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05-24

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What You Need to Know: Shutouts and Almost Shutouts
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Emma Baccellieri

05-23

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What You Need to Know: First to Thirty
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Stacey Gotsulias

05-22

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What You Need to Know: The Name is Bonds, Mike Bonds
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Ashley Varela

05-19

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What You Need to Know: Berrios, Baby
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Demetrius Bell

05-18

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What You Need to Know: Jose's Mound
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Ben Diamond

05-17

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What You Need to Know: Finally we can party at Napoli's
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Emma Baccellieri

05-16

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What You Need to Know: When Good Matchups Go Wrong
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Stacey Gotsulias

05-15

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What You Need to Know: Feels Like the First Time
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Ashley Varela

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Battle of the Bullpens
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Demetrius Bell

05-11

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What You Need to Know: Marquez on the Moon
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Ben Diamond

05-10

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What You Need to Know: Arrieta Loses Control
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Emma Baccellieri

05-09

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What You Need to Know: You Can Never Go Home Again
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Jared Wyllys

05-08

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What You Need to Know: King of the Hill
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Ashley Varela

05-05

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What You Need to Know: Marvelous Marwin
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Stacey Gotsulias

05-04

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What You Need to Know: Ejections for Everyone
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Ben Diamond

05-03

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What You Need to Know: Big Erv
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Emma Baccellieri

05-02

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What You Need to Know: Bad Night in Boston
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Demetrius Bell

05-01

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What You Need to Know: Tidal Wave
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Ashley Varela

04-28

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What You Need to Know: One Day, Two Losses
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Demetrius Bell

04-27

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What You Need to Know: Pittsburgh's Gift
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Ben Diamond

04-26

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What You Need to Know: Losing the Crown
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Emma Baccellieri

04-25

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What You Need to Know: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
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Stacey Gotsulias

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

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Chris Sale gets the best of both worlds, Matt Albers avoids the wrong side of history, Javier Baez takes to the skies, and Billy Hamilton exhibits superhuman speed.

The Weekend Takeaway

Good pitchers flourish at the intersection of dominant pitching and plentiful run support, and on Sunday afternoon, Chris Sale hit the coveted sweet spot.

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Marvin Gonzalez keeps slugging, the Rangers do some slugging too, Manny Machado lets his bat talk, and Jesus Aguilar hits his first.

The Thursday Takeaway

Marwin Gonzalez of the Astros hit his ninth home run of 2016 on July 26 in a game against the Yankees. It was a solo shot off CC Sabathia in the bottom of the first inning. The Astros went on to lose the game, 6-3. If you’re wondering why this is pertinent information it’s because Marwin Gonzalez hit his ninth home run of 2017 on Thursday afternoon against the Rangers. It was a solo shot off A.J. Griffin in the bottom of the fourth inning.

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A curveball gets Kevin Gausman the boot, both New York teams do some heavy hitting, Matt Hollidays smacks 300, and Byron Buxton does it again.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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Ervin Santana keeps his ERA below 1.00, Boston and Baltimore have more fireworks, and the Dodgers rough up Matt Moore.

The Tuesday Takeaway

Ervin Santana is striking out just about as many batters as he did last season—and the one before, and the one before that. He’s walking about just as many, too. He’s relying on his fastball a bit less than usual and his changeup a little more, but not dramatically so. Santana is, essentially, not doing too much that’s terribly different from anything he’s done before. He’s just getting some very different results.

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Adam Jones is treated horribly in Boston, Manny Machado stars on both sides of the ball, the Rangers and Astros spar, and the Giants get to Clayton Kershaw.

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The Nationals sink the Mets with an unprecedented 23 runs, the Dodgers pull off a raucous rally to beat the Phillies, and the Yankees hit all the home runs.

The Weekend Takeaway

There are losses and then there are the colossal, dumpster-fire-verging-on-apocalyptic-disaster losses that the Mets experienced on Sunday afternoon.

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Toronto has a very bad day, Washington goes crazy at Coors Field, and the Red Sox and Yankees play fast for once.

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Gift Ngoepe makes his MLB debut, Aaron Judge and Luis Severino shine, and a Little League game breaks out in Baltimore.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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King Felix looks shakier than ever, Trea Turner goes for the cycle, Danny Duffy dares everyone, and Eric Thames did it again.

The Tuesday Takeaway

After two seasons of slipping velocity, miscellaneous injury struggles, and other various signs of the aging process, Felix Hernandez is no longer the ace that was once crowned king. He’s still, for the most part, recognizably himself—just less consistently and often less effectively and simply less so. But decline in and of itself is neither interesting nor surprising; it’s the how and the when that provide that color. For Felix, this year seems potentially key to answering both. Were last season’s career-worst numbers truly the beginning of the end, or just an anomalous spike on a gentle downward slope? His first four starts of the season didn’t do so much to provide context there, but his fifth was a discouraging nod toward the former.

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Eric Thames continues to crush baseballs, Justin Turner makes a baserunning blunder, and the Bears beat the Steelers.

The Monday Takeaway

MLB’s attack on baseballs continued Monday, with Eric Thames leading the charge. The Brewers’ first baseman connected on two more long balls, bringing his season total to 10. And somehow even more impressive than that, they were his sixth and seventh homers against the Reds. Thames is currently on pace to hit 80 home runs. No one is able to keep up that kind of pace, but for now Thames’ at-bats are must-see TV.

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Home runs still dominate the highlight reels, Manny Machado's takeout slide leads to some tense aftermath, Dan Straily joins an exclusive strikeout club, and more from the weekend.

The Weekend Takeaway

The home run era isn’t dead just yet, not if Aaron Judge and Trevor Story and Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper and Joey Gallo and Willson Contreras and Daniel Murphy have anything to do with it.

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Chris Sale was his usual self, Eric Thames was Babe Ruth, the Rangers won after going 27 batters without a hit.

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