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10-03

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What You Need to Know: Swan Song
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Ashley Varela

09-30

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What You Need to Know: Theoretical Replay and Sister Kissing
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Nicolas Stellini

09-29

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What You Need to Know: Cycles and Walk-Offs
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Demetrius Bell

09-28

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What You Need to Know: The Dozens
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Emma Baccellieri

09-27

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What You Need to Know: Dee Gordon and the Marlins Honor Jose Fernandez
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Daniel Rathman

09-26

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What You Need to Know: How the West (and the East) Was Won
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Ashley Varela

09-23

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What You Need to Know: All Mets'd Up
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Nicolas Stellini

09-22

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What You Need to Know: The Wild Card Wilters
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Demetrius Bell

09-21

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What You Need to Know: To Sin By Silence, When They Should Protest, Makes Cowards of Men
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Emma Baccellieri

09-20

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What You Need to Know: The Best Bullpens Are the Ones You Don't Need
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Daniel Rathman

09-19

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What You Need to Know: Bruised, Not Beaten
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Ashley Varela

09-16

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What You Need to Know: September Is The Gassed Month
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Nicolas Stellini

09-15

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What You Need to Know: Kershaw (Back) Back
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Demetrius Bell

09-14

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What You Need to Know: The Ownage That Won The West
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Daniel Rathman

09-13

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What You Need to Know: World Stops To Watch Kyle Hendricks Allow Hit
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Emma Baccellieri

09-12

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What You Need to Know: Pitch Imperfect
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Ashley Varela

09-09

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What You Need to Know: Replay Don't Lie
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Nicolas Stellini

09-08

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What You Need to Know: The Feel of Cotton
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Demetrius Bell

09-07

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What You Need to Know: Pirate Ship Sunk
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Emma Baccellieri

09-06

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What You Need to Know: Freak Out About Brian Dozier!
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Daniel Rathman

09-02

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What You Need to Know: Progress, or Something
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Nicolas Stellini

09-01

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What You Need to Know: A is for Astros
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Demetrius Bell

08-31

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What You Need to Know: What You Need to Know: A Di(z)azter for Edwin
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Emma Baccellieri

08-30

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What You Need to Know: Werth Is Back, For the Thousandth Time
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Daniel Rathman

08-29

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What You Need to Know: Everything Is Gary Sanchez
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Ashley Varela

08-26

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What You Need to Know: Nope, Hit
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Nicolas Stellini

08-25

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What You Need to Know: Beltway Goes Balt's Way
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Demetrius Bell

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

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In the waning days of his massive contract, Howard has a big hit against Kenley Jansen. That and more from Wednesday's action.

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Max Scherzer had no margin for mistakes, and then he made a mistake, the Tigers lose in 15, and more from Tuesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Almost everything went right for Max Scherzer against the Indians. The first word of that sentence, however, is really the only one that matters.


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A marathon between the Marlins and Giants, the unsinkable Corey Seager, and more rom Monday's play.

The Monday Takeaway

Fill in the blank: Extra-inning games that stretch beyond the five-hour mark are _____.

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Justin Verlander makes Noah Syndergaard look positively mortal, Billy Hamilton destroys our preconceived ideas about speed, and Jean Segura gifts Orlando Arcia his first extra base in the majors.

The Weekend Takeaway
Equipped with Mjolnir, Thor is unbeatable. Without it, well, he might look something like Noah Syndergaard on the losing end of a 4-3 pitcher’s duel.


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Terry Francona gets unorthodox, Denard Span gets #ycpb all over everything, David Dahl's young and hot, and beware managerial pledges not to bunt so much.

The Thursday Takeaway
The closer is a decidedly unsexy concept from a hardcore sabermetric perspective. The best reliever on the team, the school of thought says, should be deployed in the situation with the highest leverage, not against the bottom of the order in a save situation that may never happen if some Triple-A call-up blows it in the sixth inning.


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A.J. Ramos does it wrong, Max Scherzer's striking people out, J.D. Martinez rejoins a suddenly serious Tigers team, and more.

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Double-switching makes for a very odd end-game in Cincinnati, Andrew Benintendi debuts with amazing hair, and David Price goes an inning too long.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The Reds entered the bottom of the eighth inning down 5-4 to the Cardinals. Of course, some things happened before that, with the most noteworthy including Adam Wainwright’s first home run since 2012


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Danny Salazar is losing heat, and Max Kepler takes advantage. Meanwhile, Danny Duffy and Kyle Hendricks turn in signature starts.

The Monday Takeaway
The Indians had themselves a mighty fine trade deadline, even after Jonathan Lucroy nixed his ticket to Cleveland. Andrew Miller should fortify the bullpen and Brandon Guyer figures to provide a nice boost to the outfield. With a relatively stable and healthy rotation, general manager Mike Chernoff was able to use his myriad trade chits to patch other roster holes while steering clear of the extreme sellers’ market for starting pitchers.

Then the deadline passed, and game time came around for the Tribe’s August opener against the Twins, and… uh oh.


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The Blue Jays and Orioles play tug-of-war with the AL East lead, Derek Dietrich loses his shirt over a Marlins’ walk-off, and Justin Verlander makes everyone look foolish, again.

The Weekend Takeaway
The last two months of the regular season kick off today, and no teams are closer in the race for first place than the Blue Jays and Orioles. It’s late enough in the season that the standings are beginning to solidify—or so the Cubs’ seven-game lead over the Cardinals seems to imply—but not late enough that an unforeseen injury or trade deadline acquisition can’t impact a team’s chances of making the playoffs.


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The Mets ad-lib a loss, Dee Gordon says sorry, and Aroldis Chapman pitches for a new team.

The Thursday Takeaway
Jeurys Familia was not going to close on Thursday. Terry Collins said so the night before—no caveats or conditional statements, no probably won’t or isn’t expected to, just a straightforwardly simple declarative. Familia wasn’t going to close, and Addison Reed was. And that made sense, seeing as how Familia had pitched on two straight days, the second of which resulted in two runs that earned him his first blown save since May. Familia wasn’t going to close.


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The Red Sox finally lose a whole series, the Angels lose under protest, and Giancarlo Stanton makes a pretty picture.

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A poor reliever's poor heart broken; Lindor's a hero; Sabathia makes it easier AND harder to trade him; and Arenado does defense.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Vinko Bogataj was forever immortalized as the face of “the agony of defeat” on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. His incredible crash on a ski jump slope in 1970 became forever associated with agony and defeat. It was his misfortune that an entire generation learned to cringe and giggle at.


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