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2019-10-14 08:08

Pitchers’ Duel: Yankees and Astros Meet in a Series Both Saw Coming “I heard it from Day 1,” Houston’s manager said about predictions of a playoff showdown against the Yankees. Now it’s here, and many expect this rematch to be decided on the mound....
2019-10-12 10:00

Max Scherzer Stifles the Dodgers in a Rare Relief Outing The Nationals treated Game 2 of their National League division series as a must-win, calling on their 35-year-old starter to pitch out of the bullpen and help tie the series....
2019-10-05 20:16

For Rocco Baldelli, Managing the Twins Is a Team Effort The Twins’ hierarchy is more democracy than monarchy, with Baldelli leaning heavily on the bench coach Derek Shelton, and Thad Levine sharing front-office duties with Derek Falvey....
2019-10-05 00:32

How the Yankees Became Baseball’s Hardest-Hitting Team They missed several of their top batters for much of the season, but still sent balls flying faster than any team in the majors. It wasn’t an accident....
2019-10-04 21:00

October Dreams, and Nightmares, Have Kept Nelson Cruz Coming Back Eight years after a World Series title slipped away from him, Cruz remains one of the majors’ best power hitters, in a surprisingly powerful Minnesota Twins lineup....
2019-10-04 21:00

How a Midseason Revelation Revived James Paxton’s Season Paxton, the Yankees’ starter for their postseason opener on Friday, was struggling until the team’s brain trust delivered a message: Stop using your fastball so much....
2019-10-04 16:00

Rays’ Victory Sets Stage for a Pitchers’ Duel in Playoffs The victory earned the Rays a trip to Houston’s Minute Maid Park, where the mighty Astros await in an American League division series that starts Friday afternoon....
2019-10-03 17:16

Nationals Advance at Last. Now They Seek a Crowning Achievement. Even after Bryce Harper’s departure, Washington was left with a fearsome rotation and potent sluggers. After their wild card win on Tuesday, will the Nationals finally advance to a championship series?...
2019-10-02 11:00

With a Strong Foundation, the Nationals Seek a Crowning Achievement Even after Bryce Harper’s departure, Washington was left with a fearsome rotation and potent sluggers. Will it be enough to finally advance to a championship series?...
2019-10-02 03:32

Baseball Saw a Million More Empty Seats. Does It Matter? A 12-year slide in M.L.B. attendance has clubs turning to deals like standing room subscription passes. These days, filling the seats is less crucial to baseball’s bottom line....
2019-09-30 09:48

Joe Maddon Will Not Return to Cubs Next Season Theo Epstein, the Chicago Cubs’ president of baseball operations, said the team would not renew its contract with Maddon, who guided the Cubs to their first championship in 108 years in 2016....
2019-09-30 09:48

Despite Bright Spots, Mets Fall Short in Season of High Hopes Pete Alonso and Jacob deGrom provided reasons for Mets fans to hope, but the team’s first season under General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen ended without a playoff berth....
2019-09-30 09:48

Mets’ Pete Alonso Ties Rookie Home Run Record Alonso, who had already broken the Mets’ record for home runs in a season, hit his 52nd homer to match the mark set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge in 2017....
2019-09-29 20:32

Baseball Saw 1 Million More Empty Seats. One Answer: Standing A 12-year slide in M.L.B. attendance has clubs turning to deals like standing room subscription passes. But revenue is still rising, making tickets less crucial to baseball’s bottom line....
2019-09-29 20:32

Joe Maddon to Leave Cubs 3 Years After World Series Title Theo Epstein, the Chicago Cubs’ president of baseball operations, said the team would not renew its contract with Maddon, who guided the Cubs to their first championship in 108 years in 2016....
2019-09-29 20:32

How Good Is the Yankees’ Defense? Depends on Who’s Keeping Track A sea of advanced data can help determine whether a club’s defense is improving or regressing, and the Yankees have been puzzled by differences between their numbers and outside models....
2019-09-28 03:32

Baseball’s Pace of Play Is Perfect for at Least One Group: Knitters Games have steadily gotten longer, but a subset of fans has embraced the plodding place by stitching together sweaters, mittens and scarves in the stands....
2019-09-26 13:32

Mets Season a Failure? Not if You Ask Pete Alonso The team’s young slugger is pursuing the rookie home run record and relishing every minute of this season with the Mets, who rallied late on Tuesday to stave off elimination from the playoff race....
2019-09-25 08:48

