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09-30

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What You Need to Know: Theoretical Replay and Sister Kissing
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Nicolas Stellini

09-29

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What You Need to Know: Cycles and Walk-Offs
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Demetrius Bell

09-28

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What You Need to Know: The Dozens
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Emma Baccellieri

09-27

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What You Need to Know: Dee Gordon and the Marlins Honor Jose Fernandez
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Daniel Rathman

09-26

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What You Need to Know: How the West (and the East) Was Won
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Ashley Varela

09-23

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What You Need to Know: All Mets'd Up
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Nicolas Stellini

09-22

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What You Need to Know: The Wild Card Wilters
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Demetrius Bell

09-21

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What You Need to Know: To Sin By Silence, When They Should Protest, Makes Cowards of Men
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Emma Baccellieri

09-20

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What You Need to Know: The Best Bullpens Are the Ones You Don't Need
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Daniel Rathman

09-19

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What You Need to Know: Bruised, Not Beaten
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Ashley Varela

09-16

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What You Need to Know: September Is The Gassed Month
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Nicolas Stellini

09-15

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What You Need to Know: Kershaw (Back) Back
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Demetrius Bell

09-14

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What You Need to Know: The Ownage That Won The West
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Daniel Rathman

09-13

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What You Need to Know: World Stops To Watch Kyle Hendricks Allow Hit
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Emma Baccellieri

09-12

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What You Need to Know: Pitch Imperfect
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Ashley Varela

09-09

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What You Need to Know: Replay Don't Lie
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Nicolas Stellini

09-08

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What You Need to Know: The Feel of Cotton
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Demetrius Bell

09-07

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What You Need to Know: Pirate Ship Sunk
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Emma Baccellieri

09-06

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What You Need to Know: Freak Out About Brian Dozier!
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Daniel Rathman

09-02

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What You Need to Know: Progress, or Something
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Nicolas Stellini

09-01

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What You Need to Know: A is for Astros
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Demetrius Bell

08-31

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What You Need to Know: What You Need to Know: A Di(z)azter for Edwin
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Emma Baccellieri

08-30

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What You Need to Know: Werth Is Back, For the Thousandth Time
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Daniel Rathman

08-29

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What You Need to Know: Everything Is Gary Sanchez
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Ashley Varela

08-26

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What You Need to Know: Nope, Hit
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Nicolas Stellini

08-25

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What You Need to Know: Beltway Goes Balt's Way
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Demetrius Bell

08-24

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What You Need to Know: Gsellman Is Just In Time
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Emma Baccellieri

08-23

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What You Need to Know: Homer Story
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Daniel Rathman

08-22

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What You Need to Know: Flaherty, Floperty
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Ashley Varela

08-19

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What You Need to Know: DeGrim
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Nicolas Stellini

08-18

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What You Need to Know: Never Fight A Day Game In Colorado
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Demetrius Bell

08-17

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What You Need to Know: Yankees Soaked
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Nicolas Stellini

08-16

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What You Need to Know: Green Light, Now Begin
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Daniel Rathman

08-15

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What You Need to Know: Every Time We Say Goodbye (I Cry a Little)
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Ashley Varela

08-12

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What You Need to Know: Pain and More Pain for the Red Sox
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Emma Baccellieri

08-11

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What You Need to Know: Ryan Howard Laughs Last; Ryan Howard's Last Laugh?
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Demetrius Bell

08-10

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What You Need to Know: Imperfect Game
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Emma Baccellieri

08-09

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What You Need to Know: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
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Daniel Rathman

08-08

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What You Need to Know: We're Not in Asgaard Anymore
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Ashley Varela

08-05

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What You Need to Know: This Is How You Use Andrew Miller
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Nicolas Stellini

08-04

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What You Need to Know: Everybody's Walk-Off Wild Pitching
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Demetrius Bell

08-03

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What You Need to Know: Hey Switch, Turn It Over and Hit It
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Emma Baccellieri

08-02

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What You Need to Know: Soft-Tossin' Salazar
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Daniel Rathman

08-01

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What You Need to Know: Pecking Order
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Ashley Varela

07-29

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What You Need to Know: Not Closing, Losing
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Emma Baccellieri

07-28

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What You Need to Know: Sweep Takes
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Demetrius Bell

07-27

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What You Need to Know: That Summertime Sadness
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Nicolas Stellini

07-26

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What You Need to Know: Give 'em Hell
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Daniel Rathman

07-25

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What You Need to Know: Just For the Record
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Ashley Varela

07-22

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What You Need to Know: Ambition Can Lead Only To Failure
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Nicolas Stellini

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Matt Moore pitches forever and all he gets to show for it is a huff of exasperation, and more from Thursday's action.

