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

07-02

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

07-01

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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

06-26

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

06-25

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

06-24

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

06-23

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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

06-19

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

06-18

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

06-17

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What You Need to Know: June 17, 2015
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: June 16, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

06-15

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What You Need to Know: June 15, 2015
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Ian Frazer

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What You Need to Know: June 12, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

06-11

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What You Need to Know: June 11, 2015
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Ian Frazer

06-10

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

06-09

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

06-08

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What You Need to Know: June 8, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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What You Need to Know: June 5, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

06-04

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What You Need to Know: June 4, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

06-03

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What You Need to Know: June 3, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

06-02

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What You Need to Know: June 2, 2015
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Chris Mosch

06-01

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What You Need to Know: June 1, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

05-29

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What You Need to Know: Another Day, Another Hard-Throwing Rookie Starter
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Daniel Rathman

05-28

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What You Need to Know: Topsy-Turvy Central
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Ian Frazer

05-27

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What You Need to Know: Bryant vs. Harper
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Chris Mosch

05-26

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What You Need to Know: Your Meats and the Royals' Pitching Go Up in Flames
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Daniel Rathman

05-22

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What You Need to Know: Bummed!
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Daniel Rathman

05-21

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What You Need to Know: Ump Show!
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Daniel Rathman

05-20

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What You Need to Know: As Predicted!
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Daniel Rathman

05-19

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What You Need to Know: Corey Math
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Chris Mosch

05-18

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What You Need to Know: 8 2/3
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Steven Jacobson

05-14

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What You Need to Know: Thwarted!
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Steven Jacobson

05-13

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What You Need to Know: Hello Noah
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Chris Mosch

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Bombered!
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Daniel Rathman

05-11

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What You Need to Know: Bryce Harder!
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Ian Frazer

05-08

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What You Need to Know: Smoked!
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Daniel Rathman

05-07

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What You Need to Know: Thrice Harper!
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Chris Mosch

05-06

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What You Need to Know: No Way
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Daniel Rathman

05-05

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What You Need to Know: Undefeated
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Chris Mosch

05-04

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What You Need to Know: Jake!
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Ian Frazer

05-01

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What You Need to Know: Sold!
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Chris Mosch

04-30

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What You Need to Know: Silence!
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Daniel Rathman

04-29

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What You Need to Know: HIS NAME IS... !
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Daniel Rathman

04-28

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What You Need to Know: Gee!
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Chris Mosch

04-27

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What You Need to Know: Nuts To Strasburg!
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Ian Frazer

04-24

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What You Need to Know: Shenanigans!
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Daniel Rathman

04-23

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What You Need to Know: Baseball on Ice!
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Chris Mosch

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June 1, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: June 1, 2015

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Steven Jacobson

The Reds turn things around, the Dodgers avoid infamy, and Dallas Keuchel is really good, plus what to watch today.

The Weekend Takeaway
The Reds entered Friday having lost 10 of their last 11. The Nationals entered Friday having won 9 of their last 11. Both teams would see their fortunes take a U-turn over the weekend.

The series began inauspiciously for the Nationals, as the struggling Stephen Strasburg left the game after only sixteen pitches with a neck and/or back issue for which he would later be placed on the 15-day DL. The Nationals took a 2–1 lead in the top of the sixth, but the Reds answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning and added some insurance with Todd Frazier's fifteenth home run of the season.


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Eduardo Rodriguez makes his debut, Corey Kluber racks up more strikeouts, and the rest of yesterday's action, plus what to watch this weekend.

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May 28, 2015 11:40 am

What You Need to Know: Topsy-Turvy Central

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Ian Frazer

Twins-Red Sox action, a long pitcher dinger, King Felix gets in a duel, and more, plus what to watch today

The Wednesday Takeaway
No division in baseball has so undermined the strategy of spending money to win baseball games as the AL Central. The Tigers, a team that has sold both its soul and farm system for present success, and the White Sox, who went on an eyebrow-raising spending spree themselves during the offseason, currently trail the small-market, offense-light Royals and Twins. After a Kansas City loss and Minnesota win on Wednesday, the two squads are tied atop the division.