Giants’ Bruce Bochy Bidding Farewell After 3 Titles and Much More “This is what I should be doing,” the San Francisco Giants manager said to himself when he ran his first club 30 years ago, a rookie-league team in Spokane, Wash....
2019-09-23 02:48

Bruce Bochy Is Departing With 3 Championships, 2,000 Wins and Much More “This is what I should be doing,” the San Francisco Giants manager said to himself when he ran his first club 30 years ago, a rookie-league team in Spokane, Wash....
2019-09-21 18:48

Yankees Win the A.L. East for the First Time Since 2012 Despite setting a major league record for players on the injured list, the Yankees used both their payroll and modern baseball acumen to climb back to the top of their division....
2019-09-20 20:16

Felipe Vazquez Admitted to Sex Acts With a 13-Year-Old, Police Say The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, who was arrested on Tuesday, said he drove to the house of the girl in 2017 and engaged in sexual activity in his car, according to the Pennsylvania State Police....
2019-09-19 00:32

Luis Severino Makes a Strong Return to the Yankees After fighting injuries for most of the season, Severino made his first appearance of 2019 and looked every bit the ace over four scoreless innings. Then came news of an injury to Dellin Betances....
2019-09-18 05:32

The Mets’ Other Chase: Jacob deGrom Seeks a Second Cy Young The pitcher’s pursuit of the award for the second time in two years is an additional story line in the wild-card chase, which got a little bleaker on Sunday night....
2019-09-16 10:00

Dellin Betances Is Back. Yankees Hope His Fastball Returns, Too. The reliever, who made his season debut on Sunday, is trying to regain his lost velocity, but he also knows that secondary pitches have allowed him to thrive....
2019-09-16 10:00

For the Yankees, 6 Homers and a 6-Run Lead Aren’t Enough Jordy Mercer capped a six-run comeback with a game-winning single off Chance Adams in the ninth inning, as the Tigers overcame another onslaught by the Yankees in a 12-11 victory on Tuesday night....
2019-09-11 10:48

David Ortiz Throws Out First Pitch at Fenway Park Three months after he was shot in the Dominican Republic, Ortiz addressed the fans before the Red Sox-Yankees game on Monday, thanking teammates and opponents for their support....
2019-09-10 07:48

After Tyler Skaggs’ Death, M.L.B. Turns a Cautious Eye to Its Drug Policy Baseball and the players’ union said the pitcher’s overdose death had caused them to re-examine the policy, which does not require testing for “drugs of abuse,” but any proposed changes could raise privacy concerns....
2019-09-07 02:00

Autopsy of Angels’ Tyler Skaggs Reveals Opioids in His System The coroner’s report said that the Angels pitcher, who died at 27 in a Texas hotel room last month, had been intoxicated by fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol....
2019-08-31 00:32

Angels’ Tyler Skaggs Had Opioids in His System When He Died, Coroner Says An autopsy report said the Angels pitcher had fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in his blood when he was found dead in a Texas hotel room before a game in July....
2019-08-30 23:32

With Their Dominance Fleeting, the Cubs Search for Answers As Chicago tries to sort out an inconsistent offense and an inability to win at night on the road, even Manager Joe Maddon seems to be out of tricks....
2019-08-28 07:00

The Yankees Continue to Dominate. Is That Enough? Despite Sunday’s loss to the Indians, the Yankees are focused on achieving the best record in the regular season and home field advantage in the playoffs....
2019-08-19 09:00

Royals Escape a Mets Threat in the 9th Noah Syndergaard had pitched at least seven innings in five straight starts, but that streak ended as he allowed two runs on five hits through six innings....
2019-08-17 08:16

Worried About Aaron Judge? He Isn’t Judge, the Yankees’ star slugger, has struggled all August, with just one home run since July 20. But he’s already learned to avoid overreacting to slumps....
2019-08-16 19:48

With Jeff McNeil Out, Ruben Tejada Rejoins a Mets Team on the Brink Tejada, two years removed from his last major league game, is back with a team he once inspired, but the Mets have little room for error, especially with McNeil sidelined for 10 days....
2019-08-15 03:48

Worried About Aaron Judge? He Isn’t. Judge, the Yankees’ star slugger, has struggled all August, with just one home run since July 20. But he’s already learned to avoid overreacting to slumps....
2019-08-15 03:48

The Mets Are On Fire. The Braves Are Watching From a Safe Distance. Mets G.M. Brodie Van Wagenen challenged the N.L. East before this season, but all year his team has been chasing Atlanta, the division’s patient standard-bearers....
2019-08-14 03:32

