Phillies’ Bryce Harper Closes In on His Second M.V.P.

As the Phillies make a late push for the playoffs, Bryce Harper is providing nightly reminders of his game-changing talent. It just might get him a second M.V.P. Award.

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Wild-Card Races Muddled by Streaks, Injuries and the Virus

September began with a crowded field contending for wild-card spots. Each team has its own challenges, Boston’s coronavirus issues chief among them.

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Mike Schmidt Is the Greatest Draft Pick Ever

Fifty years later, Mike Schmidt stands alone as the baseball player who did the most for the team that drafted him. To one scout, Schmidt’s potential was obvious.

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As Velocity Increases, So Does Danger to Batters

Batters are being hit at a rate unseen since the 1890s. Kevin Pillar’s beaning showed how devastating one pitch can be.

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Jorge Velandia Is Venezuela’s First Assistant General Manager

The Phillies’ assistant general manager is the highest-ranked executive his country has produced. He doesn’t plan to stop at assistant.

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Life Has Moved On, but Fans in Atlanta Mourn the All-Star Game

Friday’s home opener offered some prepandemic-like excitement, but even fans who support M.L.B.’s choice to move the signature event are sad to see it go.

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The All-New Mets Follow an All-Too-Familiar Script in Loss

Jacob deGrom’s strong start was wasted as the Mets’ new-look bullpen melted down in the eighth inning.

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Man Says He Lived in Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium for Years

Several people corroborated parts of the account of Tom Garvey, a Vietnam veteran and former stadium employee who described his “secret apartment” in a recent book.

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Dick Allen’s Hall of Fame Case Ran Out of Time

The pandemic delayed a Golden Days committee vote that could have finally put Allen, who died on Monday, in Cooperstown.

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Dick Allen, 78, Dies; Baseball Slugger Withstood Bigotry

One of the game’s best and most honored players in the 1960s and into the ’70s, he nevertheless felt racism’s sting early in his career in Philadelphia.

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NLDS: Atlanta’s Travis d’Arnaud, Long an October Footnote, Gets His Moment

The 31-year-old Braves catcher has had a career hindered by injuries, but he delivered a momentum-swinging home run in Game 1 against the Marlins.

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After Marlins’ Outbreak, Yankees Stay Inside and Wait for Phillies

The positive coronavirus tests for the Miami Marlins disrupted the first road trip of the season for the Yankees, who were scheduled to play in Philadelphia on Monday night.

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Miami Marlins Game Postponed After Several Positive Virus Tests

At least 14 members of the team, including 12 players, have tested positive after playing three games in Philadelphia this weekend. The Yankees’ game at the Phillies was also called off.

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Baseball’s New Rules: No Spitting, No Arguing, and Lots of Testing

M.L.B. has a new 113-page manual with protocols to keep players and staff members from getting infected by the virus during its upcoming, shortened season.

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