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On Baseball: When It’s Baseball Forever

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:23:29 GMT

A broadcaster, an umpire, a coach. And three players. Together, they have logged nearly 200 seasons in the majors, and they’re still going.

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National League Preview: Cubs, on Top, Look to Stay There in a Season Not Unlike the Last One

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:13:37 GMT

Albert Almora celebrated after hitting a three-run home run during spring training. Almora was the first draft choice of Theo Epstein’s regime in Chicago, going sixth over all in 2012.Through more than two decades of wild-card play, the National League hasn’t sent the same group of teams to the playoffs two years in a row. Expect that to change.

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American League Preview: Astros Are Still Waiting to Win a World Series Game. That May End.

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:16:03 GMT

Brian McCann, celebrating a home run he hit during a spring training game, is among the veterans the Astros acquired over the winter to supplement their core of homegrown players.Houston has an overloaded offense that could provide matchup problems for its American League rivals this season.

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Mets Add Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman to Rotation

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:45:45 GMT

Zack Wheeler missed the past two Mets seasons after Tommy John and forearm surgery. He is scheduled to start on April 7.With opening day on Monday, the Mets answered most of the lingering questions about their roster on Thursday.

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With Opening Day Near, the Yankees Have Decisions to Make

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:33:55 GMT

Aaron Hicks, right, calling himself safe at second base during an exhibition game Wednesday.The exhibition season is almost over, and the team still has a number of unsettled spots on its roster.

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Mets’ Jeurys Familia Is Suspended for 15 Games

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:09:16 GMT

Jeurys Familia last week in a spring training game. He had 51 saves for the Mets last season and was named to the All-Star team.The Mets’ closer, who was arrested Nov. 1 on a domestic abuse charge that was later dismissed, was disciplined by Major League Baseball under its domestic violence policy.

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Joe Girardi Trots Out a New Look for the Yankees

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:44:03 GMT

The Yankees’ Gary Sanchez, left, with Greg Bird after Bird hit a two-run home run in a spring training game this month.In an exhibition game, Gary Sanchez batted second, Greg Bird hit right behind him, and Jacoby Ellsbury dropped to the fifth spot.

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Mets’ Jeurys Familia Is Said to Seek Leniency on Suspension

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:47:04 GMT

The Mets’ Jeurys Familia at spring training last month in Port St. Lucie, Fla.Jeurys Familia, the team’s closer, met with Commissioner Rob Manfred to make his case about a ban under baseball’s domestic violence policy.

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As Opening Day Approaches, Mets Must Clarify Roles for Three Pitchers

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:36:32 GMT

Mets pitcher Steven Matz returning to the dugout on March 17 after pitching in a spring training game against the Cardinals in Port St. Lucie, Fla.There are decisions to make with Steven Matz dealing with elbow pain, Zack Wheeler returning from Tommy John surgery and Seth Lugo suddenly struggling.

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Mets’ Steven Matz to Miss a Start After Experiencing Elbow Soreness

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:25:53 GMT

Mets pitcher Steven Matz during a spring training game against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. He went four innings and gave up five runs before alerting trainers that his elbow did not feel right.Matz, who is 25 and has yet to make it through a major league season, was optimistic. “I’ll be fine,” he said. “I’m not really concerned right now.”

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Baseball Is Practically a Water Sport to the Mets’ Curtis Granderson

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:38:26 GMT

Curtis Granderson, hyperfocused on good hydration, taking a sip of water at Mets spring training on Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.Hydration is a major part of the health and fitness regimen for Granderson, who faces the wear and tear of returning to center field at age 36.

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On Baseball: Out to Fix the Twins, a New Executive Wants More From the Mound

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:26:10 GMT

The Twins’ new chief baseball officer, Derek Falvey, at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., last month. Coming off its worst season in decades, a proudly insular team looks to an outsider weaned on Roger Clemens and other great arms for some fresh ideas.

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On Baseball: Greg Bird’s Bat Has Powers. His Cat Has Dr. Evil.

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:57:02 GMT

Greg Bird with Mr. Delicious, in a photo Bird posted on Instagram before spring training.The Yankees first baseman owns a hairless cat who descends directly from Mr. Bigglesworth, the feline friend of Dr. Evil in the movie “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.”

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Stolen Bases Continue to Plague Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:06:39 GMT

The Astros’ Derek Fisher (77) stealing second base on Friday as Asdrubal Cabrera, the Mets’ shortstop, applied a late tag.Syndergaard, the Mets’ starter on Friday, and his catcher picked up where they left off last season by allowing four stolen bases.

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On Baseball: Behind the Rise of the Tampa Bay Rays’ Fastballs

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:53:49 GMT

Blake Snell, a promising 24-year-old left-hander for the Rays, had a 3.54 E.R.A. in 19 starts last season.Under the eye of Jim Hickey, the team’s pitching coach for a decade, the Rays throw more of their four-seam fastballs up in the zone than any other team.

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A Yankees Rookie Opens the Door for Himself by Closing Out a No-Hitter

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:01:36 GMT

Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery struck out eight Rays on Thursday in just over four innings of work.After a strong showing in the minors last year, Jordan Montgomery has forced his way into contention for a spot in the starting rotation.

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United States Is Overjoyed, but Still Understated

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:12:42 GMT

The United States happily hoisted the trophy after winning the World Baseball Classic. The players took it as an affront that their opponent, Puerto Rico, planned to celebrate win or lose.The players’ celebration after beating Puerto Rico to win the World Baseball Classic was comparatively restrained. Other nations had rankled them with enthusiastic displays.

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