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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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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What You Need to Know: August 20, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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What You Need to Know: August 19, 2015
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: August 17, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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What You Need to Know: August 14, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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What You Need to Know: August 13, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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What You Need to Know: August 12, 2015
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: August 11, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: August 10, 2015
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Ian Frazer

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What You Need to Know: August 7, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

08-06

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What You Need to Know: August 6, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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What You Need to Know: August 5, 2015
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: August 4, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

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

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What You Need to Know: July 31, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: July 30, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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What You Need to Know: July 29, 2015
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Chris Mosch

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

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What You Need to Know: July 27, 2015
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Ian Frazer

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What You Need to Know: July 24th, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: July 23, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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What You Need to Know: July 22, 2015
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: July 20, 2015
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Ian Frazer

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What You Need to Know: July 17, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: July 13, 2015
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Ian Frazer

07-10

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

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What You Need to Know: June 9, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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What You Need to Know: July 8, 2017
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Ian Frazer

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What You Need to Know: July 6, 2015
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Ian Frazer

07-03

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What You Need to Know: July 3, 2015
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: June 2, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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

06-30

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What You Need to Know: June 30, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

06-29

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

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What You Need to Know: June 26, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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What You Need to Know: June 25, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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

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

06-22

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What You Need to Know: June 22, 2015
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Ian Frazer

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What You Need to Know: June 19, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: June 18, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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August 17, 2015 11:33 am

What You Need to Know: August 17, 2015

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Steven Jacobson

Blowouts and playoff races and pitching duels galore!

The Weekend Takeaway
Although Ivan Nova spent much of Friday night on the losing end due to a three-run second inning against the Blue Jays' meat of the order, he ended up pitching a game as good as, if not better than, that of his opponent, David Price. After Price had outdueled him the previous Saturday, Nova came back stronger, relying on his sinker for 74 of his 105 pitches, a much higher proportion than the usual 42 percent rate at which he usually selects the pitch. It paid off, as Nova was able to generate 14 ground outs against a team that is fifth in baseball in fly-ball rate.

Price labored, allowing eight hits through seven innings, but managed to escape each jam, often ending innings with a runner or two on base with a strikeout or a ground out. Price featured his changeup heavily throughout the game, a midseason adjustment to make the pitch his most frequently used. Although it didn't generate the usual 20 percent whiff rate it usually does, he was still able to strike out six batters along the way.


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August 14, 2015 10:57 am

What You Need to Know: August 14, 2015

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Steven Jacobson

Pittsburgh took it right to the Cardinals and other action yesterday, plus some exciting pitching matchups tonight.

The Thursday Takeaway
Many Pirates-Cardinals games have ended in exciting fashion this season, as seven have been decided by walk-offs. Although the same could not be said for Thursday night's matchup, Pirates fans were still pretty excited to see their team's first victory in Busch Stadium in 2015.

Pittsburgh won in resounding fashion. Against Lance Lynn, who had given up seven runs in his previous four starts (24 innings), the Pirates exploded for seven first-inning runs. Lynn lacked any kind of command, throwing just 24 of his 41 pitches for strikes; he was either wild or left the ball over the plate:


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August 13, 2015 11:33 am

What You Need to Know: August 13, 2015

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Steven Jacobson

No-hitter! (Also other games.)

The Wednesday Takeaway
Just three days shy of the three-year anniversary of Felix Hernandez's perfect game, this happened:


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August 12, 2015 10:06 am

What You Need to Know: August 12, 2015

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Chris Mosch

A 16-inning marathon, a passel of great defensive plays, and a look ahead at some top pitching matchups tonight; what more could you ask for?

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August 11, 2015 10:55 am

What You Need to Know: August 11, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

Johnny Cueto's debut and more from yesterday, plus a look at tonight's action, including some #PitchersWhoRake possibilities

The Monday Takeaway
There hasn't been much buyer's remorse in the days following the July 31st trade deadline, at least not among the contenders that struck big.

The Blue Jays, for instance, have defeated their primary rivals, the Twins and Yankees, behind excellent work from David Price, while adding another potent bat to their collection in Troy Tulowitzki. South of the border, the biggest splash came from Dayton Moore and the Royals, who hauled in Johnny Cueto from the Reds and Ben Zobrist from the A's. And if Monday's win over the Tigers is any indication, they've got nothing to complain about, either.


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August 10, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 10, 2015

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Ian Frazer

Carlos Gonzalez, Kyle Schwarber, and Joey Votto are all hitting. The Blue Jays are pitching.

The Weekend Takeaways
At this point in the Rockies' season, sitting in the sub-basement of the NL West and with their franchise pillar traded away to a contender, all that's really left is to play spoiler. And even that's up for debate, because it would be okay to skid right to the top pick in next year's draft, right?

That franchise-wide dilemma unfortunately masks the fact that the Rockies' lineup has some of the best offensive talent in baseball. Nolan Arenado has improved on his already bountiful promise by piling up 5.0 WARP so far this season, with his bat playing just as big a role as his already vaunted glove.


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August 7, 2015 12:10 pm

What You Need to Know: August 7, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

Joe Ross earns a place in the Nationals' rotation and other games from yesterday, plus a look at ahead at the weekend, including a Felix-Prince matchup.

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August 6, 2015 11:37 am

What You Need to Know: August 6, 2015

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Steven Jacobson

Every game was close yesterday, which is fitting.

It's a pitchers era and an era of parity, and that was never more on display than on Wednesday night, when seven one-run games, four extra inning games, and three games decided on walk-offs were played.

The Wednesday Takeaway
It may not have been a one-run game, but it was still a close one for the Athletics. Naturally, they lost.


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August 5, 2015 11:48 am

What You Need to Know: August 5, 2015

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Chris Mosch

An analysis of Henry Owens' debut, recaps of Chris Sale's struggles and Carlos Carrasco's dominance, and a look at the young pitching ready to debut tonight. And more!

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August 4, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 4, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

A lot of runs happened yesterday, but no fear for tonight: Sliders are coming.

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August 3, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 3, 2015

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Ian Frazer

The first post-deadline weekend is past, and we're squarely in the chase for the playoffs. Catch that Mets fever!

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July 31, 2015 11:39 am

What You Need to Know: July 31, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

The Mets drop a weird one, the Astros continue their push toward the playoffs, and more of yesterday's action, plus a weekend preview.

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