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April 26, 2017

What You Need to Know: Losing the Crown

by Emma Baccellieri

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

April 25, 2017

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

by Stacey Gotsulias

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

April 24, 2017

What You Need to Know: Funk Blast

by Ashley Varela

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.

April 21, 2017

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

by Demetrius Bell

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

April 20, 2017

What You Need to Know: Big Blasts

by Ben Diamond

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.

April 19, 2017

What You Need to Know: Eight Is Enough

by Emma Baccellieri

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

April 17, 2017

What You Need to Know: Less Than Perfect

by Ashley Varela

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.

April 14, 2017

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

by Demetrius Bell

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

April 13, 2017

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

by Ben Diamond

Stephen Wright gets lit up, Jordan Montgomery debuts, Giancarlo Stanton goes deep twice, and Andrew Benintendi flashes some glove.

April 12, 2017

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

by Emma Baccellieri

Yoenis Cespedes homered three times, Michael Brantley walked off the White Sox, and a cat got stuck in the Marlins' home run sculpture.

April 11, 2017

What You Need to Know: First Cycle

by Martin Alonso

Wil Myers hits the season's first cycle, Michael Pineda dominates the Rays, and Buster Posey leaves after being hit by a pitch.

April 10, 2017

What You Need to Know: It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To

by Ashley Varela

Jeremy Guthrie's birthday goes horribly wrong, Felix Hernandez enters a 14-pitch duel with Mike Trout, and more from the weekend.

April 7, 2017

What You Need to Know: The Wildest Wild Pitch

by Demetrius Bell

Yadier Molina showed us something new, Yasiel Puig turned back the clock, and Michael Lorenzen took a step toward two-way player.

April 6, 2017

What You Need to Know: Walk It Off

by Ben Diamond

Good pitching performances early and walk-off homers late, a recipe for a good day of baseball.

April 5, 2017

What You Need to Know: Boom or Bust

by Emma Baccellieri

Joey Gallo shows his pros and cons, Stephen Piscotty has a rough trip around the bases, and Albert Almora Jr. robs Matt Adams.

April 4, 2017

What You Need to Know: Opening Day Part Deux

by Jared Wyllys

Opening Day so nice, they did it twice.

April 3, 2017

What You Need to Know: Baseball's Back, Alright!

by Ashley Varela

Madison Bumgarner and Masahiro Tanaka pitch themselves into the history books, and more from Opening Day.

October 3, 2016

What You Need to Know: Swan Song

by Ashley Varela

Five greats hang up their caps, Byron Buxton emulates Usain Bolt on the bases, and more from the final weekend of the regular season.

September 30, 2016

What You Need to Know: Theoretical Replay and Sister Kissing

by Nicolas Stellini

Things are getting weird, in almost every division.

September 29, 2016

What You Need to Know: Cycles and Walk-Offs

by Demetrius Bell

John Jaso's career day, Hyun Soo Kim and Mark Teixeira played hero, and the Wild Card races tightened up.

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