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05-30

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What You Need to Know: Yu is Back; Baseball Better
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Ashley Varela

05-27

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What You Need to Know: Would You Believe It, A New Strikeout Record
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Daniel Rathman

05-26

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What You Need to Know: Jake Arrieta, Imperfect
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Demetrius Bell

05-25

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What You Need to Know: Chris Sale, Imperfect
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Emma Baccellieri

05-24

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What You Need to Know: About That Kershaw Walk...
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Nicolas Stellini

05-23

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What You Need to Know: Matt Cain's Campaign To Get His 2018 Option Picked Up Wins the Weekend
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Ashley Varela

05-20

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What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey?
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Nicolas Stellini

05-19

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What You Need to Know: You Could Wake Up Tomorrow to the Phillies in First Place
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Demetrius Bell

05-18

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What You Need to Know: We Can Beat Rizzo, For Just One Day
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Emma Baccellieri

05-17

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What You Need to Know: Jose Berrios: Not An Instant Ace
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Daniel Rathman

05-16

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What You Need to Know: Papi Endings
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Ashley Varela

05-13

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What You Need to Know: 77 Strikeouts, 4 Walks
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Emma Baccellieri

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Max Scherzer Is Our Greatest Active Historic-Start Pitcher
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Demetrius Bell

05-11

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What You Need to Know: I Have Seen The Royals, And That Team Last Night Was Not The Royals
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Nicolas Stellini

05-10

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What You Need to Know: Sonny Gray's Short-Lived Mound Shuffle
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Daniel Rathman

05-09

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What You Need to Know: The One With All the Home Runs
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Ashley Varela

05-06

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What You Need to Know: Yankees Find a New Way to Lose
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Emma Baccellieri

05-05

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What You Need to Know: Cubs Ace Test, Now Face Test
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Demetrius Bell

05-04

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What You Need to Know: Not Tonight, Sweet Papelbon, Not Tonight
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Nicolas Stellini

05-03

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What You Need to Know: Nomar Mazara Makes Five Of Us Look Smart
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Daniel Rathman

05-02

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What You Need to Know: Zimmermann Dealin'
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Ashley Varela

04-29

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What You Need to Know: Meet the Phillies
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Nicolas Stellini

04-28

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What You Need to Know: The Braves Might Not Have a Floor
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Demetrius Bell

04-27

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What You Need to Know: David Price is a True Red Sox
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Emma Baccellieri

04-26

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What You Need to Know: Chris Archer Says Goodbye To All That
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Daniel Rathman

04-25

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What You Need to Know: FernandoMaedaia?
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Ashley Varela

04-22

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What You Need to Know: Arrieta's Masterpiece, Kershaw's Accident
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Nicolas Stellini

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Raisel Iglesias' Deus Ex Machina
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Demetrius Bell

04-20

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What You Need to Know: Early-Season Perfections Fall Apart
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Emma Baccellieri

04-19

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What You Need to Know: Let's Roll It Up
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Daniel Rathman

04-18

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What You Need to Know: Psst: Jake Arrieta Has A 0.91 ERA Over His Past 169 Innings
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Ashley Varela

04-15

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What You Need to Know: Nobody Is 0-21, Yet
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Nicolas Stellini

04-14

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What You Need to Know: The Return Of The Four-Out Save
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Demetrius Bell

04-13

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What You Need to Know: When You Had a Taste of Paradise, Back on Earth Can Feel As Cold As Ice
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Emma Baccellieri

04-12

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What You Need to Know: The Year Of The Botched Infield Fly
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Daniel Rathman

04-11

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What You Need to Know: The Fella's Last Name Is Story
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Ashley Varela

04-08

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What You Need to Know: The One Unambiguous Evil In This World Is Kyle Schwarber Going Down In A Heap
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Nicolas Stellini

04-07

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What You Need to Know: Need Cano Basehits!
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Demetrius Bell

04-06

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What You Need to Know: Noah Syndergaard and the 95 mph Slider
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Emma Baccellieri

04-05

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What You Need to Know: Picking Up Where They Left Off
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Daniel Rathman

04-04

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What You Need to Know: The Race is Long, And in the End It's Only With Yourself
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Ashley Varela

10-05

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What You Need to Know: Fin
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Ian Frazer and Daniel Rathman

10-02

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What You Need to Know: Wild!
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Chris Mosch

10-01

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What You Need to Know: Cardinals Clinch; Cardinals Are Doomed?
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Daniel Rathman

09-30

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What You Need to Know: The Chaos Chase
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Daniel Rathman

09-29

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What You Need to Know: September 29, 2015
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Ian Frazer

09-28

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What You Need to Know: September 28, 2015
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Daniel Rathman and Ian Frazer

09-25

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What You Need to Know: September 25, 2015
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Chris Mosch

09-24

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What You Need to Know: September 24, 2015
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Daniel Rathman

09-23

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

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The Cubs hold their breath to see how Kyle Schwarber is, while Al Pujols adds a walk-off to his career and the Phillies' bullpen has already blown two late, and it's still early.

