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07-03

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On the Beat: Bucking the Losing Trend
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John Perrotto

06-27

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8

On the Beat: Old-School Thought, Old-School Success
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John Perrotto

06-20

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14

On the Beat: Pitchers Take the Wheel
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John Perrotto

06-13

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11

On the Beat: Not a Giant Worry
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John Perrotto

06-06

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8

On the Beat: Potential PED Fallout
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John Perrotto

05-30

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On the Beat: Unbearable Miscues
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John Perrotto

05-23

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7

On the Beat: The Optimistic Disastros
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John Perrotto

05-16

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7

On the Beat: The Most Improved Players
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John Perrotto

05-09

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4

On the Beat: No-Hitting Nationals
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John Perrotto

05-02

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18

On the Beat: Minnesota Mediocrity
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John Perrotto

04-25

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17

On the Beat: Up, Up, Upton and Away
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John Perrotto

04-18

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On the Beat: Choo-sing to Look on the Sunny Side
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John Perrotto

04-11

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On the Beat: Who Said You Can't Go Home?
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John Perrotto

04-04

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7

On the Beat: Contractual Matters
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John Perrotto

03-28

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On the Beat: Great Expectations
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John Perrotto

03-21

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10

On the Beat: Sights of Spring
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John Perrotto

03-14

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On the Beat: One Giant Leap for the Roster
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John Perrotto

03-07

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On the Beat: Fighting for Béisbol Prominence
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John Perrotto

02-28

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5

On the Beat: Not Fishing for Last Place
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John Perrotto

02-25

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6

On the Beat: Aged to Perfection?
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John Perrotto

02-14

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26

On the Beat: A Flaw to Declaw Detroit?
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John Perrotto

02-07

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17

On the Beat: Spring Headliners
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John Perrotto

01-31

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30

On the Beat: The Unclean Game
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John Perrotto

01-24

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On the Beat: Phunky Strategy for Philly
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John Perrotto

01-17

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On the Beat: Final Free-Agent Blitz
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John Perrotto

01-10

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On the Beat: A Change in the Process
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John Perrotto

01-03

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On the Beat: The Hall of Fame Ballot
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John Perrotto

12-27

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On the Beat: Remaking the Red Sox
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John Perrotto

12-20

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15

On the Beat: Jays Ready for Takeoff
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John Perrotto

12-13

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On the Beat: Moore Problems
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John Perrotto

12-06

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On the Beat: Manager Monger
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John Perrotto

12-05

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On the Beat: Catching Up at the Winter Meetings
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John Perrotto

12-04

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6

On the Beat: Rumblings from Nashville
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John Perrotto

11-21

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13

On the Beat: AL Shopping Lists
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John Perrotto

11-15

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20

On the Beat: NL Shopping Lists
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John Perrotto

11-08

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On the Beat: The All-Major League Baseball Team
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John Perrotto

11-01

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On the Beat: Hot Stove Stories
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John Perrotto

10-25

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On the Beat: Rising to Giant Occasions
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John Perrotto

10-18

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On the Beat: Making the Tigers Roar
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John Perrotto

10-11

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On the Beat: Managing the Golden Oldies
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John Perrotto

10-04

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On the Beat: Planning a Play-In Strategy
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John Perrotto

09-27

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On the Beat: McClatchy Comes Out
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John Perrotto

09-21

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On the Beat: Trouble in Tiger Town
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John Perrotto

09-13

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On the Beat: The Shark vs. Strasburg Shutdown
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John Perrotto

09-06

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On the Beat: Seeing the Forst for the Trees
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John Perrotto

08-30

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On the Beat: New Cup of Joe a Winner
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John Perrotto

08-23

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On the Beat: The Difference-Makers
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John Perrotto

08-16

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On the Beat: A Clubhouse Scorned
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John Perrotto

08-09

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On the Beat: Snaking Up the Standings
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John Perrotto

08-02

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On the Beat: A Tale of Two Cities
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John Perrotto

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July 3, 2013 5:54 am

On the Beat: Bucking the Losing Trend

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John Perrotto

Everything is coming up roses for the Pirates, but things aren't so sunny in Philadelphia. Our beat man also makes his picks for the All-Star team and checks in with scouts.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has become baseball’s parallel universe. On the western side of the state in Pittsburgh, the Pirates look like serious contenders for their first post-season berth—and winning season—since 1992. On the eastern side, the Phillies appear destined to miss the playoffs for a second straight season since winning five straight National League East titles from 2007-11.

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June 27, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Old-School Thought, Old-School Success

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John Perrotto

The RBI might be an old-fashioned stat, but it's still a measure of success in Detroit. Our beat man also checks in on Mariano Rivera, Justin Verlander, Munenori Kawasaki, and with scouts.

For those of us of a certain age—in this case, less than one year away from 50—RBI still have meaning. Yes, the sum of a player’s RBI has long been rendered irrelevant by sabermetricians, who have logically and correctly proven runs batted in are a function of opportunity rather than skill. This fact is still hard to accept for someone who grew up in an era before the Bill James Abstracts were marketed to the masses. In my youth, RBI were the hallmark of a clutch hitter. So said the radio broadcasters and all the writers whose articles I devoured every Thursday in The Sporting News.

