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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

09-16

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What You Need to Know: September Is The Gassed Month
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Nicolas Stellini

09-15

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What You Need to Know: Kershaw (Back) Back
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Demetrius Bell

09-14

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What You Need to Know: The Ownage That Won The West
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Daniel Rathman

09-13

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What You Need to Know: World Stops To Watch Kyle Hendricks Allow Hit
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Emma Baccellieri

09-12

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What You Need to Know: Pitch Imperfect
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Ashley Varela

09-09

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What You Need to Know: Replay Don't Lie
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Nicolas Stellini

09-08

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What You Need to Know: The Feel of Cotton
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Demetrius Bell

09-07

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What You Need to Know: Pirate Ship Sunk
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Emma Baccellieri

09-06

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What You Need to Know: Freak Out About Brian Dozier!
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Daniel Rathman

09-02

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What You Need to Know: Progress, or Something
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Nicolas Stellini

09-01

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What You Need to Know: A is for Astros
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Demetrius Bell

08-31

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What You Need to Know: What You Need to Know: A Di(z)azter for Edwin
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Emma Baccellieri

08-30

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What You Need to Know: Werth Is Back, For the Thousandth Time
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Daniel Rathman

08-29

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What You Need to Know: Everything Is Gary Sanchez
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Ashley Varela

08-26

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What You Need to Know: Nope, Hit
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Nicolas Stellini

08-25

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What You Need to Know: Beltway Goes Balt's Way
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Demetrius Bell

08-24

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What You Need to Know: Gsellman Is Just In Time
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Emma Baccellieri

08-23

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What You Need to Know: Homer Story
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Daniel Rathman

08-22

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What You Need to Know: Flaherty, Floperty
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Ashley Varela

08-19

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What You Need to Know: DeGrim
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Nicolas Stellini

08-18

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What You Need to Know: Never Fight A Day Game In Colorado
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Demetrius Bell

08-17

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What You Need to Know: Yankees Soaked
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Nicolas Stellini

08-16

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What You Need to Know: Green Light, Now Begin
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Daniel Rathman

08-15

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What You Need to Know: Every Time We Say Goodbye (I Cry a Little)
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Ashley Varela

08-12

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What You Need to Know: Pain and More Pain for the Red Sox
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Emma Baccellieri

08-11

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What You Need to Know: Ryan Howard Laughs Last; Ryan Howard's Last Laugh?
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Demetrius Bell

08-10

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What You Need to Know: Imperfect Game
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Emma Baccellieri

08-09

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What You Need to Know: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
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Daniel Rathman

08-08

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What You Need to Know: We're Not in Asgaard Anymore
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Ashley Varela

08-05

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What You Need to Know: This Is How You Use Andrew Miller
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Nicolas Stellini

08-04

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What You Need to Know: Everybody's Walk-Off Wild Pitching
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Demetrius Bell

08-03

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What You Need to Know: Hey Switch, Turn It Over and Hit It
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Emma Baccellieri

08-02

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What You Need to Know: Soft-Tossin' Salazar
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Daniel Rathman

08-01

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What You Need to Know: Pecking Order
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Ashley Varela

07-29

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What You Need to Know: Not Closing, Losing
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Emma Baccellieri

07-28

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What You Need to Know: Sweep Takes
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Demetrius Bell

07-27

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What You Need to Know: That Summertime Sadness
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Nicolas Stellini

07-26

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What You Need to Know: Give 'em Hell
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Daniel Rathman

07-25

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What You Need to Know: Just For the Record
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Ashley Varela

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

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Umpires and replay fail the Astros, Tyler Austin goes baby boom, Ivan Nova loves Ray Searage, and Clayton Kershaw returns.

The Thursday Takeaway

“Ball don’t lie," or so the story goes. Perhaps we should say “replay don’t lie” when it comes to baseball, or more specifically Thursday’s Astros-Indians game. What was called a wild pitch resulted in two runs and an ejection, and most certainly wasn’t actually a wild pitch.

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The A's get a sterling major-league debut, and more from Wednesday's action.

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Pittsburgh keeps losing, Dozier keeps homering, an unlikely Yankee gets an unlikely save, and more from Tuesday's games.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The last week and a half has seen the Pirates slip from the heart of the Wild Card race to its outermost edges, dragged down by a struggling pitching staff and the seven-game losing streak that has followed in turn. The first inning of Tuesday’s match-up against the Cardinals offered nothing to counter this trend:


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Brian Dozier is channeling June 1998 Sammy Sosa, and more from the Labor Day Weekend.

The Labor Day Monday Takeaway
The Royals were held scoreless in the top of the first inning yesterday, and then Ian Kennedy was forced to face the sizzling-hot Brian Dozier in the home half. Dozier, as Kennedy found out on his very first pitch of the afternoon, is currently hitting all of the homers:


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The Twins finally win, Christian Yelich and Addison Russell keep being stars, and more from Thursday's action.

The Thursday Takeaway
The Twins have had a rough season, to put it mildly. They have lost 24 more games than they have won. The month of August concluded with a 13-game losing streak. Baseball has been a source of pain, a festering wound that hasn’t been made better by the promise of a vibrant and youthful future.


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The A's do their best to get Houston into the playoffs, and more from Wednesday's action

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Ubaldo Jimenez's surprising palatability, a rare off-night for Edwin Diaz, and more from Tuesday's slate of games.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The number that describes Ubaldo Jimenez’s performance as a starter this year is perhaps not one of his individual stats, but instead one of the Orioles’ collective ones—a team rotation DRA of 4.65. Baltimore’s starters have been the worst of any team with a winning record, and yet Jimenez struggled so greatly that he was deemed unfit even for them. After a month in the bullpen, however, Jimenez is back as a starter courtesy of Chris Tillman’s trip to the disabled list. And two outings in, his return to the rotation been remarkably not bad. By the standard he set as a starter earlier this year, remarkably good, even! (When that standard involves averaging fewer than five innings per game and putting up an ERA over 7, “remarkably good” is perhaps not so hard to come by, but regardless.)


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The Nationals' expensive slugger is earning his keep, and more from Monday's action.

The Monday Takeaway

It didn’t take long for the Nationals to plate what would be the deciding run in their series opener against the Phillies. They got that out of the way two batters into the game:

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Gary Sanchez sets a new home run record, Luke Weaver dazzles in his home debut, and more from the weekend’s action.

The Weekend Takeaway
If you thought Trevor Story’s record-breaking April was the only time we’d see a rookie rake in his major-league debut season, you need to meet Gary Sanchez. It isn’t just that the 23-year-old catcher is cultivating a .400/.467/.900 batting line, or that he became the first rookie to hit 11 home runs in his first 23 games with this blast off of a Dylan Bundy heater,


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Matt Moore pitches forever and all he gets to show for it is a huff of exasperation, and more from Thursday's action.

The Thursday Takeaway
Two things stood between Matt Moore and a no-hitter.


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The Orioles win a wild one, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols do the things, and more from Wednesday's action.

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The rookie makes his debut and bails out Jon Niese, plus more from Tuesday's action.

The Tuesday Takeaway
It’s now been three weeks since Jon Niese was traded back to the Mets, and while his return has been lacking on several fronts (namely that of good pitching), it’s at least been interesting. First there were the seven runs allowed in six innings of relief, curious in the ugly way that struggle can often be. Then there was the fact that such a bullpen performance resulted in a promotion to the rotation, even as he was said to be grappling with a sore knee. And Tuesday, there was more frustration to add to the trend.


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