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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

06-09

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What You Need to Know: Bad Braves Snap Pitiful Streak
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Demetrius Bell

06-08

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What You Need to Know: Tough Guys Tough
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Nicolas Stellini

06-07

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What You Need to Know: James Paxton's 101s
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Daniel Rathman

06-06

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What You Need to Know: It Won't Always Be Like This
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Ashley Varela

06-03

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What You Need to Know: Don't Know What the Hurry Is
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Nicolas Stellini

06-02

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What You Need to Know: Baseball Easy
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Demetrius Bell

06-01

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What You Need to Know: The Catcher Who Threw 96 In A Blowout
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Emma Baccellieri

05-31

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What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey!
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Daniel Rathman

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

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The Mets erstwhile ace gets back on track, the Braves are on a bona fide not-cold streak, and Wood beats Wood.

The Monday Takeaway
It’s been rocky sledding for Matt Harvey in recent weeks, especially his last three starts, when opponents hit the right-hander hard and often, to the tune of 27 hits—four of them homers—in 13 1/3 innings. That wouldn’t do on Memorial Day, not with Jose Quintana continuing a breakout season that’s seen him emerge as one of baseball’s elite left-handed starters. And to the great thrill of the fans in attendance at Citi Field, the Matt Harvey they’ve come to know and love returned and proved up to the task.


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Yu Darvish returns in full force, the Royals stage an unlikely comeback, and the Mariners embarrass themselves on the basepaths in new and creative ways.

The Weekend Takeaway
It only took 659 days, but Yu Darvish is back where he belongs: striking out the league’s best hitters and taking names. The 29-year-old returned to the major-league stage on Saturday afternoon, where he pitched for the first time since August 9, 2014, in front of a sellout crowd in Arlington, Texas.


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The Astros strike out a slew to set one record, Fernandez whiffs a bunch to tie a franchise mark, and Jackie Bradley is back to being a regular guy.

The Thursday Takeaway
With the power-packed but whiff-happy Astros and Orioles squaring off this week, strikeouts were sure to be a-plenty at Minute Maid. Suffice it to say that the Astros’ arms held up their end of the bargain.

After Houston struck out 19 Baltimore batters in the opener and 18 more in the middle match, Lance McCullers took it upon himself to bring his team into record territory. The right-hander was effectively wild Thursday,


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The Cubs ace loses one incredible streak but keeps another alive, while Corey Kluber and Nomar Mazara put on shows.

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The White Sox ace finally gets hit, while Matt Harvey continues to get hit and Jackie Bradley continues to get hits.

The Tuesday Takeaway
In his first nine starts, Chris Sale has been brilliant at best and close to it at worst. In his tenth start, though, he was far from either.

Sale entered Tuesday following back-to-back complete games, with just one run allowed in each and no walks in either. Against the Indians, he was at first business as usual—five strikeouts through his first eight outs, scoreless. But with two outs in the third, he started missing his spots, and Cleveland took full advantage. It began with something Sale hadn’t allowed in his last 26 innings at that point: a walk, thanks to a slider that was a bit all over the place and a Jose Ramirez who refused to fall for it.


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Clayton Kershaw is peaking, Pujols hits a sort of a milestone, and the Cubs are slumping, relatively speaking.

The Monday Takeaway
The Warriors are actually bad at basketball, as they take too many jump shots and don’t have a strong enough game in the post. Their once-in-a-lifetime shooter is overrated, and their records mean nothing in the face of grit and Russell Westbrook.


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The 2010 Giants are back, sort of. Meanwhile, Noah Syndergaard continues his takeover of the world, while Joe Kelly flashes great stuff.

The Weekend Takeaway
The ghost of the 2010 Giants was resurrected on Saturday when Matt Cain delivered his first win of 2016. Yes, yes, the baseball-god-defying Giants did lay claim to championship titles in 2012 and 2014, but the last time Cain’s cFIP dipped under 100 in a winning Giants season, he was headlining the rotation with Tim Lincecum and sporting a career-high 6.1 WARP while the club marched to their its World Series in San Francisco.


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The Mets' ace is not, the White Sox ace is, and the Blue Jays' leadoff hitter is... Jose Bautista!

The Thursday Takeaway
You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”


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The run continues in Philadelphia, the strikeouts continue to pile up for Justin Verlander, and Jackie Bradley Jr.'s hitting streak is getting interesting.

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Chase Anderson (almost) shuts down the Cubs, Scherzer vs. Syndergaard lives up to the billing, and Kershaw vs. Trout lives up to Kershaw.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Milwaukee’s pitching has offered little excitement this year (except, perhaps, excitement about the fact that the Reds exist, which allows the Brewers to be second to last for most pitching stats instead of the worst in baseball). The Cubs’ hitting, on the other hand, has offered excitement near nonstop. And because baseball is weird, when the two met Tuesday night, the excitement was all Milwaukee’s—though the Cubs did their best to spoil that up until the very end.


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It was a disaster for the Twins pitcher, just like down the road it was a disaster for the Blue Jays pitcher, J.A. Happ.

The Monday Takeaway
There were eight major-league games played yesterday, and half of them featured a team scoring double-digit runs. Only one of them chased the opposing starter in the first inning, though, and that same team’s skipper was gone by the fourth. That’s ample reason to begin this recap in Detroit, where there was a whole lot offense accompanied by a whole lot of ugly on Monday night.

Jose Berrios took the hill in the last of the first and figured, “Ah, I’ll just groove a fastball for strike one.” Little did he know that Ian Kinsler was locked, loaded, and ready to fire:


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Jake Arrieta surprises no one with his seventh win, David Ortiz gets a flour shower, and Danny Duffy puts on a one-man show.

The Weekend Takeaway
If you’ve been holding your breath for Jake Arrieta to miss a step this season, well, I have bad news for you.


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