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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:38:26 GMTCurtis 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.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:25:53 GMTMets 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.”
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:57:02 GMTGreg 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.”
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:26:10 GMTThe 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.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:06:39 GMTThe 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.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:53:49 GMTBlake 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.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:01:36 GMTYankees 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.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:50:20 GMTThe 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.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:17:47 GMTUnited States players celebrated in the infield after completing their rout of Puerto Rico in the final at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.Marcus Stroman did not allow a hit until the 7th inning, leading the Americans to an easy victory in their first W.B.C. final.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:30:53 GMTThe Puerto Ricans’ golden locks were on display before a second-round World Baseball Classic game last week.After the team’s players dyed their hair as a team-bonding ritual, the trend spread across Puerto Rico, as salons and stores struggled to keep up with demand.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:24:46 GMTDallas Green in 1981, the year after he managed the Phillies to a World Series title.Green was a hot-tempered baseball lifer who, in his later years, struggled to recover from the shooting death of his 9-year-old granddaughter.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:58:30 GMTMasahiro Tanaka tipped his hat to the fans after being pulled from Wednesday’s game in the sixth inning.Tanaka has yet to give up a run in spring training, and Greg Bird has been displaying power and good defense in his return from injury.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:27:36 GMTNorichika Aoki of Japan diving away from an inside pitch in the eighth inning of a semifinal game against the United States on Tuesday. The Americans won, 2-1, to advance to the final against Puerto Rico on Wednesday night.The staid United States team — in the final for the first time — will face a passionate Puerto Rican squad determined to bring victory home to a place coping with economic strife.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:19:26 GMTAdam Jones of the United States driving in the decisive run against Japan during the eighth inning on Tuesday night.Adam Jones drove in the winning run in the eighth inning when his grounder was bobbled, leading the United States team into the title game against Puerto Rico.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:05:10 GMTThe five-time All-Star pitcher Chris Sale at the Red Sox’ spring-training clubhouse. He was acquired from the White Sox for four prospects in December.In acquiring the ace Chris Sale, Boston showed that it was living for the here and now. In passing on him, the Yankees chose to bet on the future.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:58:46 GMTThe Yankees’ Didi Gregorius after hitting a three-run home run for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic this month.Gregorius strained his throwing shoulder during the World Baseball Classic. His replacement in the lineup is likely to come from within the organization.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:52:47 GMTJay Bruce had a bad August and an improved September after being traded to the Mets last year. He turned to data analysis to learn why the one month was so bad.A bad August at the plate after being traded to the Mets last year led Jay Bruce to research what went wrong. He found it in the game’s new numbers.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:53:14 GMTCarlos Correa of Puerto Rico after scoring the winning run in the 11th inning on Monday.A series of deft plays stymied the Netherlands as Puerto Rico reached its second consecutive championship game.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:42:50 GMTDidi Gregorius hitting a three-run homer for the Netherlands in a win over Israel last week at the World Baseball Classic in Tokyo.Gregorius, the Yankees’ shortstop, was a member of the Netherlands team. His injury leaves his status for opening day, April 2 at Tampa Bay, unclear.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:54:42 GMTMatt Harvey in a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers on Monday. He has a 7.30 E.R.A. in his four starts this spring.Harvey and Manager Terry Collins both remarked on Harvey’s improvements with his delivery and command in the 5-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:12:47 GMTMatt Stairs, the Phillies’ new hitting coach, watched batting practice before a spring training game this month in Kissimmee, Fla.Stairs, a former player, has watched the team’s young hitters struggle for the past three years from his vantage point as a team broadcaster.