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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

05-31

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What You Need to Know: Disappointing Duel
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Emma Baccellieri

05-30

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What You Need to Know: The Grudge
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Stacey Gotsulias

05-29

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What You Need to Know: Blown Away
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Ashley Varela

05-26

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What You Need to Know: Incomplete Nova
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Demetrius Bell

05-25

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What You Need to Know: Bouncing Sevy
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Ben Diamond

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

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Cleveland storms back, Yasiel Puig shows off his arm, Javier Baez makes two wow plays, and the Cubs almost blow it.

The Monday Takeaway

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The Angels balk in a run, three rookies go deep, Felix Hernandez pitches like a King, and the Orioles snap an unusual skid.

The Weekend Takeaway

Presented without comment: three peculiar sequences of action, each involving a balk, a run scored, and a split-second ruling, each more implausible than the last.

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Houston out-slugs Oakland, Corey Knebel sets a strikeout record, Matt Adams keeps chugging along, and the NL West clashes.

The Thursday Takeaway

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Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander fall short of history, Salvador Perez beats Robby Scott, Jose Berrios looks great again, and Orlando Arcia makes magic.

The Wednesday Takeaway

While what happens on a baseball field may not have a tangible impact on a general fan’s day-to-day life, many of us, often unconsciously, use the sport to reflect our world. We can feel a deep connection to those otherworldly athletic multimillionaires, even if they couldn’t possibly be more different than us, because we see ourselves in them.

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Corey Seager goes deep thrice, Anthony Rizzo keeps loving the leadoff spot, and Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger keep pace.

The Tuesday Takeaway

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Cody Bellinger breaks records, Clayton Kershaw has an off night, the Marlins walk it off, and Anthony Rizzo plays the leadoff role again.

The Monday Takeaway

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Jacob deGrom and Jeff Samardzija dig the long ball, Eddie Butler gets his sleeves cut off, and Orlando Arcia hits an inside-the-park home run.

The Weekend Takeaway

The designated hitter vs. pitcher hitting debate is one for the ages (well, at least the last 44 years of the ages). Until you see Bartolo Colon set PETCO Park ablaze with his first career home run or Madison Bumgarner muscle two moonshots on Opening Day, it’s difficult to make a compelling case against the undeniable offensive bonus a polished, professional hitter brings to the lineup.

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Chris Sale gets zero run support, Keon Broxton does his Aaron Judge impression, Bryce Harper leaves in a hurry, and Jose Berrios shines.

The Thursday Takeaway

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Things get even worse for Matt Harvey, Logan Morrison powers up, the Dodgers break Andrew Miller, and Aaron Hicks robs a grand slam.

The Wednesday Takeaway

As our good friend Stefan from SNL would say, New York’s hottest club is Citi Field. This place has everything: leadoff home runs, monster dingers, devastated Mets fans, injuries, even more devastated Mets fans, milestones, great catches, inspirational comebacks, and ... even cautiously optimistic Mets fans? Grab your popcorn, take a seat, and enjoy the wild rollercoaster of yesterday’s game of the day.

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Jon Lester wins his 150th, the Twins put a 20-spot on the Mariners, and Andrew Miller is human.

The Tuesday Takeaway

Jon Lester picked up his 150th career win last night, tying him with Dizzy Dean, Jered Weaver, and Rube Benton on the all-time list. Among the 213 pitchers with 150 or more career victories, Lester ranks 20th in winning percentage at .630. The only pitchers with a higher winning percentage to begin their careers after 1980 are Pedro Martinez, Roy Halladay, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Mike Mussina, and Dwight Gooden.

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Jacob deGrom had the right mix, the Braves and Nationals played a wild one, Aaron Judge crushed again, and Dustin Pedroia walked it off.

The Monday Takeaway

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Carlos Martinez hurls his first shutout, Aaron Judge hits the longest and fastest home runs of 2017, Max Scherzer strikes out his 2,000th batter, and Ichiro Suzuki emulates Giancarlo Stanton.

The Weekend Takeaway

Even at its best, baseball invites doubt. We question whether the Clayton Kershaws and Mike Trouts will ride their career-high numbers to Hall of Fame ballots, whether hitters can best 121.1 mph. home runs and 167.8 career WARP, whether perfect games will remain intact for their requisite nine innings. Part of the beauty of baseball is found in its unpredictability and variety, making the payoff that much sweeter when it finally comes around.

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