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09/16/2019

Ichiro Suzuki Is Saying Farewell, Yet Still Perfecting a New Craft Since he transitioned to an instructor role with the Mariners, Suzuki has applied his trademark meticulousness in a new area: throwing batting-practic...
21:16, 09/14/2019

In Cleveland, a Young Pitching Corps Grows Up Quickly Three years after they were selected in the same draft, Shane Bieber, Aaron Civale and Zach Plesac are suddenly starring on the major league stage for...
00:48, 09/14/2019

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 th...
09:32, 09/11/2019

After Tyler Skaggs’s 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 ...
03:16, 09/09/2019

The Secret to Adam Ottavino’s Calm: A Little Black Notebook The star Yankees reliever once couldn’t tame the thoughts and doubts running through his mind on the mound. Now, he meticulously documents them every ...
12:16, 09/05/2019

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 al...
06:16, 08/31/2019

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....
07:16, 08/28/2019

Mets Lose to Braves Despite Jacob deGrom’s Two-Way Excellence DeGrom became the first pitcher since at least 1900 to strike out 13 and homer in a game twice in the same season, according to the Elias Sports Burea...
23:32, 08/24/2019

Didi Gregorius Leads Yankees to Rout of Dodgers Gregorius hit a grand slam and added a solo shot to help the Yankees set a club record for homers in a month and win a showdown between the two teams ...
23:32, 08/24/2019

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 inn...
19:00, 08/17/2019

Indians Score Early and Often in Shellacking of Yankees A seven-run first inning set the tone in a game in which the Yankees’ only real highlight was Mike Ford, a position player, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inn...
11:32, 08/16/2019

Pete Alonso’s Big Day Helps Halt Mets’ Losing Streak at Three Alonso, a rookie first baseman, went 5 for 5, reached base six times, and tied Cody Bellinger’s record for homers by a rookie in the National League....
11:32, 08/16/2019

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 sl...
22:32, 08/15/2019

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 w...
04:00, 08/15/2019

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 sl...
04:00, 08/15/2019

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 stand...
02:32, 08/14/2019

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 h...
04:48, 08/10/2019

Senators Call on M.L.B. for More Transparency on Foul Ball Injuries Senators Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth wrote a letter to Commissioner Rob Manfred urging him to release data on which seats at ballparks are most...
02:16, 08/07/2019

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....
06:48, 08/05/2019

Yankees Add to Red Sox’ Pain, and Vice Versa The Yankees sent Boston to its sixth and seventh consecutive losses, but Edwin Encarnacion fractured his right wrist and Aaron Hicks hurt his right el...
15:16, 08/04/2019

Without a Bold Move, the Yankees Gamble on Their Own Discipline The Yankees let the trade deadline pass without improving their struggling pitching staff, a decision that could benefit in later years but might cost...
08:16, 08/02/2019

The Yankees’ Trade Deadline Haul? A 20-Year-Old Pitching Prospect Yankees management stated for weeks that the team was seeking a top starting pitcher, but it whiffed on its efforts to improve the roster on Wednesday...
05:16, 08/01/2019

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 goo...
18:48, 07/28/2019

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...
07:16, 07/27/2019

‘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 ga...
15:48, 07/26/2019

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...
10:48, 07/24/2019

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?...
02:16, 07/22/2019

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 ...
17:00, 07/21/2019

North of Cooperstown, a Hall of Fame That Fits Canada Just Fine The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame has modest roots, but a recent expansion offers more room to preserve the country’s sometimes-quirky involvement in...
12:48, 07/19/2019

Mets Bullpen Shows Signs of Life in 2-Game Sweep of the Twins The Mets’ beleaguered relievers stifled Minnesota over two days, but the victories came with bad news: An injury to Zack Wheeler, a potential trade as...
04:48, 07/18/2019

Pumpsie Green, First Black Player for Boston Red Sox, Dies at 85 Green, who played mostly at second base and shortstop, broke the color barrier for the last major league franchise of the time that remained all white...
04:48, 07/18/2019

