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October 2, 2017

What You Need to Know: The Last One

by Ashley Varela

Andrew Romine plays all nine positions, the Red Sox clinch the AL East, Matt Cain hangs up his cap, and the NL Wild Card race gets the hair-raising finale it deserves.

September 29, 2017

What You Need to Know: Boogeymen

by Demetrius Bell

Carlos Carrasco dominates, Houston knocks around Boston, the Yankees blow an opportunity, and the Cubs end the Cardinals' season.

September 28, 2017

What You Need to Know: Rocked

by Ben Diamond

Colorado moves closer to the playoffs, the Twins celebrate a White Sox win, and Jose Altuve reaches 200 again.

September 27, 2017

What You Need to Know: Royal Goodbye

by Nicolas Stellini

The end of an era in Kansas City, the start of one in Minnesota, and Andrew McCutchen drives in eight.

September 26, 2017

What You Need to Know: Fifty

by Stacey Gotsulias

Aaron Judge breaks Mark McGwire's rookie record, the Cubs move one step closer to clinching, and Bruce Maxwell hears support from the crowd.

September 25, 2017

What You Need to Know: The Necessity of Not Sticking to Sports

by Ashley Varela

Bruce Maxwell takes a knee, three teams enter the playoffs, Paul Byrd faces The Freeze, and Alex Wilson breaks his leg.

September 22, 2017

What You Need to Know: Best of the Best

by Demetrius Bell

Los Angeles tries to hold off Cleveland, Chicago gets one in Milwaukee, and Texas sneaks back into the race.

September 21, 2017

What You Need to Know: Judge Rules Against Twins

by Ben Diamond

New York beats Minnesota again, Giancarlo Stanton hits his 56th, Adam Frazier hurt the Brewers, and Chris Sale gets to 300.

September 20, 2017

What You Need to Know: Dingers For Everyone

by Nicolas Stellini

MLB sets the single-season home run record, Chase Headley gets hit by a pitch, Max Scherzer shoves, and Johnny Cueto takes his time.

September 19, 2017

What You Need to Know: A Tale of Two Teams in One City

by Stacey Gotsulias

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

September 18, 2017

What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose (Sometimes You Win Again)

by Ashley Varela

Cleveland's streak meets its demise, the Astros clinch the AL West, Willson Contreras goes nuts, and Matt Boyd flirts with a no-hitter.

September 15, 2017

What You Need to Know: All Of This Winning, I've Been Losing My Mind

by Demetrius Bell

Cleveland keeps shining, Byron Buxton walks it off, Aaron Judge resumes crushing, and Rhys Hoskins won't stop.

September 14, 2017

What You Need to Know: Streak of all Streaks

by Ben Diamond

Cleveland turns 21, Minnesota walks it off, Rhys Hoskins keeps slugging, and Mike Zunino is good.

September 13, 2017

What You Need to Know: Twenty!

by Nicolas Stellini

Cleveland wins 20 in a row, the Dodgers actually win one game, and Carlos Gonzalez shows signs of life.

September 12, 2017

What You Need to Know: Hey Nineteen

by Stacey Gotsulias

Cleveland does it again, the Dodgers wait until the middle of the night to do their losing, and Nolan Arenado shows off.

September 11, 2017

What You Need to Know: How the East Was Won

by Ashley Varela

The Nationals clinch the NL East title, the Indians' streak goes to 18, and the Tigers turn a triple play 16 years in the making.

September 8, 2017

What You Need to Know: Fifteen!

by Demetrius Bell

Cleveland wins 15 in a row, the Dodgers keep falling, the Royals give away a game to the Twins, and Victor Robles debuts.

September 7, 2017

What You Need to Know: Two Fastballs, One Rookie

by Ben Diamond

Luis Castillo leaves on a high note, the Indians and Diamondbacks keep streaking, and Gerrit Cole has it rough.

September 6, 2017

What You Need to Know: Free Baseball is Expensive

by Nicolas Stellini

Toronto and Boston play 19 innings, Manny Machado beats the Yankees, the Diamondbacks keep winning, and Justin Verlander makes his Houston debut.

September 5, 2017

What You Need to Know: Four By Four

by Stacey Gotsulias

J.D. Martinez hits four homers, the Dodgers keeping losing, Giancarlo Stanton does actual damage, and the Indians reach a dozen in a row.

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