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Recent articles by James:

Derek Jeter and Larry Walker Elected to Hall of Fame

Jeter came up a single vote short of being the second person to be named on 100 percent of the Baseball Hall of Fame ballots. Walker was also elected in his final year of eligibility. → Read More

Dellin Betances Joins the Mets on a One-Year Deal

Betances, who had spent his entire career with the Yankees, is a four-time All-Star but appeared in just one game last season because of injuries. → Read More

How the Yankees Wooed Gerrit Cole

Gift boxes, visits from team legends and a record-breaking pile of money lured Cole, the top free-agent pitcher on the market, to the Bronx after a pursuit that began 11 years ago. → Read More

M.L.B. Updates Drug Policy to Include Opioid Testing

Major league players will now be tested for opioids and cocaine, but violators will be evaluated for treatment programs rather than immediately punished. → Read More

Yankees Re-Sign Brett Gardner for a 13th Season

The 36-year-old outfielder was drafted by the team in 2005 and is now the last link in uniform to the 2009 championship team. → Read More

Stephen Strasburg’s Contract With Nationals Sets Market for Gerrit Cole

Strasburg got $245 million over seven seasons to return to Washington. Any team that wants Cole, who has the same agent, most likely will have to exceed that number. → Read More

Will the Yankees Chase a Big-Name Starter This Winter?

The Yankees have been more restrained in their spending recently. But with the elite pitchers Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg on the market, they just might open their wallet. → Read More

Yankees Pass Up Chance to Give Didi Gregorius a Qualifying Offer

At the deadline on Monday, the team decided not to extend a one-year, $17.8 million offer to Gregorius, which means they will receive no compensation if he signs with another team. → Read More

A Trophy’s Game 7 Journey

Follow the Commissioner’s Trophy, M.L.B.’s top prize, on the final day of the baseball season as it travels through studios, elevators and, finally, to a champagne-soaked clubhouse. → Read More

Yankees Part Ways With Larry Rothschild

Rothschild, the team’s pitching coach since 2011, will not return next season as the Yankees seek a new voice for their pitchers. → Read More

No, the Nationals Are Not Cursed by an Early Plan to Celebrate

Major League Baseball staged a routine rehearsal of a World Series title celebration before a game had been played in Washington. Then social media erupted. → Read More

Astros Lead Early vs. Nationals: Live Score and Updates

Zack Greinke will start for Houston and Anibal Sanchez will be on the mound for Washington as the Astros try to come back from their two-games-to-none deficit. → Read More

Stephen Strasburg: A King of the Hill Becomes a Lord of the Dance

The Nationals’ scheduled starter for Game 2 of the World Series has been a star for a long time, but he seems to be cutting loose and having more fun than ever before. → Read More

Yankees Are Left to Wonder How to Clear That Final Hurdle

The franchise’s bullpen-centric formula and plans at other positions could face review this off-season as the team decides on players like Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius. → Read More

How the Astros Beat the Yankees in Game 4 of the A.L.C.S.

The Yankees failed to come up with crucial hits against Zack Greinke and the Astros’ relievers, and Houston took a commanding three-games-to-one lead in the series. → Read More

For Yankees, Rainout Complicates the A.L.C.S. Pitching Plan

With Wednesday’s Game 4 postponed a day, the Yankees and Astros could end up playing on four straight days — a stretch that could test the Yankees’ reliance on their bullpen. → Read More

Astros Beat Yankees as Bullpen Battle Ends With One Swing

Houston evened the A.L.C.S. when Carlos Correa’s home run in the 11th ended a long battle between two bullpens. → Read More

For Yankees, Extended Game 2 Showed Limits of Their Bullpen

Unlike the Astros and their workhorse starters, the Yankees are leaning heavily on relievers — a strategy that was tested as their second A.L.C.S. game went to extra innings. → Read More

How the Yankees Won Game 1 of the A.L.C.S.

Gleyber Torres drove in five runs to lead the Yankees to an easy win over the Astros, while Masahiro Tanaka continued his pitching brilliance in the postseason. → Read More

Gleyber Torres Has Been Preparing for This Since December

The Yankees’ 22-year-old infielder delivered big hits and highlight-reel defensive stops in a sweep of the Twins. His improvement started with grueling off-season workouts. → Read More