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07-08

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The Week In Quotes: July 1-7
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

07-03

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On the Beat: Bucking the Losing Trend
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John Perrotto

07-03

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What You Need to Know: Bailed Out By a Homer-iffic Performance
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Daniel Rathman

07-03

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The Lineup Card: 8 Things We Learned in the First Half
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Baseball Prospectus

07-02

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What You Need to Know: No Trouble with the Curve
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Zachary Levine

07-01

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What You Need to Know: Buccos Bucking Losing Trend
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Daniel Rathman

07-01

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The Week In Quotes: June 24-30
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

06-28

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What You Need to Know: Pandamonium Cools with Coors
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Daniel Rathman

06-28

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Fantasy Mailbag: Strategic Thinking
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BP Fantasy Staff

06-27

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On the Beat: Old-School Thought, Old-School Success
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John Perrotto

06-27

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What You Need to Know: LA Dodges a Giant Bullet
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Daniel Rathman

06-26

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The Lineup Card: 10 Hollywood Endings for Major-League Teams
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Baseball Prospectus

06-26

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What You Need to Know: Meet the Detroit Tigerrors
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Daniel Rathman

06-25

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Scouting the Draft: Summer Circuit: PG National Showcase, Part II
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Nick J. Faleris

06-25

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What You Need to Know: Rays Outshine Jays
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Daniel Rathman

06-24

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The Week In Quotes: June 17-23
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

06-24

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What You Need to Know: Power Anchors
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Daniel Rathman

06-21

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What You Need to Know: The Rocky Road Less Traveled
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Daniel Rathman

06-21

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Fantasy Mailbag: Stick Through the Slumps?
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BP Fantasy Staff

06-21

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Scouting the Draft: Summer Circuit: PG National Showcase, Part I
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Nick J. Faleris

06-20

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On the Beat: Pitchers Take the Wheel
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John Perrotto

06-20

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What You Need to Know: The Outstanding Oriole
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Daniel Rathman

06-19

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What You Need to Know: Wheeling and Dealing
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Daniel Rathman

06-19

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The Lineup Card: 8 Potential Buyers at the Trade Deadline
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Baseball Prospectus

06-18

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What You Need to Know: Yu Better Watch Out
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Daniel Rathman

06-17

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What You Need to Know: Blanks Shoots Padres to Top
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Daniel Rathman

06-17

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The Week In Quotes: June 10-16
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

06-14

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Fantasy Mailbag: Getting the Big Fish
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BP Fantasy Staff

06-14

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Perfect Game Presents: College World Series Preview
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Kendall Rogers

06-14

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What You Need to Know: A Royal Rotation Surprise
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Daniel Rathman

06-13

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On the Beat: Not a Giant Worry
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John Perrotto

06-13

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Perfect Game Presents: NL Draft Wrap
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Patrick Ebert

06-13

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What You Need to Know: Mets Magic Bests Miller
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Daniel Rathman

06-12

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The Lineup Card: 9 Favorite Extra-Inning Games
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Baseball Prospectus

06-12

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Dissecting the Draft: Draft Wrap
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Nick J. Faleris

06-12

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What You Need to Know: Shields Mightier Than Lumber
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Daniel Rathman

06-12

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Perfect Game Presents: AL Draft Recap
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Frankie Piliere

06-11

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What You Need to Know: Baker's Deep-Fried Southpaws
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Daniel Rathman

06-10

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The Week In Quotes: June 3-9
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Andrew Koo, Chris Mosch and Satchel Price

06-10

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What You Need to Know: Not on the Shin-Soo Choo Train
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Daniel Rathman

06-09

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Dissecting the Draft: Draft Wrap
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Nick J. Faleris

06-07

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Fantasy Mailbag: Hard Knocks
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BP Fantasy Staff

06-07

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What You Need to Know: The Great Closer Debate
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Daniel Rathman

06-06

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What You Need to Know: Grand Finale
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Daniel Rathman

06-06

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Draft Coverage
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BP Prospect Staff

06-06

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Perfect Game Presents: MLB Draft Prospect Reports 1-25
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Allan Simpson

06-06

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The Lineup Card: 9 Hot/Cold Starts We Don't Think Will Last
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Baseball Prospectus

06-06

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Dissecting the Draft: Three Roads from Which to Choose
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Nick J. Faleris

06-06

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On the Beat: Potential PED Fallout
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John Perrotto

06-05

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Perfect Game Presents: MLB Draft Prospect Reports 26-50
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Allan Simpson

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June 26, 2013 5:00 am

What You Need to Know: Meet the Detroit Tigerrors

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Daniel Rathman

Yesterday, the Detroit Tigers bumbled their way to a loss against the Angels. Tonight, the Giants will attempt to break through against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Coming off of a series in which they took three of four from the Red Sox, two-plus weeks removed from a sweep of the second-place Indians, and with a 3 ½-game cushion over the sliding Tribe in the Central, the Tigers could afford a night to forget. And, boy, did they have one on Tuesday.

