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05-03

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What You Need to Know: Nomar Mazara Makes Five Of Us Look Smart
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Daniel Rathman

05-02

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What You Need to Know: Zimmermann Dealin'
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Ashley Varela

04-29

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What You Need to Know: Meet the Phillies
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Nicolas Stellini

04-28

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What You Need to Know: The Braves Might Not Have a Floor
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Demetrius Bell

04-27

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What You Need to Know: David Price is a True Red Sox
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Emma Baccellieri

04-26

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What You Need to Know: Chris Archer Says Goodbye To All That
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Daniel Rathman

04-25

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What You Need to Know: FernandoMaedaia?
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Ashley Varela

04-22

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What You Need to Know: Arrieta's Masterpiece, Kershaw's Accident
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Nicolas Stellini

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Raisel Iglesias' Deus Ex Machina
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Demetrius Bell

04-20

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What You Need to Know: Early-Season Perfections Fall Apart
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Emma Baccellieri

04-19

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What You Need to Know: Let's Roll It Up
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Daniel Rathman

04-18

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What You Need to Know: Psst: Jake Arrieta Has A 0.91 ERA Over His Past 169 Innings
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Ashley Varela

04-15

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What You Need to Know: Nobody Is 0-21, Yet
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Nicolas Stellini

04-14

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What You Need to Know: The Return Of The Four-Out Save
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Demetrius Bell

04-13

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What You Need to Know: When You Had a Taste of Paradise, Back on Earth Can Feel As Cold As Ice
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Emma Baccellieri

04-12

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What You Need to Know: The Year Of The Botched Infield Fly
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Daniel Rathman

04-11

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What You Need to Know: The Fella's Last Name Is Story
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Ashley Varela

04-08

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What You Need to Know: The One Unambiguous Evil In This World Is Kyle Schwarber Going Down In A Heap
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Nicolas Stellini

04-07

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What You Need to Know: Need Cano Basehits!
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Demetrius Bell

04-06

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What You Need to Know: Noah Syndergaard and the 95 mph Slider
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Emma Baccellieri

04-05

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What You Need to Know: Picking Up Where They Left Off
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Daniel Rathman

04-04

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What You Need to Know: The Race is Long, And in the End It's Only With Yourself
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Ashley Varela

10-05

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What You Need to Know: Fin
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Ian Frazer and Daniel Rathman

10-02

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What You Need to Know: Wild!
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Chris Mosch

10-01

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What You Need to Know: Cardinals Clinch; Cardinals Are Doomed?
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Daniel Rathman

09-30

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What You Need to Know: The Chaos Chase
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Daniel Rathman

09-29

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What You Need to Know: September 29, 2015
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Ian Frazer

09-28

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What You Need to Know: September 28, 2015
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Daniel Rathman and Ian Frazer

09-25

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What You Need to Know: September 25, 2015
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Chris Mosch

09-24

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What You Need to Know: September 24, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-23

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What You Need to Know: September 23, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-22

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What You Need to Know: David Played and it Pleased the Lord
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Ian Frazer

09-21

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What You Need to Know: September 21, 2015
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Daniel Rathman and Ian Frazer

09-18

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What You Need to Know: September 18, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-17

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What You Need to Know: September 17, 2015
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Chris Mosch

09-16

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What You Need to Know: September 16, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-15

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What You Need to Know: September 15, 2015
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Ian Frazer

09-11

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What You Need to Know: September 11, 2015
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Chris Mosch

09-10

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What You Need to Know: September 10, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-08

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What You Need to Know: September 8, 2015
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Ian Frazer

09-03

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What You Need to Know: September 3, 2015
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Ian Frazer

09-02

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What You Need to Know: September 2, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-01

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What You Need to Know: September 1, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-31

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What You Need to Know: August 31, 2015
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Ian Frazer

08-28

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What You Need to Know: August 28, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-27

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What You Need to Know: August 27, 2015
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Chris Mosch

08-26

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What You Need to Know: August 26, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-25

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What You Need to Know: August 25, 2015
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Chris Mosch

08-24

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What You Need to Know: August 24, 2015
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Ian Frazer

08-21

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What You Need to Know: August 21, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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The Braves and the Twins slouch toward the first overall pick, while Jaime Garcia almost pulls a Velasquez.

