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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

07-19

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What You Need to Know: J-Fer Effort
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Emma Baccellieri

07-18

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What You Need to Know: All He Does Is Win, Win, Win
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Ashley Varela

07-11

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What You Need to Know: And Then It Got Weird
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Ashley Varela

07-08

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What You Need to Know: Into the Wild
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Nicolas Stellini

07-07

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What You Need to Know: Giancarlo Stanton Hits a Bunch of Dongers
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Demetrius Bell

07-06

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What You Need to Know: Cubs' Losing Streak Stands At: 1
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Emma Baccellieri

07-05

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What You Need to Know: Oh, That Fernando Rodney
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Daniel Rathman

07-04

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What You Need to Know: Rams 21, Patriots 2
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Ashley Varela

07-01

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What You Need to Know: Madison Bumgarner, Designated Hitter
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Nicolas Stellini

06-30

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What You Need to Know: Baltimore Bombs
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Demetrius Bell

06-29

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What You Need to Know: Giolito vs. Harvey vs. Rain
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Emma Baccellieri

06-28

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What You Need to Know: A Five-Hit Night Unlike Any Other
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Daniel Rathman

06-27

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What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Hit Seven Homers and Lose
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Ashley Varela

06-24

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What You Need to Know: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good Teams?
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Nicolas Stellini

06-23

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What You Need to Know: Yankees/Rockies 2: The Beltran Rises
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Demetrius Bell

06-22

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What You Need to Know: How Could They Be So Bartless?
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Emma Baccellieri

06-21

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What You Need to Know: Eight Solo Shots!
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Daniel Rathman

06-20

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What You Need to Know: Big Time Timmy Jim Is Back, Big Time
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Ashley Varela

06-17

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What You Need to Know: The Improbable Frequently Fails To Happen
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Emma Baccellieri

06-16

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What You Need to Know: 4,257*
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Demetrius Bell

06-15

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What You Need to Know: Don't Ever Get Used to Coors Field
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Nicolas Stellini

06-14

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What You Need to Know: Near-Max Effort
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Daniel Rathman

06-13

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What You Need to Know: Nothing Left to Do But Win
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Ashley Varela

06-10

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What You Need to Know: What Is A Catch, And What Does It Matter?
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Emma Baccellieri

06-09

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What You Need to Know: Bad Braves Snap Pitiful Streak
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Demetrius Bell

06-08

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What You Need to Know: Tough Guys Tough
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Nicolas Stellini

06-07

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What You Need to Know: James Paxton's 101s
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Daniel Rathman

06-06

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What You Need to Know: It Won't Always Be Like This
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Ashley Varela

06-03

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What You Need to Know: Don't Know What the Hurry Is
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Nicolas Stellini

06-02

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What You Need to Know: Baseball Easy
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Demetrius Bell

06-01

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What You Need to Know: The Catcher Who Threw 96 In A Blowout
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Emma Baccellieri

05-31

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What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey!
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Daniel Rathman

05-30

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What You Need to Know: Yu is Back; Baseball Better
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Ashley Varela

05-27

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What You Need to Know: Would You Believe It, A New Strikeout Record
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Daniel Rathman

05-26

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What You Need to Know: Jake Arrieta, Imperfect
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Demetrius Bell

05-25

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What You Need to Know: Chris Sale, Imperfect
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Emma Baccellieri

05-24

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What You Need to Know: About That Kershaw Walk...
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Nicolas Stellini

05-23

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What You Need to Know: Matt Cain's Campaign To Get His 2018 Option Picked Up Wins the Weekend
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Ashley Varela

05-20

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What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey?
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Nicolas Stellini

05-19

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What You Need to Know: You Could Wake Up Tomorrow to the Phillies in First Place
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Demetrius Bell

05-18

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What You Need to Know: We Can Beat Rizzo, For Just One Day
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Emma Baccellieri

05-17

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What You Need to Know: Jose Berrios: Not An Instant Ace
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Daniel Rathman

05-16

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What You Need to Know: Papi Endings
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Ashley Varela

05-13

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What You Need to Know: 77 Strikeouts, 4 Walks
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Emma Baccellieri

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Max Scherzer Is Our Greatest Active Historic-Start Pitcher
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Demetrius Bell

05-11

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What You Need to Know: I Have Seen The Royals, And That Team Last Night Was Not The Royals
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Nicolas Stellini

05-10

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What You Need to Know: Sonny Gray's Short-Lived Mound Shuffle
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Daniel Rathman

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Stephen Strasburg's perfect season gets befouled. Meanwhile, a baseball traveled 484 feet and Francisco Liriano righted himself.

