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Mets All but Using Bubble Wrap to Protect Their Pitchers

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:01:49 GMT

At spring training, the Mets have been very careful with starting pitchers such as Steven Matz, right, and Jacob DeGrom, center.After the team enacted new policies in spring training to limit pitchers’ workloads, the move has been praised by players, Manager Terry Collins said.


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On Baseball: The Padres Have San Diego, and the Spotlight, to Themselves

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:40:11 GMT

Padres players in spring training. With the Chargers gone, San Diego is the only major league city whose team has no N.F.L., N.B.A. or N.H.L. counterpart.With the loss of the Chargers, the Padres are the only major league franchise without a counterpart in the N.F.L., the N.B.A. or the N.H.L. Can they fill the void?


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Coming in 2017: Intentional Walks Without Pitches

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:19:07 GMT

The Nationals’ Bryce Harper being intentionally walked, one of 932 automatic tickets to first base issued by teams last season.In an effort to speed up games, managers are expected to be allowed to signal for an intentional walk, without the pitcher needing to throw the ball.


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On Baseball: A Kansas City Royals Slugger? Jorge Soler Could Fit the Bill

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:17:53 GMT

Kansas City’s spacious Kauffman Stadium before Game 2 of the 2015 World Series. The Royals hit only two home runs in their five-game victory over the Mets, and one was inside the park.His new teammates think Soler, acquired from the Cubs, has the potential to break Steve Balboni’s longstanding, and unremarkable, club record for home runs in a season.


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Alex Rodriguez Embraces New Role at Yankees’ Camp

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:21:40 GMT

Alex Rodriguez, a special adviser to the Yankees, conversing with another former Yankee, Lee Mazzilli, at camp on Tuesday.Instead of being in the middle of the action, Rodriguez, a special adviser, was on the edges observing it. But he said he had no itch to play again.


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Yankees Pitchers Get Reacquainted With Balls in Play

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:59:07 GMT

The Yankees pitching prospect J.P. Feyereisen honing his fielding skills during spring training.After the team’s pitchers committed 19 errors last season, the second-worst mark in the American League, Manager Joe Girardi had them working to hone their fielding skills.


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Brewers Hope Eric Thames, Ruthian in South Korea, Has Crossover Power

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:37:39 GMT

Eric Thames after signing with the Milwaukee Brewers in November. At first base, he will replace Chris Carter, who left for the Yankees after hitting 41 home runs last year.After averaging 41 home runs and 126 R.B.I. in three seasons overseas, Thames signed a lucrative deal to return to the major leagues.


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Jon Niese, Ex-Met, Starts Over With the Yankees

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:15:17 GMT

The former Met Jon Niese is a candidate to pitch in middle relief for the Yankees.A minor league contract was the best deal the left-hander could get after a tough season cut short by knee surgery.


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Mike Piazza Learns How to Be an Owner. Of a Soccer Team. In Italy.

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:01:22 GMT

Mike Piazza this month in Reggio Emilia, a picturesque city 100 miles south of Milan. He has a majority stake in the town’s third-division soccer club, Reggiana.The Hall of Famer has bought a small soccer club in Italy, where locals may not know his baseball career, but they “firmly believe in the Mike Piazza project.”


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Mets Start the Spring as Big Spenders, and Still Carrying a Surplus

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:27:07 GMT

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson was clear about his team’s ambitions: “We’re all-in here.”With the biggest opening day payroll in franchise history and an outfield that’s still overflowing, the Mets take aim at the World Series.


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Union Chief Critical of Rancor After Yankees’ Arbitration Win Over Betances

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:04:50 GMT

Dellin Betances during the 2015 All-Star Game. After Betances lost arbitration with the Yankees last week, he received support from the players’ association.Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said the union supported reliever Dellin Betances, whose agent was ridiculed by the Yankees’ president.


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More Cash and Less Flash for a Relaxed Yoenis Cespedes

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:10:05 GMT

Yoenis Cespedes, left, with Alex Vega, a car customizer, and Cespedes’ new custom Mercedes on Saturday at his ranch in Vero Beach, Fla.After last year’s daily car (or horse) show, the Mets’ most important hitter is more understated after a new $110 million contract put him at ease.


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On Baseball: Seattle Mariners Add (and Add) to Their Core Strength

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:11:12 GMT

Felix Hernandez, front, the Mariners’ ace, who struggled last season, reshaped his lower body with a trainer.The Mariners, who won 86 games last season, made numerous off-season trades as they look to end the majors’ longest active postseason drought.


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Yankees’ Dellin Betances Loses in Arbitration, and a War of Words Begins

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:39:19 GMT

Dellin Betances in August. An arbitration panel ruled he would be awarded $3 million for this season instead of the $5 million he had requested.Randy Levine, the team president, blasted Betances’ agent, and the reliever responded with his own jabs, suggesting he might protest his role with the Yankees.


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Travis d’Arnaud’s Problem? Throwing With ‘Too Much Arm’

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:03:09 GMT

Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, rear, during a spring training workout on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He has been intensively working with the team’s catching coach, Glenn Sherlock.The Mets’ No. 1 catcher is trying to improve on a subpar 2016 season by putting in extra work with Glenn Sherlock, the team’s new catching coach.


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On Baseball: White Sox Prospect Michael Kopech Stands Out in Era of Hard Throwers

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:59:02 GMT

Michael Kopech, acquired from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade, at camp last week. He can throw 105 miles an hour.Kopech, acquired in the Chris Sale trade, along with Lucas Giolito, acquired from the Nationals, gives the White Sox two young elite pitchers.


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At Dellin Betances’ Arbitration Hearing, Yankees Cite Stolen Bases

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:54:34 GMT

Manager Joe Girardi, center, with the Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) last season.In arguing that the reliever should be paid $3 million, not $5 million, the club apparently noted runners’ perfect record last season when he pitched.


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