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06-22

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What You Need to Know: Mad Max: Infield Chopper
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Ben Diamond

06-21

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What You Need to Know: A Round Of Seagerbombs
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Colin Anderle

06-20

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What You Need to Know: Code Blue
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Stacey Gotsulias

06-19

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What You Need to Know: Every Man Wants to Be a Macho Man
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Ashley Varela

06-16

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What You Need to Know: All Sales Are Final
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Demetrius Bell

06-15

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What You Need to Know: Harvey Day
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Ben Diamond

06-14

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What You Need to Know: Two Drubbings, 12 Innings, and a Meltdown Avoided
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Martin Alonso

06-13

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What You Need to Know: deLightful, deGrom, deLovely
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Stacey Gotsulias

06-12

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What You Need to Know: You Complete Me
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Ashley Varela

06-09

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What You Need to Know: Flirting and Steamrolling
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Demetrius Bell

06-08

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What You Need to Know: Old and Improved
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Ben Diamond

06-06

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What You Need to Know: The Formula
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Matthew Trueblood

06-05

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What You Need to Know: (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
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Ashley Varela

06-02

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What You Need to Know: Reactivate Klubot
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Demetrius Bell

06-01

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What You Need to Know: Changing It Up
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Ben Diamond

05-31

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What You Need to Know: Disappointing Duel
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Emma Baccellieri

05-30

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What You Need to Know: The Grudge
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Stacey Gotsulias

05-29

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What You Need to Know: Blown Away
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Ashley Varela

05-26

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What You Need to Know: Incomplete Nova
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Demetrius Bell

05-25

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What You Need to Know: Bouncing Sevy
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Ben Diamond

05-24

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What You Need to Know: Shutouts and Almost Shutouts
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Emma Baccellieri

05-23

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What You Need to Know: First to Thirty
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Stacey Gotsulias

05-22

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What You Need to Know: The Name is Bonds, Mike Bonds
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Ashley Varela

05-19

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What You Need to Know: Berrios, Baby
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Demetrius Bell

05-18

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What You Need to Know: Jose's Mound
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Ben Diamond

05-17

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What You Need to Know: Finally we can party at Napoli's
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Emma Baccellieri

05-16

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What You Need to Know: When Good Matchups Go Wrong
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Stacey Gotsulias

05-15

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What You Need to Know: Feels Like the First Time
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Ashley Varela

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Battle of the Bullpens
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Demetrius Bell

05-11

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What You Need to Know: Marquez on the Moon
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Ben Diamond

05-10

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What You Need to Know: Arrieta Loses Control
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Emma Baccellieri

05-09

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What You Need to Know: You Can Never Go Home Again
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Jared Wyllys

05-08

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What You Need to Know: King of the Hill
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Ashley Varela

05-05

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What You Need to Know: Marvelous Marwin
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Stacey Gotsulias

05-04

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What You Need to Know: Ejections for Everyone
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Ben Diamond

05-03

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What You Need to Know: Big Erv
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Emma Baccellieri

05-02

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What You Need to Know: Bad Night in Boston
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Demetrius Bell

05-01

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What You Need to Know: Tidal Wave
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Ashley Varela

04-28

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What You Need to Know: One Day, Two Losses
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Demetrius Bell

04-27

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What You Need to Know: Pittsburgh's Gift
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Ben Diamond

04-26

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What You Need to Know: Losing the Crown
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Emma Baccellieri

04-25

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What You Need to Know: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
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Stacey Gotsulias

04-24

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What You Need to Know: Funk Blast
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Ashley Varela

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Eric Thames is Back at it Again
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Demetrius Bell

04-20

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What You Need to Know: Big Blasts
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Ben Diamond

04-19

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What You Need to Know: Eight Is Enough
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Emma Baccellieri

04-17

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What You Need to Know: Less Than Perfect
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Ashley Varela

04-14

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What You Need to Know: Is the Ivy part of the Wall?
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Demetrius Bell

04-13

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What You Need to Know: When a Knuckler Doesn't Knuckle
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Ben Diamond

04-12

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What You Need to Know: Yo! Yo! Yo!
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Emma Baccellieri

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Adam Jones is treated horribly in Boston, Manny Machado stars on both sides of the ball, the Rangers and Astros spar, and the Giants get to Clayton Kershaw.

