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07-29

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What You Need to Know: July 29, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

07-28

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What You Need to Know: July 28, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

07-25

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What You Need to Know: July 25, 2014
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Chris Mosch

07-24

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What You Need to Know: July 24, 2014
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

07-23

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What You Need to Know: July 23, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

07-22

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What You Need to Know: Boston Gives 'Em A Little Thumpin' Thumpin'
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Daniel Rathman

07-21

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What You Need to Know: Sunday Morning Defending
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Daniel Rathman

07-18

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What You Need to Know: Our Long National All-Star Break Is Over
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Daniel Rathman

07-14

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What You Need to Know: Round Up The Usual Weekend Suspects
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

07-11

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What You Need to Know: Alcantara Can Stay
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Daniel Rathman

07-10

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What You Need to Know: Chris Sale's Revenge
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Chris Mosch

07-09

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What You Need to Know: The Tigers' Roaring Comeback
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Chris Mosch

07-08

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What You Need to Know: Matt Adams Powers Up
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Daniel Rathman

07-07

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 7/7
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Daniel Rathman

07-03

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What You Need to Know: Edwin Ends One
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

07-02

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What You Need to Know: The A's Get Rick-Rolled
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Chris Mosch

07-01

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What You Need to Know: Davis Downs the A's
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Daniel Rathman

06-30

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/30
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Daniel Rathman

06-27

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What You Need to Know: The Killer Cs
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Chris Mosch

06-26

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What You Need to Know: Lincecum Conquers Again
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Daniel Rathman

06-25

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What You Need to Know: Five Hours and Counting
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Chris Mosch

06-24

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What You Need to Know: Odrisamer Despaigne's Debut
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Daniel Rathman

06-23

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/23
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Daniel Rathman

06-20

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What You Need to Know: Wheeler Hooks the Fish
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

06-19

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What You Need to Know: Another No-No
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Daniel Rathman and Chris Mosch

06-18

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What You Need to Know: Can't Retire the Royals
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Daniel Rathman, Nick Bacarella and Chris Mosch

06-17

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What You Need to Know: The Royals Roll On
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Daniel Rathman

06-16

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/16
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Daniel Rathman

06-13

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What You Need to Know: Scherzer's First Gem
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Chris Mosch

06-12

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What You Need to Know: Walking the Walk
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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

06-11

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What You Need to Know: A Wild One at Coors
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Daniel Rathman

06-10

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What You Need to Know: Chisenhall Messes With Texas
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Chris Mosch

06-09

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/9
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Daniel Rathman

06-06

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What You Need to Know: Soaring Jays
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Chris Mosch

06-05

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What You Need to Know: The Rays Sink to the Bottom
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Chris Mosch

06-04

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What You Need to Know: A Modern-Day Greg Maddux?
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Chris Mosch

06-03

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What You Need to Know: Masterson Makes an Adjustment
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Daniel Rathman

06-02

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/2
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Daniel Rathman

05-30

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What You Need to Know: Reversals of Fortune
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Daniel Rathman

05-29

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What You Need to Know: Kazmir's 'A' Game
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Chris Mosch

05-28

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What You Need to Know: Ben Revere's Ride
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Chris Mosch

05-27

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 5/27
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Daniel Rathman

05-23

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What You Need to Know: Ray, the Rays, and the A's
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Daniel Rathman

05-22

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What You Need to Know: Worst Sweeps First
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Chris Mosch

05-21

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What You Need to Know: Chris Davis Going Deep
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Daniel Rathman

05-20

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What You Need to Know: Cincinnati Stays Alive
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Daniel Rathman

05-19

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What You Need to Know: The Rockies' Other Big Bat
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Daniel Rathman

05-16

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What You Need to Know: Cueto Fries the Friars
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Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

05-15

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What You Need to Know: Odorizzi Blows Away the M's
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

05-14

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What You Need to Know: Tuesday's Late Lead Changes
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Daniel Rathman

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June 19, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Another No-No

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Daniel Rathman and Chris Mosch

Clayton Kershaw gives the Dodgers their second no-hitter of 2014, the Royals run their winning streak to 10, Bartolo finds his bat, and more.

The Wednesday Takeaway
When play began on Wednesday, the Dodgers—thanks to Josh Beckett—were the only major-league team that could boast about a no-hitter this year. That’s still true. Only now they have two of them, after Clayton Kershaw sliced through the Rockies in Chavez Ravine last night.


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The Royals score 11 runs off a defending Cy Young winner for the second straight day, the A's continue to trouble Yu Darvish, and much more action from Tuesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
For much of Angels starter Matt Shoemaker’s career, the odds have been stacked against him. Shoemaker went undrafted out of Eastern Michigan—where he had a 4.83 ERA and 1.36 strikeout-to-walk ratio in three seasons—and spent parts of the next seven years in the Angels’ minor league system before making his major league debut last September. On Tuesday night, Shoemaker toed the rubber against the Indians for what turned out to be the best outing of his short big league career, and he was well on his way to a complete game before a short rain delay in the ninth inning brought a premature end to his night.


