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Extra Bases: Philadelphia Phillies’ Rebuild Is a Slow Process

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:02:24 GMT

Phillies fans awaiting the final out, prolonged a bit longer, in a 5-3 victory over the Giants on June 3 at Citizens Bank Park.The Phillies’ general manager says his team, which has the worst record in the majors, is going through what other teams did in working their way back.


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Yankees Give Up on Chris Carter and Name Tyler Austin as First Baseman

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:19:36 GMT

Chris Carter driving in a run in the Yankees’ June 7 game against the Boston Red Sox.Carter, last year‘s National League home run co-leader, was designated for assignment after striking out for the 70th time in 167 at-bats over 57 games.


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Keeping Score: That Was Hit a Country Mile, or 495 Feet if You’re Into Hard Data

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:00:26 GMT

Fans watching Aaron Judge bat on Thursday from the area of Yankee Stadium where a home run he hit on June 11 landed.Home run mythology must now compete with cutting-edge efforts to quantify mighty blasts from “pitch delivery to the conclusion of the event.”


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The Hitter Can Hurl. The Hurler Can Hit. Can He Do Both in the Majors?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:00:24 GMT

Brendan McKay was 11-3 with a .341 batting average for Louisville.Will one of these rare double threats become baseball’s first true two-way player? Historically it just hasn’t happened. But maybe now is the time.


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Mets 11, Giants 4: Humbled by a Rough Season, the Mets Let Their Bats Boast

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:43:00 GMT

Yoenis Cespedes was one of five Mets who had three hits against the Giants on Friday, including a two-run home run in the second inning.The struggling Mets acknowledged they may be sellers at the trade deadline but then went out and toppled the equally underachieving Giants.


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Yankees 2, Rangers 1 | 10 innings: Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka Prevails in a Duel With a Japanese Flavor

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:46:08 GMT

Masahiro Tanaka has been mired in his worst season with the Yankees. After taking a six-day break, he allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings Friday.Tanaka, who has been struggling, threw eight scoreless innings and outlasted the Rangers’ Yu Darvish. Tanaka allowed just three hits and struck out nine.


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Asked to Switch Positions, Asdrubal Cabrera Asks to Switch Teams

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 03:22:17 GMT

Asdrubal Cabrera, right, reluctantly moved to second base as Jose Reyes again became the Mets’ shortstop.The Mets wanted Cabrera to move from shortstop to second base after returning from the disabled list. He was not happy about the request.


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Op-Ed Contributor: Big Little League

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:14:48 GMT

A Little League T-Ball team before a game in Clinton Township, Mich.Sure, there was a bat and a glove, but was it baseball? Then, one day, I looked up and realized that it actually was.


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Let the Waiting Begin: Calling Pitches, Slowly, in College Baseball

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:30:24 GMT

Florida Coach Kevin O’Sullivan is among the many college coaches to call pitches from the bench.The dead time adds up when the call must go from coach to catcher to pitcher, but most coaches are loath to put the responsibility on a young catcher.


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Dodgers 6, Mets 3: Mets Grimace Their Way Through Fourth Straight Loss to the Dodgers

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:33:07 GMT

Enrique Hernandez of the Dodgers (14) celebrated with first baseman Cody Bellinger after hitting a two-run homer against the Mets on Thursday.The past two weeks have brought new lows for the Mets, culminating in the 6-3 loss on Thursday. In four games against the Dodgers, they surrendered 24 walks and 15 home runs.


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Angels 10, Yankees 5: Everything Falls Apart as the Yankees Resume Their Losing Ways

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:04:47 GMT

Cameron Maybin, the Angels’ center fielder, made it from first base to third in the seventh inning on a throwing error by Gary Sanchez, the Yankees’ catcher.A four-run lead for the Yankees fell apart as three errors and subpar outings from Luis Severino and Dellin Betances let the Angels score nine unanswered runs.


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Pete Flynn, Mets Groundskeeper for Almost 50 Years, Dies at 79

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:36:29 GMT

Pete Flynn, then the Mets’ head groundskeeper, preparing the pitching mound at Shea Stadium before a team workout in 1981.Mr. Flynn helped tend three homes of the Mets — the Polo Grounds, Shea Stadium and Citi Field — beginning with the club’s founding in 1962.


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Sports Briefing: Nationals’ Max Scherzer Loses a No-Hitter, Then the Game

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:52:04 GMT

The Marlins’ Jose Urena scoring the tying run on a wild pitch by the Nationals’ Max Scherzer in the eighth.Scherzer, seeking his third no-hitter, gave up an infield single in the eighth inning and two unearned runs followed as the Marlins won, 2-1.


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Yankees 8, Angels 4: Yankees Beat Angels and End Seven-Game Losing Streak

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:13:08 GMT

Matt Holliday, who filled in for Chris Carter at first base, hitting a solo homer in the fifth inning.The Yanks regained the A.L. East lead with the help of the 15th home run this season from Matt Holliday, who filled in at first base.


