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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

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

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Joey Gallo shows his pros and cons, Stephen Piscotty has a rough trip around the bases, and Albert Almora Jr. robs Matt Adams.

The Tuesday Takeaway

All through his journey from legitimate prospect to post-hype prospect to present-day Adrian Beltre injury replacement, Joey Gallo has been defined by two things: his prodigious power and his many, many, many strikeouts. Both were on display last night.

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Opening Day so nice, they did it twice.

The Tuesday Takeaway

Rougned Odor’s helmet looks like it has been through some stuff, man. After just Opening Day, it already looks like an homage to the grimy character of the domes found on Vladimir Guerrero and John Kruk.

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Madison Bumgarner and Masahiro Tanaka pitch themselves into the history books, and more from Opening Day.

The Weekend Takeaway

Meet Madison Bumgarner, the last true Renaissance Man of Major League Baseball.

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Five greats hang up their caps, Byron Buxton emulates Usain Bolt on the bases, and more from the final weekend of the regular season.

The Weekend Takeaway

What was billed as the quintessential #TeamEntropy weekend fizzled out during the last day of the 2016 season, when the remaining three Wild Card berths were clinched and home-field advantage decided without so much as a three-way tie-breaker.

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Things are getting weird, in almost every division.

The Thursday Takeaway

We’re down to the very last few games of the season, somehow. Every season is 162 games long, but somehow it feels like 2016 has moved especially quickly. It seems like just yesterday we were talking about Trevor Story, and now, most of the playoff field is set.

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John Jaso's career day, Hyun Soo Kim and Mark Teixeira played hero, and the Wild Card races tightened up.

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Wild Card spots are up for grabs in both leagues and the Red Sox's clincher has to wait a bit.

The Tuesday Takeaway

Three weeks ago, it seemed more or less a foregone conclusion that the Mariners were done playing meaningful baseball for the year—they had lost eight of their last ten and their playoff odds sat at less than 2 percent, the lowest they’d been all season. But next came a win streak that ignited hope for a Wild Card spot, an absurd flicker burst aflame as one victory followed another and Seattle’s playoff odds shot toward 30 percent.

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A fitting tribue was paid to Jose Fernandez in Miami, Jean Segura keeps socking homers, St. Louis struggles, and Jonathan Schoop wears down.

The Monday Takeaway

Playoff races, award chases, and all other September baseball storylines took a backseat over the weekend, as news broke early Sunday morning of Jose Fernandez’s tragic death in a boating accident. Our own Mauricio Rubio wrote about what Fernandez meant to the game, on and off the field, on Monday, before the Marlins returned to the field, all wearing no. 16 in honor of their late ace, to host the Mets.

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Three teams clinch division titles, Clayton Kershaw throws his fastest pitch of 2016, and the rest of the weekend action.

The Weekend Takeaway

There are a few narratives worth delving into this weekend. Divisions were won; walk-offs were celebrated, champagne bottles were popped. Bryce Harper wore Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky’s swim cap. Vin Scully spent his last few hours quipping in the Dodgers’ broadcast booth, his last weekend announcing a Dodgers home series, ever.

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The Mets win a game and move ahead in the wild card race, and more from Thursday's action.

The Thursday Takeaway
For selfish reasons, I am happy that the Mets won last night. I am not a Mets fan, at least not consciously, although I do follow them somewhat closely due to having many friends in the writer community who can often be found wearing blue and orange hats.


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While the division races get clear, the wild card race is left to the losers, and more from Wednesday's action.

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A half-hearted protest in Oakland, a save by the Giants bullpen, and other unusual events from Tuesday's action.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Meaningful baseball has been relatively scarce for the A’s this year, as is typically the case for a team whose playoff odds have been below the 5 percent mark since early June. But there was meaning aplenty in Tuesday’s game, if only in a symbolic sense: from the third inning on, Oakland was playing under protest.


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