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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

04-21

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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

04-18

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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

04-15

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What You Need to Know: Back-and-Forth Baseball
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Daniel Rathman

04-14

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 4/14
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Daniel Rathman

04-11

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What You Need to Know: A Play at the Plate
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Daniel Rathman

04-10

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What You Need to Know: Ervin Arrives
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Daniel Rathman

04-09

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What You Need to Know: You Must Learn Control
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Daniel Rathman

04-08

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What You Need to Know: The New Class of Shift Candidate
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Daniel Rathman

04-07

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

04-04

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What You Need to Know: The Importance of Pagan
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Daniel Rathman

04-03

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What You Need to Know: Derek Norris Finds the Opposite Field
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Daniel Rathman

04-02

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What You Need to Know: Revere Does Not Go Deep
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Daniel Rathman

04-01

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What You Need to Know: Aces of the NL Central
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Daniel Rathman

03-31

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What You Need to Know: Opening Night Action
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Daniel Rathman

09-30

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What You Need to Know: A Wild Final Weekend
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

09-27

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What You Need to Know: A Bronx Goodbye
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Daniel Rathman

09-26

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What You Need to Know: Helton Leaves Home
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Daniel Rathman

09-25

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What You Need to Know: Cleveland Socks
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Daniel Rathman

09-24

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What You Need to Know: Monday in Playoff Implications
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Daniel Rathman

09-23

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What You Need to Know: The Weekend's Playoff Developments
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Daniel Rathman

09-20

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What You Need to Know: A Couple of Clinchers
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Daniel Rathman

09-19

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What You Need to Know: Weirdest Baseball
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Daniel Rathman

09-18

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What You Need to Know: Nothing Quiet on the Wild Card Front
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Daniel Rathman

09-17

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What You Need to Know: Almost Perfect
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Daniel Rathman

09-16

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What You Need to Know: The A's Sweep Away Texas
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Daniel Rathman

09-13

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What You Need to Know: Meltdown Madness
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Daniel Rathman

09-12

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What You Need to Know: Jose Fernandez's Closing Argument
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Andrew Koo and Chris Mosch

09-11

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What You Need to Know: Boston Gets Buchholz Back
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Daniel Rathman

09-10

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What You Need to Know: The Pirates Make it Official
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Daniel Rathman

09-09

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What You Need to Know: A Weekend of Almosts
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Daniel Rathman

09-06

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What You Need to Know: Thursday's Wild Card Contender Drama
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Daniel Rathman

09-05

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What You Need to Know: Night of the Long Flies
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Daniel Rathman

09-04

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What You Need to Know: The Pittsburgh Pirates: No Longer a Losing Team
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Daniel Rathman

09-03

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What You Need to Know: Taking Three Teams' Playoff Temperatures
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Daniel Rathman

08-30

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What You Need to Know: Could Washington Win the Wild Card?
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Daniel Rathman

08-29

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What You Need to Know: An Ugly Outing for Felix
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Daniel Rathman

08-28

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What You Need to Know: August's Surprising Power Performances
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Daniel Rathman

08-27

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What You Need to Know: The Other Way in Which Zack Greinke is Good
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

08-26

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What You Need to Know: Roy Halladay Returns
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Will Woods

08-23

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What You Need to Know: Braun Comes Clean(er)
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Will Woods

08-22

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What You Need to Know: The Royals Run Out of Runs
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Daniel Rathman

08-21

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What You Need to Know: Corbin Keeps Rolling
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Daniel Rathman

08-20

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What You Need to Know: Recapping the Dodgers' Incredible Run
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Daniel Rathman

08-19

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What You Need to Know: The C&D Boys
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Daniel Rathman

08-16

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What You Need to Know: The Rays Rotation Gets a Boost
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Daniel Rathman

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April 24, 2014 6:00 am

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

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Michael Pineda gets caught pine-handed, plus the rest of the action from Wednesday and what to watch on Thursday.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Not-pro tip: If you get caught using pine tar once, then insult everyone’s eyesight by telling them it was dirt, you probably shouldn’t get caught using pine tar again.


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April 23, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Historic Tuesday

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Daniel Rathman

Albert Pujols hits a big homer, Jose Fernandez and Alex Wood duel, plus more Tuesday action and Wednesday's What to Watch.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Of the 25 players in the 500-home-run club entering play on Tuesday, none had joined by hitting nos. 499 and 500 on the same night. Albert Pujols, who became its 26th member in the Angels’ 7-2 victory, is the first to do it in two-tater fashion.


