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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

08-18

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What You Need to Know: Never Fight A Day Game In Colorado
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Demetrius Bell

08-17

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What You Need to Know: Yankees Soaked
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Nicolas Stellini

08-16

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What You Need to Know: Green Light, Now Begin
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Daniel Rathman

08-15

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What You Need to Know: Every Time We Say Goodbye (I Cry a Little)
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Ashley Varela

08-12

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What You Need to Know: Pain and More Pain for the Red Sox
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Emma Baccellieri

08-11

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What You Need to Know: Ryan Howard Laughs Last; Ryan Howard's Last Laugh?
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Demetrius Bell

08-10

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What You Need to Know: Imperfect Game
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Emma Baccellieri

08-09

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What You Need to Know: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
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Daniel Rathman

08-08

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What You Need to Know: We're Not in Asgaard Anymore
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Ashley Varela

08-05

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What You Need to Know: This Is How You Use Andrew Miller
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Nicolas Stellini

08-04

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What You Need to Know: Everybody's Walk-Off Wild Pitching
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Demetrius Bell

08-03

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What You Need to Know: Hey Switch, Turn It Over and Hit It
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Emma Baccellieri

08-02

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What You Need to Know: Soft-Tossin' Salazar
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Daniel Rathman

08-01

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What You Need to Know: Pecking Order
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Ashley Varela

07-29

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What You Need to Know: Not Closing, Losing
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Emma Baccellieri

07-28

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What You Need to Know: Sweep Takes
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Demetrius Bell

07-27

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What You Need to Know: That Summertime Sadness
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Nicolas Stellini

07-26

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What You Need to Know: Give 'em Hell
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Daniel Rathman

07-25

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What You Need to Know: Just For the Record
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Ashley Varela

07-22

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What You Need to Know: Ambition Can Lead Only To Failure
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Nicolas Stellini

07-21

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What You Need to Know: Seattle's Got A Neat Trick
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Demetrius Bell

07-20

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What You Need to Know: Fret No More
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Daniel Rathman

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Wild Card spots are up for grabs in both leagues and the Red Sox's clincher has to wait a bit.

The Tuesday Takeaway

Three weeks ago, it seemed more or less a foregone conclusion that the Mariners were done playing meaningful baseball for the year—they had lost eight of their last ten and their playoff odds sat at less than 2 percent, the lowest they’d been all season. But next came a win streak that ignited hope for a Wild Card spot, an absurd flicker burst aflame as one victory followed another and Seattle’s playoff odds shot toward 30 percent.

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A fitting tribue was paid to Jose Fernandez in Miami, Jean Segura keeps socking homers, St. Louis struggles, and Jonathan Schoop wears down.

The Monday Takeaway

Playoff races, award chases, and all other September baseball storylines took a backseat over the weekend, as news broke early Sunday morning of Jose Fernandez’s tragic death in a boating accident. Our own Mauricio Rubio wrote about what Fernandez meant to the game, on and off the field, on Monday, before the Marlins returned to the field, all wearing no. 16 in honor of their late ace, to host the Mets.

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Three teams clinch division titles, Clayton Kershaw throws his fastest pitch of 2016, and the rest of the weekend action.

The Weekend Takeaway

There are a few narratives worth delving into this weekend. Divisions were won; walk-offs were celebrated, champagne bottles were popped. Bryce Harper wore Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky’s swim cap. Vin Scully spent his last few hours quipping in the Dodgers’ broadcast booth, his last weekend announcing a Dodgers home series, ever.

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The Mets win a game and move ahead in the wild card race, and more from Thursday's action.

The Thursday Takeaway
For selfish reasons, I am happy that the Mets won last night. I am not a Mets fan, at least not consciously, although I do follow them somewhat closely due to having many friends in the writer community who can often be found wearing blue and orange hats.


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While the division races get clear, the wild card race is left to the losers, and more from Wednesday's action.

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A half-hearted protest in Oakland, a save by the Giants bullpen, and other unusual events from Tuesday's action.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Meaningful baseball has been relatively scarce for the A’s this year, as is typically the case for a team whose playoff odds have been below the 5 percent mark since early June. But there was meaning aplenty in Tuesday’s game, if only in a symbolic sense: from the third inning on, Oakland was playing under protest.


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The Reds' relievers set a record, the Giants' blow another late lead, and two starters elsewhere don't let their teammates get anywhere near the mound.

The Monday Takeaway

The Reds came into their series opener against the Cubs having allowed 239 home runs on the season, two shy of the dubious major-league record held by the 1996 Tigers. To avoid breaking it, the team that had surrendered 1.6 long balls per game would need to keep the opposition to two, total, over the next 13.

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The Mets surge to the top of the wild card standings after losing Jacob deGrom, Jon Gray strikes out 16 Padres, and more from the weekend’s action.

The Weekend Takeaway
It’s been a tiring and triumphant weekend for the Mets, who were promised the long-awaited return of right-hander Jacob deGrom, then weathered news of deGrom’s imminent season-ending surgery, and finally prevailed in a three-game sweep over the Twins to secure the foremost position in the National League wild card standings.

DeGrom had not pitched for New York since September 1, and after watching an elbow injury blossom out of lingering forearm tightness, the club elected to play it safe with their no. 2 starter. On Sunday, deGrom was replaced on the mound by 23-year-old rookie Gabriel Ynoa, who tossed 4 ⅔ innings against the Twins in his first career start, allowing one run, one walk, and striking out eight batters before handing the game over to the bullpen.


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Betances stumbles as the season reaches the finish line, the Cardinals stumble as the season reaches the finish line, and more from Thursday's action.

The Thursday Takeaway
We’re coming down to it now. The end of the season is close, oh so close now. Today is September 16th, and the playoffs begin just after the calendar turns to October. What began in April is now coming to a close.


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Clayton Kershaw is nearly perfect, and more from Wednesday's action.

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The Rangers improve to 15-3 against Houston, and more from Tuesday's action.

The Tuesday Takeaway

It’s tough to make the playoffs—let alone win your division—if you sink to 12 games underwater against one opponent.

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The NL's ERA leader went into the ninth without allowing a hit, and more from Monday's action.

The Monday Takeaway
For someone whose year began with a battle for a fifth starter spot, Kyle Hendricks has had quite the impressive season—quietly pitching himself into the Cy Young conversation with the best ERA in baseball, though that’s certainly the most flattering statistical lens through which to view him (elsewhere: a 3.69 DRA, strikeout and walk rates slightly worse than what he posted last year, the fact that he rarely goes past the sixth inning). But that parenthetical serves mostly as a technical grain of salt to accompany a noteworthy year, and Monday, he came close to adding another dimension to that noteworthiness: a no-hitter.


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