The first two innings of the wild, 14-8 Angels victory passed uneventfully, offering no indication of the madness to come. Mike Trout drove in J.B. Shuck with an RBI single in the top of the third, but there was nothing odd about Mike Trout driving in a run. Even less odd: Miguel Cabrera quickly countering that knock from his chief rival in the 2012 Most Valuable Player race with a two-run blast, his 21st of the season, to put the Tigers ahead after three. Hank Conger made amends for a throwing error—which was rendered irrelevant by Cabrera’s homer—with a run-scoring hit in the top of the fourth, and the game went to the fifth knotted at 2-2.


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Who were some of the top standout talents at the Perfect Game National Showcase in Minnesota?

After our Day 1 recap and Part 1 of the event wrap for the Scouting the Draft series, which focused on the arms of the PG National Showcase, part two takes a look at the positional talent in the draft.

Well-Rounded Prep Class
Overall, the 2014 class is much deeper than 2013, with multiple first-round candidates emerging at the up-the-middle skill positions, and in particular at catcher, shortstop, and center field. While the focus will likely be on these high-value defensive positions, there is also a fair amount of corner talent, capable of growing into usable pop at the pro ranks.


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June 25, 2013 5:00 am

What You Need to Know: Rays Outshine Jays

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Daniel Rathman

Last night, the Rays brought the Blue Jays' 11-game win streak to a halt. Tonight, Alfonso Soriano will look to square up on old friend Kyle Lohse.

The Monday Takeaway
Dropped into last place in the American League East by the Blue Jays’ recent surge, still waiting for David Price to return from the disabled list, and now without Alex Cobb, the Rays needed a jolt. On Monday night, with those streaking Blue Jays in town, they got three.

With one away in the bottom of the second inning, James Loney cranked a hanging slider from Esmil Rogers over the right-center field wall. Then, in his first plate appearance at Tropicana Field, nearly a week after his promotion from Triple-A Durham, Wil Myers obliterated a fastball 428 feet to straightaway center. And, to cap off the trifecta, Sam Fuld, who had just one homer to his name this season, yanked a 2-0, challenge heater from Rogers deep to right, giving the home team a 3-0 lead.


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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

BLUE JAYS TURN IT UP TO 11
“I believe in this team, so I knew things had to change, things had to turn around for us. This is what's happening for us, and we're going to enjoy the moment. I'm not surprised by this; I know this team is good and I know we can do it.”
—Blue Jays’ slugger Edwin Encarnacion, on the team’s 11-game hitting streak. Encarnacion and his parrot trotted the bases for the 21st time on Sunday. (Gregor Chisholm, MLB.com)



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June 24, 2013 5:00 am

What You Need to Know: Power Anchors

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Daniel Rathman

Yesterday, the Mariners flexed their power muscle thanks to their free-agent signings. Tonight, the Blue Jays will look to extend their hot streak when they take on the Rays.

The Weekend Takeaway
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik set out over the offseason to add “big-time power” to a lineup that had little of it in 2012. His search for thump reached far and wide, from bringing back Michael Morse to dabbling in the Josh Hamilton derby. And it culminated with two bargain-bin free-agent signings, Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez, and two trades, for Morse and for Kendrys Morales, who became expendable when Hamilton joined the Angels.

Entering this weekend’s series against the Athletics, the early returns on the lineup remodeling had been positive, even though the club as a whole was still mired in fourth place, rescued from the basement only by the presence of the Astros. What some perceived as a make-or-break season for Zduriencik—at least from the standpoint that, five years into his tenure, the club on the field was generally of his choosing—wasn’t going well. The 2012 Mariners went 31-43 over their first 74 games, and the 2013 squad was only a game ahead of that pace, welcoming Bob Melvin’s first-place team with its ledger at 32-42.


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June 21, 2013 5:00 am

What You Need to Know: The Rocky Road Less Traveled

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Daniel Rathman

Roy Oswalt took a circuitous route to Colorado, but the Rockies might have found a keeper. Tonight, Ricky Nolasco will try to stay dominant at AT&T Park as he faces Hunter Pence and the Giants.

The Thursday Takeaway
The Rockies on Thursday turned to their seventh starting pitcher of the season, the oldest one to toe the rubber for Walt Weiss’ squad this year. And while you might not know it from a glance at the scoreboard, which showed a 5-1 victory for the Nationals, in Roy Oswalt, general manager Dan O’Dowd may have found a diamond in the rough.

