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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

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

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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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Record-breaking Orioles power, Yankees comeback craziness, and Jose Altuve doing his usual thing.

The Wednesday Takeaway

If you’re a fan of the Baltimore Orioles and baseballs being hit really far and over outfield fences, then the month of June has been lovely. The Orioles only hit one home run Wednesday during their 12-6 victory over the Padres, but it was one to remember for Mark Trumbo as they put the capper on what’s been a prolific month of power.

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Rain cut short Lucas Giolito's much-hyped debut, but he fit plenty of impressive pitches in before the delay.

The Tuesday Takeaway

A little rain wasn’t enough to ruin Lucas Giolito’s parade. Enough to delay it and cut it short, maybe, but what we got was worth the hype.

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Kris Bryant makes major-league history, Noah Syndergaard scuffles amid rumors of elbow trouble, and much more from a busy Monday.

The Monday Takeaway

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The White Sox hit seven home runs, Kevin Gausman and Carlos Carrasco toss four-hitters, and Jose Altuve goes for the cycle.

The Weekend Takeaway

There are no givens in baseball. A 10-run lead can evaporate under the misdirection of a tired bullpen, a no-hitter can be lost on a misplayed fly ball, and a ninth-inning tie can be broken on a walk-off balk. Still, there are certain markers which, once they are passed, provide a feeling of security.

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The Cubs are suddenly losing, the Mariners are seriously losing, and Zack Greinke moves up a special leaderboard.

The Thursday Takeaway
Arnold Schwarzenegger would have you believe that “If It bleeds, we can kill it.” Perhaps this is true, perhaps it isn’t. All we know at this moment is that the Cubs have lost four games in a row for the first time since last year’s NLCS.


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Beltran continues his reboot, the Astros are bona fide hot, and Andrelton Simmons makes a play.

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The Mets face the World Series champs again, but their starter gets knocked out by a line drive in the first. Meanwhile, Belt whiffs against a position player pitching, and an inside-the-parker that technically wasn't.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The very first plate appearance of Tuesday night’s World Series rematch didn’t bode well for the Mets. Whit Merrifield led off with a comebacker to the mound that struck Bartolo Colon’s thumb, and after just four pitches, New York’s starter was out for the night.


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The low-scoring slugfest between 1993's hottest expansion teams, and more from Monday's action.

The Monday Takeaway
The Rockies and Marlins combined to hit eight home runs yesterday. Let’s have a look at—and note something significant about—each of them.


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Tim Lincecum impresses in Angels debut, the Marlins pitch their way out of a shutout, and Jake Arrieta finds new and unsurprising ways to keep winning.

The Weekend Takeaway
When Tim Lincecum made his season debut on Saturday, the Angels had one question: Would he look like the Cy Young Award winner of 2009 or the 6.02 DRA-holder of 2014?


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Colby Lewis' near-magical day, and more from Thursday's action.

The Thursday Takeaway
Colby Lewis’ day didn’t start out as anything particularly special—a 20-pitch first inning of exactly the sort of unremarkable-but-decently effective stuff you expect from Colby Lewis. It didn’t take long, however, for him to look not simply decently effective but uncommonly so. There was an impressive swinging strikeout courtesy of his slider in the second, then there were three straight flyouts in the third, and from there, he was really dealing. The next few frames zipped by, as Lewis breezed through with eight or fewer pitches per inning through the seventh, including a series of six straight groundouts. True to his typical style, the performance wasn’t flashy—just three strikeouts through seven, with his standard mix of high-80s fastballs and a slider not too far behind—but it was perfect.


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