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What You Need to Know: September 16, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: September 15, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 12, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: September 11, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: September 10, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-09

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What You Need to Know: September 9, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: September 5, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: September 4, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: September 3, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: September 2, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 29, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: August 28, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 27, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-26

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What You Need to Know: August 26, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: August 25, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-22

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What You Need to Know: August 22, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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What You Need to Know: August 1, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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

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What You Need to Know: July 30, 2014
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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

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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

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September 16, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 16, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Jacob deGrom punctuates his ROY bid and ties a record in the process; the Rizzo/Cashner trade pays off in a big way, for both sides; the Royals and Tigers hold the line.

What’s a good way for a pitcher to try to wrap up his league’s Rookie of the Year award? How about starting a game with eight consecutive strikeouts to tie a record previously held by Jim Deshaies? That’s the route Jacob deGrom chose.

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September 15, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 15, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The Dodgers, and Kershaw, put some space between them and their competition; the Cardinals are building a cushion; a Twin struck out more than 10 batters; and baseball happened in all other corners of this great nation of ours.


The Dodgers came to AT&T Park for a three-game showdown with a two-game lead in the West. A sweep would bump Los Angeles from the top of the standings. Any other outcome would keep the Giants in second place.


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September 12, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 12, 2014

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Chris Mosch

Lots of beanballs "highlight" Thursday's action. Plus what to watch this weekend as the regular season winds down.

The Thursday Takeaway

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September 11, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 11, 2014

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Chris Mosch

All the action! All of it! It's here!

With the Tigers and Royals tied atop the American League Central, one of the squads would walk away with sole possession of the division by the end of last night’s series finale. However, the leader would have to be determined nearly an hour later than planned due to the downpour of rain that delayed the start of the game. The sky continued to open up throughout the night and at times led to tough playing conditions, but that didn’t stop James Shields from turning in an outstanding performance for the visitors.

Ian Kinsler led off the home half of the first with a single, but was erased by a stellar pickoff move from Shields. The Kansas City ace went on to retire the next 18 Tigers that stepped to the plate, with only two balls leaving the infield.

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September 10, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 10, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The revised interpretation of Rule 7.13 gets tested immediately by the Yankees and Rays. The rest of yesterday's action is recapped and the best of today is previewed.

Sometime yesterday, Joe Torre sent a memo to all 30 teams to clear up the mounting confusion over Rule 7.13, otherwise known as the ban on catchers blocking the plate and on runners bowling them over. A key point of the letter was to eliminate, or at least mitigate, the possibility that runners who looked dead to rights coming down the line could be deemed safe on a technicality. The wording of Rule 7.13 wasn’t changed, but no longer would the replay crew in New York side with a manager who argued that his runner, a good distance away from the plate when the ball arrived, had his path to the dish impeded by the catcher.

The change in interpretation was made effective immediately. Its consequences were evident just a few hours later.

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September 9, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 9, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Winners (Angels, Mariners, Cardinals) win. Losers (A's, Brewers) lose. Plus what to watch today.

On Sunday, the Angels became the majors’ highest-scoring offense, taking the crown with a 14-4 romp over the Twins, their fourth win in a row and 10th in 12 games.

A rainout on June 18th threw a wrench into the Halos’ travel plans, forcing them to make a one-day stop in Cleveland on an already hellacious road trip that began in Texas and will end there, too. After taking Labor Day off, Mike Scioscia’s squad is in the midst of a grueling stretch of 23 games in as many days, but that daunting docket didn’t deter the Angels from padding their league-leading run total on Monday afternoon.

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September 8, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Buster Posey goes for MVP consideration, the Angels pound their way to the top of one leaderboard, Nelson Cruz makes a run for a HR crown, and, in an Oakland ninth inning, the best fun fact of the month.

The Weekend Takeaway
After Friday’s game, Chris Carter now has 36 home runs on the year, putting him hot on the trails of Nelson Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton for the MLB lead. The A’s, who shipped Carter to the Astros on February 4, 2013, as part of a package to acquire Jed Lowrie, don’t mind that. They just kindly request that the 27-year-old Bay Area native stop going yard against them.


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September 5, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 5, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The Brewers are in trouble, the Buehrle-Odorizzi matchup was as glamorous as advertised, Koji Uehara can't get it together, and more of yesterday's action. Plus what to watch this weekend.

When an eight-game losing streak sends you tumbling from first place in your division to the brink of the playoff picture, it’s easy to begin feeling helpless. When you hold a lead at the end of only one of your last 56 innings on the diamond, desperation surely starts to set in.

The Brewers, with Carlos Gomez nursing a wrist injury and Ryan Braun away for the birth of his daughter, could not have chosen a less opportune time for their collapse. They welcomed the Cardinals, the team they led less than a week ago but at which they’re now looking up, to Miller Park on Thursday for the opener of a four-game showdown. And their tailspin continued almost immediately.

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September 4, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 4, 2014

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Chris Mosch

The Dodgers and Nationals played a marathon, Jon Lester and Felix Hernandez dueled, and someone threw a baseball at Andrew McCutchen. Plus find out what to watch today.

Justin Turner claimed Jordan Zimmermann’s pitch had hit him.

Maybe Zimmermann’s 1-2 fastball grazed Turner’s forearm. Maybe Turner is a liar. In any case, there was not enough video evidence to support his claim.

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September 3, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 3, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

A whiff-tastic Cleveland-Detroit game, more Philadelphia pitching exploits, and your daily dose of Jose Altuve, plus what to watch today.

The Indians got trounced in their series opener versus the Tigers on Monday, when Corey Kluber took the hill without his best stuff. That’s never a good idea in a matchup with David Price, but it was merely one loss, and the Tribe had reason to believe that it might even the series on Tuesday.

Kluber has deservedly gotten most of the press for an outstanding breakout campaign, but Carlos Carrasco has quietly emerged as a fine second fiddle since returning to the rotation on August 10th. He’d racked up a 0.73 ERA in four starts to go with a 24:3 K:BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. J.P. Breen took notice. And the Indians, 3-1 behind the 27-year-old during that span, were reaping the rewards.

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 2, 2014

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Chris Mosch

The A's free-fall continued apace, the Phillies threw a no-hitter, and all the rest of the long weekend's action.

The Labor Day Weekend Takeaway
“Embarrassing” and “pathetic” were just two of the words that Oakland skipper Bob Melvin used to describe his team’s play during the weekend’s critical showdown against the division-rival Angels. The A’s began the four-game series just one game behind the Halos in the American League West, but Oakland’s bats went into hibernation during the weekend series as their chances of claiming a third straight division crown are rapidly slipping away.


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August 29, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 29, 2014

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Chris Mosch

Protests and hidden perfect games! What a Thursday! Doubleheaders and ace matchups! What a weekend!

The Thursday Takeaway
On July 22nd, the Giants called upon 29-year-old swingman Yusmeiro Petit for an emergency start against the Phillies after they had placed Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list. The Giants went on to win the game in 14 innings, but there was nothing special about Petit’s start; he lasted five innings, gave up seven hits and five runs, walked two and struck out five.


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