Clint Frazier Knows Why He’s in Scranton, but Longs for New York The brash young outfielder has heard the criticisms of his personality and play, but he’s embraced the relative calm of the minor leagues to work on his game — for now....
2019-08-09 13:16

Mets Win Sixth Straight and Start Dreaming of ‘Something Special’ A four-game sweep of the Miami Marlins gave the Mets 13 wins in 14 games, and contributions from all over the roster provided more reason for optimism....
2019-08-08 04:48

Yankees Sweep Red Sox Even as Injuries Continue to Mount Edwin Encarnacion and Aaron Hicks are out, and Gleyber Torres has been sent for tests, but the resilient Yankees pulled off a four-game sweep at home....
2019-08-05 15:48

Tanaka’s Ugly Start in Boston Sets Off October Alarms for the Yankees Masahiro Tanaka allowed 12 runs in three and a third innings against the Red Sox, reminding the Yankees that their offense, however improved this season, cannot be expected to win a title on its own....
2019-08-01 00:00

‘It’s Like an Explosion’: The Pain of a Foul Tip to the Catcher’s Mask Catchers are vulnerable to head trauma from balls glancing off hitters’ bats and into their masks, but, unlike in other sports, they must leave the game for good or deal with the effects....
2019-08-01 00:00

Mookie Betts’s 3 Homers Lead Another Red Sox Demolition of the Yankees Batters have had three-homer games on four straight days for the first time in big league history. Betts followed the Mets’ Robinson Cano, St. Louis’s Paul DeJong and Minnesota’s Nelson Cruz....
2019-08-01 00:00

Steven Matz Throws His First Complete Game as Mets Cruise In his third start since a brief stint in the bullpen, Matz allowed five hits and one walk on only 99 pitches. “My sinker and slider were a pretty good combo,” he said....
2019-08-01 00:00

Mets Need to Take a Padres-Style Leap The Mets and Padres are both struggling, but the Padres’ decision to give Manny Machado a $300 million deal in the off-season was the kind of bold stroke the team in Queens needs to emulate....
2019-07-24 14:16

Robinson Cano, Better Than Vintage, Hits 3 Homers in Mets’ Win Mired in his worst offensive season in the majors, Cano had what might have been the best game of his 15-year career. “It sort of feels good,” he said....
2019-07-24 06:16

‘We Needed to Do Something’: White Sox Unveil Extended Protective Netting As baseball comes to grips with a spate of serious fan injuries caused by foul balls, the White Sox took their nets to new lengths on Monday: all the way to each foul pole....
2019-07-24 00:16

Yankees, Coming Off a Hot Streak, Slog Through an Ugly Loss James Paxton’s first-inning struggles continued, and this time the Yankees’ bats were unable to bail him out. Can this rotation be trusted in October?...
2019-07-22 03:16

Covering the Closer: Two Decades of Writing on Mariano Rivera Ahead of Rivera’s induction into the Hall of Fame this weekend, we compiled excerpts of New York Times articles from a handful of the biggest moments of his storied career....
2019-07-21 18:32

Yankees Beat Rays in a Game Full of Firepower Aaron Judge hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth, and soon after that, Didi Gregorius hit a grand slam. Two innings before, the benches cleared and Gregorius had to restrain C.C. Sabathia....
2019-07-17 11:32

For Modern Strikeouts, Pitchers Veer Outside the Strike Zone It’s a paradox for today’s big-league pitchers: M.L.B. is on pace for another strikeout record, but fewer pitches than ever are going inside the rule-book zone....
2019-07-16 15:48

Marlins Keep the Mets Reeling Miami’s Caleb Smith (5-4) pitched six innings, allowing two unearned runs and three hits. He struck out six and worked around a season-high five walks....
2019-07-13 06:16

Domingo German and Edwin Encarnacion Help the Yankees Pick Right Up German (11-2) beat the Blue Jays with six innings of three-hit ball, and Encarnacion hit a three-run double as the Yankees, with the best A.L. record, began the second half of the season....
2019-07-13 06:16

Jim Bouton Opened Up the Major Leagues to Everyone Through both his everyman path to professional baseball and his revealing memoir “Ball Four,” Bouton, who died on Wednesday, made a gilded world seem attainable....
2019-07-11 23:16

With Little to Celebrate, Mets Honor a Title-Winning Team Fifty years after a talented pitching staff carried the Mets to their first World Series title, the franchise must acknowledge that its current plan has failed....
2019-06-30 02:48