The Thursday Takeaway
Last night’s game between the Cubs and Diamondbacks can be described in many ways. It was a slugfest; a night in which neither starter (John Lackey and Rubby De La Rosa) had excellent stuff by any stretch of the imagination. Lackey was wild and missing his spots. De La Rosa was De La Rosa.


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Three middle infielders are hitting all the home runs.

The Wednesday Takeaway

In 1941, Boston Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr started off the season by hitting a homer in each of Boston’s first three games. For 75 years, that was the benchmark for hot-hitting second basemen, until Robinson Cano decided that it was time to meet that benchmark. Cano slugged two homers on Wednesday afternoon against the Rangers—one in the first inning, and another in the top of the ninth inning to cap a five-run comeback that powered the Seattle Mariners to a 9-5 victory over Texas.

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The Mets finally won another one against Kansas City, the new slide rule has a second consecutive controversial day, and Carlos Correa makes a highlight.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Since last October, the pairing of Noah Syndergaard and Alcides Escobar has stood in for all sorts of weighty questions on the concept of revenge and unwritten rules and where we draw the lines of safety through the code of convention. On Tuesday, though, the pairing signified something more simple again—a pitcher, a batter, the start of a baseball game.


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April 5, 2016 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Picking Up Where They Left Off

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Daniel Rathman

Harper is still Harper, Kershaw is still Kershaw, Arrieta is still Arrieta, and the new rule banning takeout slides claims its first victim.

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The season begins! The Mets still can't defeat the defending World Series champs, Andrew McCutchen is batting second, and Marcus Stroman has pitching down to a science.

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October 5, 2015 9:42 am

What You Need to Know: Fin

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Ian Frazer and Daniel Rathman

The season comes to an end, Kershaw reaches a milestone, and Max Scherzer throws about the greatest start in history.

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October 2, 2015 6:01 am

What You Need to Know: Wild!

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Chris Mosch

The last playoff battle is a good one, and got tighter still on Thursday.

The Thursday Takeaway
The 2015 season has been filled with unpredictability. The Nationals collapsed. The Mets clinched the NL East with a week and a half to go in the season. The Blue Jays became a super team. The Royals defied the projections and have had the AL Central in the bag for a couple of months. The Twins are still playing meaningful games!


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About Michael Wacha's arm slot, Marcus Stroman's comeback, and Rich Hill's start today.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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September 30, 2015 9:58 am

What You Need to Know: The Chaos Chase

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Daniel Rathman

The Astros fall out of a playoff spot for the first time in forever, Kershaw is special, and today might be your last to see Barry Zito.

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September 29, 2015 11:27 am

What You Need to Know: September 29, 2015

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Ian Frazer

The AL West and NL Central come closer to resolution.

The Monday Takeaways
All things considered, the Cardinals have had a truly extraordinary season. They've won a ton, but they've won a ton while fighting through a number of significant injuries. Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, Yadier Molina, Randal Grichuk … it's utterly insane that this team is going to win 100 games.

The Cardinals have been able to overcome these injuries and keep winning because the guys they call on to provide replacement-level production haven't performed like replacements. Stephen Piscotty is one of those: The Stanford alumnus has hit .310 in 62 games with a .502 slugging percentage. His 55 strikeouts to 20 walks and .379 BABIP hint at some overachievement, but that doesn't make his hits count any less.


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September 28, 2015 11:49 am

What You Need to Know: September 28, 2015

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Daniel Rathman and Ian Frazer

A dugout fight and updates on the playoff chases

The Weekend Takeaway
So, this little tidbit has been circulating this weekend.


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September 25, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: September 25, 2015

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Chris Mosch

This is an important day. You should read about what's happening in baseball.

The Thursday Takeaway
It's been a foregone conclusion for a while that the Royals would win the AL Central. Yet this September has caused more than a few Royals fans to break into a sweat. The starting pitching has been terrible and the team learned on Thursday that Greg Holland would likely need Tommy John surgery.

Also concerning has been the struggles of Johnny Cueto, who has been extremely shaky since mid-August. Kansas City's midseason acquisition went through a five-start stretch starting on August 21st in which hitters posted a 1.086 OPS. Cueto was striking out slightly fewer batters than he had earlier this season but that can partly be attributed to the switch to the American League. His walk rate was fine but judging by the eight home runs he gave up during that span, it seemed like the problem was rooted in his command and was a matter of missing his spots more than usual.


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