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04-24

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What You Need to Know: Pineda and Pine Tar, Part Two
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Daniel Rathman

04-23

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What You Need to Know: Historic Tuesday
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Daniel Rathman

04-22

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What You Need to Know: No Sale
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Daniel Rathman

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 4/21
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

04-18

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What You Need to Know: Meltdown in Minnesota
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Daniel Rathman

04-17

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What You Need to Know: Cueto in Control
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Daniel Rathman

04-16

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What You Need to Know: Please Send Starters
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Daniel Rathman

04-15

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What You Need to Know: Back-and-Forth Baseball
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Daniel Rathman

04-14

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 4/14
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Daniel Rathman

04-11

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What You Need to Know: A Play at the Plate
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Daniel Rathman

04-10

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What You Need to Know: Ervin Arrives
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Daniel Rathman

04-09

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What You Need to Know: You Must Learn Control
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Daniel Rathman

04-08

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What You Need to Know: The New Class of Shift Candidate
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Daniel Rathman

04-07

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up
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Daniel Rathman

04-04

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What You Need to Know: The Importance of Pagan
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Daniel Rathman

04-03

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What You Need to Know: Derek Norris Finds the Opposite Field
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Daniel Rathman

04-02

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What You Need to Know: Revere Does Not Go Deep
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Daniel Rathman

04-01

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What You Need to Know: Aces of the NL Central
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Daniel Rathman

03-31

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What You Need to Know: Opening Night Action
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Daniel Rathman

09-30

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What You Need to Know: A Wild Final Weekend
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

09-27

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What You Need to Know: A Bronx Goodbye
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Daniel Rathman

09-26

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What You Need to Know: Helton Leaves Home
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Daniel Rathman

09-25

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What You Need to Know: Cleveland Socks
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Daniel Rathman

09-24

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What You Need to Know: Monday in Playoff Implications
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Daniel Rathman

09-23

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What You Need to Know: The Weekend's Playoff Developments
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Daniel Rathman

09-20

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What You Need to Know: A Couple of Clinchers
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Daniel Rathman

09-19

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What You Need to Know: Weirdest Baseball
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Daniel Rathman

09-18

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What You Need to Know: Nothing Quiet on the Wild Card Front
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Daniel Rathman

09-17

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What You Need to Know: Almost Perfect
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Daniel Rathman

09-16

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What You Need to Know: The A's Sweep Away Texas
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Daniel Rathman

09-13

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What You Need to Know: Meltdown Madness
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Daniel Rathman

09-12

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What You Need to Know: Jose Fernandez's Closing Argument
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Andrew Koo and Chris Mosch

09-11

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What You Need to Know: Boston Gets Buchholz Back
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Daniel Rathman

09-10

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What You Need to Know: The Pirates Make it Official
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Daniel Rathman

09-09

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What You Need to Know: A Weekend of Almosts
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Daniel Rathman

09-06

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What You Need to Know: Thursday's Wild Card Contender Drama
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Daniel Rathman

09-05

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What You Need to Know: Night of the Long Flies
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Daniel Rathman

09-04

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What You Need to Know: The Pittsburgh Pirates: No Longer a Losing Team
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Daniel Rathman

09-03

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What You Need to Know: Taking Three Teams' Playoff Temperatures
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Daniel Rathman

08-30

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What You Need to Know: Could Washington Win the Wild Card?
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Daniel Rathman

08-29

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What You Need to Know: An Ugly Outing for Felix
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Daniel Rathman

08-28

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What You Need to Know: August's Surprising Power Performances
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Daniel Rathman

08-27

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What You Need to Know: The Other Way in Which Zack Greinke is Good
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

08-26

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What You Need to Know: Roy Halladay Returns
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Will Woods

08-23

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What You Need to Know: Braun Comes Clean(er)
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Will Woods

08-22

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What You Need to Know: The Royals Run Out of Runs
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Daniel Rathman

08-21

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What You Need to Know: Corbin Keeps Rolling
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Daniel Rathman

08-20

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What You Need to Know: Recapping the Dodgers' Incredible Run
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Daniel Rathman

08-19

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What You Need to Know: The C&D Boys
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Daniel Rathman

08-16

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What You Need to Know: The Rays Rotation Gets a Boost
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Daniel Rathman

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April 8, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: The New Class of Shift Candidate

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Daniel Rathman

The Yankees shift more often, plus the news from Monday and what to watch today.

The Monday Takeaway
As the Yankees’ beat writers have learned during the first week of the season, manager Joe Girardi is utilizing defensive shifts more liberally than he did last year.


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April 7, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up

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Daniel Rathman

All of the exciting action from the weekend, plus what to watch on Monday.

The Weekend Takeaway
Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers was chided for his acquisition of Mark Trumbo in a three-team deal last December. Our own R.J. Anderson and most others who summed up the trade with the Angels and White Sox saw the addition of Trumbo at the expense of Adam Eaton and Tyler Skaggs as another example of Towers getting “$0.75 on the dollar.”