Mets Go Ahead in 9th, but Lose on Home Run by Phillies The Mets’ Todd Frazier hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Hector Neris with one out in the ninth, but the Phillies rallied in the bottom of the inning to win it....
2019-06-28 05:16

Yankees’ Homer Streak Breaks a Record, but Lacks the Power to Surprise As Yankees blasts have become a daily affair, a few other teams have ended up on pace to surpass the major league home run record that the Bombers set last season....
2019-06-28 03:48

‘If You Don’t Have It, You’re Behind’: College Baseball’s Tech Arms Race The technological wave that swept M.L.B. has reached college baseball, but the price of high-tech devices has created a bigger gulf between the haves and have-nots....
2019-06-27 19:16

As the Twins Stay Hot, La Tortuga Earns a Warm Embrace in Minnesota Willians Astudillo, a.k.a. la Tortuga (or the Turtle), doesn’t look like most major leaguers. And with a rare ability to make contact, he doesn’t hit like them, either....
2019-06-27 19:16

Baseball in London? It’s a Real Thing, Even When the Yankees Aren’t Visiting Britain’s rare baseball devotees hope the visit from the Red Sox and Yankees this weekend will make the sport more than a niche activity in their country....
2019-06-27 19:16

Jay Bruce’s Double Leads the Phillies Over the Mets The Phillies overcame a 4-0 deficit against the Mets’ bullpen, spoiling a strong start from Jason Vargas, who tied a career high with 10 strikeouts before being pulled after only 77 pitches....
2019-06-27 19:16

‘Hot Dogs! Cold Beer!’ M.L.B. Will Bring the Familiar to London Stadium The Yankees and Red Sox will bring the peanuts and Cracker Jack to an overseas series. But there will also be British twists, like appearances by Churchill and Henry VIII....
2019-06-27 19:16

Astros Offer Yankees a Potential Glimpse of the Postseason Houston was missing two of its best hitters for this series. But Justin Verlander was on the mound Sunday and the Astros won the season series between the teams....
2019-06-24 05:00

Aaron Judge Returns to a Yankees Lineup That Hasn’t Skipped a Beat The Yankees have managed to keep winning despite a makeshift lineup, and now they have welcomed back several stars from the injured list, including Judge....
2019-06-22 03:00

Braves’ Mike Soroka Beats the Mets for 8th Straight Win The 21-year-old Soroka’s winning streak is the longest in the majors by a pitcher under 22 since Dontrelle Willis won the same number for the 2003 Florida Marlins....
2019-06-18 07:32

Pete Alonso, the Giddy Star Rising in Queens Amid another largely frustrating season for the Mets and their fans, the 6-foot-3 rookie slugger has provided both awe-inspiring and lighthearted moments....
2019-06-10 09:16

C.C. Sabathia Prepares for His Goodbye to Cleveland. Or Maybe Not. Saturday loomed as his last start ever in the city where he began his career. Still, this year’s All-Star Game is in Cleveland. And what if Sabathia takes part?...
2019-06-08 22:32

Todd Frazier and the Mets Dig In for a Series Win Over the Giants Frazier got underneath an eighth-inning curveball to help the Mets to a 7-3 win, delivering a positive end to a series that began with criticism of Mickey Callaway....
2019-06-07 06:32

Dallas Keuchel Is Returning to the Majors as an Atlanta Brave The Braves landed Keuchel, who missed more than a third of the season, after signing free agents like him and Craig Kimbrel no longer meant giving up a draft pick....
2019-06-07 06:32

Yankees Defeat Red Sox on Gary Sanchez Home Run The catcher hit his 18th homer and the bullpen threw five and a third scoreless innings, helping give the Yankees their fourth win in their first four games against Boston in the season series....
2019-06-02 18:32

A Foul Ball, an Injured Little Girl and Another Cycle of Anguish Without Answers Despite additional netting at baseball parks, spectators remain vulnerable, and some players and fans are wondering what it will take to spur more change....
2019-06-01 15:00

In Kikuchi vs. Ohtani, Japan Sees Another Great Rivalry Japanese baseball fans, more than those in North America, tend to focus on specific pitcher-batter showdowns. Yusei Kikuchi and Shohei Ohtani could offer a tantalizing one on American soil....
2019-05-30 03:48

A Rare Defensive Lapse by Gio Urshela Dooms Yankees to Defeat A tough hop in the 10th inning got past the sure-handed third baseman, and the Yankees, who had come back from a six-run deficit, lost to the Royals....
2019-05-27 12:48

