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05-26

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What You Need to Know: Incomplete Nova
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Demetrius Bell

05-25

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What You Need to Know: Bouncing Sevy
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Ben Diamond

05-24

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What You Need to Know: Shutouts and Almost Shutouts
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Emma Baccellieri

05-23

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What You Need to Know: First to Thirty
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Stacey Gotsulias

05-22

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What You Need to Know: The Name is Bonds, Mike Bonds
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Ashley Varela

05-19

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What You Need to Know: Berrios, Baby
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Demetrius Bell

05-18

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What You Need to Know: Jose's Mound
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Ben Diamond

05-17

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What You Need to Know: Finally we can party at Napoli's
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Emma Baccellieri

05-16

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What You Need to Know: When Good Matchups Go Wrong
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Stacey Gotsulias

05-15

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What You Need to Know: Feels Like the First Time
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Ashley Varela

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Battle of the Bullpens
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Demetrius Bell

05-11

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What You Need to Know: Marquez on the Moon
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Ben Diamond

05-10

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What You Need to Know: Arrieta Loses Control
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Emma Baccellieri

05-09

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What You Need to Know: You Can Never Go Home Again
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Jared Wyllys

05-08

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What You Need to Know: King of the Hill
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Ashley Varela

05-05

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What You Need to Know: Marvelous Marwin
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Stacey Gotsulias

05-04

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What You Need to Know: Ejections for Everyone
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Ben Diamond

05-03

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What You Need to Know: Big Erv
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Emma Baccellieri

05-02

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What You Need to Know: Bad Night in Boston
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Demetrius Bell

05-01

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What You Need to Know: Tidal Wave
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Ashley Varela

04-28

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What You Need to Know: One Day, Two Losses
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Demetrius Bell

04-27

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What You Need to Know: Pittsburgh's Gift
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Ben Diamond

04-26

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What You Need to Know: Losing the Crown
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Emma Baccellieri

04-25

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What You Need to Know: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
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Stacey Gotsulias

04-24

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What You Need to Know: Funk Blast
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Ashley Varela

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Eric Thames is Back at it Again
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Demetrius Bell

04-20

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What You Need to Know: Big Blasts
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Ben Diamond

04-19

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What You Need to Know: Eight Is Enough
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Emma Baccellieri

04-17

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What You Need to Know: Less Than Perfect
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Ashley Varela

04-14

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What You Need to Know: Is the Ivy part of the Wall?
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Demetrius Bell

04-13

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What You Need to Know: When a Knuckler Doesn't Knuckle
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Ben Diamond

04-12

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What You Need to Know: Yo! Yo! Yo!
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Emma Baccellieri

04-11

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What You Need to Know: First Cycle
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Martin Alonso

04-10

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What You Need to Know: It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To
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Ashley Varela

04-07

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What You Need to Know: The Wildest Wild Pitch
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Demetrius Bell

04-06

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What You Need to Know: Walk It Off
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Ben Diamond

04-05

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What You Need to Know: Boom or Bust
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Emma Baccellieri

04-04

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What You Need to Know: Opening Day Part Deux
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Jared Wyllys

04-03

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What You Need to Know: Baseball's Back, Alright!
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Ashley Varela

10-03

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What You Need to Know: Swan Song
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Ashley Varela

09-30

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What You Need to Know: Theoretical Replay and Sister Kissing
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Nicolas Stellini

09-29

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What You Need to Know: Cycles and Walk-Offs
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Demetrius Bell

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

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Ivan Nova almost finishes what he started, Big Sexy gets robbed, and Odubel Herrera goes platinum.

The Thursday Takeaway

Ivan Nova has five complete games to his name as a member of the Pirates, including three last season and two this season. His quest for a third complete game of 2017 took a weird turn Thursday afternoon in Atlanta. Nova was two outs away from throwing his third complete game of the season, but as his start progressed it transformed from being a masterpiece of a performance to being a testament to his ability to grind his way through tough situations.

