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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

07-07

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What You Need to Know: "Rain" Delays
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Demetrius Bell

07-06

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What You Need to Know: Wild Thoughts
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Ben Diamond

07-05

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What You Need to Know: Happy Birthday, America!
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Stacey Gotsulias

07-03

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What You Need to Know: A Home Run for the Ages
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Ashley Varela

06-30

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What You Need to Know: Hard Way to Win an Easy Division
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Demetrius Bell

06-29

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What You Need to Know: Little Pitcher, Big Slider
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Ben Diamond

06-27

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What You Need to Know: Lucky 13
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Stacey Gotsulias

06-26

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What You Need to Know: Something to Balk About
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Ashley Varela

06-23

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What You Need to Know: The 10-Run Rule
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Demetrius Bell

06-22

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What You Need to Know: Mad Max: Infield Chopper
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Ben Diamond

06-21

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What You Need to Know: A Round Of Seagerbombs
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Colin Anderle

06-20

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What You Need to Know: Code Blue
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Stacey Gotsulias

06-19

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What You Need to Know: Every Man Wants to Be a Macho Man
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Ashley Varela

06-16

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What You Need to Know: All Sales Are Final
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Demetrius Bell

06-15

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What You Need to Know: Harvey Day
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Ben Diamond

06-14

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What You Need to Know: Two Drubbings, 12 Innings, and a Meltdown Avoided
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Martin Alonso

06-13

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What You Need to Know: deLightful, deGrom, deLovely
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Stacey Gotsulias

06-12

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What You Need to Know: You Complete Me
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Ashley Varela

06-09

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What You Need to Know: Flirting and Steamrolling
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Demetrius Bell

06-08

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What You Need to Know: Old and Improved
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Ben Diamond

06-06

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What You Need to Know: The Formula
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Matthew Trueblood

06-05

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What You Need to Know: (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
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Ashley Varela

06-02

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What You Need to Know: Reactivate Klubot
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Demetrius Bell

06-01

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What You Need to Know: Changing It Up
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Ben Diamond

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Somehow the Braves have the Dodgers' number, Jeremy Hellickson had a great Orioles debut, Dellin Betances was immaculate, and Joey Gallo did what he does best.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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Gio Gonzalez took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, Doug Fister got the job done, Jake Marisnick went deep twice, and Yoan Moncada had a scary collision.

The Monday Takeaway

There’s an old baseball quote that offers sage advice to pitchers who struggle to grasp their fleeting success. To paraphrase: Five starts a year, you have your best stuff. Five starts a year, you have your worst stuff. What matters most is how you pitch in the 20 starts in between.

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Adrian Beltre hits No. 3,000, Steve Pearce cracks another walk-off grand slam, and Zack Greinke stifles the Cardinals.

The Weekend Takeaway

On the eve of his 3,000th career hit, Adrian Beltre didn’t know how his teammates would react to the milestone.

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Washington blasts eight homers, Kyle Schwarber has a huge night, Steve Pearce ends things in grand fashion, and Jake Lamb takes a tumble.

The Thursday Takeaway

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Luis Severino starred, Chris Sale did his usual thing, Rafael Devers and Lewis Brinson homered for the first time, and Justin Turner walked it off.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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Oakland's hug watch, Harrison Bader's debut, Edwin Encarnacion's walk-off slam, and Yoenis Cespedes' little league home run.

The Tuesday Takeaway

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Kansas City is making another run, Giancarlo Stanton and Hunter Renfroe hit two apiece, Bartolo Colon stays alive, and Cody Bellinger keeps the Dodgers winning.

The Monday Takeaway

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Marwin Gonzalez steps up for the Astros, Jaime Garcia goes yard, Jon Lester attempts a perfect game, and Dee Gordon meets his nemesis.

The Weekend Takeaway

You don’t need to have followed most of the 2017 season to know that the Astros have taken the American League by storm. Their 65-33 record is second only to the 68-31 Dodgers, and they maintained a hefty 17-game lead over their AL West competitors with a 5-4 run to start the second half.

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St. Louis doesn't know the first thing about first base, Justin Smoak continues his breakout year, and Joey Bats flashes some glove.

The Thursday Takeaway

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Nolan Arenado dismantles the Padres, Giancarlo Stanton catches up to Aaron Judge, and Carlos Beltran's glove is resurrected.

The Wednesday Takeaway

Perhaps it’s too soon to call 2017 the best season of Nolan Arenado’s career, but it’s not unreasonable to think that Wednesday’s 18-run beatdown of the Padres was among his best single-game performances.

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Carlos Beltran was gloveless in Seattle, Ryan Zimmerman set a franchise record, Jon Lester did it all, and Giancarlo Stanton did what he does best, twice.

The Monday Takeaway

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Jose Quintana's excellent Cubs debut, Jackie Bradley Jr.'s robbery of Aaron Judge, and a marathon game at Fenway Park.

The Weekend Takeaway

After the 12th frame or so of extra-inning baseball games, a fascinating shift occurs in the mindset of those watching. Many beat writers, missing their dinner reservations and bitterly thinking about the recap they’ll have to write before the game is over (deadlines can be a nightmare), often grow cranky and start the newest "extra-inning rules" debate on Twitter. Fans at the game either pack it in and head home because of work the next morning, or get ready for the long haul and the story to tell afterwards. Some fans at home, like me, begin watching the game completely differently from the first 11 innings, going from pulling for their favorite team to rooting for team chaos—it’s that weird little twinge of disappointment you get when your team walks it off in the 14th inning, because you really wanted to see that utility player get a chance to pitch the 15th.

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