A Heads-Up Play and Another Unlikely Hero Fuel a Win for the Mets Todd Frazier bunted against a shift to start a rally, and Adeiny Hechavarria put the team ahead with an unlikely homer. Business as usual for the injury-hampered, depth-fortified Mets....
2019-05-27 02:00

Yankees Show Off Their Depth, Beating the Orioles Once Again The red-hot Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez did not enter the game until the ninth inning, but the first-place Yankees still managed to walk away with a win....
2019-05-24 02:32

For the Mets, Carlos Gomez’s Blast Caps a Fraught Stretch on a High Note Gomez hit a three-run homer in the eighth that gave the Mets a four-game sweep of the Washington Nationals, but two new injuries tempered the positivity....
2019-05-24 02:32

A Novel Idea in the Majors: Using Batting Practice to Get Better B.P. has been a baseball tradition for more than a century, but there is evidence that the usual methods might make batters worse. So some teams are experimenting....
2019-05-23 12:00

Carter Stewart, 19, Chooses Japan Over the M.L.B. Draft Stewart, who was drafted by the Braves last year but did not sign, has chosen to start his career abroad, which would allow him to become a major league free agent more quickly....
2019-05-23 03:16

The Yankees (and a Power Failure) Turn the Lights Out at Tropicana Field A delay resulted in a single at-bat taking 45 minutes. But when play resumed, the Yankees got right back to business with a solo homer that helped seal the win....
2019-05-22 17:32

Money and Modern Strategy: How the Depleted Yankees Kept Winning Despite 17 players spending time on the injured list this year, the Yankees have kept pace in the A.L. East with smart moves rather than splashy ones....
2019-05-22 17:32

Yankees Beat Rays With a Taste of Their Own Medicine With James Paxton injured, the Yankees employed a so-called opener to start the game. The strategy paid off thanks to a seven-run explosion in the sixth inning....
2019-05-22 17:32

Mets’ Brodie Van Wagenen Isn’t Ready to Give Up on His Roster, or His Manager Firing Manager Mickey Callaway would be admitting flaws in the Mets’ plan, but Van Wagenen opted to double down on the team he assembled in his first off-season as a general manager....
2019-05-22 17:32

Mariners 10, Yankees 1: A Rookie Mariners Pitcher Stifles the Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said he would look into images that TV cameras captured of a dark substance smudged under the brim of the cap worn by Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi....
2019-05-21 16:16

After Jacob deGrom and Corey Kluber, Stetson University Dreams Even Bigger With the pair of Cy Young Award winners among its alumni, the small college in Central Florida has a potent recruiting pitch as it eyes the national stage....
2019-05-21 16:16

Yankees 7, Rays 1: The Yankees (and a Power Failure) Turn the Lights Out at Tropicana Field A delay resulted in a single at-bat taking 45 minutes. But when play resumed, the Yankees got right back to business with a solo homer that helped seal the win....
2019-05-21 16:16

At Black Colleges, the Baseball Teams Increasingly Aren’t As the number of African-American baseball players continues to decline, black players are often surprised to find themselves in the minority even at historically black colleges....
2019-05-21 16:16

Julio Urias of Dodgers Placed on Leave After Domestic Violence Arrest Urias, 22, was arrested on Monday night for “intimate partner battery,” the police in Los Angeles said. The commissioner’s office will investigate the situation....
2019-05-21 16:16

Yankees 4, Rays 3: Money and Modern Strategy: How the Depleted Yankees Kept Winning Despite 17 players spending time on the injured list this year, the Yankees have kept pace in the A.L. East with smart moves rather than splashy ones....
2019-05-21 16:16

For These Minor Leaguers, the Living Is Good if You Don’t Mind the Dead Below Players in the lower levels of professional baseball often settle for less-than-desirable living arrangements, but few residences are eerier than the funeral home where several Yankee prospects have lived....
2019-05-21 16:16

The Rays Are a Surrealist’s Delight In an era of baseball’s richest teams dominating smaller-market clubs, Tampa Bay has managed a third way: spending less and winning more through ceaseless innovation....
2019-05-21 16:16

Yankees 13, Rays 5: Yankees Beat Rays With a Taste of Their Own Medicine With James Paxton injured, the Yankees employed a so-called opener to start the game. The strategy paid off thanks to a seven-run explosion in the sixth inning....
2019-05-21 16:16