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09-22

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What You Need to Know: September 22, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-19

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What You Need to Know: September 19, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-18

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What You Need to Know: September 18, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-17

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What You Need to Know: September 17, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: September 16, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: September 15, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: September 12, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-11

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What You Need to Know: September 11, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: September 10, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-09

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What You Need to Know: September 9, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: September 5, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: September 4, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: September 3, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-02

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What You Need to Know: September 2, 2014
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Chris Mosch

08-29

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What You Need to Know: August 29, 2014
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Chris Mosch

08-28

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

08-27

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What You Need to Know: August 27, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-26

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What You Need to Know: August 26, 2014
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Chris Mosch

08-25

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What You Need to Know: August 25, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-22

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What You Need to Know: August 22, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: August 21, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-20

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What You Need to Know: August 20, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: August 19, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: August 18, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

08-15

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What You Need to Know: August 15, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: August 14, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: August 13, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: August 12, 2014
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Chris Mosch

08-11

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What You Need to Know: August 11, 2014
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Daniel Rathman and Chris Mosch

08-08

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What You Need to Know: August 8, 2014
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Sam Miller, Daniel Rathman, Andrew Koo and Morris Greenberg

08-07

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What You Need to Know: August 7, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: August 6, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: August 5, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: August 4, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: August 1, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: July 31, 2014
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: July 30, 2014
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Chris Mosch

07-29

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

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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

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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

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August 18, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 18, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The A's continue their free-fall, Michael Cuddyer and David Ortiz blast off, and other action from the weekend, plus what to watch on Monday.

The Weekend Takeaway
At the end of play last weekend, the Athletics held a four-game lead over the Angels in the American League West. That was the third-largest gap between first- and second-place teams in any division. If you’d had to pick one of the six to be tied one week later, you probably would’ve looked elsewhere.

But the A’s went on a tough road trip, first to Kansas City, where they couldn’t solve the Royals’ arms, then to Atlanta, where they continued to scuffle at the plate. With the exception of an 11-3 blowout win on Tuesday, Bob Melvin’s offense didn’t exceed three runs in any game on the trek.


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August 15, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 15, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Fourteen-strikeout facts and trivia, plus your guide to how to spend your baseball time this weekend.

The Thursday Takeaway
Max Scherzer last struck out at least 14 batters on May 20, 2012 and the Pirates were on the receiving end of his nastiness. In the intervening 28 months, only one pitcher—Yovani Gallardo on July 15, 2012—so thoroughly carved up the Bucs.

Yesterday, we found out that the Missourian’s assault on Pittsburgh two years ago was no fluke. Scherzer and the Pirates are simply a match made in strikeout heaven.


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August 14, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 14, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The blues run the game, so is there anything to be done about Rule 7.13? Also the rest of Wednesday's action and Thursday's previews.

The Wednesday Takeaway
On Tuesday, the Phillies stymied the Angels for five innings, only to watch them erupt for seven runs in the sixth. Yesterday, White Sox starter Jose Quintana worked around a leadoff triple by Buster Posey in the fourth inning to hold the Giants scoreless through six.

That gave the South Siders’ offense ample time to solve their old mate, Jake Peavy, who was seeking his first win in a Giants uniform. Adam Dunn did ...


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August 13, 2014 9:24 am

What You Need to Know: August 13, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The Doug Fister/First Place correlation gets even stronger.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The Nationals dropped two of three to the Braves over the weekend, shrinking their division lead to 3 1/2 games. A visit to Citi Field was just what the doctor ordered to stop any potential skid in its tracks.


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August 12, 2014 10:10 am

What You Need to Know: August 12, 2014

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Chris Mosch

Something's wrong with Verlander, while nothing's wrong in Kansas City.

The Monday Takeaway

On June 17th, the Royals beat the Tigers by a final of 11-4 to take their ninth straight game and leapfrog Detroit atop the American League Central. It was the first time Kansas City had held the division that late in the season since 2003, and they beat Detroit again the next night to build a 1 1/2 game lead.

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August 11, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 11, 2014

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Daniel Rathman and Chris Mosch

A lot of extra baseball was played this weekend, so we stuffed extra into this column.

