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April 10, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Ervin Arrives

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Daniel Rathman

Ervin Santana debutes for the Braves, plus more replay controversy, Hamilton and Harper, and what to watch today.

The Wednesday Takeaway
Strike, strike, strike, strike… okay, fine, I’ll spare you the next 16. But that’s how Ervin Santana began his Braves career: with 20 consecutive strikes, and 28 of them in his first 29 pitches.


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April 9, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: You Must Learn Control

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Daniel Rathman

Dissecting a new wrinkle in the rules that's causing confusion, plus the highlights from Tuesday and what to watch for on Wednesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
A second baseman or shortstop fields a ground ball and throws it to his double-play partner at the keystone. The other middle infielder catches it with his foot on the bag. As he begins to remove the ball from his glove with his bare hand, the ball squirts away. The runner going to second is out. The batter is safe at first. And life goes on.


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