Blue Jays 8, Mets 6: Mets Lose Again as They Plod Toward the Trade Deadline

But if the Mets want a bigger return, they could dangle players with one more season of team control, such as infielder Wilmer Flores, who homered on Tuesday, or pitcher Zack Wheeler. Healthier and more composed than in the past, Wheeler helped his stock on Tuesday with another strong outing. He allowed two runs over six and one-third innings, lowering his season earned run average to 4.36. Since the start of June, he has a 3.20 E.R.A. over seven starts. And yet he has not earned a win since April…

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Yankees 8, Braves 5: Yankees Display Their Flaws, but Still Beat the Braves

When a team owns the second-best record in baseball in early July, leads the league in home runs and has yet to lose more than three games in a row, one needs to dig deep to find reasons to be critical of it. And yet, there are nits to pick about the Yankees. Aside from Luis Severino, their starting pitching has been spotty. Their offense, while capable of jaw-dropping displays of power, can sometimes look punchless with runners in scoring position. Their middle relief is erratic at times, and there…

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Mets 5, Marlins 2: Mets’ Steven Matz Delivers Win Over Marlins in Series Finale

MIAMI — Standing in foul territory, Steven Matz stared at the ball he had just mishandled and started to give it an angry kick, then changed his mind and instead just picked it up. Matz and the Mets kept their cool Sunday, barely, overcoming three errors and escaping the National League East cellar after a one-day stay by beating the Miami Marlins, 5-2. The Mets, who endured their worst June ever, won for only the second time in the past 12 games to reach the season’s halfway point at 33-48.…

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Yankees 11, Red Sox 1: Boston’s David Price Knocked Around by Yankees Once Again

David Price trudged from the mound to the dugout, down the steps and straight into the visitors’ clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. All around him, the jeers and boos of two fan bases cut through the steamy air, but Price gave no visible reaction. It was only the fourth inning, but Price’s latest disaster in the Bronx was over. He had just surrendered a fifth home run to the Yankees — a career worst for him — and the second of the night for Aaron Hicks, who added another later to…

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Red Sox 11, Yankees 0: Sonny Gray Is Battered by Red Sox, Emphasizing Yankees’ Need for Rotation Help

Dave Dombrowski, the general manager of the Boston Red Sox, spoke to reporters on Saturday afternoon and revealed that he had spoken extensively to Brian Cashman, his counterpart with the Yankees, the day before. It was a cordial chat, no doubt, but surely no substantive strategic plans were divulged. For, just as their teams are competing against one another on the field this weekend, Dombrowski and Cashman are in competition to upgrade their teams through a trade over the next month. Even though they have the two best records in…

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For the Mets, a Loss to the Marlins Caps a Miserable June

The Marlins overtook the Mets on the scoreboard and in the standings on Saturday. And for the second game in a row, Miami beat the Mets with a rookie pitcher making his first major league start. Brian Anderson hit a two-run homer off Jacob deGrom and the Marlins climbed out of last place in the National League East by rallying past the reeling Mets, 5-2. “We’re not in last place? Awesome,” said J.T. Riddle, whose scratch R.B.I. single put Miami ahead to stay. The Mets (32-48) lost for the 10th…

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Extra Bases: The Reluctant All-Star Whose Manager Calls Him ‘Boring’

What has changed this season to upend that consistency, for the better? Alex Anthopoulos, the Braves’ new general manager, said the front office had analyzed Markakis’s hitting mechanics and found nothing markedly different from past years. An increased emphasis on defensive data has helped his positioning, but he has always been a strong defender. His improved hitting, Markakis said, was mainly a matter of applying an old principle from Terry Crowley, his first hitting coach with the Orioles. “He’d always put balls out in front of the plate and say…

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Marlins 8, Mets 2: Mets Lose to a Marlins Pitcher Making His First Start

MIAMI — Sandy Alcantara allowed just one run over five innings, winning his first career start as the Miami Marlins defeated the Mets, 8-2, on Friday night. J T Riddle hit a three-run homer, and Lewis Brinson, who had three hits, also homered in a pivotal six-run third inning. Marlins catcher J. T. Realmuto returned to the lineup after missing four games with a hand injury. Realmuto went 1 of 4 and drove in a run. Alcantara (1-0), a 22-year old right-hander, struck out two batters and gave up five…

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Yankees 8, Red Sox 1: Miguel Andujar Gives Yankees a Boost Against the Red Sox. And in the Trade Market?

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said Andujar had a versatile swing, one that allows him to hit different type of pitchers, and the aptitude to adjust. “What’s been exciting for me to watch is when he’s had those weeks where he hasn’t been that great or locked in, he’s still finding ways to make adjustments, and he’s kind of competitive,” Boone said. “Even when it’s not going great for him, even when they have a tough pitcher making pitches, he’s a guy you feel like can break through.” In his first…

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On Baseball: Red Sox Fine-Tune Their Roster for a Visit With the Yankees

But something will have to separate these teams, sending one to a division series and the other to an instant elimination game. Dombrowski’s trade for Pearce — a first baseman and outfielder who mainly gives Boston a deeper bench — was simply the first strike. The Yankees’ general manager, Brian Cashman, will most likely be active, too. “Our stated preference clearly is the pitching, and try to reinforce it, improve upon it,” Cashman said on the field Friday. “I doubt, positionally, I’ll be looking at much. But you never know.”…

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