Domingo German, the Yankees’ Surprising Ace, Has an Ideally Flawed Mentor As he floundered last season, German sought out a stranger from his hometown in the Dominican Republic who knew all too well what it meant to stumble ...
17:32, 07/17/2019

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-...
14:48, 07/16/2019

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...
07:16, 07/13/2019

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,...
07:16, 07/13/2019

For the Second Half, the Yankees Have a Short Wish List: Pitching A strong bullpen and an overwhelming offense have lifted the Yankees to a stellar record. They know they’ll need a pitching upgrade to win a champions...
10:32, 07/12/2019

The Mets at Midseason: Can They Dig Their Way Out? It was a trying first half in Queens — with a few bright spots. Manager Mickey Callaway has continued to express optimism, but his club has plenty of ...
10:32, 07/12/2019

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 ...
23:00, 07/11/2019

‘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 Chur...
14:48, 06/27/2019

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 coun...
21:16, 06/26/2019

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 ...
11:00, 06/26/2019

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...
02:32, 06/24/2019

With a Lift From Jacob deGrom, the Mets Trounce the Braves DeGrom took a shutout into the ninth inning, and Pete Alonso homered to highlight the first four-hit game of his career as the Mets routed the first-p...
09:00, 06/19/2019

Giancarlo Stanton Returns, as Yankees’ Offense Continues to Power Up Stanton saw hurdle after hurdle in his recovery from what was initially a biceps tear, but he brought his powerful bat back to the lineup on Tuesday....
05:16, 06/19/2019

M.L.B. and Players’ Union Set to Begin Early Labor Talks Never before have the two sides attempted such a significant renegotiation in the middle of a contract’s term, underscoring the urgency felt in both c...
05:00, 06/18/2019

David Ortiz ‘Resting Comfortably’ After 2nd Surgery in Boston Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany, said he was expected to remain at the hospital for several days while investigators in the Dominican Republic continued investi...
03:00, 06/12/2019

Yankees Top Mets in Error-Riddled Opener to Subway Series There were several miscues on both sides in the first game of a doubleheader, but the big bats of several replacement Yankees made all the difference....
03:00, 06/12/2019

David Ortiz to Be Transferred to Boston After Shooting Ortiz, who was shot in the back by a gunman in his native Dominican Republic Sunday night, had serious injuries but was stable enough to be transporte...
23:00, 06/10/2019

C.C. Sabathia Says 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 t...
02:48, 06/09/2019

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 ...
07:00, 06/07/2019

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 Mi...
01:32, 06/07/2019

Yankees’ Clint Frazier Defends His Silence After a Rough Outing “I didn’t feel like I needed to stand in front of everyone and explain myself,” Frazier said of avoiding reporters on Sunday, when he struggled defens...
03:32, 06/05/2019

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....
14:00, 05/27/2019

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 ...
05:00, 05/24/2019

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 six...
05:00, 05/24/2019

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...
05:00, 05/24/2019

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 positivi...
05:00, 05/24/2019

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 leag...
05:48, 05/23/2019

Yankees Continue to Pummel Orioles Pitching Clint Frazier homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs as the Yankees kept up their assault on Baltimore pitching in an 11-4 rout Tuesday ni...
10:48, 05/22/2019

On Baseball: 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 ...
07:16, 05/21/2019

As Minor Leaguers Try to Keep Their Careers Alive, Some of Their Neighbors Are Not Players in the lower levels of professional baseball often settle for less-than-desirable living arrangements, but few residences are eerier than the ...
11:48, 05/15/2019

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...
02:48, 05/15/2019

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 ...
11:48, 05/13/2019

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 s...
14:32, 05/10/2019

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 sta...
06:48, 05/09/2019

Mets 4, Reds 3 | 10 innings: Mets Blow Lead in Ninth but Pete Alonso Wins Game in Tenth The rookie first baseman hit a sacrifice fly that was the difference in a win over Cincinnati in which Jeurys Familia failed to secure a six-out save....
22:32, 05/08/2019

