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05-02

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What You Need to Know: Zimmermann Dealin'
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Ashley Varela

04-29

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What You Need to Know: Meet the Phillies
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Nicolas Stellini

04-28

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What You Need to Know: The Braves Might Not Have a Floor
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Demetrius Bell

04-27

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What You Need to Know: David Price is a True Red Sox
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Emma Baccellieri

04-26

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What You Need to Know: Chris Archer Says Goodbye To All That
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Daniel Rathman

04-25

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What You Need to Know: FernandoMaedaia?
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Ashley Varela

04-22

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What You Need to Know: Arrieta's Masterpiece, Kershaw's Accident
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Nicolas Stellini

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Raisel Iglesias' Deus Ex Machina
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Demetrius Bell

04-20

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What You Need to Know: Early-Season Perfections Fall Apart
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Emma Baccellieri

04-19

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What You Need to Know: Let's Roll It Up
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Daniel Rathman

04-18

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What You Need to Know: Psst: Jake Arrieta Has A 0.91 ERA Over His Past 169 Innings
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Ashley Varela

04-15

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What You Need to Know: Nobody Is 0-21, Yet
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Nicolas Stellini

04-14

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What You Need to Know: The Return Of The Four-Out Save
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Demetrius Bell

04-13

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What You Need to Know: When You Had a Taste of Paradise, Back on Earth Can Feel As Cold As Ice
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Emma Baccellieri

04-12

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What You Need to Know: The Year Of The Botched Infield Fly
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Daniel Rathman

04-11

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What You Need to Know: The Fella's Last Name Is Story
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Ashley Varela

04-08

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What You Need to Know: The One Unambiguous Evil In This World Is Kyle Schwarber Going Down In A Heap
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Nicolas Stellini

04-07

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What You Need to Know: Need Cano Basehits!
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Demetrius Bell

04-06

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What You Need to Know: Noah Syndergaard and the 95 mph Slider
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Emma Baccellieri

04-05

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What You Need to Know: Picking Up Where They Left Off
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Daniel Rathman

04-04

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What You Need to Know: The Race is Long, And in the End It's Only With Yourself
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Ashley Varela

10-05

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What You Need to Know: Fin
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Ian Frazer and Daniel Rathman

10-02

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What You Need to Know: Wild!
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Chris Mosch

10-01

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What You Need to Know: Cardinals Clinch; Cardinals Are Doomed?
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Daniel Rathman

09-30

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What You Need to Know: The Chaos Chase
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Daniel Rathman

09-29

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What You Need to Know: September 29, 2015
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Ian Frazer

09-28

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What You Need to Know: September 28, 2015
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Daniel Rathman and Ian Frazer

09-25

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What You Need to Know: September 25, 2015
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Chris Mosch

09-24

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What You Need to Know: September 24, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-23

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What You Need to Know: September 23, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-22

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What You Need to Know: David Played and it Pleased the Lord
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Ian Frazer

09-21

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What You Need to Know: September 21, 2015
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Daniel Rathman and Ian Frazer

09-18

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What You Need to Know: September 18, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-17

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What You Need to Know: September 17, 2015
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Chris Mosch

09-16

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What You Need to Know: September 16, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-15

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What You Need to Know: September 15, 2015
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Ian Frazer

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What You Need to Know: September 11, 2015
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Chris Mosch

09-10

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What You Need to Know: September 10, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-08

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What You Need to Know: September 8, 2015
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Ian Frazer

09-03

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What You Need to Know: September 3, 2015
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Ian Frazer

09-02

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What You Need to Know: September 2, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-01

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What You Need to Know: September 1, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-31

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What You Need to Know: August 31, 2015
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Ian Frazer

08-28

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What You Need to Know: August 28, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-27

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What You Need to Know: August 27, 2015
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Chris Mosch

08-26

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What You Need to Know: August 26, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-25

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What You Need to Know: August 25, 2015
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Chris Mosch

08-24

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What You Need to Know: August 24, 2015
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Ian Frazer

08-21

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What You Need to Know: August 21, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

08-20

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What You Need to Know: August 20, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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Marcus Stroman has a happy birthday, Clayton Kershaw continues to pitch in a class of his own, and Trevor Story finds another way to write himself into the history books.

The Weekend Takeaway
Talent and luck rarely keep the same company, but they found a mutual friend in Jordan Zimmermann on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers’ right-hander polished his ERA to a shiny 0.55 mark with another pristine outing against the Twins, striking out seven in his fifth consecutive win and going seven innings without issuing a walk for the first time since July 22, 2015.