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The Nationals sink the Mets with an unprecedented 23 runs, the Dodgers pull off a raucous rally to beat the Phillies, and the Yankees hit all the home runs.

The Weekend Takeaway

There are losses and then there are the colossal, dumpster-fire-verging-on-apocalyptic-disaster losses that the Mets experienced on Sunday afternoon.

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Toronto has a very bad day, Washington goes crazy at Coors Field, and the Red Sox and Yankees play fast for once.

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Gift Ngoepe makes his MLB debut, Aaron Judge and Luis Severino shine, and a Little League game breaks out in Baltimore.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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King Felix looks shakier than ever, Trea Turner goes for the cycle, Danny Duffy dares everyone, and Eric Thames did it again.

The Tuesday Takeaway

After two seasons of slipping velocity, miscellaneous injury struggles, and other various signs of the aging process, Felix Hernandez is no longer the ace that was once crowned king. He’s still, for the most part, recognizably himself—just less consistently and often less effectively and simply less so. But decline in and of itself is neither interesting nor surprising; it’s the how and the when that provide that color. For Felix, this year seems potentially key to answering both. Were last season’s career-worst numbers truly the beginning of the end, or just an anomalous spike on a gentle downward slope? His first four starts of the season didn’t do so much to provide context there, but his fifth was a discouraging nod toward the former.

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Eric Thames continues to crush baseballs, Justin Turner makes a baserunning blunder, and the Bears beat the Steelers.

The Monday Takeaway

MLB’s attack on baseballs continued Monday, with Eric Thames leading the charge. The Brewers’ first baseman connected on two more long balls, bringing his season total to 10. And somehow even more impressive than that, they were his sixth and seventh homers against the Reds. Thames is currently on pace to hit 80 home runs. No one is able to keep up that kind of pace, but for now Thames’ at-bats are must-see TV.

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Home runs still dominate the highlight reels, Manny Machado's takeout slide leads to some tense aftermath, Dan Straily joins an exclusive strikeout club, and more from the weekend.

The Weekend Takeaway

The home run era isn’t dead just yet, not if Aaron Judge and Trevor Story and Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper and Joey Gallo and Willson Contreras and Daniel Murphy have anything to do with it.

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Chris Sale was his usual self, Eric Thames was Babe Ruth, the Rangers won after going 27 batters without a hit.

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Bryce Harper owns Julio Teheran, Aaron Judge hits a bomb, Jason Vargas out-duels Madison Bumgarner, and the Tigers lose on a walk-off error.

The Wednesday Takeaway

In 2015, Bryce Harper set the baseball world on fire with one of the best non-Barry Bonds offensive seasons we’ve ever witnessed. Hitting .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs and an absurd 197 wRC+, Harper’s age-22 season was so transcendent that it even made people question whether Mike Trout could stake claim as the no-doubt best player in baseball. Alas, Harper’s follow-up act was marred by ... “issues,” according to Scott Boras. If you ask anyone else, they’d tell you his performance was slowed by a nagging shoulder injury, which played a large role in his depressed .243 batting average and mere 24 home runs.

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Miguel Gonzalez ends the Yankees' winning streak, the Mets' bullpen does it again, and Carlos Gomez robs Yonder Alonso.

The Tuesday Takeaway

The Yankees entered yesterday looking to preserve their eight-game winning streak, and they seemed pretty well-equipped to do so. They’d be pitting Luis Severino, coming off the single best game of his career, against Miguel Gonzalez, coming off a game in which he was pulled in the fifth inning.

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Tyler Chatwood and Dan Straily attempt their first no-hitters of the year, Ender Inciarte makes history at SunTrust Park, and more from this weekend's games.

The Weekend Takeaway

No major-league pitcher has pulled off a no-hitter since Jake Arrieta’s no-no against the Reds last April, but that didn’t stop Tyler Chatwood and Dan Straily from putting forth some creative no-hit attempts this weekend.

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Important questions answered at Wrigley Field, Yoenis Cespedes keeps rolling, and Michael Martinez takes the mound.

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