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Luis Severino gets back on track, Sonny Gray looks like his old self, Jose Berrios dazzles with his hook, and Billy Hamilton is very fast.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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Clayton Kershaw and Ervin Santana dazzled, Bryce Harper and Edwin Encarnacion went boom, and the Braves waited it out for a win.

The Tuesday Takeaway

By almost any measure, Clayton Kershaw has been among the best handful of pitchers in baseball this season. By almost any measure, he is having his worst season in years—which is why he’s now simply among the best handful of pitchers, rather than his usual position as the totality of baseball’s best in and of himself.

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Houston gets back on track, Baltimore falls apart against Minnesota, and the catwalk gets involved in Tampa Bay.

The Monday Takeaway

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Mike Trout remains the best in baseball, Chris Sale puts his stamp on the history books again, Mike Clevinger tries his hand at a no-hitter, and Rio Ruiz clubs his first home run.

The Weekend Takeaway

The only way we know how to pay homage to the best player in baseball is by evoking the legends of the past. Mike Trout’s career has been Ruthian—the 49.7 WARP and .354 TAv, his Rookie of the Year decoration and, somehow, only two MVP distinctions—and now he’s incurring a level of fear from opposing managers and players that was most recently evident with Barry Bonds.

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Jose Berrios dominates the Rockies, Julio Teheran plunks Jose Bautista, Jarrod Dyson does it all, and the Rangers keep winning.

The Thursday Takeaway

The Rockies and Twins played a doubleheader on Thursday, and the two currently unlikely divisional leaders split the games, with the Rockies taking the matinee and the Twins taking the nightcap. The most interesting thing to happen in the two games was the performance of Jose Berrios in the second game of the twin bill. Berrios pitched a gem in his return to the bigs last week, and he picked up right where he left off with his performance on Thursday night.

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Lance McCullers pays tribute to Jose Fernandez in Miami, Freddie Freeman leaves with an injury, the Mets keep stumbling, and benches clear.

While it’s surely been impossible for Lance McCullers to forget longtime friend Jose Fernandez since Fernandez’s tragic passing last fall, the memories were fresh as ever when the Astros’ hurler made his first career start in Miami. As he’s done in every start this season, the 23-year-old wrote ‘16’—Fernandez’s number—in the dirt behind the pitching mound and put on a glove with Fernandez’s name inscribed on the side. This time around, McCullers also donned shoes custom-made for the start, when he’d finally be toeing the rubber on “Jose’s mound.”

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Mike Napoli warms up and the Rangers stay hot. Chris Davis just kept hitting go-ahead homers until the Tigers were subdued. Mike Moustakas was the only decent item in the place for the Royals.

The Tuesday Takeaway

There were several components to the Texas Rangers lackluster start this season—a weak bullpen, an injured Adrian Beltre, an ordinary stretch of poor luck—but chief among them was a severely struggling offense. No part of that offense struggled more severely than Mike Napoli: with a sub-.200 TAv, he’s been the team’s weakest everyday player at the plate. That’s a generally unenviable place to be, of course, but it’s a specifically and remarkably unenviable place to be for a first baseman-slash-designated hitter. And Napoli’s been there all season.

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Carlos Carrasco vs. Chris Archer fizzles out, Terry Francona pranks Kevin Cash, Yuli Gurriel blasts a grand slam, and the Mets' bullpen implodes.

The Monday Takeaway

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Ian Happ gets his first taste of the majors, Chris Sale strikes out 12, the Giants play 17, and Chris Iannetta is felled by a fastball.

The Weekend Takeaway

There’s always a certain level of risk involved when a top prospect makes the final leap to the big leagues. No matter how the scouting reports sparkle or how inflated the minor-league stats appear, it’s hard to breathe easy until that first strikeout or home run is in the books.

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Neftali Feliz falls apart, Craig Kimbrel dominates, Zack Greinke loses a no-hitter late, and Little League homers galore.

The Thursday Takeaway

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German Marquez shuts down the Cubs at Coors Field, Andrew Triggs keeps rolling, Matt Wieters walks off his former team, and Cody Bellinger impresses again.

The Wednesday Takeaway:

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