The Thursday Takeaway

We’re not supposed to talk about pitcher wins anymore. There’s no real need to count the ways that the statistic is misleading and poorly constructed; Brian Kenny can take care of that for you. If you read this site, you should know why it’s not the greatest barometer of pitching success in a world filled with poor pitching barometers. In a world of blind men, the one-eyed man is king. The pitcher win is a blind man without a nose or nerve endings in his fingers.

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All Seattle does is hit walk-off dingers. Plus: Felix returns, Hanley takes a swing at four bombs in a game, and the Cubs are good again.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Walk-off victories are clearly the most exciting victories there are in baseball, but there are within the category clearly the most exciting walkoffs in baseball. There have been some especially intriguing contenders of late: Josh Harrison hit a Little League home run to send the Pirates to victory last night, and the Padres won a game via walk-off balk this past Saturday. However, nothing beats a walk-off home run for symphonic release, and one team that’s been taking particular joy in ending games via walk-off dongers has been the Seattle Mariners.


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July 20, 2016 9:48 am

What You Need to Know: Fret No More

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Jake Arrieta and Noah Syndergaard look like themselves again, Chase Headley keeps building his trade value, and Blake Snell is effectively wild at Coors.

The Tuesday Takeaway

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Two young studs get into a pitchers duel, while bullpens cost a couple of older studs.

The Monday Takeaway

Jose Fernandez’s night didn’t get off to a particularly auspicious start—an Odubel Herrera double, later driven in for a run to put the Marlins in a 1-0 first inning hole.

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Stephen Strasburg coasts to a record win, Ryon Healy gets his first big-league knock, and Santiago Casilla balks his way out of extra innings.

The Weekend Takeaway
For some, a return from the All-Star break is an opportunity to right the season, to rise in the standings, to prove that whatever setback or injury derailed the first half is eclipsed by the success of the second. For Stephen Strasburg, it’s just an extension of the dominance he’s already exhibited this year.


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The Giants flail their way to a win, Carlos Martinez matches a career record, and Yoan Moncada puts on a show at the Futures Game.

The Weekend Takeaway
Once in a while, the baseball gods conspire to do a little mischief-making. A fair number of these anecdotes end up in this column, brief asides that bring some life and color to otherwise fairly routine games.


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Colon/Giolito is a dud, but the game is wildy satisfying nonetheless. Meanwhile, Glasnow debuts, Trout steals home, and the Cubs keep slouching toward San Diego.

The Thursday Takeaway
Every now and then, there is poetry in baseball. Often it involves Wilmer Flores.


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A good day for picturesque bombs, the Dodgers wasted 14 innings of trying, and the Cubs keep being human.

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The struggling Cubs fail to build any momentum, the Angels win without Trout, and the Indians keep destroying the Tigers.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Last week, the Reds operated as a palate cleanser of sorts for the Cubs. Chicago entered the three-game series against Cincinnati having lost six of their previous seven, and they exited it with a sweep that made it look as if that streak of ugliness was over.


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The maddeningly inconsistent closer had his first meltdown of the year. Meanwhile, the Brewers batted out of order and Lance McCullers dominated for real.

The Monday Takeaway
The Marlins were ahead 6-0 after they batted in the first half of the fourth inning yesterday. Matt Harvey had been roughed up for 11 hits and six runs (five earned) without completing the fourth. Miami starter Tom Koehler had driven in a run with a base hit. And Harvey’s own throwing error had compounded the home team’s woes before Terry Collins finally decided that enough was enough.


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The Angels win a football game, Bryan Holaday throws a knuckleball, and the Indians fall just short of history.

The Weekend Takeaway
Which sport epitomizes the red-blooded American best: football or baseball? Do we see more of ourselves in Tom Brady’s perfect touchdown spiral or the graceful swing of a Mike Trout home run?


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Madison Bumgarner puts the Babe Ruth comparisons to the test, the Yankees stay mediocre, and Tim Anderson starts making a name defensively.

The Thursday Takeaway

The cult of Madison Bumgarner goes beyond his legendary performance in the 2014 playoffs and his rawhide country persona. It goes beyond the side-slinging lefty delivery, the scruffy beard, the Carhart commercials, and the snot rockets.

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