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April 4, 2014 6:45 am

What You Need to Know: The Importance of Pagan

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Daniel Rathman

Having a healthy Angel Pagan helps San Francisco, plus highlights from Thursday and what to watch for this weekend.

The Thursday Takeaway
When Angel Pagan walked the Giants off with a two-run, inside-the-park home run on May 25, 2013, the then-defending champions were 27-22. On that play, Pagan suffered a serious hamstring injury that required surgery and kept him out until August 30. When he returned, the Giants were 59-74.


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The A's catcher revamps his approach at the plate, plus highlights from last night and things to watch on Thursday.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Back in February, when Athletics pitchers and catchers were settling into the team’s spring training camp in Phoenix, Derek Norris spoke with San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Susan Slusser about the work he put in during the offseason and the changes that he planned to implement this year.


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April 2, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Revere Does Not Go Deep

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Daniel Rathman

Ben Revere does (or doesn't do) something historic, plus other highlights from Tuesday and what to watch on Wednesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
When Ben Revere arrived at Globe Life Park yesterday evening, he did so three plate appearances shy of the post-World War II record for the highest total amassed without a big-league home run. As far as I could tell by scanning his spray chart and digging up video of deep fly balls, this triple on September 23, 2012, is the closest he’d ever come:


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April 1, 2014 6:30 am

What You Need to Know: Aces of the NL Central

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Daniel Rathman

NL Central pitching shuts down NL Central hitting on a busy Opening Day, plus what to watch on Tuesday.

The Monday Takeaway
Forty-six innings, 25 hits, two runs, 16 walks, 45 strikeouts.

No, that’s not the line of a good reliever with a bloated strand rate. It’s the line the National League Central’s pitchers combined to post over the course of their games yesterday. Unfortunately for two of the clubs, they happened to be playing divisional foes.


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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Opening Night Action

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Daniel Rathman

How the Dodgers were defeated, and what to watch for today.

The Opening Night Takeaway
Last May, Jason Wojciechowski wrote about “Bunts That Lead to Big Things.” One of his takeaways: It makes sense to bunt “when you’re fast, and the pitcher isn’t so sure of anything he’s doing.”


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September 30, 2013 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: A Wild Final Weekend

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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

The American League wild card battle took centerstage this past weekend, but Henderson Alvarez stole the spotlight on Sunday afternoon.

The No-Hitter
With most eyes focused on the AL Wild Card race over the weekend, Henderson Alvarez turned heads on Sunday with an outstanding performance that ended the season for the Marlins in dramatic fashion.

Through eight innings, Alvarez had rendered the Tigers hitless and allowed just two batters to reach base. The right-handed hurler plunked Prince Fielder with a slow curveball in the first inning, while Jose Iglesias reached base on an Adeiny Hechavarria error in the fifth.


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September 27, 2013 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: A Bronx Goodbye

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Daniel Rathman

Mariano Rivera bids farewell to New York, the Rangers and Indians win wild ones, and Jason Heyward has a big day.

The Thursday Takeaway
Moments after the Rays defeated the Yankees 4-0, last night, Mariano Rivera went out to the mound. He knelt down, gathered a handful of dirt, and, with that keepsake in hand, bid farewell to the ballpark in which he made 629 career appearances, 53 of them in the playoffs.


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September 26, 2013 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Helton Leaves Home

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Daniel Rathman

Todd Helton plays his last home game, Billy Hamilton gets caught stealing, the A's are on a losing streak, and more.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Todd Helton’s final appearance at Coors Field began ominously. The visiting Red Sox posted a three-spot in the top of the first, threatening to blow the Rockies away. Eventually, they would—but not before the 40-year-old first baseman had his say.


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September 25, 2013 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Cleveland Socks

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Daniel Rathman

The Indians walk off, Michael Wacha almost makes history, Matt Moore wins a wild one, and more.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Game one of two between the Indians and White Sox was a seesaw affair.

Cleveland got on the board first in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Michael Brantley. The visitors tied it on a fourth-inning sacrifice fly by Avisail Garcia and grabbed a one-run lead of their own on a run-scoring knock by Alejandro De Aza. Moments later, Brantley countered with a solo shot that knotted the score again, and Jason Kipnis drove in a go-ahead tally with a single. And so the game went into the ninth inning with the Progressive Field scoreboard reading Indians 3, White Sox 2.


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September 24, 2013 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Monday in Playoff Implications

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Daniel Rathman

The Pirates and Reds clinch postseason appearances, Texas goes to town on the Astros, and the Orioles have an ugly night.

Defensive Play(s) of the Day
That’s right—we’re starting with the defensive play of the day, and it comes from the bottom of the ninth inning of the Pirates-Cubs game at Wrigley Field. With two away and Nate Schierholtz on first, representing the tying run, Ryan Sweeney singled to right field off of Jason Grilli. That should have put runners at the corners and brought Brian Bogusevic to the plate, but Marlon Byrd booted the ball.

Cubs third base coach David Bell saw the misplay in right-center field and decided to go all in on Schierholtz’s wheels versus Andrew McCutchen’s arm. That gamble, thanks to a fine throw from the center fielder and an outstanding relay by Justin Morneau, proved unwise.


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