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June 17, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: The Royals Roll On

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Daniel Rathman

The Royals down Detroit to win their eighth straight, plus more action from Monday and what to watch today.

The Monday Takeaway
Donnie Joseph allowed six runs yesterday. Donnie Joseph is a Royals reliever. Ergo, the Royals must have lost their series opener to the Tigers.


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June 16, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/16

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Daniel Rathman

The Royals are resurgent, Polanco makes an impact, Bobby Abreu is back, and more from the weekend, plsu what to watch today.

The Weekend Takeaway
The second-place Royals have a message for the first-place Tigers: Look out below.


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June 13, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Scherzer's First Gem

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Chris Mosch

The Tigers righty earns his first career complete game in a duel with Chris Sale, plus more from Thursday and previews for the weekend.

The Thursday Takeaway
Thursday night’s clash between Chris Sale and Max Scherzer was so enticing that it inspired MLB.com to bring back #AceOff.

On a per-game basis, Sale has arguably been the best starting pitcher in baseball this season, but it was Scherzer who stole the show with a complete-game shutout to bust himself out of a string of shaky starts. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner had been knocked around in his previous four outings, serving up at least eights hits, a home run, and four runs in each of them.


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June 12, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Walking the Walk

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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

The Nationals move into first place, Cole Hamels and Tyson Ross duel in Philly, plus more from Wednesday and previews for today.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Nationals starting pitchers have issued four walks over their last 10 games. Combined. That’s four walks in 71 innings and just one in their last 54. Giants starter Matt Cain walked four Nats in the first inning of last night’s game alone, including the first three who stepped into the box.

That was out of character for Cain, of course, but it tied a season high for the right-hander and put the Giants halfway to their worst walk output as a staff this season. To make matters worse for the home team, three of those four walks turned into runs, two of them on this RBI single by Adam LaRoche and the third on this RBI ground out by Ryan Zimmerman.


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June 11, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: A Wild One at Coors

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Daniel Rathman

A high-scoring affair between the Rockies and Braves, a low-scoring one between Baltimore and Boston, and more from Tuesday, plus what to watch today.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Plenty of teams had trouble scoring runs last night. The Rockies and Braves weren’t among them.


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June 10, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Chisenhall Messes With Texas

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Chris Mosch

The Indians third baseman cements his breakout with three homers, plus much more from Monday and previews for Tuesday.

The Monday Takeaway
Lonnie Chisenhall has been teasing a breakout, as he entered Monday’s contest with a .365/.413/.538 slash line in 176 plate appearances this season. But nobody could have expected the show the former first-round pick put on during Cleveland’s 17-7 blowout of the Rangers. When the Indians walked off the field, Chisenhall had accomplished a stat line that no other player in history had ever recorded.



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June 9, 2014 6:01 am

What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/9

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Daniel Rathman

How the Manny Machado incident(s) occurred, Jose Bautista's big night, the Tigers' bullpen problems, and more, plus what to watch today.

The Weekend Takeaway
By the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday’s series finale, the Athletics and Orioles had seen just about enough of each other. With the A’s up 10-0 in the rubber match at Camden Yards, Fernando Abad threw at Manny Machado twice, and the second straight tight one led Machado to chuck his bat toward third baseman Alberto Callaspo:


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June 6, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Soaring Jays

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Chris Mosch

Toronto wins for the 17th time in 20 games and Masahiro Tanaka gets by without his best stuff, plus more from Thursday and weekend previews.

The Thursday Takeaway
Justin Verlander became the latest victim of Toronto’s explosive offense on Wednesday, as the Blue Jays cranked three more home runs and put the finishing touches on a three-game sweep over the AL Central leaders.


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June 5, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: The Rays Sink to the Bottom

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Chris Mosch

Tampa Bay's skid reaches nine games and Garrett Richards notches an immaculate inning, plus more from Wednesday and previews for Thursday.

The Wednesday Takeaway
On the eve of the 2014 MLB amateur draft, two former no. 1 overall picks took the hill, with Stephen Strasburg facing the scuffling Phillies and David Price seeking to end the Rays’ eight-game losing streak.

Out at Tropicana Field, the home team jumped to an early 3-1 lead in the first inning after back-to-back jacks by Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria, marking the first time in seven games that the Rays scored more than two runs.


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June 4, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: A Modern-Day Greg Maddux?

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Chris Mosch

Henderson Alvarez emulates the Braves great for his third shutout of 2014 and Jason Lane returns as a pitcher, plus more from Tuesday and previews for Wednesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Don’t look now, but Henderson Alvarez is your 2014 league leader in shutouts.


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