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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

05-03

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What You Need to Know: Big Erv
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Emma Baccellieri

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CC Sabathia adjusts, Trey Mancini hits a pair, Kershaw faces Strasburg, Farmer faces Meyer, and MIKE ZUNINO.

The Wednesday Takeaway

The heartbeat of baseball is the perpetual battle between a batter and a pitcher, two players with one goal in mind: to best the other. While this duel is started anew following each pitch, it also exists on the macro level as a seasonal grind, a constantly shifting war as both sides try to figure out how to gain the upper hand. With that in mind, it’s fair to say that one of the most important parts of baseball is to adjust, to figure out how your opponent is gaining ground, and counteract that with a move of your own. Without making these vital adjustments, a player simply won’t survive in the major leagues. Vulnerabilities will inevitably be discovered and if they aren’t covered up, the opposition wins.

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Houston goes to 11, Mike Montgomery provides plenty of relief, the Cardinals TOOTBLAN again, and Ryan Healy won't stop.

The Monday Takeaway

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Edinson Volquez tosses a no-hitter, Albert Pujols enters the 600-home run club, Clayton Kershaw strikes out his 2,000th batter, and Jon Lester makes his first pickoff in two years.

The Weekend Takeaway

Pitching a no-hitter wasn’t the first thing on Edinson Volquez’s mind when he prepared for his start on Saturday.

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Corey Kluber returns in style, the A's make a mess, more Mets-like things happen to the Mets, and the Twins turn three.

The Thursday Takeaway

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Sean Manaea slows things down, Chad Pinder goes deep twice, Houston wrecks Minnesota, and Max Schezer and Carlos Martinez dominate.

The Wednesday Takeaway

Don’t be fooled by the 3.91 ERASean Manaea has been money for the Athletics this season. After beginning the season with two rough outings, the young southpaw has a 2.92 ERA over seven starts, striking out 40 batters in 37 innings. The 25-year-old has lived up to the hype following an impressive rookie season, and Wednesday’s performance against the reigning American League champs only reinforced this.

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Former teammates Chris Sale and Jose Quintana both struggle in their matchup, Deven Merrero has a shockingly big night, Trevor Bauer strikes out 14, and the Angels don't even need Mike Trout.

The Tuesday Takeaway

Before last night, Red Sox rookie Deven Marrero had two major-league home runs to his name. By the end of yesterday’s second inning, he had another, and by the end of the third, he had yet another—doubling the total for his young career in just two at-bats.

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Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper rumble, David Price returns, Albert Pujols moves closer to 600, and the Astros score two touchdowns in a row.

The Monday Takeaway

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Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer combine for 28 strikeouts, Chase Anderson flirts with a no-hitter, Aaron Judge collects his first grand slam, and Dellin Betances destroys Gary Sanchez's mitt.

The Weekend Takeaway

What’s better than one flame-throwing, run-suppressing powerhouse pitcher with an appetite for strikeouts? Two, of course.

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Ivan Nova almost finishes what he started, Big Sexy gets robbed, and Odubel Herrera goes platinum.

The Thursday Takeaway

Ivan Nova has five complete games to his name as a member of the Pirates, including three last season and two this season. His quest for a third complete game of 2017 took a weird turn Thursday afternoon in Atlanta. Nova was two outs away from throwing his third complete game of the season, but as his start progressed it transformed from being a masterpiece of a performance to being a testament to his ability to grind his way through tough situations.

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Luis Severino gets back on track, Sonny Gray looks like his old self, Jose Berrios dazzles with his hook, and Billy Hamilton is very fast.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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Clayton Kershaw and Ervin Santana dazzled, Bryce Harper and Edwin Encarnacion went boom, and the Braves waited it out for a win.

The Tuesday Takeaway

By almost any measure, Clayton Kershaw has been among the best handful of pitchers in baseball this season. By almost any measure, he is having his worst season in years—which is why he’s now simply among the best handful of pitchers, rather than his usual position as the totality of baseball’s best in and of himself.

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Houston gets back on track, Baltimore falls apart against Minnesota, and the catwalk gets involved in Tampa Bay.

The Monday Takeaway

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