The Weekend Takeaway
If you enjoy watching managers put their stamp on a game, the seventh inning of Friday’s tilt between the Dodgers and Brewers was your cup of tea. For those of you who prefer laughing at big leaguers making fools of themselves on the bases, Sunday had you covered.


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August 8, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 8, 2014

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Sam Miller, Daniel Rathman, Andrew Koo and Morris Greenberg

Thursday's recaps and the weekend preview from, well, basically the entire staff

The Thursday Takeaway
Not much separates the Tigers, A’s, and Angels this year, so every little advantage might help in October. With an 83 percent chance of winning its division entering play Thursday, one edge the Tigers will likely have is a relatively stress-free march from here to October. While the A’s (60 percent division odds) and the Angels (39 percent) will be beating each other into a pulp, the Tigers should be able to use the final two months to, for instance, rest Miguel Cabrera, as they did Thursday for just the second time all season. And they can start to think seriously about such October questions as: Would we really move Justin Verlander to the bullpen to make room for Rick Porcello?

Verlander pitched Wednesday and had one of his finest starts of the year, going seven innings while allowing two runs, striking out five, and walking one. Porcello, facing the same club in the same inhospitable pitching environment, bettered him Thursday, going seven innings while allowing one run, striking out five, and walking nobody. The effort lowered his season ERA to 3.09 and improved his team-best ERA+.


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August 7, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 7, 2014

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Chris Mosch

The Padres didn't have video last night, but BP does. And GIFs. And pictures. And words.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Major League Baseball’s first season of expanded replay has had its growing pains, with controversy stemming from the transfer rule early in the season and, more recently, catchers being required to allow baserunners a clear lane to home plate. It’s natural for the system to be imperfect in the first year of implementation, but all in all, it’s fair to say that the first year of expanded replay has been a success.


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August 6, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 6, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The Big Donkey pitches. Nothing is as exciting as that, but the rest of yesterday's action comes close.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Adam Dunn pitched an inning and allowed a run for the White Sox on Tuesday.

The run the Rangers pinned on his line was the 16th permitted by the home nine at U.S. Cellular Field last night and the dumpster fire was the second to pollute the South Side of Chicago in a span of three days, after the Twins lit up Robin Ventura’s pitching staff for a 16-3 rout on Sunday.


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August 5, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 5, 2014

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Chris Mosch

A short Monday yielded no shortage of action, particularly in sterling defense in center from Juan Lagares, Gregor Blanco, and Ezequiel Carrera

The Monday TakeawayPablo Sandoval came through in big spots for the Giants on more than one occasion during a Monday matinee against the Mets that was highlighted by one-upmanship from the clubs' center fielders.

Daniel Murphy opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run blast off Tim Hudson, who—as Daniel Rathman mentioned in yesterday’s WYNTK—was making his first start at Citi Field since last year’s gruesome ankle injury.

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August 4, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 4, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Recaps of a weird slew of high-scoring affairs from this weekend and a look at what to watch on this slow Monday.

The Weekend Takeaway
In Friday’s opener between the Pirates and Diamondbacks, Ernesto Frieri had an 0-1 fastball get away. It rode in and drilled Paul Goldschmidt:

Unfortunately, the 93 mph heater caught more than flesh. Goldschmidt suffered a fractured left hand that will sideline him for at least a month and possibly close to two. In the latter case, he’d miss nearly the remainder of a regular season in which the Diamondbacks have scarcely caught a break. Goldschmidt’s plunking wasn’t intentional, but with frustrations mounting, the D’backs were bound to retaliate given appropriate circumstances.


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August 1, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 1, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The trade deadline has passed so we can all focus on the field again.

The Thursday Takeaway
There’s nothing like a replay controversy to stir up a day that needed no further stirring.

Setting the stage: The Marlins were up by one—on a first-inning bomb by Giancarlo Stanton—when the Reds loaded the bases with one away in the top of the eighth. Todd Frazier hit a fly ball to right. Stanton caught it and threw home. He appeared to have the runner, Zack Cozart, dead to rights at the plate for an inning-ending double play.


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