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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

07-21

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What You Need to Know: Seattle's Got A Neat Trick
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Demetrius Bell

07-20

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What You Need to Know: Fret No More
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Daniel Rathman

07-19

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What You Need to Know: J-Fer Effort
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Emma Baccellieri

07-18

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What You Need to Know: All He Does Is Win, Win, Win
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Ashley Varela

07-11

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What You Need to Know: And Then It Got Weird
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Ashley Varela

07-08

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What You Need to Know: Into the Wild
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Nicolas Stellini

07-07

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What You Need to Know: Giancarlo Stanton Hits a Bunch of Dongers
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Demetrius Bell

07-06

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What You Need to Know: Cubs' Losing Streak Stands At: 1
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Emma Baccellieri

07-05

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What You Need to Know: Oh, That Fernando Rodney
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Daniel Rathman

07-04

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What You Need to Know: Rams 21, Patriots 2
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Ashley Varela

07-01

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What You Need to Know: Madison Bumgarner, Designated Hitter
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Nicolas Stellini

06-30

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What You Need to Know: Baltimore Bombs
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Demetrius Bell

06-29

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What You Need to Know: Giolito vs. Harvey vs. Rain
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Emma Baccellieri

06-28

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What You Need to Know: A Five-Hit Night Unlike Any Other
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Daniel Rathman

06-27

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What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Hit Seven Homers and Lose
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Ashley Varela

06-24

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What You Need to Know: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good Teams?
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Nicolas Stellini

06-23

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What You Need to Know: Yankees/Rockies 2: The Beltran Rises
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Demetrius Bell

06-22

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What You Need to Know: How Could They Be So Bartless?
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Emma Baccellieri

06-21

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What You Need to Know: Eight Solo Shots!
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Daniel Rathman

06-20

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What You Need to Know: Big Time Timmy Jim Is Back, Big Time
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Ashley Varela

06-17

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What You Need to Know: The Improbable Frequently Fails To Happen
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Emma Baccellieri

06-16

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What You Need to Know: 4,257*
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Demetrius Bell

06-15

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What You Need to Know: Don't Ever Get Used to Coors Field
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Nicolas Stellini

06-14

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What You Need to Know: Near-Max Effort
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Daniel Rathman

06-13

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What You Need to Know: Nothing Left to Do But Win
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Ashley Varela

06-10

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What You Need to Know: What Is A Catch, And What Does It Matter?
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Emma Baccellieri

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Rain cut short Lucas Giolito's much-hyped debut, but he fit plenty of impressive pitches in before the delay.

The Tuesday Takeaway

A little rain wasn’t enough to ruin Lucas Giolito’s parade. Enough to delay it and cut it short, maybe, but what we got was worth the hype.

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Kris Bryant makes major-league history, Noah Syndergaard scuffles amid rumors of elbow trouble, and much more from a busy Monday.

The Monday Takeaway

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The White Sox hit seven home runs, Kevin Gausman and Carlos Carrasco toss four-hitters, and Jose Altuve goes for the cycle.

The Weekend Takeaway

There are no givens in baseball. A 10-run lead can evaporate under the misdirection of a tired bullpen, a no-hitter can be lost on a misplayed fly ball, and a ninth-inning tie can be broken on a walk-off balk. Still, there are certain markers which, once they are passed, provide a feeling of security.

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The Cubs are suddenly losing, the Mariners are seriously losing, and Zack Greinke moves up a special leaderboard.

The Thursday Takeaway
Arnold Schwarzenegger would have you believe that “If It bleeds, we can kill it.” Perhaps this is true, perhaps it isn’t. All we know at this moment is that the Cubs have lost four games in a row for the first time since last year’s NLCS.


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Beltran continues his reboot, the Astros are bona fide hot, and Andrelton Simmons makes a play.

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The Mets face the World Series champs again, but their starter gets knocked out by a line drive in the first. Meanwhile, Belt whiffs against a position player pitching, and an inside-the-parker that technically wasn't.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The very first plate appearance of Tuesday night’s World Series rematch didn’t bode well for the Mets. Whit Merrifield led off with a comebacker to the mound that struck Bartolo Colon’s thumb, and after just four pitches, New York’s starter was out for the night.


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The low-scoring slugfest between 1993's hottest expansion teams, and more from Monday's action.

The Monday Takeaway
The Rockies and Marlins combined to hit eight home runs yesterday. Let’s have a look at—and note something significant about—each of them.


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Tim Lincecum impresses in Angels debut, the Marlins pitch their way out of a shutout, and Jake Arrieta finds new and unsurprising ways to keep winning.

The Weekend Takeaway
When Tim Lincecum made his season debut on Saturday, the Angels had one question: Would he look like the Cy Young Award winner of 2009 or the 6.02 DRA-holder of 2014?


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Colby Lewis' near-magical day, and more from Thursday's action.

The Thursday Takeaway
Colby Lewis’ day didn’t start out as anything particularly special—a 20-pitch first inning of exactly the sort of unremarkable-but-decently effective stuff you expect from Colby Lewis. It didn’t take long, however, for him to look not simply decently effective but uncommonly so. There was an impressive swinging strikeout courtesy of his slider in the second, then there were three straight flyouts in the third, and from there, he was really dealing. The next few frames zipped by, as Lewis breezed through with eight or fewer pitches per inning through the seventh, including a series of six straight groundouts. True to his typical style, the performance wasn’t flashy—just three strikeouts through seven, with his standard mix of high-80s fastballs and a slider not too far behind—but it was perfect.


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Ichiro argues for being the new Hit King, Clayton Kershaw and Noah Syndergaard dominate again, and Johnny Cueto in San Francisco has been a good deal.

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A wild game at altitude, an exclamation point by Taillon, and a near-injury to Maeda.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Coors Field is a beautiful ballpark. The field itself is always well tended, as is the little forest beyond the center field wall. The building is constructed with an eye toward grandeur and comfort.


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Scherzer threatens another signature start, the Dodgers dip toward .500, and Whit Merrifield is a thing.

The Monday Takeaway
Few pitchers are as unhittable at their best as Max Scherzer is. The right-hander’s 20-strikeout game earlier this year can attest to that. And for a while on Monday, it seemed as though Scherzer might duplicate that effort against a Cubs lineup that looked helpless at the plate.

Scherzer struck out the side in the first, two more in the second, and another trio in the third. With his high-80s breaker darting expertly at lefties’ back feet,


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