Michael Conforto’s Grand Slam Lifts the Mets Over the Dodgers

Michael Conforto hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning Tuesday, and the visiting Mets ended a six-game road losing streak with a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Conforto went deep to left field off left-hander Scott Alexander, who had just entered the game after the Mets loaded the bases against Yimi Garcia (0-2) and Dylan Floro. […]

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Phillies’ Odubel Herrera Placed on Leave After Arrest

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Odubel Herrera of the Philadelphia Phillies was placed on administrative leave Tuesday by Major League Baseball following his arrest in a domestic violence case at an Atlantic City casino a day earlier. Herrera was arrested Monday night on an assault charge at the Golden Nugget Casino. The police in Atlantic City said they had been called […]

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Yankees Give Padres a Rude Welcome in First Visit to New Stadium

Clint Frazier, Brett Gardner and Gary Sanchez homered, Manny Machado was booed and greeted with chants of “Overrated!” in his first visit to New York since free agency and the Yankees beat the San Diego Padres, 5-2, on Monday afternoon for their eighth win in nine games. Matt Strahm (2-4) struck out a career-high 10 in six innings but wasted […]

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Chirinos pulled after 5 no-hit innings, Rays beat Blue Jays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Yonny Chirinos was pulled after five no-hit innings and the Tampa Bay Rays went on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 on Monday. Chirinos (6-1) made his 11th appearance and fifth start this season. Oliver Drake relieved to begin the sixth and gave up a leadoff single to Luke Maile. In addition to his starts, […]

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For Sandy Alderson, a Reinvigorating Reunion With the A’s

Barely 24 hours after Sandy Alderson’s contract with the Mets expired last October, he got a surprise phone call from his past. It was Billy Beane, a former disciple of Alderson’s in Oakland and now an industry giant as the A’s vice president for baseball operations. Beane wasn’t interested in small talk, and he began the conversation with a pointed […]

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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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