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April 22, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: No Sale

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Daniel Rathman

White Sox ace Chris Sale deals with injury issues, plus the action from Monday and what to watch today.

The Monday Takeaway
When Travis Wood stepped to the plate in the bottom of the second inning of yesterday’s Diamondbacks-Cubs series opener, he had six career home runs and a chance to do what few major-league pitchers even dream of. The left-hander slugged half of those half-dozen big flies last year—including one each of the solo, two-run, and grand slam varieties. He needed a three-run blast to complete the home-run cycle.


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Tyson Ross baffles the Giants, the benches clear at PNC Park, plus other recaps from the weekend and previews of today's action.

In the past, Tyson Ross has been viewed as a player with the raw talent to be a successful big-league pitcher, but one unable to put his skills toward sustainable success at the big-league level.

However, after an excellent outing on Friday against the Giants, Ross looks like a very good big-league pitcher. He completed eight innings with nine strikeouts, four hits, one walk, and no runs. This comes directly after another strong showing against the Tigers, in which he threw seven innings with seven strikeouts, six hits, one walk, and one run. Obviously, a two-game sample does not define the greatness of a big-league pitcher, but it is certainly a promising start. On the season, he owns a 2.13 ERA, a 2.95 FIP, and 25 strikeouts. Considering that he had a very solid second half of last season as well (2.93 ERA, 85 K in 80 IP), he may be hitting his stride.


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April 18, 2014 6:11 am

What You Need to Know: Meltdown in Minnesota

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Daniel Rathman

The Blue Jays' and Brewers' bullpens fall apart, David Price gets hit hard, and what to watch this weekend.

The Thursday Takeaway
A week replete with bullpen meltdowns continued on Thursday with what might be the most embarrassing of them all.


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April 17, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Cueto in Control

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Daniel Rathman

Johnny Cueto's gem and other action from Wednesday, plus what to watch today.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto enjoyed a career year in 2012, when he compiled a 2.78 ERA over 217 innings despite pitching half of his games in one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the league. But the then-26-year-old’s ascent toward stardom was halted by a lat strain that he suffered last April and nursed for a month, only to have it recur twice and limit him to 11 starts.


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April 16, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Please Send Starters

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Daniel Rathman

The Diamondbacks' rotation problems, plus other action from Tuesday and what to watch on Wednesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers spent the offseason looking for a frontline starter. The man upstairs, CEO Derrick Hall, was on board with the plan. “We feel like we need that horse,” Hall told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in advance of the Winter Meetings, and Towers felt he had “the players to get any available pitcher out there on the market.”


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April 15, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Back-and-Forth Baseball

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Daniel Rathman

All the action from an eventful Monday, plus what to watch on Tuesday.

The Monday Takeaway
At the start of the eighth inning, yesterday’s series opener between the Braves and Phillies was a tidy 2-1 affair. Ryan Howard homered in the second inning to give the home team its lone run of the game, and Evan Gattis went yard in the sixth to turn the visitors’ one-run deficit into a one-run lead. Then, three relievers took turns making history, as Citizens Bank Park lived up to its unforgiving reputation.


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April 14, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 4/14

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Daniel Rathman

All the action that took place over the weekend, plus what to watch for on Monday.

The Weekend Takeaway
During Adrian Gonzalez’s heyday with the Padres, from 2007-2010, the first baseman was a true all-fields power hitter:


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April 11, 2014 6:12 am

What You Need to Know: A Play at the Plate

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Daniel Rathman

Contact between a runner and catcher stirs confusion, plus Pineda, Salazar, Strasburg, and what to watch this weekend.

The Thursday Takeaway

Update: The original version of the Takeaway indicated that the new ban on catchers blocking the plate resulted in Starlin Castro being called safe. That was not the case, and this portion is now revised to reflect the umpire’s comments after the game.

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April 10, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Ervin Arrives

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Daniel Rathman

Ervin Santana debutes for the Braves, plus more replay controversy, Hamilton and Harper, and what to watch today.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Strike, strike, strike, strike… okay, fine, I’ll spare you the next 16. But that’s how Ervin Santana began his Braves career: with 20 consecutive strikes, and 28 of them in his first 29 pitches.


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April 9, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: You Must Learn Control

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Daniel Rathman

Dissecting a new wrinkle in the rules that's causing confusion, plus the highlights from Tuesday and what to watch for on Wednesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
A second baseman or shortstop fields a ground ball and throws it to his double-play partner at the keystone. The other middle infielder catches it with his foot on the bag. As he begins to remove the ball from his glove with his bare hand, the ball squirts away. The runner going to second is out. The batter is safe at first. And life goes on.


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