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What You Need to Know: August 21, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-20

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What You Need to Know: August 20, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-19

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What You Need to Know: August 19, 2014
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Chris Mosch

08-18

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What You Need to Know: August 18, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-15

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What You Need to Know: August 15, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-14

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What You Need to Know: August 14, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-13

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What You Need to Know: August 13, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-12

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What You Need to Know: August 12, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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

08-07

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What You Need to Know: August 7, 2014
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Chris Mosch

08-06

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What You Need to Know: August 6, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-05

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What You Need to Know: August 5, 2014
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Chris Mosch

08-04

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What You Need to Know: August 4, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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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What You Need to Know: July 31, 2014
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Chris Mosch

07-30

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What You Need to Know: July 30, 2014
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Chris Mosch

07-29

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What You Need to Know: July 29, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

07-28

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

07-25

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What You Need to Know: July 25, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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

07-10

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What You Need to Know: Chris Sale's Revenge
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Chris Mosch

07-09

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What You Need to Know: The Tigers' Roaring Comeback
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Chris Mosch

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

07-02

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What You Need to Know: The A's Get Rick-Rolled
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Chris Mosch

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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Daniel Rathman

06-27

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What You Need to Know: The Killer Cs
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Chris Mosch

06-26

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What You Need to Know: Lincecum Conquers Again
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Daniel Rathman

06-25

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What You Need to Know: Five Hours and Counting
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Chris Mosch

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

06-13

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What You Need to Know: Scherzer's First Gem
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Chris Mosch

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

06-10

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What You Need to Know: Chisenhall Messes With Texas
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Chris Mosch

06-09

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/9
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Daniel Rathman

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August 21, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 21, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Gerrit Cole is back and hitting 100.3 mph, which makes baseball just that much better.

The Wednesday Takeaway
The Braves had the misfortune of running into Gerrit Cole, rested and refreshed after a 45-day stay on the disabled list with a lat strain.


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August 20, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 20, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Second chances for me but not for thee.

The Tuesday Takeaway
As the adage goes, baseball is a game of second chances. Usually.

It was true for Chris Carter with two on, one out, and the Astros and Yankees tied in the ninth. With a red-hot hitter at the plate with a 3-0 count, manager Bo Porter decided it was a good time to give the green light ...


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August 19, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 19, 2014

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Chris Mosch

Yesterday's extra-innings fun and today's top-notch pitching matchups.

The Monday Takeaway
Late-inning drama was the theme of Washington’s sweep of Pittsburgh over the weekend, as the National League East leaders took a trio of one-run games, with the final two coming in walk-off fashion. The Nationals made it three in a row Monday night as Adam LaRoche delivered the decisive blow to the Diamondbacks in a contest that saw several late rallies.

Arizona took advantage of an uncharacteristic leadoff walk issued by Jordan Zimmermann in the fifth inning to get on the board first. Mark Trumbo worked a seven-pitch free pass and moved up to second base after a Miguel Montero single. Trumbo would come around to score later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Jake Lamb.


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August 18, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 18, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The A's continue their free-fall, Michael Cuddyer and David Ortiz blast off, and other action from the weekend, plus what to watch on Monday.

The Weekend Takeaway
At the end of play last weekend, the Athletics held a four-game lead over the Angels in the American League West. That was the third-largest gap between first- and second-place teams in any division. If you’d had to pick one of the six to be tied one week later, you probably would’ve looked elsewhere.

But the A’s went on a tough road trip, first to Kansas City, where they couldn’t solve the Royals’ arms, then to Atlanta, where they continued to scuffle at the plate. With the exception of an 11-3 blowout win on Tuesday, Bob Melvin’s offense didn’t exceed three runs in any game on the trek.


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August 15, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 15, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Fourteen-strikeout facts and trivia, plus your guide to how to spend your baseball time this weekend.

The Thursday Takeaway
Max Scherzer last struck out at least 14 batters on May 20, 2012 and the Pirates were on the receiving end of his nastiness. In the intervening 28 months, only one pitcher—Yovani Gallardo on July 15, 2012—so thoroughly carved up the Bucs.

Yesterday, we found out that the Missourian’s assault on Pittsburgh two years ago was no fluke. Scherzer and the Pirates are simply a match made in strikeout heaven.


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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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Daniel Rathman

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 12, 2014 10:10 am

What You Need to Know: August 12, 2014

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Chris Mosch

Something's wrong with Verlander, while nothing's wrong in Kansas City.

The Monday Takeaway

On June 17th, the Royals beat the Tigers by a final of 11-4 to take their ninth straight game and leapfrog Detroit atop the American League Central. It was the first time Kansas City had held the division that late in the season since 2003, and they beat Detroit again the next night to build a 1 1/2 game lead.

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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 7, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 7, 2014

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Chris Mosch

The Padres didn't have video last night, but BP does. And GIFs. And pictures. And words.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Major League Baseball’s first season of expanded replay has had its growing pains, with controversy stemming from the transfer rule early in the season and, more recently, catchers being required to allow baserunners a clear lane to home plate. It’s natural for the system to be imperfect in the first year of implementation, but all in all, it’s fair to say that the first year of expanded replay has been a success.


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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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