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09-25

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What You Need to Know: The Necessity of Not Sticking to Sports
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Ashley Varela

09-22

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What You Need to Know: Best of the Best
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Demetrius Bell

09-21

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What You Need to Know: Judge Rules Against Twins
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Ben Diamond

09-20

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What You Need to Know: Dingers For Everyone
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Nicolas Stellini

09-19

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What You Need to Know: A Tale of Two Teams in One City
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Stacey Gotsulias

09-18

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What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose (Sometimes You Win Again)
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Ashley Varela

09-15

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What You Need to Know: All Of This Winning, I've Been Losing My Mind
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Demetrius Bell

09-14

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What You Need to Know: Streak of all Streaks
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Ben Diamond

09-13

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What You Need to Know: Twenty!
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Nicolas Stellini

09-12

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What You Need to Know: Hey Nineteen
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Stacey Gotsulias

09-11

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What You Need to Know: How the East Was Won
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Ashley Varela

09-08

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What You Need to Know: Fifteen!
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Demetrius Bell

09-07

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What You Need to Know: Two Fastballs, One Rookie
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Ben Diamond

09-06

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What You Need to Know: Free Baseball is Expensive
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Nicolas Stellini

09-05

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What You Need to Know: Four By Four
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Stacey Gotsulias

09-04

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What You Need to Know: The Return of Kid K
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Ashley Varela

09-01

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What You Need to Know: The Rivalry Renewed (Again)
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Stacey Gotsulias

08-31

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What You Need to Know: Madcap Stutter-Step
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Nicolas Stellini

08-30

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What You Need to Know: All-Time Good
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Ben Diamond

08-29

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What You Need to Know: Baltimore's Back
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Demetrius Bell

08-28

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What You Need to Know: The Most Interesting Rookie in the World
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Ashley Varela

08-25

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What You Need to Know: Motown Madness
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Demetrius Bell

08-24

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What You Need to Know: The Perfect Loss
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Ben Diamond

08-23

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What You Need to Know: The Business
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Nicolas Stellini

08-22

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What You Need to Know: 88-35
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Stacey Gotsulias

08-21

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What You Need to Know: Return of the Baby-Faced Assassin
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Ashley Varela

08-18

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What You Need to Know: Engel in the Outfield
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Demetrius Bell

08-17

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What You Need to Know: The Thin Line Between Diaz and Rzepczynski
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Ben Diamond

08-16

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What You Need to Know: The Slugger Who Was Promised
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Nicolas Stellini

08-15

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What You Need to Know: Bettis 1, Cancer 0
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Stacey Gotsulias

08-14

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What You Need to Know: Come So Far, Got So Far to Go
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Ashley Varela

08-11

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What You Need to Know: The Trout Card
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Demetrius Bell

08-10

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What You Need to Know: The World's Oldest 26-Year-Old
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Ben Diamond

08-08

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What You Need to Know: Unhappy Birthday
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Stacey Gotsulias

08-07

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What You Need to Know: Just Like the Good Old Days
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Ashley Varela

08-04

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What You Need to Know: Feeling a Pinch
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Demetrius Bell

08-03

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What You Need to Know: All Good Things Come to an End
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Stacey Gotsulias

08-01

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What You Need to Know: Gio's 99th Percentile Day
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Ben Diamond

07-31

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What You Need to Know: Mr. 3000
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Ashley Varela

07-28

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What You Need to Know: Milwaukee Mauled
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Demetrius Bell

07-27

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What You Need to Know: First Time For Everything
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Ben Diamond

07-26

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What You Need to Know: Hug Watch
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Martin Alonso

07-25

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What You Need to Know: Relentless Royals
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Stacey Gotsulias

07-24

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What You Need to Know: Taking Care of Business
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Ashley Varela

07-21

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What You Need to Know: You Are Who You Are
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Demetrius Bell

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

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Luis Castillo leaves on a high note, the Indians and Diamondbacks keep streaking, and Gerrit Cole has it rough.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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Toronto and Boston play 19 innings, Manny Machado beats the Yankees, the Diamondbacks keep winning, and Justin Verlander makes his Houston debut.

