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What You Need to Know: July 31, 2015
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What You Need to Know: July 30, 2015
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What You Need to Know: July 29, 2015
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: July 28, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: July 27, 2015
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Ian Frazer

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What You Need to Know: July 24th, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: July 23, 2015
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Steven Jacobson

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What You Need to Know: July 22, 2015
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Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: July 20, 2015
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Ian Frazer

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What You Need to Know: July 17, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: July 13, 2015
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Ian Frazer

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

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

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What You Need to Know: July 8, 2017
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Ian Frazer

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What You Need to Know: July 6, 2015
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Ian Frazer

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

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

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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

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What You Need to Know: June 25, 2015
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What You Need to Know: June 24, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: June 23, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: June 22, 2015
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Ian Frazer

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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What You Need to Know: Thwarted!
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Steven Jacobson

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June 22, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: June 22, 2015

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Ian Frazer

Max Scherzer pitched a solid game, the Braves played baseball and made a trade, and the rest of the weekend's action, plus what to watch from a short slate tonight.

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June 19, 2015 9:41 am

What You Need to Know: June 19, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

The Dodgers walk off, the Phillies snap a streak, and the rest of yesterday's action, plus what to watch this weekend.

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June 18, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: June 18, 2015

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Steven Jacobson

The Nats get blown out, Michael Pineda bounces back, and the rest of yesterday's action, plus what to watch today.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Over the past two games, the Nationals have averaged eight runs. Not too bad. Except that sixteen of those runs came on Tuesday and none came on Wednesday, so they lost.

It was a rough game on both sides of the ball for Washington, as the team collected just two hits (neither for extra bases) and made three errors, two of which came on this play that most of us have probably experienced firsthand in our lives:


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June 17, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: June 17, 2015

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Chris Mosch

Position players pitching turns sour and more of yesterday's action, plus what to watch today.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Phillies fans haven’t had much to cheer about this season, as the club entered Tuesday’s game against the Orioles with an MLB-worst 22–43 record. Things got even gloomier in Baltimore, where Philadelphia ended up on the wrong side of history and even managed to turn a Jeff Francoeur pitching appearance from an exciting sideshow to a concerning event.


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June 16, 2015 8:44 am

What You Need to Know: June 16, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

Francisco Liriano spins a beauty, the Mets and the Blue Jays play free baseball, and more, plus what to watch today.

The Monday Takeaway
When Francisco Liriano ascended the PNC Park mound Monday, he did so with a tall order riding on his left arm. The Pirates' rotation was on a rather incredible roll as they kicked off their home-and-home set with the White Sox, having allowed just four runs in their last 50 1/3 innings, a 0.72 ERA over a seven-game span.


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June 15, 2015 7:53 am

What You Need to Know: June 15, 2015

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Ian Frazer

Max Scherzer hit a Game Score milestone, the Blue Jays kept rolling, and the rest of the weekend's action, plus what to watch today.

The Weekend Takeaway
Max Scherzer threw a really good game on Sunday! Like, a really, really good game. Like a REALLY, REALLY GOOD GAME. (Imagine me yelling that at you.)


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June 12, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: June 12, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

The Braves and Padres score weird, Billy Burns is hella fast, and more of yesterday's action, plus what to watch this weekend.

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June 11, 2015 1:38 pm

What You Need to Know: June 11, 2015

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Ian Frazer

Torii Hunter gets a smidge annoyed, a Bryce Harper Fun Fact dies, and more.

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June 10, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: June 10, 2015

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Daniel Rathman

A Giants no-hitter? You don't say!

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June 9, 2015 11:54 am

What You Need to Know: June 9, 2015

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Steven Jacobson

A meaningful Royals-Twins matchup, the Blue Jays are on a tear, and more, plus what to watch for tonight.

The Monday Takeaway
The Royals entered Monday just a game back of the Twins after dropping two of three to the Rangers over the weekend. As the Minnesota and Kansas City last played each other in late April when the Twins were 6–9 and the Royals were 11–4, this was likely the most important Twins-Royals game in twelve years.

The Royals got on the board early with former Twin Kendrys Morales' two-run home run. A year after being god-awful for the Twins and the Mariners, with minus-0.9 WARP, Morales has been surprisingly excellent for the Royals, turning in a .297 TAv and 1.2 WARP. His resurgence doesn't appear to be a BABIP-fueled surge, as his mark is a bit high at .325 but not overwhelmingly so. He's limited the amount of soft contact this year to about 12 percent of his batted balls—much lower than last year's 17 percent—and his line-drive rate has returned to levels seen in some of his more successful years in Anaheim. Although he's not hitting an insane number of homers relative to his pre-2014 norms, his fly-ball rate is the highest it's been since his 34–home run season in 2009.


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June 8, 2015 11:34 am

What You Need to Know: June 8, 2015

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Steven Jacobson

The weekend's action!

The Weekend Takeaway

The streaky Angels came to the Bronx to face the also-streaky Yankees for the weekend. The Angels found themselves two wins above .500 entering Friday's game but had vacillated between four games under .500 to four games over throughout the season as they struggle to catch the Astros—and now the Rangers—in the American League West. Their playoff odds have vacillated as well, as they've dipped below 50 percent and ticked over 60 percent, such as last Monday, when their 66 percent mark bested the Astros' 63. By Friday, however, those odds had settled at 59 percent.

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Thursday's Takeaway
Last night's Baltimore-Houston matchup looked to be a tough one for the struggling Orioles. Having suffered through five consecutive losses that saw their playoff odds drop from nearly 10 percent to just 5.8, it didn't look like their losing streak would end, as they had to face AL ERA leader Dallas Keuchel, who was coming off perhaps his best game of the season.

Despite this, the Orioles took an early lead on a Chris Davis RBI single. However, Buck Showalter tired of umpire Brian Gorman's wide strike zone, arguing after Keuchel's fifth strikeout in the second inning and getting himself ejected in the process.


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