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Whoppingly unexpected records in the NL East, Jake Arrieta allows a run, and more.

For every underperforming team like the Astros, there is a club that shocks us with its refusal to shut up and lose like it's supposed to. One of those teams is the Phillies. At 12-10, they sit just a breath out of first place after completing a sweep of the division-leading Nationals. Thursday’s victory was a 3-0 effort that saw yet another cathartic and well-earned walloping of Jonathan Papelbon. This could easily be a space to talk about the euphoric feeling of dunking on the schoolyard bully who picks you last for basketball in gym class, but instead we’ll talk about Bryce Harper and Elvis Araujo.

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The Braves are bad, Sonny Gray was bad, the White Sox are good, and Steven Souza does quite the thing.

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Or maybe he just ran into the Braves at the right time. Plus: Yay Rich Hill, Yay Andrew McCutchen, yay Billy Hamilton.

The Tuesday Takeaway
David Price’s first few games in a Red Sox uniform have been rather up-and-down—and after the distinct “down” of eight runs in less than four innings in his last start, Tuesday was a definite “up.” It didn’t look that way at first, as Price kicked off the game by giving up a run on three quick singles. But with the bases loaded, he struck out Drew Stubbs to end the inning, and from there, the Ks kept coming.


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The Rays ace was back, for a night. Meanwhile: Noah Syndergaard, Taijuan Walker, Francisco Lindor, and more from Monday.

The Monday Takeaway
Chris Archer woke up Monday with as many losses as he had starts, and the blame for most of them laid on the right-hander, a popular preseason Cy Young Award pick, considering his alarm clock rang with his ERA at 7.32. The strikeouts were there—29 of them in 19 1/3 innings—but they were joined by 11 walks, and 30 hits, and six home runs.


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Kenta Maeda makes baseball history, the White Sox make baseball history, and Yasiel Puig just makes the Rockies sad.

The Weekend Takeaway
There isn’t anyone quite like Kenta Maeda. There have been similar pitchers in similar circumstances, and similar feats in similar sample sizes, but no one has done precisely what Maeda pulled off against the Rockies on Saturday evening.


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The Day When All The Aces Came Out To Play turned out pretty cool, indeed.

The Thursday Takeaway
The Cubs are good. Jake Arrieta is good. These are indisputable facts. The Cubs have a roster from Hell, and Arrieta has killer stuff from Hell.


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The weirdest thing happened to the Reds' ace. Meanwhile, good job Chris Sale, good job Orioles, good job Jordan Zimmermann, great job Aaron Hicks.

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The Miley cannot hold, mere anarchy is loosed upon the Mariners. Meanwhile, Vince Velasquez allows runs, while Mat Latos postpones the inevitable for one more start.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Entering Tuesday’s game against Cleveland, Wade Miley had yet to allow a walk this season. Entering the fourth inning, this was still true. Then that changed in pretty dramatic fashion.

With the Mariners down 1-0 courtesy of a Mike Napoli RBI double in the third, Miley opened up the fourth by striking out Yan Gomes. Of his 48 pitches at that point, 37 had been strikes, with both his four-seamer and his changeup looking fairly solid. But things started going downhill for Seattle’s lefty shortly after that. It started with a Marlon Byrd single. Then away went the fastball command and in came the walks.


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The Red Sox coax five double-play balls and still find a way to lose, Carlos Rodon comes unglued, Jake Lamb saves the D'backs' bacon, and more.

The Monday Takeaway

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Jake Arrieta turns out another showstopper, the Braves and Twins finally beat their bad karma, and Felix Hernandez keeps company with Randy Johnson.

The Weekend Takeaway
Most baseball fans can probably remember the last time their team’s ace had a bad day on the mound. For Giants fans, it could be the day when Madison Bumgarner served up three home runs to the Dodgers, all while receiving zero runs of support in return. For Diamondbacks fans, perhaps it was the time Zack Greinke scattered seven earned runs over four innings in his 2016 season debut. For Cubs fans, however, pinpointing the exact date that Jake Arrieta failed to execute a pristine performance is a bit trickier.


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The Braves and the Twins slouch toward the first overall pick, while Jaime Garcia almost pulls a Velasquez.

The Thursday Takeaway
It’s early, we say. Indeed it is. For the Braves and Twins, the season is but nine games old. Yet they have been a very long nine games for both teams; a fruitless and unforgiving nine games. All 18 games have ended in losses. The two teams both lost on Thursday.


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