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Past articles by James:

Can Sports Help Heal a Country? Some Fans Don’t Buy the Emotional Pleas

The sports world has a clear economic argument for coming back to play. But is the claim that it has a larger purpose out of step with the reality of the pandemic? → Read More

Minor League Baseball’s Opposition to Overhaul Softens in Pandemic

Facing financial straits, Minor League Baseball officials seem increasingly open to proposals by Major League Baseball to revamp the farm system. → Read More

Fauci, Leading Fight Against Coronavirus, Misses Baseball, Too

A devoted Yankees fan fell in love with the Washington Nationals. But Dr. Anthony S. Fauci concedes it’s going to be a while before he goes to another game. → Read More

Some Sports May Have to Skip This Year, Fauci Says

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the leading U.S. infectious disease expert, said widespread testing with speedy results would be needed if sports leagues are to safely restart their seasons. → Read More

M.L.B. Employees Become the Subjects of a Huge Coronavirus Study

The testing, which will screen for antibodies in workers, is intended to provide a better understanding of how many people in various parts of America have been infected. → Read More

Hank Steinbrenner, the Yankees Owner Who Kept a Guitar in His Office

After George Steinbrenner’s older son died on Tuesday, people in baseball remembered him as a free-spirited character who once stepped aside from the Yankees to run the family’s horse farm. → Read More

Looking for a Full Sports Calendar? Try Nicaragua

Baseball and soccer leagues carry on in Nicaragua, whose public health officials report relatively few coronavirus cases. Many others have doubts. → Read More

Minor Leaguers Lack a Safety Net. A New Group Wants to Create One

Players in the farm system have long been vulnerable because they lack a union, and the coronavirus pandemic has only complicated things for them. A nonprofit is aiming to change things. → Read More

Yankees May Begin Season Without Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton

After working through a raft of injuries last season, the team is once again scrambling to plug holes ahead of opening day. → Read More

Yankees’ Luis Severino to Miss 2020 Season After Elbow Surgery

The 26-year-old pitcher will have Tommy John surgery, likely keeping him out until the beginning of next season. The injury is a big blow to the Yankees’ pitching staff. → Read More

Miguel Andujar’s Recovery: Rehab, Then Learn 2 New Positions

After a breakout 2018 season, Andujar spent nearly all of last season injured. He’s healthy enough to return, but there’s one problem: Someone took his spot. → Read More

At First Yankees Workout, Gerrit Cole Defends His Past With the Astros

Cole got support from his new manager, Aaron Boone, and denied any knowledge of cheating in Houston: “I certainly don’t think I have much to apologize for.” → Read More

The Yankees Are World Series Favorites. They Still Want to Talk Astros.

Many of the Yankees entered spring training still fuming over the Astros’ cheating scandal. “You’re mad, frustrated, disappointed,” said Manager Aaron Boone. → Read More

Enjoy ‘The Irishman’? Baseball Offers Much of the Same, 162 Times a Year.

Long tangents. Short bursts of action. Cameos. And a lot of tedious watching. → Read More

In the Deal to Sell the Mets, a Snag Fits a Familiar Pattern

Last-minute hurdles tend to appear during negotiations with the Wilpon family, and Steve Cohen’s effort to buy controlling interest in the team has been no exception. → Read More

Dusty Baker Hired as Astros’ Manager in Wake of Scandal

Baker, one of the most experienced managers in baseball, is Houston’s choice to help guide the club after an illegal sign-stealing scheme tarnished the team’s reputation. → Read More

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