5 Home Runs Aren’t Enough for the Mets Against the Tigers

JaCoby Jones homered and drove in four runs, including a go-ahead double in the seventh inning, and Miguel Cabrera also connected as the visiting Detroit Tigers halted their nine-game losing streak on Friday night with a wild 9-8 victory over the Mets. In a back-and-forth slugfest between two teams swept by lowly Miami within the past week, Detroit blew an […]

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Can This Man Keep the A’s in Oakland?

“Dave! Dave! Dave!” the women shouted, eyes wide with surprise. They were high in the stands at the Coliseum when they came upon Dave Kaval, president of the Oakland Athletics, who was mountaineering up, step by step, from field level to the nosebleeds. “We’re behind you, Dave, 100 percent!” someone yelled from the seats. Below, the A’s were battling the […]

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Yankees Show Off Their Depth, Beating the Orioles Once Again

BALTIMORE — Aaron Boone used all the self-discipline he could muster in making out the lineup on Thursday at Camden Yards, where the Yankees were on the doorstep of a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles. It would have been easy to pencil in the club’s hottest hitters — Gleyber Torres and Gary Sanchez — and further demoralize the American […]

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Red Sox blast Blue Jays 8-2 in matinee

TORONTO – Some help has finally arrived for the injury-plagued Toronto Blue Jays rotation. However, it wasn’t enough to stop the powerful Boston offence during a Thursday matinee at Rogers Centre. Starter Clayton Richard reached his goal of throwing four solid innings in his Blue Jays debut, one of the few positives from an 8-2 loss to the Red Sox. […]

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A Novel Idea in the Majors: Using Batting Practice to Get Better

While meeting with the Houston Astros’ instructional-league players in September 2013, the roving hitting instructor Jeff Albert asked the young prospects a series of questions. Do you swing and miss in the game? Yes, they said. When’s the last time you swung and missed in practice? Never. How many strikes does a pitcher throw in a game? 50, 60 percent. […]

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Yankees Blast 5 More Homers Against the Orioles

BALTIMORE — Gleyber Torres hit two of the Yankees’ five home runs, and the team survived a shaky outing from C.C. Sabathia in a 7-5 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday night. Torres homered leading off the third and fifth innings to help the Yankees take a 7-2 lead. He has four multihomer games this season — all against Baltimore […]

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Yankees Continue to Pummel Orioles Pitching

BALTIMORE — Clint Frazier homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs, Gary Sanchez contributed a three-run drive and the Yankees kept up their assault on Baltimore pitching in an 11-4 rout Tuesday night. Domingo German (9-1) won his sixth consecutive start and increased his major-league-leading victory total. The right-hander pitched only five innings and left with a 9-3 […]

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Atkins weighs in after Guerrero rest day

TORONTO – Everything seemed to be set up nicely on Victoria Day for Blue Jays fans eager to celebrate the team’s star attraction on a holiday matinee against a top-flight opponent. Instead Vladimir Guerrero Jr., sat on the bench for his scheduled rest day, kicking social media into overdrive and giving local columnists plenty of fodder. The rookie third baseman […]

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Yankees Injury Update: Didi Gregorius Takes a Big Step in His Recovery

TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius played five innings of defense and went 2 for 4 with a walk on Monday at extended spring training in his first game action since Tommy John surgery on Oct. 17. “It was good,” Gregorius said. Playing against Detroit Tigers minor leaguers and in front of Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, Gregorius singled twice […]

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