The Tuesday Takeaway

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J.D. Martinez hits four homers, the Dodgers keeping losing, Giancarlo Stanton does actual damage, and the Indians reach a dozen in a row.

The Monday Takeaway

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Clayton Kershaw looks like his old self again, Wilmer Flores breaks his nose on a foul ball, and Cody Bellinger bests Mike Piazza at the plate.

The Weekend Takeaway

Some things never change. Stirrup socks never go out of style, there’s never a bad moment to enjoy GIFs of dogs at the ballpark, and Clayton Kershaw never fails to make a comeback*.

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CC Sabathia carries the Yankees like the old days, the Dodgers are mortal, the Twins are rolling, and Kendrys Morales went deep thrice.

The Thursday Takeaway

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Stephen Strasburg is both young and old, the Angels win the damn game, the Yankees don't win anything, and Javier Baez is fun to watch.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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Tampa Bay hosts the Astros and Rangers, J.D. Davis throws 92, Jake Arrieta keeps rolling, and Chris Sale keeps whiffing everyone.

The Tuesday Takeaway

While baseball pales in comparison to the tragic events currently unfolding in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it can also bring a sense of normalcy and comfort to those who are living through anything but. With that in mind, the Rangers and Astros playing their first game since the storm is a small step in the direction toward recovery, toward the light at the end of the tunnel which so many are grasping for in these trying times.

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Baltimore charges back into the mix, Kansas City can't score, Jose Ramirez is fire, and Mookie Betts robs and gets robbed.

The Monday Takeaway

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Rhys Hoskins cracks open the rookie record books, Giancarlo Stanton hits no. 50, and Gregor Blanco steals a high five.

The Weekend Takeaway

The best feature of MLB's inaugural Players Weekend wasn’t the multicolored jerseys, the personalized cleats, or even the poignant stories behind many players’ tribute patches. It was the nicknames. Some, like, Kevin “Plaw” Plawecki and Brandon “B-Craw” Crawford, elected for straightforward abbreviations, while others got more creative. Aaron Judge became “All Rise,” Hunter Pence became “Wawindaji” (Swahili for “lion hunter,” according to Pence’s research), and Kyle Seager became “Corey’s Brother,” while Corey himself went by “Kyle’s Brother,” albeit unofficially.

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The Yankees and Tigers rumble, Rhys Hoskins and Giancarlo Stanton go shot for shot, Robbie Ray returns, and Chris Sale gets knocked around.

The Thursday Takeaway

Back on July 31, the Tigers and Yankees played a very contentious game at Yankee Stadium. Players were beaned and tempers flared, but ultimately nothing came of it and you figured that cooler heads would prevail. However, as we learned from the Bryce Harper/Hunter Strickland kerfuffle earlier this season, baseball players have long memories.

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Rich Hill makes history and then loses, Gary Sanchez is a monster, Zach Britton blows a save, and Eric Hosmer walks off.

The Wednesday Takeaway:

Close your eyes and imagine walking over to the bookshelf behind you to grab a hefty, hardcover black book titled Baseball’s Official Unofficial Handbook. Trust me, it’s there. Now, open it up, skip through Rob Manfred’s "Why Baseball Is Bad" essay, past the 15 blank pages that are simply called “Baseball’s Unwritten Rules,” and after an in-depth read on “Adrian Beltre: Baseball’s Hero” you’ll find a chapter labeled “The Universal Rules.”

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Doug Fister shuts down the Indians, Gary Sanchez goes very deep, and Ichiro Suzuki out-slugs Giancarlo Stanton.

Doug Fister, who entered Tuesday with 43 2/3 innings under his belt for the season, and had a 4.64 ERA last year, allowed a leadoff home run to Francisco Lindor.

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