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Dodgers 8, Mets 2: Zack Wheeler Goes on Disabled List as Mets Lose Third Straight to Dodgers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:48:14 GMT

Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning. His slow trot around the bases irked the Mets.Continuing a season-long trend of injured Mets pitchers, the right-hander was put on the 10-day disabled list before the team’s 8-2 loss on Wednesday.


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On Baseball: With Win, the Yankees Pull Away From the Middling Pack

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:33:05 GMT

The Yankees got a solid start from the rookie Jordan Montgomery on Wednesday to help them end a seven-game losing streak.A victory over the Angels halted the Yankees’ seven-game losing streak and stopped their slide toward the large pack of mediocrity in the American League.


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Mets, at 31-39, Have Little Time to Get Into Wild-Card Race

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:38:32 GMT

Manager Terry Collins removing starter Robert Gsellman from a loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday.After grabbing a wild card last year with 87 wins, even fewer than it usually takes, the Mets would need to go 56-36 the rest of this season to tie their 2016 mark.


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Angels 8, Yankees 3: Yankees Lose Their Seventh Straight as the Angels Roll

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:47:30 GMT

Yankees reliever Tyler Clippard after giving up a leadoff home run to Cameron Maybin of the Angels in the seventh inning.The Yankees lost their grip on first place in the A.L. East as their pitching faltered, wasting home runs by Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez.


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On Baseball: Diamondbacks’ Pitching Strikes Gold With Carbon-Copy Catchers

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:42:21 GMT

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta throwing to first base after forcing out the Colorado Rockies’ Mark Reynolds at the plate during a game in April.Chris Iannetta and Jeff Mathis arrived in the majors a day apart 10 years ago. Together in Arizona they’ve helped turn around an underachieving pitching staff.


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Aaron Judge Considers Invitation to Home Run Derby

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:31:39 GMT

Aaron Judge after a three-run homer he hit in Oakland during the Yankees’ recent road trip.The Yankees slugger, who led the major leagues in homers going into Tuesday’s game, said he hadn’t decided if he would participate in the event the night before the All-Star Game.


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Dodgers 10, Mets 6: Mets’ Home Run Barrage Can’t Overcome Wheeler’s Poor Pitching

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:24:54 GMT

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger set a major league record on Monday with 21 home runs in the first 51 games of his career.Zack Wheeler coughed up seven runs in only two innings, and not even four home runs by the Mets against Clayton Kershaw could bridge the gap.


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In Raising the Bar, the Young Yankees Face a Trade Predicament

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:22:47 GMT

The Yankees’ Didi Gregorius wrote his name in the infield dirt before a game against the Angels last week in Anaheim, Calif.A team that was expected to be building toward contention is locked in a battle for the division lead. With the trade deadline approaching, does it become a buyer or stand pat?


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Gleyber Torres, a Top Yankees Prospect, Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:01:29 GMT

Gleyber Torres, an infielder for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, will miss the rest of the season.The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre infielder will have an operation that is most commonly performed on pitchers and will miss the rest of the season.


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Athletics 4, Yankees 3: Yankees End West Coast Trip With Another Defeat in Oakland

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 01:56:35 GMT

Matt Holliday drove in the game’s first run with a homer in the second inning, a day after he sat out because of an allergic reaction.Despite solo home runs from Matt Holliday and Didi Gregorius, the Yankees again could not crack through the Athletics’ pitching and lost their sixth straight game.


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Mets 5, Nationals 1: Behind Jacob deGrom’s First Career Homer, Mets Avoid a Sweep

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 01:12:36 GMT

Mets starter Jacob deGrom after hitting his first career home run on the first pitch he faced in Sunday’s game against the Washington Nationals.DeGrom allowed three hits in eight innings and hit a solo home run with a bat he borrowed from David Wright. “I think I’ll hold onto it for a while,” deGrom said.


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Nationals 7, Mets 4: Mets Lose to Nationals in a Familiar Fashion

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 03:01:26 GMT

Washington left fielder Adam Lind’s two-run home run in the eighth inning was one of the Nationals’ three home runs of the day.With the teams mirroring each other in light-blue uniforms, the Nationals again showed why they are the class of the N.L. East.


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Athletics 5, Yankees 2: As Masahiro Tanaka Continues to Flail, So Do the Yankees

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 23:59:58 GMT

Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka (19) after the Athletics’ Matt Joyce hit a leadoff home run in the first inning on Saturday.Tanaka threw 10 strikeouts, but he allowed three long home runs in only four innings as the Yankees extended their season-long losing streak to five.


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Extra Bases: 300 Wins? Today, Try 200 Innings

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 20:14:14 GMT

The Cubs’ Jon Lester, 33, has 150 career victories. He doesn’t believe anyone these days will get to 300. Why? “Pitch counts, specialized bullpens — and we don’t have to play as long,” he said.The Cubs’ Jon Lester thinks the milestone is out of reach of pitchers today because of the limits teams put on starters.


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