Keeping Score: Mike Fiers Records Baseball’s 300th No-Hitter (Besides the 31 They Took Away) Taking a look back at the history of a delightfully random feat that has rewarded some unlikely players — Fiers included — while leaving out some lege...
22:32, 05/08/2019

Gio Urshela Is Creating Magic, and a Logjam, at Third Base Urshela, who grew up as a soccer goalkeeper in Colombia before choosing to focus on baseball, has excelled at third base even as starter Miguel Anduja...
04:16, 05/08/2019

The Yankees’ James Paxton Has a Sore Left Knee, and a Theory as to Why The oft-injured left-hander had plenty of aches and pains in Seattle, but his knee wasn’t an issue until he encountered the hard dirt at Yankee Stadiu...
03:32, 05/06/2019

On Baseball: Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard Remind the World What They Can Do DeGrom threw seven shutout innings on Wednesday and Syndergaard was even better in a shutout on Thursday. If they have returned to form, the Mets coul...
05:16, 05/03/2019

Aaron Judge Is Everywhere for the Yankees, Except on the Field The Yankees’ slugger decided to stay with the team on its West Coast road trip even while rehabilitating his team, underscoring his status as a club l...
11:16, 04/30/2019

Mets 5, Brewers 2: Mets Bid Travis d’Arnaud Adieu, Then Beat Brewers D’Arnaud had struggled since returning to the majors less than a year since undergoing Tommy John surgery. The Mets’ win wasn’t without worry: Robinso...
05:00, 04/29/2019

Phillies 14, Mets 3: An Inning to Forget: Steven Matz of the Mets Allows 8 Runs and Records No Outs Matz established a new nadir for the struggles of Mets starting pitchers, exiting with his team down by 8-0. The Phillies made it 10-0 by the end of t...
20:32, 04/28/2019

Yankees 8, Red Sox 0: James Paxton Gives Yankees a Much-Needed Jolt Against the Red Sox Paxton limited the Sox to two hits over eight innings and recorded 12 strikeouts, while the Yankees lineup feasted on Boston’s struggling ace, Chris S...
20:32, 04/28/2019

Luis Severino’s Injury Remains a Mystery. Detective Brian Cashman Is on the Case. The Yankees’ general manager is doing his best to pinpoint how a significant back injury could happen to his ace starter. He is leaving no stone untur...
20:32, 04/28/2019

Royals 6, Yankees 1: After Scorching the Red Sox, the Yankees Wilt Against the Royals Domingo German had a decent start, and he and four Yankees relievers combined for 14 strikeouts. But he allowed two homers, while the Yankees’ offense...
20:32, 04/28/2019

Extra Bases: C.C. Sabathia and the Rotation of Starters Tossing Out Questions on Podcasts Sabathia, along with his fellow pitchers Collin McHugh and Trevor Williams, have “way more time” to share and record relaxed conversation with other p...
20:32, 04/28/2019

Mets Place Jacob deGrom on Injured List With Sore Elbow DeGrom, who struggled in his last two games, was scratched from his scheduled start in St. Louis on Saturday and will undergo an M.R.I. exam in New Yo...
20:32, 04/28/2019

Concerned About Aroldis Chapman’s Slowing Fastball? He Isn’t "My objective now isn’t to throw as hard but to pitch,” said the Yankees’ closer, who is adjusting his approach as age takes away some of his trademar...
20:32, 04/28/2019

Yankees 9, Royals 2: In Yankees’ Win, Bad News: Aaron Judge Leaves With an Oblique Injury The right fielder left the game after appearing to injure himself on a swing in the sixth inning. The Yankees hit four home runs in support of pitcher...
20:32, 04/28/2019

Zack Wheeler, With His Bat and Arm, Carries the Mets Over the Phillies Wheeler hit his first major league home run and struck out 11 in seven sharp innings as the Mets handed the Philadelphia Phillies their fifth loss in ...
20:32, 04/28/2019

On Baseball: C.C. Sabathia Nears 3,000 Strikeouts in a Triumph of Reinvention As dominant as Sabathia was early in his career, he has piled up statistics worthy of the Hall of Fame by finding a different gear well into his 30s....
20:32, 04/28/2019