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June 20, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Pitchers Take the Wheel

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John Perrotto

The Dodgers are going to have to rely on their pitching to carry them to October. Our beat man also checks in on Carlos Marmol, the A's stadium situation, Alex Cobb, and with scouts.

Don Mattingly is not a cockeyed optimist. He is plain spoken and admittedly frustrated that his team with a $200-million-plus payroll has an awful record and is in last place in the National League West. Yet the manager remains hopeful the Dodgers can somehow get back into the pennant race with more than half the season remaining.

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June 13, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Not a Giant Worry

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John Perrotto

The Giants' rotation might not be as dominant as usual, but the team is still confident in its chances for October. Our beat man also checks in on Brandon McCarthy, Bryce Harper, Gerrit Cole, with scouts, and weighs in on Kirk Gibson vs. Mark McGwire.

The Giants know more than any other club that the big thing is just making it to October. When they reached the postseason in 2010 and 2012, the Giants weren’t even close to be considered favorites but went on to win the World Series each year. The Giants were able to navigate through three post-season rounds because of their strong starting pitching. It gave them the edge over teams with better lineups, especially in short series with days off that allowed manager Bruce Bochy to set up his rotation in the most optimal way.

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June 6, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Potential PED Fallout

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John Perrotto

Several teams with playoff hopes could be affected should MLB follow through with Biogenesis suspensions. Our beat man also checks in on Stephen Strasburg, Jonathan Gray, Grady Sizemore, the Phillies, and scouts.

What if Major League Baseball gets its way and is able to suspend those players whose names have been linked to rogue doctor Tony Bosch and the now-defunct Biogenesis anti-aging clinic? Will the suspensions hurt many teams? Will they impact many pennant races?

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May 30, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Unbearable Miscues

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John Perrotto

The Cubs might have an ugly record, but the team feels that better days are ahead. Our beat man also checks in on Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kennedy, the Mariners, and scouts.

On the surface, it seems like this is nothing more than another miserable season for the Cubs. They are 21-30 and fourth in the National League Central, 13 ½ games behind the Cardinals. Just three major-league teams have worse records: the Marlins (13-40), Astros (16-37), and Brewers (19-32).

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May 23, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: The Optimistic Disastros

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John Perrotto

They might be on a historically bad pace, but the Astros are optimistic about 2013. Our beat man also checks in on Matt Garza, the AL Central, Carlos Ruiz, and with scouts.

Bo Porter is enthusiastic, optimistic, and energetic. Very enthusiastic, optimistic, and energetic. In fact, the first-year Astros manager possesses so much of those three qualities that he believes that his team is not nearly as bad as its record says it is and it won’t be as historically bad as some analysts have predicted.

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May 16, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: The Most Improved Players

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John Perrotto

Jean Segura and Michael Saunders both could challenge for a Most Improved Player award. Our beat reporter also checks in with Bryce Harper, Carlos Zambrano, Rick Ankiel, Philip Humber, and scouts.

It’s too bad for Jean Segara that there isn’t an award for the Most Improved Player in the major leagues. The Brewers shortstop would be the early favorite. However, Segura is at least going to be able to settle for a spot on the National League team in the All-Star Game with the way he has played his first 37 games.

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May 9, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: No-Hitting Nationals

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John Perrotto

The Nationals' offense is off to a sluggish start. Our beat reporter also checks in with the potential use of pitcher helmets, Roy Halladay, and scouts' takes.

Davey Johnson doesn’t believe in team meetings. The 70-year-old Nationals manager is old school in that regard, preferring to informally chat with the players on his team when he needs to communicate a message. However, Johnson felt the urge to call a team meeting last weekend with his Nationals standing at 15-15 after 30 games, a far cry from where they were expected to be after winning 98 games last season, more than any team in the major leagues. Johnson’s message was simply to tell his players to relax.

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May 2, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Minnesota Mediocrity

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John Perrotto

The Twins might have a mediocre record, but it's an upgrade from 2012. Our beat reporter also checks in on whether major leaguers would accept a gay teammate, the Phillies, Stephen Strasburg, and returns with scouting reports.

The Twins are 12-12 one game into May. While .500 may seem to be the epitome of mediocrity to some, after finishing the last two seasons at 66-96 and 69-93, respectively, the Twins will take it.

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April 25, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Up, Up, Upton and Away

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John Perrotto

The Braves are thriving thanks to Justin Upton. Our beat reporter also catches up with the Tigers, Albert Pujols, and the Rockies.

The Braves have the best record in the major leagues at 15-6. However, manager Fredi Gonzalez is quick to say his team could be better. Not necessarily have a better record—a .714 winning percentage is hard to beat, mind you—but playing better overall baseball.

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April 18, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Choo-sing to Look on the Sunny Side

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John Perrotto

The Reds have battled injuries early on, but some scouts think the 2013 squad might be better than the 2012 team. Our beat man also checks in on Yovani Gallardo, the Blue Jays, Ubaldo Jimenez, and the Red Sox.

Manager Dusty Baker isn’t ready to say this year’s edition of the Reds is better than the team that won the National League Central last year. That is understandable, considering that ace pitcher Johnny Cueto, cleanup hitter and left fielder Ryan Ludwick, and top left-handed set-up reliever Sean Marshall are on the disabled list.

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