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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

06-06

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What You Need to Know: Soaring Jays
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Chris Mosch

06-05

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What You Need to Know: The Rays Sink to the Bottom
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Chris Mosch

06-04

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What You Need to Know: A Modern-Day Greg Maddux?
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Chris Mosch

06-03

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What You Need to Know: Masterson Makes an Adjustment
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Daniel Rathman

06-02

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/2
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Daniel Rathman

05-30

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What You Need to Know: Reversals of Fortune
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Daniel Rathman

05-29

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What You Need to Know: Kazmir's 'A' Game
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Chris Mosch

05-28

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What You Need to Know: Ben Revere's Ride
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Chris Mosch

05-27

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 5/27
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Daniel Rathman

05-23

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What You Need to Know: Ray, the Rays, and the A's
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Daniel Rathman

05-22

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What You Need to Know: Worst Sweeps First
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Chris Mosch

05-21

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What You Need to Know: Chris Davis Going Deep
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Daniel Rathman

05-20

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What You Need to Know: Cincinnati Stays Alive
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Daniel Rathman

05-19

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What You Need to Know: The Rockies' Other Big Bat
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Daniel Rathman

05-16

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What You Need to Know: Cueto Fries the Friars
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Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

05-15

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What You Need to Know: Odorizzi Blows Away the M's
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

05-14

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What You Need to Know: Tuesday's Late Lead Changes
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Daniel Rathman

05-13

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What You Need to Know: Other Than Jose Fernandez, How Was the Play?
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Daniel Rathman

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 5/12
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Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

05-09

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What You Need to Know: Blue Jays Blasts
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Daniel Rathman

05-08

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What You Need to Know: Mariners Making Moves
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Daniel Rathman

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July 23, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 23, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Extra [innings], extra [innings], read all about it!

The Tuesday Takeaway
On Tuesday afternoon, one National League MVP candidate, Troy Tulowitzki, was placed on the disabled list with a left hip flexor strain. Hours later, one of his rivals in the running made his loudest case to date.

The Brewers led the National League Central by 6 1/2 games when the calendar flipped to July. A dozen days into the month, they shared first place with the Cardinals. And not once since the 12th had Milwaukee been able to rebuild its lead to more than a game.


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Big days for Papi and Adam Jones, bad days for the Royals and fans of position players pitching.

The Monday Takeaway
On Sunday, the Red Sox hung a career-worst nine hits and six runs on Royals starter Yordano Ventura. On Monday, they treated Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison with similar disregard. But while Boston’s assault on Kansas City pitching ended when Ventura hit the showers, the Sox had no such mercy on Toronto’s mop-up man.


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July 21, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Sunday Morning Defending

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Daniel Rathman

Bad defense, good defense, ties at the tops of divisions, and the rest of the weekend's action.

The Weekend Takeaway

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Welcome back, baseball! Here's what's on tap for the weekend.

The All-Star break is finally over. Major League Baseball resumes today ...

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The Reds and Pirates battled for the Central this weekend. Lots of other action also happened.

The Weekend Takeaway
While the Brewers and Cardinals duked it out in Milwaukee for the National League Central lead, the division’s other two playoff contenders exchanged blows in Cincinnati to try and keep pace with the first half of the season coming to a close.


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July 11, 2014 6:30 am

What You Need to Know: Alcantara Can Stay

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Daniel Rathman

The Cubs' recently promoted prospect gets to stay in the big leagues at least a little longer, plus all the action from Thursday and what to watch this weekend.

The Thursday Takeaway
With a .227 career True Average, Darwin Barney is no Wally Pipp. And Arismendy Alcantara—despite being billed as a “future first-division player” on the BP Top 50—probably won’t enjoy the legendary career of Lou Gehrig. But after seeing Alcantara’s four-hit afternoon, Barney ought to be a bit concerned that a few days on paternity leave might cost him his job.


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July 10, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Chris Sale's Revenge

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Chris Mosch

The White Sox lefty tops All-Star Game skipper John Farrell's Red Sox, plus more from Wednesday and what to watch on Thursday.

The Wednesday Takeaway
When the rosters for next week’s All-Star Game were revealed on Sunday, arguably the most glaring omission from either side was the absence of Chris Sale. The lanky southpaw did miss a month of the season with a muscle strain in his pitching elbow, but on a start-by-start basis, he’s been one of the most dominant starting pitchers in baseball. The White Sox are well represented at the Midsummer Classic and Sale is still likely to make the trip to Target Field—he currently leads the American League Final Vote. But their skipper, Robin Ventura, still questioned how Sale’s gaudy numbers didn’t earn him an automatic ticket to the event.


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July 9, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: The Tigers' Roaring Comeback

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Detroit goes from a 5-0 hole to a 14-5 romp, Jacob deGrom blows away the Braves, plus more from Tuesday and what to watch on Wdnesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The Tigers looked like they’d be in for a long night when the Dodgers jumped all over Justin Verlander in the top of the first inning of Tuesday’s clash between the two first-place clubs.


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July 8, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Matt Adams Powers Up

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Daniel Rathman

The Cardinals take a close one, James Shields carves up his old team, and more action from Monday, plus what to watch today.

The Monday Takeaway
At 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Matt Adams screams “slugger.” So when his ISO stood at .149 at the end of May, right around those of speedsters Brett Gardner and Desmond Jennings, something didn’t seem quite right.


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July 7, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 7/7

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Daniel Rathman

Another replay controversy arises, Clayton Kershaw keeps dealing, Mike Trout makes a pitcher pay, and more, plus what to watch today.

The Independence Day Weekend Takeaway
Some 24 hours before the A’s put the finishing touches on the summer’s first big trade, the team already on the field was involved in a replay-enabled controversy.


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July 3, 2014 6:15 am

What You Need to Know: Edwin Ends One

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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

The Blue Jays walk off against the Brewers, Mookie Betts goes deep, and much more action from Wednesday, plus what to watch over the long weekend.

The Wednesday Takeaway
The Brewers and Blue Jays have been the most surprising division leaders heading into the July 4th weekend, and the two clubs hooked up for their second straight day game on Wednesday to close out their two-game series finale. Replays, manager ejections, and dingers were all recurring themes, with the contest finally decided in the ninth inning with a game-winning blast.


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July 2, 2014 6:30 am

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

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Chris Mosch

Rick Porcello keeps the ball on the ground to notch a shutout, and the Angels sweep a doubleheader, plus more from Tuesday and what to watch today.

The Tuesday Takeaway
After walking off against Sean Doolittle and the Athletics in dramatic fashion on Monday night, the Tigers quickly disposed of the American League West leaders on Tuesday to clinch a series win. The game breezed by in just two hours and 13 minutes, as Rick Porcello tossed his second consecutive shutout and needed just 95 pitches to complete it.


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