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04-28

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What You Need to Know: One Day, Two Losses
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Demetrius Bell

04-27

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What You Need to Know: Pittsburgh's Gift
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Ben Diamond

04-26

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What You Need to Know: Losing the Crown
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Emma Baccellieri

04-25

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What You Need to Know: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
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Stacey Gotsulias

04-24

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What You Need to Know: Funk Blast
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Ashley Varela

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Eric Thames is Back at it Again
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Demetrius Bell

04-20

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What You Need to Know: Big Blasts
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Ben Diamond

04-19

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What You Need to Know: Eight Is Enough
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Emma Baccellieri

04-17

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What You Need to Know: Less Than Perfect
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Ashley Varela

04-14

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What You Need to Know: Is the Ivy part of the Wall?
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Demetrius Bell

04-13

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What You Need to Know: When a Knuckler Doesn't Knuckle
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Ben Diamond

04-12

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What You Need to Know: Yo! Yo! Yo!
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Emma Baccellieri

04-11

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What You Need to Know: First Cycle
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Martin Alonso

04-10

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What You Need to Know: It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To
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Ashley Varela

04-07

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What You Need to Know: The Wildest Wild Pitch
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Demetrius Bell

04-06

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What You Need to Know: Walk It Off
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Ben Diamond

04-05

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What You Need to Know: Boom or Bust
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Emma Baccellieri

04-04

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What You Need to Know: Opening Day Part Deux
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Jared Wyllys

04-03

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What You Need to Know: Baseball's Back, Alright!
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Ashley Varela

10-03

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What You Need to Know: Swan Song
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Ashley Varela

09-30

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What You Need to Know: Theoretical Replay and Sister Kissing
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Nicolas Stellini

09-29

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What You Need to Know: Cycles and Walk-Offs
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Demetrius Bell

09-28

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What You Need to Know: The Dozens
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Emma Baccellieri

09-27

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What You Need to Know: Dee Gordon and the Marlins Honor Jose Fernandez
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Daniel Rathman

09-26

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What You Need to Know: How the West (and the East) Was Won
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Ashley Varela

09-23

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What You Need to Know: All Mets'd Up
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Nicolas Stellini

09-22

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What You Need to Know: The Wild Card Wilters
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Demetrius Bell

09-21

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What You Need to Know: To Sin By Silence, When They Should Protest, Makes Cowards of Men
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Emma Baccellieri

09-20

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What You Need to Know: The Best Bullpens Are the Ones You Don't Need
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Daniel Rathman

09-19

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What You Need to Know: Bruised, Not Beaten
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Ashley Varela

09-16

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What You Need to Know: September Is The Gassed Month
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Nicolas Stellini

09-15

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What You Need to Know: Kershaw (Back) Back
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Demetrius Bell

09-14

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What You Need to Know: The Ownage That Won The West
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Daniel Rathman

09-13

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What You Need to Know: World Stops To Watch Kyle Hendricks Allow Hit
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Emma Baccellieri

09-12

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What You Need to Know: Pitch Imperfect
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Ashley Varela

09-09

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What You Need to Know: Replay Don't Lie
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Nicolas Stellini

09-08

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What You Need to Know: The Feel of Cotton
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Demetrius Bell

09-07

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What You Need to Know: Pirate Ship Sunk
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Emma Baccellieri

09-06

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What You Need to Know: Freak Out About Brian Dozier!
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Daniel Rathman

09-02

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What You Need to Know: Progress, or Something
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Nicolas Stellini

09-01

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What You Need to Know: A is for Astros
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Demetrius Bell

08-31

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What You Need to Know: What You Need to Know: A Di(z)azter for Edwin
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Emma Baccellieri

08-30

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What You Need to Know: Werth Is Back, For the Thousandth Time
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Daniel Rathman

08-29

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What You Need to Know: Everything Is Gary Sanchez
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Ashley Varela

08-26

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What You Need to Know: Nope, Hit
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Nicolas Stellini

08-25

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What You Need to Know: Beltway Goes Balt's Way
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Demetrius Bell

08-24

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What You Need to Know: Gsellman Is Just In Time
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Emma Baccellieri

08-23

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What You Need to Know: Homer Story
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Daniel Rathman

08-22

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What You Need to Know: Flaherty, Floperty
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Ashley Varela

08-19

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What You Need to Know: DeGrim
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Nicolas Stellini

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Toronto has a very bad day, Washington goes crazy at Coors Field, and the Red Sox and Yankees play fast for once.