The Thursday Takeaway
Two things stood between Matt Moore and a no-hitter.


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The Orioles win a wild one, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols do the things, and more from Wednesday's action.

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The rookie makes his debut and bails out Jon Niese, plus more from Tuesday's action.

The Tuesday Takeaway
It’s now been three weeks since Jon Niese was traded back to the Mets, and while his return has been lacking on several fronts (namely that of good pitching), it’s at least been interesting. First there were the seven runs allowed in six innings of relief, curious in the ugly way that struggle can often be. Then there was the fact that such a bullpen performance resulted in a promotion to the rotation, even as he was said to be grappling with a sore knee. And Tuesday, there was more frustration to add to the trend.


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The Dodgers hit a bunch of homers off a guy named Bailey, and more from Monday's action.

The Monday Takeaway
If Homer Bailey never has to see Adrian Gonzalez again, the Reds right-hander would be just fine with that. Gonzalez entered Monday’s series-closing matinee 10-for-23 lifetime with five homers and two doubles against Bailey. Among opponents with at least 20 head-to-head plate appearances, Gonzalez’s 1.632 OPS was tops by more than 250 points. And that was before this:


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Ryan Flaherty masquerades as a major league pitcher, Felix Hernandez stages a comeback, and more from the weekend.

The Weekend Takeaway
The first time Ryan Flaherty stood on the pitcher’s mound, he played for the Deering High School Rams in Portland, Maine. The second time, he played for the Baltimore Orioles in Saturday’s 12-2 loss to the Astros.


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The Mets lose a big one, Kris Bryant refuses to stop at third, the Red Sox bullpen is worse than the Tigers', and more from Thursday's action.

The Thursday Takeaway
The showdown in San Francisco on Thursday was one of utmost importance for the Mets. Sitting at .500 with their playoff hopes dangling by a loose thread on Mister Met’s cap, the Amazins would send Jacob deGrom to the mound. He was tasked with trying to keep pace with Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner entered the game with the second-best ERA in baseball, deGrom the fifth. By all accounts, it should have been one of the year’s best pitching duels.


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Strasburg gets thumped, Swansby gets ovated, and more from Wednesday's action.

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The good, the bad and the Utley from Tuesday's action.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Most games have one definitive narrative that emerges after a period of time. Sometimes it’s a brilliant pitching duel, or yeoman’s work by a bullpen that’s forced into action early. Sometimes it’s a multi-home run game from one player.


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The Yankees get a superb performance from a rookie starter, and more from Monday's games.

The Monday Takeaway
Yankees right-hander Chad Green entered play Monday with splits wide enough to make Simone Biles jealous.

He’d been dominant with the platoon advantage at hand, holding like-handed foes to a .236/.271/.382 slash line with 17 strikeouts in 59 at-bats, but vulnerable without it, suffering a .327/.407/.731 fate at the hands of enemy lefties. As a result, he’d thrived in relief duty, limiting the opposition to a .194/.257/.194 output, and scuffled as a starter to the tune of a .316/.373/.697 allowance that included eight homers in just 18 innings of work.


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Alex Rodriguez bids adieu to New York City, Mookie Betts gives Ted Williams a run for his money, and more.

The Weekend Takeaway
If there was one reason to stay home last Friday night, it was to watch Alex Rodriguez polish off the last game of his 12-year career with the Yankees.


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Things have gotten ugly in Boston, things have been ugly all season in Minnesota, and Alex Rodriguez is ready to say goodbye in New York.

The Thursday Takeaway

This week has been a particularly ugly section of a generally ugly stretch for the Red Sox's bullpen. Thursday did nothing to change that.

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In the waning days of his massive contract, Howard has a big hit against Kenley Jansen. That and more from Wednesday's action.

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