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07-20

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What You Need to Know: Easy as 1-2-3
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Ashley Varela

07-18

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What You Need to Know: Burials, Bombs, and More Bombs
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Stacey Gotsulias

07-17

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What You Need to Know: Marathons, Robberies, and Debuts
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Ben Diamond

07-12

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What You Need to Know: 10 Innings of All-Star Fun
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Ben Diamond

07-10

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What You Need to Know: Two-Hit Wonder
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Ashley Varela

07-07

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What You Need to Know: "Rain" Delays
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Demetrius Bell

07-06

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What You Need to Know: Wild Thoughts
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Ben Diamond

07-05

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What You Need to Know: Happy Birthday, America!
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Stacey Gotsulias

07-03

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What You Need to Know: A Home Run for the Ages
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Ashley Varela

06-30

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What You Need to Know: Hard Way to Win an Easy Division
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Demetrius Bell

06-29

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What You Need to Know: Little Pitcher, Big Slider
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Ben Diamond

06-27

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What You Need to Know: Lucky 13
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Stacey Gotsulias

06-26

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What You Need to Know: Something to Balk About
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Ashley Varela

06-23

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What You Need to Know: The 10-Run Rule
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Demetrius Bell

06-22

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What You Need to Know: Mad Max: Infield Chopper
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Ben Diamond

06-21

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What You Need to Know: A Round Of Seagerbombs
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Colin Anderle

06-20

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What You Need to Know: Code Blue
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Stacey Gotsulias

06-19

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What You Need to Know: Every Man Wants to Be a Macho Man
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Ashley Varela

06-16

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What You Need to Know: All Sales Are Final
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Demetrius Bell

06-15

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What You Need to Know: Harvey Day
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Ben Diamond

06-14

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What You Need to Know: Two Drubbings, 12 Innings, and a Meltdown Avoided
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Martin Alonso

06-13

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What You Need to Know: deLightful, deGrom, deLovely
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Stacey Gotsulias

06-12

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What You Need to Know: You Complete Me
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Ashley Varela

06-09

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What You Need to Know: Flirting and Steamrolling
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Demetrius Bell

06-08

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What You Need to Know: Old and Improved
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Ben Diamond

06-06

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What You Need to Know: The Formula
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Matthew Trueblood

06-05

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What You Need to Know: (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
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Ashley Varela

06-02

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What You Need to Know: Reactivate Klubot
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Demetrius Bell

06-01

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What You Need to Know: Changing It Up
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Ben Diamond

05-31

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What You Need to Know: Disappointing Duel
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Emma Baccellieri

05-30

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What You Need to Know: The Grudge
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Stacey Gotsulias

05-29

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What You Need to Know: Blown Away
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Ashley Varela

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

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Nolan Arenado dismantles the Padres, Giancarlo Stanton catches up to Aaron Judge, and Carlos Beltran's glove is resurrected.

The Wednesday Takeaway

Perhaps it’s too soon to call 2017 the best season of Nolan Arenado’s career, but it’s not unreasonable to think that Wednesday’s 18-run beatdown of the Padres was among his best single-game performances.

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Carlos Beltran was gloveless in Seattle, Ryan Zimmerman set a franchise record, Jon Lester did it all, and Giancarlo Stanton did what he does best, twice.

The Monday Takeaway

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Jose Quintana's excellent Cubs debut, Jackie Bradley Jr.'s robbery of Aaron Judge, and a marathon game at Fenway Park.

The Weekend Takeaway

After the 12th frame or so of extra-inning baseball games, a fascinating shift occurs in the mindset of those watching. Many beat writers, missing their dinner reservations and bitterly thinking about the recap they’ll have to write before the game is over (deadlines can be a nightmare), often grow cranky and start the newest "extra-inning rules" debate on Twitter. Fans at the game either pack it in and head home because of work the next morning, or get ready for the long haul and the story to tell afterwards. Some fans at home, like me, begin watching the game completely differently from the first 11 innings, going from pulling for their favorite team to rooting for team chaos—it’s that weird little twinge of disappointment you get when your team walks it off in the 14th inning, because you really wanted to see that utility player get a chance to pitch the 15th.

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All-Star pitches from All-Star pitchers, Robinson Cano's game-winning homer, Nelson Cruz's picture, and Bryce Harper hair.

The Tuesday Takeaway

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Kyle Freeland pitches a two-hitter, Marcus Stroman showcases a devastating slider, Aaron Judge gears up for the Home Run Derby, and Ji-Man Choi does the splits.

The Weekend Takeaway

Kyle Freeland didn’t look like a no-hitter pitcher last Tuesday. After a shallow third-inning single vaulted the Reds to a 4-1 lead over the Rockies, manager Bud Black visited his rookie starter on the mound.

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Milwaukee stays ahead of Chicago, Nationals Park has a dry delay, Ichiro Suzuki sets another record, and Jose Osuna throws everyone out.

The Thursday Takeaway

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Dellin Betances can't find the strike zone, Alex Wood mows down the Diamondbacks, the Rays' bullpen implodes, and Jon Gray goes 467 feet.

The Wednesday Takeaway:

Through the Yankees’ spending splash in 2014, painful collapse in 2015, sluggish start and subsequent unthinkable rebuild in 2016, and electrifying return in 2017, the only constant has been Dellin Betances. Now, the trade rumors are finally quieting, the million moving pieces are settling down, and the Yankees have a concrete, and incredibly bright, long-term future. But something feels off—the bedrock of the franchise is wavering.

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There were plenty of on-field fireworks on the Fourth of July.

The Monday and Holiday Takeaway

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Justin Smoak helps set a new home run record, Mike Foltynewicz toys with a no-hitter, and Orlando Arcia steals a fan's ice cream.

The Weekend Takeaway

Lest Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw and heck, even Mike Foltynewicz, make you forget it, baseballs are still traveling further and more frequently than they have before. Home runs are up, thanks in part to juiced balls and Aaron Judge, and at no point was that clearer than on Friday.

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Washington has more bullpen problems, double servings of dingers all around, Klubot is dialed in, and Ichiro fights back.

The Thursday Takeaway

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Marcus Stroman bounces back, Jae-Gyun Hwang and Miguel Andujar had fun debuts, and Alex Meyer showed his whole scouting report.

The Wednesday Takeaway

Six days ago, Marcus Stroman took the mound against the Rangers and had his worst game of the season, allowing seven runs over four rough innings of work. Bouncing back from a brutal start like that isn’t easy, and it takes a certain personality to get over a nightmarish outing and deliver the exact opposite less than a week later. Luckily, Stroman certainly has that attitude, and then some. Carrying himself with a unique swagger perhaps unmatched by any other hurler in baseball, Stroman was a 5-foot-8 ball of electrifying energy against the Orioles, throwing 119 pitches over 7 2/3 innings and making every single one count.

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Cleveland storms back, Yasiel Puig shows off his arm, Javier Baez makes two wow plays, and the Cubs almost blow it.

The Monday Takeaway

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