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What You Need to Know: September 29, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 26, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 25, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 24, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 23, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 22, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 19, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 18, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: September 17, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 16, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 15, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 12, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 11, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 10, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 9, 2014
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What You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 5, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 4, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 3, 2014
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What You Need to Know: September 2, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 29, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 28, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 27, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 26, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 25, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 22, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 21, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 20, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 19, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 18, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 15, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 14, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 13, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 12, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 11, 2014
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Daniel Rathman and Chris Mosch

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What You Need to Know: August 8, 2014
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Sam Miller, Daniel Rathman, Andrew Koo and Morris Greenberg

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What You Need to Know: August 7, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 6, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 5, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 4, 2014
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What You Need to Know: August 1, 2014
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What You Need to Know: July 31, 2014
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What You Need to Know: July 30, 2014
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What You Need to Know: July 29, 2014
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What You Need to Know: July 28, 2014
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What You Need to Know: July 25, 2014
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What You Need to Know: July 24, 2014
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What You Need to Know: July 23, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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What You Need to Know: Boston Gives 'Em A Little Thumpin' Thumpin'
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What You Need to Know: Sunday Morning Defending
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August 7, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 7, 2014

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Chris Mosch

The Padres didn't have video last night, but BP does. And GIFs. And pictures. And words.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Major League Baseball’s first season of expanded replay has had its growing pains, with controversy stemming from the transfer rule early in the season and, more recently, catchers being required to allow baserunners a clear lane to home plate. It’s natural for the system to be imperfect in the first year of implementation, but all in all, it’s fair to say that the first year of expanded replay has been a success.


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August 6, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 6, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The Big Donkey pitches. Nothing is as exciting as that, but the rest of yesterday's action comes close.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Adam Dunn pitched an inning and allowed a run for the White Sox on Tuesday.

The run the Rangers pinned on his line was the 16th permitted by the home nine at U.S. Cellular Field last night and the dumpster fire was the second to pollute the South Side of Chicago in a span of three days, after the Twins lit up Robin Ventura’s pitching staff for a 16-3 rout on Sunday.


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August 5, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 5, 2014

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Chris Mosch

A short Monday yielded no shortage of action, particularly in sterling defense in center from Juan Lagares, Gregor Blanco, and Ezequiel Carrera

The Monday TakeawayPablo Sandoval came through in big spots for the Giants on more than one occasion during a Monday matinee against the Mets that was highlighted by one-upmanship from the clubs' center fielders.

Daniel Murphy opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run blast off Tim Hudson, who—as Daniel Rathman mentioned in yesterday’s WYNTK—was making his first start at Citi Field since last year’s gruesome ankle injury.

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August 4, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 4, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Recaps of a weird slew of high-scoring affairs from this weekend and a look at what to watch on this slow Monday.

The Weekend Takeaway
In Friday’s opener between the Pirates and Diamondbacks, Ernesto Frieri had an 0-1 fastball get away. It rode in and drilled Paul Goldschmidt:

Unfortunately, the 93 mph heater caught more than flesh. Goldschmidt suffered a fractured left hand that will sideline him for at least a month and possibly close to two. In the latter case, he’d miss nearly the remainder of a regular season in which the Diamondbacks have scarcely caught a break. Goldschmidt’s plunking wasn’t intentional, but with frustrations mounting, the D’backs were bound to retaliate given appropriate circumstances.


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August 1, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: August 1, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

The trade deadline has passed so we can all focus on the field again.

The Thursday Takeaway
There’s nothing like a replay controversy to stir up a day that needed no further stirring.

Setting the stage: The Marlins were up by one—on a first-inning bomb by Giancarlo Stanton—when the Reds loaded the bases with one away in the top of the eighth. Todd Frazier hit a fly ball to right. Stanton caught it and threw home. He appeared to have the runner, Zack Cozart, dead to rights at the plate for an inning-ending double play.


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July 31, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 31, 2014

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Chris Mosch

The last full day before the trade deadline featured walk-off drama, pitchers dueling, and more

The Wednesday Takeaway
Fans who bought tickets to last night’s scheduled battle between Felix Hernandez and Corey Kluber were greeted by a Progressive Field setting that should have been considered a pitching aficionado’s paradise. King Felix entered the night on a stretch so dominant that he was on the verge of setting a modern MLB record. Armed with an arsenal of nasty secondary pitches, Kluber has broken through this season as a bona fide ace and was a start removed from the most impressive outing of his career.

The stage for pitching mastery was perfect and the duel proved to live up to expectations.


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July 30, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 30, 2014

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Chris Mosch

Extra innings and good secondary offerings highlight this look at the day that was and what will be.

The Tuesday Takeaway
On Monday, the Rays took the series opener from the Brewers behind seven strong innings from Jake Odorizzi, who complemented his fastball with both his slider and split-changeup, the latter of which he learned from teammate Alex Cobb this spring. The splitter was Odorizzi’s secondary offering of choice against Milwaukee and he threw 21 of 27 for strikes, including five of the swing-and-miss variety.


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July 29, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 29, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

A big Marlins comeback and a great Yu Darvish fun fact are part of yesterday's action and today's previews

The Monday Takeaway
The Nationals were on top of the Marlins 6-0 at the seventh-inning stretch on Monday night, and if the last decade was any guide, they had to be feeling good about that lead:


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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 28, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Good pitching, triples, and sloppy baserunning are the weekend that was; pitchers on the trade block are the day that is.

The Weekend Takeaway
When the Angels, winners of five straight to wrap up the “first half,” looked up their schedule coming out of the All-Star break, here’s what they saw:


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July 25, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 25, 2014

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Chris Mosch

Standout pitching all around, as the Royals climb over the Indians, the Blue Jays get a glimpse of a bright future, and Joe Nathan earns another ninth.


The Thursday Takeaway

For the second night in a row, Blue Jays fans watched one of their talented young arms baffle Red Sox hitters. Wednesday night, it was Aaron Sanchez making an impact with two perfect innings out of the bullpen in his major-league debut. Last night, Marcus Stroman continued to work his newest weapon into his arsenal as he flirted with a no-hitter and dominated Boston in his best start to date.


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July 24, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 24, 2014

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Chris Mosch and Daniel Rathman

Bartolo Colon, Aaron Sanchez, and Yoenis Cespedes, among others, had eventful nights.

The Wednesday Takeaway
When Bartolo Colon made his major league debut for the Indians in 1997, Taijuan Walker was a few months away from turning five years old and had probably not yet been enrolled in kindergarten. Fast-forward 17 years and Colon is now pitching for his seventh organization and Walker is looking to tap into his massive potential in his first full season with the Mariners. Walker is expected to make his mark on the league in the not-so-distant future, but Wednesday’s rubber match between the Mets and Mariners was Colon’s time to shine.

The Mets spotted Colon an early 1–0 lead and he quickly went to work against Seattle, pounding the strike zone with his low-90s fastball and getting the Mariners to chase an occasional slider. Not a single Seattle batter was able to reach base during the first two times through the order, with Kyle Seager, Corey Hart, Jesus Sucre, and Logan Morrison all falling victim via strikeout.


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July 23, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: July 23, 2014

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Daniel Rathman

Extra [innings], extra [innings], read all about it!

The Tuesday Takeaway
On Tuesday afternoon, one National League MVP candidate, Troy Tulowitzki, was placed on the disabled list with a left hip flexor strain. Hours later, one of his rivals in the running made his loudest case to date.

The Brewers led the National League Central by 6 1/2 games when the calendar flipped to July. A dozen days into the month, they shared first place with the Cardinals. And not once since the 12th had Milwaukee been able to rebuild its lead to more than a game.


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