The Thursday Takeaway
It’s early, we say. Indeed it is. For the Braves and Twins, the season is but nine games old. Yet they have been a very long nine games for both teams; a fruitless and unforgiving nine games. All 18 games have ended in losses. The two teams both lost on Thursday.


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Starring Jeury Familia. Meanwhile, Craig Kimbrel gets Chris Davis when he gets a second chance, the Rockies put up a Rockies score, and Trevor Story moves on to the next neat trick.

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The Juan Nicasio bubble popped, for one day at least. Meanwhile, Noah Syndergaard keeps getting better, and the Red Sox blow another lead.

The Tuesday Takeaway
What was once a minor miracle is now something of a trope: The broken pitcher comes to Pittsburgh for one more chance and he is saved, his career revived. But strong as the narrative may seem, the reality is far from a guarantee—as Juan Nicasio reminded everyone Tuesday afternoon.

After a strong spring and an impressive first outing, Nicasio looked more like his old self yesterday. It started with a Justin Upton solo shot in the first (his debut home run as a Tiger, and a 451-foot one at that), and it didn’t get any better from there. Nicasio took 94 pitches to make it through an ugly three innings, giving up four runs and setting the Pirates up for an 8-2 loss to Detroit.


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I mean, there have been two of them, so there you go. Meanwhile, David Price and Craig Kimbrel couldn't get it done, and Taylor Jungmann really couldn't get it done,

The Monday Takeaway
We’re but a week and change into the 2016 campaign, and already, the Phillies have had a season’s worth of misadventures with the infield-fly rule. Last Friday, Cesar Hernandez seemed to forget what the rule means all together:


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Trevor Story can’t stop hitting home runs, Vince Velasquez nearly pulls off a no-hitter, and Bartolo Colon resurrects the panache of Willie Mays.

The Weekend Takeaway
Both the Padres and the Rockies had something to rejoice over in the 13-6 slugfest on Friday night. It’s been a long, long week in the NL West, especially for the Friars, who had managed to string together 30 scoreless innings to begin the season. Those 13 runs must've felt like an exorcism.


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The Cubs hold their breath to see how Kyle Schwarber is, while Al Pujols adds a walk-off to his career and the Phillies' bullpen has already blown two late, and it's still early.

The Thursday Takeaway
Last night’s game between the Cubs and Diamondbacks can be described in many ways. It was a slugfest; a night in which neither starter (John Lackey and Rubby De La Rosa) had excellent stuff by any stretch of the imagination. Lackey was wild and missing his spots. De La Rosa was De La Rosa.


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Three middle infielders are hitting all the home runs.

The Wednesday Takeaway

In 1941, Boston Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr started off the season by hitting a homer in each of Boston’s first three games. For 75 years, that was the benchmark for hot-hitting second basemen, until Robinson Cano decided that it was time to meet that benchmark. Cano slugged two homers on Wednesday afternoon against the Rangers—one in the first inning, and another in the top of the ninth inning to cap a five-run comeback that powered the Seattle Mariners to a 9-5 victory over Texas.

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The Mets finally won another one against Kansas City, the new slide rule has a second consecutive controversial day, and Carlos Correa makes a highlight.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Since last October, the pairing of Noah Syndergaard and Alcides Escobar has stood in for all sorts of weighty questions on the concept of revenge and unwritten rules and where we draw the lines of safety through the code of convention. On Tuesday, though, the pairing signified something more simple again—a pitcher, a batter, the start of a baseball game.


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April 5, 2016 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Picking Up Where They Left Off

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Daniel Rathman

Harper is still Harper, Kershaw is still Kershaw, Arrieta is still Arrieta, and the new rule banning takeout slides claims its first victim.

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The season begins! The Mets still can’t defeat the defending World Series champs, Andrew McCutchen is batting second, and Marcus Stroman has pitching down to a science.

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October 5, 2015 9:42 am

What You Need to Know: Fin

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Ian Frazer and Daniel Rathman

The season comes to an end, Kershaw reaches a milestone, and Max Scherzer throws about the greatest start in history.

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October 2, 2015 6:01 am

What You Need to Know: Wild!

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The last playoff battle is a good one, and got tighter still on Thursday.

The Thursday Takeaway
The 2015 season has been filled with unpredictability. The Nationals collapsed. The Mets clinched the NL East with a week and a half to go in the season. The Blue Jays became a super team. The Royals defied the projections and have had the AL Central in the bag for a couple of months. The Twins are still playing meaningful games!


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