEVENTFUL TRADE DEADLINE PASSES

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COOPERSTOWN BUZZES WITH HALL OF FAME FANFARE

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CUBS TRADE SAMARDZIJA AND HAMMEL TO OAKLAND

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THOUGHTS ON TONY GWYNN AND CHEWING TOBACCO

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KERSHAW THROWS A NO-HITTER

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ROLLINS BREAKS SCHMIDT’S RECORD FOR HITS AS A PHILLIE

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BASEBALL MOURNS PASSING OF DON ZIMMER

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RED SOX, RAYS SCUFFLE (AGAIN)

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BECKETT NO-HITS THE PHILLIES

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May 16, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Cueto Fries the Friars

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Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

The Reds' ace tosses another shutout, the Mets use a brand-new starter for the second straight day, plus other recaps and previews for the weekend.

The Thursday Takeaway
The Padres and Reds played two on Thursday, with the first matchup pitting Johnny Cueto and Ian Kennedy against each other in a matchup between baseball's ERA leader and its FRA leader.

Nick Bacarella mentioned in yesterday's WYNTK that Cueto entered Thursday as the first pitcher since Fernando Valenzuela to start a season with eight starts of at least seven innings pitched while allowing two or fewer runs. That streak continued after Cueto tossed his second shutout of the season on Thursday, and he is now the first starting pitcher since 1914 to start a season with nine such starts.


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The young Ray's fine outing, a shutout by Masahiro Tanaka, David Ortiz's yardwork, plus more from Wednesday and previews for Thursday.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Entering last Friday’s start against the Indians, Jake Odorizzi owned a 6.83 ERA and 1.80 WHIP, and had made it out of the fifth inning in just three of his six starts. The Tampa Bay right-hander held the Indians scoreless during that outing and racked up 11 punchouts, but lasted just five innings and promptly watched his bullpen squander the lead. On Wednesday, Odorizzi carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and reminded Rays fans that he was more than just a throw-in that the club got in the James Shields-Wil Myers trade.

Odorizzi’s fastball worked particularly well against the Mariners, as the pitch generated 13 swinging strikes, nearly doubling his previous career high of seven (which came in his last start against Cleveland). After the game he told reporters, “It felt good coming out. The hitters tell you what your stuff is like. They didn't put any hard contact on it, so we kept going to it. Kept bringing it up higher and higher in the zone to see if they kept swinging at it, and a lot of them did.”


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