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May 27, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Bryant vs. Harper

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Chris Mosch

Not quite as scintillating as Ecks vs. Sever, but what are you going to do? Plus the rest of the action and today's best matchups.

The Tuesday Takeaway
This week's series between the Nationals and Cubs has been promoted as the first time Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant—who both hail from Las Vegas and have emerged as two of the game's brightest stars—have taken the field in opposition. It's always humbling to remember that Bryant is actually the elder of the two young players and makes you appreciate how amazing Harper's career has been so far.


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Kansas City fans would have done well to stay home and grill up extra steaks, and the rest of yesterday's action, plus what to watch tonight.

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May 22, 2015 9:50 am

What You Need to Know: Bummed!

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Daniel Rathman

DeGrom DeGrominates, the surprisingly good Tigers' bullpen is unsurprisingly bad, Bumgarner beats Kershaw again, and the best defensive play of the day.

The Thursday Takeaway
When Jacob deGrom served up three home runs to the Yankees on April 24th, then gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings to the Mets six days later, some wondered if regression or an injury was afoot. A rollercoaster first month isn’t what prognosticators expected from deGrom after his outstanding rookie campaign, but it’s what they got. And so, the cries of “The Yankees broke deGrom!” rang out and wouldn’t die, not even after he struck out nine Orioles in seven innings on May 6th.


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May 21, 2015 11:55 am

What You Need to Know: Ump Show!

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Daniel Rathman

The Giants beat the Dodgers again, Bryce Harper gets ejected again, Bartolo Colon struggled with command agai--er, for the first time in a while, and the best defensive play of the day.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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May 20, 2015 5:06 am

What You Need to Know: As Predicted!

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Daniel Rathman

The Nationals find first place, Randy Choate reaches first base, the Brewers go back-to-back-to-back, and the best defensive play of the day.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Hope springs eternal when teams break camp and head to their respective openers with 0-0 records. Every team, from the heaviest favorites to the longest of long shots, is in first place on the first day of the season.


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May 19, 2015 1:41 am

What You Need to Know: Corey Math

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Chris Mosch

Kluber, fresh off an 18-K performance, strikes out a dozen; pitchers duels turn into bullpen games, Carlos Gomez bounces back from a pitch to the face, and the best defensive play of the day.

The Monday Takeaway
The last time Corey Kluber took the hill he nearly made history. The Indians ace had 18 strikeouts heading into the ninth inning of last Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals but was pulled after 113 pitches without getting the chance to break the single-game strikeout record. So naturally, Kluber struck out the first five White Sox who took their hacks on Monday.


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May 18, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: 8 2/3

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Steven Jacobson

Shelby Miller almost made it, the Cubs keep surging, Michael Pineda's follow-up sucked, and the best defensive play of the weekend.

The Weekend Takeaway
On May 10th, the Cubs had just lost 3-2 to the lowly Brewers, and stood with a 45 percent chance at the playoffs; entering Friday’s contest against the Bucs, they were the winners of five straight and had jacked their playoff odds to 59 percent. In contrast, the Pirates came into Friday having dropped their last two to the Phillies and saw their playoff odds sink by 13 points to 24 percent since the beginning of May.


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May 14, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Thwarted!

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Steven Jacobson

History will not remember Corey Kluber, alas. Also: The A's good bad good back luck, Bryce Harper gets a different kind of hot, and the best defensive play of the day.

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May 13, 2015 10:17 am

What You Need to Know: Hello Noah

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Chris Mosch

Noah Syndergaard loses to an ace; Giancarlo Stanton has a jack; Strasburg flops; and the best defensive play of the day.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The debut of Noah Syndergaard was highly anticipated largely because the 6-foot-6 right-hander has the type of pedigree that gives him the potential to be one of the better pitchers in baseball down the road. However, Syndergaard is also 22 years old and is far from a finished product, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that the hard-throwing Texan ran into some issues against a talented Cubs lineup on Tuesday. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that the guy opposite Syndergaard, Jake Arrieta, one-upped the rookie and pitched like a polished front-of-the-rotation starter, given that it’s pretty much what he’s been for the past year.


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