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Gift Ngoepe makes his MLB debut, Aaron Judge and Luis Severino shine, and a Little League game breaks out in Baltimore.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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King Felix looks shakier than ever, Trea Turner goes for the cycle, Danny Duffy dares everyone, and Eric Thames did it again.

The Tuesday Takeaway

After two seasons of slipping velocity, miscellaneous injury struggles, and other various signs of the aging process, Felix Hernandez is no longer the ace that was once crowned king. He’s still, for the most part, recognizably himself—just less consistently and often less effectively and simply less so. But decline in and of itself is neither interesting nor surprising; it’s the how and the when that provide that color. For Felix, this year seems potentially key to answering both. Were last season’s career-worst numbers truly the beginning of the end, or just an anomalous spike on a gentle downward slope? His first four starts of the season didn’t do so much to provide context there, but his fifth was a discouraging nod toward the former.

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Eric Thames continues to crush baseballs, Justin Turner makes a baserunning blunder, and the Bears beat the Steelers.

The Monday Takeaway

MLB’s attack on baseballs continued Monday, with Eric Thames leading the charge. The Brewers’ first baseman connected on two more long balls, bringing his season total to 10. And somehow even more impressive than that, they were his sixth and seventh homers against the Reds. Thames is currently on pace to hit 80 home runs. No one is able to keep up that kind of pace, but for now Thames’ at-bats are must-see TV.

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Home runs still dominate the highlight reels, Manny Machado's takeout slide leads to some tense aftermath, Dan Straily joins an exclusive strikeout club, and more from the weekend.

The Weekend Takeaway

The home run era isn’t dead just yet, not if Aaron Judge and Trevor Story and Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper and Joey Gallo and Willson Contreras and Daniel Murphy have anything to do with it.

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Chris Sale was his usual self, Eric Thames was Babe Ruth, the Rangers won after going 27 batters without a hit.

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Bryce Harper owns Julio Teheran, Aaron Judge hits a bomb, Jason Vargas out-duels Madison Bumgarner, and the Tigers lose on a walk-off error.

The Wednesday Takeaway

In 2015, Bryce Harper set the baseball world on fire with one of the best non-Barry Bonds offensive seasons we’ve ever witnessed. Hitting .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs and an absurd 197 wRC+, Harper’s age-22 season was so transcendent that it even made people question whether Mike Trout could stake claim as the no-doubt best player in baseball. Alas, Harper’s follow-up act was marred by ... “issues,” according to Scott Boras. If you ask anyone else, they’d tell you his performance was slowed by a nagging shoulder injury, which played a large role in his depressed .243 batting average and mere 24 home runs.

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Miguel Gonzalez ends the Yankees' winning streak, the Mets' bullpen does it again, and Carlos Gomez robs Yonder Alonso.

The Tuesday Takeaway

The Yankees entered yesterday looking to preserve their eight-game winning streak, and they seemed pretty well-equipped to do so. They’d be pitting Luis Severino, coming off the single best game of his career, against Miguel Gonzalez, coming off a game in which he was pulled in the fifth inning.

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Tyler Chatwood and Dan Straily attempt their first no-hitters of the year, Ender Inciarte makes history at SunTrust Park, and more from this weekend's games.

The Weekend Takeaway

No major-league pitcher has pulled off a no-hitter since Jake Arrieta’s no-no against the Reds last April, but that didn’t stop Tyler Chatwood and Dan Straily from putting forth some creative no-hit attempts this weekend.

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Important questions answered at Wrigley Field, Yoenis Cespedes keeps rolling, and Michael Martinez takes the mound.

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Stephen Wright gets lit up, Jordan Montgomery debuts, Giancarlo Stanton goes deep twice, and Andrew Benintendi flashes some glove.

The Thursday Takeaway

While just about every aspect of baseball has a sense of mystery (how do hitters hit a curving 90 mph ball with a two inch-wide stick of lumber?), the mere concept of a knuckleball may be the hardest to understand. Save for the knuckler, every pitch relies on spin to twist and turn. Naturally, by not spinning, the knuckleball breaks more, and in more unpredictable manners, than its peers.

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Yoenis Cespedes homered three times, Michael Brantley walked off the White Sox, and a cat got stuck in the Marlins' home run sculpture.

The Tuesday Takeaway

Yoenis Cespedes’ first swing of the night was indicative of the type of game he was about to have in that it was extremely powerful. So powerful, in fact, that he fell down.

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