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On Baseball: The Time Rajai Davis Became a World Series Star, but Not Quite a Hero

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:42:02 GMT

Rajai Davis, center fielder for the Oakland Athletics, in Mesa, Ariz., this month. He said his dedication to baseball sprang from his religious faith.The former Cleveland Indians outfielder, who signed with Oakland in the off-season, recalled his game-tying home run against the Cubs in Game 7.

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For Mets’ Infield, Chiropractor May Be the Most Important Position

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:11:30 GMT

From left, the Mets’ Neil Walker, David Wright and Lucas Duda between drills on Sunday. Each has had a recent back injury.Third baseman David Wright, second baseman Neil Walker and first baseman Lucas Duda must all monitor the residual effects of back injuries.

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On Baseball: With Each Hit, Rockies’ D.J. LeMahieu Shows Cubs’ Epstein What He Gave Up On

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:24:48 GMT

D.J. LeMahieu hit .348 for the Rockies last season, the highest average in baseball since 2010. He batted .391 at Coors Field.LeMahieu, who has grown steadily into a star for Colorado, hitting .348 last season, says being traded by Theo Epstein in 2011 still motivates him.

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On Baseball: Dan Haren Hopes to Make Diamondbacks Pitchers Better Prepared

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:01:29 GMT

Dan Haren, pitching for the Diamondbacks in 2010, is now a pitching strategist for Arizona, which lost 93 games and had the majors’ worst E.R.A. last season.Haren, a three-time All-Star, is in a newly created position of pitching strategist for an Arizona team that finished one game out of last place last year.

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Mets’ Duda, Who Had Back Trouble in 2016, Is Now Bothered by His Hips

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:21:41 GMT

Jesse Roth, 9, of New York, writing down Saturday’s lineups before an exhibition game between the Mets and the Nationals.Lucas Duda, who missed four months last season with a stress fracture in his back, received cortisone shots Friday after experiencing stiffness in his hips.

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Mets 3, Red Sox 2: Mets Begin Spring Schedule With Win Over Red Sox

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:40:22 GMT

The Mets’ Gavin Cecchini after hitting a second-inning home run against the Red Sox. Michael Conforto also had a homer.Seth Lugo struck out three in two scoreless innings, Gavin Cecchini and Michael Conforto hit home runs, and the Mets triumphed in Fort Myers, Fla.

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Yankees 9, Phillies 4: Aaron Judge’s Tantalizing Power Resurfaces in Yankees’ Exhibition Debut

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:09:31 GMT

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) and C. C. Sabathia after Gregorius hit a home run in Friday’s exhibition game.Judge, who is competing to start in right field, hit a home run that struck the top of the 40-foot scoreboard in the Yankee’s 9-4 win over the Phillies.

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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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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: 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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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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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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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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