Oswalt signed a minor-league hitch with the Rockies on May 2 and reported to Double-A Tulsa a few weeks later to prepare for an eventual return to the majors. The contract included both performance bonuses and a late-June out clause, but it wasn’t merely the language in the deal that forced O’Dowd’s hand this week. Oswalt amassed a 2.16 ERA over five starts for the Drillers, to go with a 25-to-7 K:BB in 33 1/3 innings, and he tossed 8 1/3 shutout frames in his final tune-up outing on June 14.


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The Fantasy Staff gives advice on slumping players, potential trades, and upgrades for injured players.

Question: I'm in a 30-team league with unlimited minors. In a league this size, it is impossible to compete every year, and I missed my window and am rebuilding. Iwakuma is my last viable asset left, as I have developed a pretty substantial minor-league team. The offer for 2 years of Iwakuma is Clayton Blackburn (SF), Erasmo Ramirez (SEA), and 4 of the next 5 guys: Donovan Solano (MIA), Carlos Sanchez (CWS), Max Kepler (MIN), Roger Kieschnick (SF), and Robbie Erlin (SD). I would keep them all for their first 6 years in the majors. Can I do better or is this a pretty awesome return? (As a comparison, I offered 2 years of Iwakuma for 6 of Billy Hamilton and was turned down).

Answer: You should be able to do better than that with Iwakuma right now. Aim for fewer players and get a couple closer to the bigs.

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Who were the standout prospects of the class of 2014 at the PG National Showcase?

Each summer, the scouting circuit kicks off with the Perfect Game Junior National Showcase and the Perfect Game National Showcase—back-to-back events (with rare exception held at the Metrodome in Minneapolis) highlighting the top underclass talent and rising seniors at the prep ranks. This year’s 2014 draft talents shined bright at PG National, with a bevy of arms and up-the-middle standouts portending a deep high school crop—the former being our focus for Part 1 of this two-part mini-series.

With over 300 players partaking in the five-day PG National Showcase, we are only scratching the surface with the notes and video in these two recap pieces. Throughout the summer and offseason, we will continue to introduce you to this exciting collection of 2014 draft prospects. To whet your appetite, check out the play of the showcase—an amazing highlight-reel grab by SoCal outfielder Derek Hill (Elk Grove HS (Elk Grove, CA)):

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June 20, 2013 5:00 am

On the Beat: Pitchers Take the Wheel

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John Perrotto

The Dodgers are going to have to rely on their pitching to carry them to October. Our beat man also checks in on Carlos Marmol, the A's stadium situation, Alex Cobb, and with scouts.

Don Mattingly is not a cockeyed optimist. He is plain spoken and admittedly frustrated that his team with a $200-million-plus payroll has an awful record and is in last place in the National League West. Yet the manager remains hopeful the Dodgers can somehow get back into the pennant race with more than half the season remaining.

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June 20, 2013 5:00 am

What You Need to Know: The Outstanding Oriole

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Daniel Rathman

Yesterday, Chris Davis got back on the multi-homer track. Tonight, Ben Zobrist will try to snap his slump as he faces Andy Pettitte.

The Wednesday Takeaway
If you asked knowledgeable fans to choose the top two hitters in the American League over the first two-plus months of the 2013 season, Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis would undoubtedly be popular choices.

The lefty-swinging Oriole and the righty-batting Tiger went toe-to-toe at Comerica Park this week, in a series that came down to yesterday afternoon’s rubber match. Cabrera’s first-inning home run was all the help that Max Scherzer would need to propel the Tigers to victory in the opener. And, after watching his teammates clobber Justin Verlander to even the series while he himself brought an 0-for-4 back to the hotel, Davis decided to take matters into his own hands in game three.


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June 19, 2013 5:00 am

What You Need to Know: Wheeling and Dealing

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Daniel Rathman

Yesterday, the Mets had a look at a potentially bright future with a pair of their young pitchers. Tonight, Josh Willingham will look to turn his fortunes against Chris Sale.

The Tuesday Takeaway
With two of the league’s most talented young starters toeing the slab for their team, Mets fans got a glimpse into their future during Tuesday’s doubleheader. And if the twinbill sweep, on the backs of second-year ace Matt Harvey and rookie flamethrower Zack Wheeler, is any harbinger of what is to come, that future could be awfully bright.

Harvey went first, and he cared little about giving Wheeler a tough act to follow. Seven scoreless innings, the first six of them hitless, will do that. Thirteen strikeouts will do that, too. And though Harvey was ultimately charged with three runs—after allowing the first three Braves batters to reach base in the bottom of the eighth and watching LaTroy Hawkins and Scott Rice permit all of them to score—he paved the way to the Mets’ 4-3 win.


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The BP staff brainstorms teams that might be buyers at the deadline, areas of need, and potential trade targets.

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