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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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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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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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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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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

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:50:20 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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United States 8, Puerto Rico 0: United States Beats Puerto Rico for First World Baseball Classic Title

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:17:47 GMT

United 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.

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Puerto Rico Goes Blond to Support Its Baseball Team

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:30:53 GMT

The 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.

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Dallas Green, Who Led the Phillies to Their First Title, Dies at 82

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:24:46 GMT

Dallas 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.

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Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees Have Reason to Smile

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:58:30 GMT

Masahiro 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.

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On Baseball: W.B.C. Championship Will Be a Study in Contrasts

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:27:36 GMT

Norichika 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.

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United States 2, Japan 1: U.S., Exploiting Japan’s Miscues, Reaches First W.B.C. Final

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:19:26 GMT

Adam 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.

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On Baseball: Mound Is a Microcosm of the Disparity Between the Yankees and the Red Sox

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:05:10 GMT

The 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.

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Didi Gregorius of Yankees Is Expected to Miss First Month of the Season

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:58:46 GMT

The 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.

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Mets’ Bruce Digs Into Data to Find the Right Swing

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:52:47 GMT

Jay 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.

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Puerto Rico 4, the Netherlands 3, 11 innings: Defensive Display Lifts Puerto Rico to World Baseball Classic Final

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:53:14 GMT

Carlos 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.

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Didi Gregorius’s Shoulder Strain at W.B.C. Highlights Clubs’ Injury Fears

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:42:50 GMT

Didi 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.

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Mets See Encouraging Signs in Matt Harvey’s Latest Start

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:54:42 GMT

Matt 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.

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On Baseball: Matt Stairs Leaves the Booth to Try to Get the Phillies Hitting Again

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:12:47 GMT

Matt 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.

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