ays Divock Origi will improve after their 4-1 rout

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Yup, that aicer has been charged with murder over the death of former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson.Atkinson collapsed and later died after he was Tasered in Telford in August 2016.He was struck by a 50,000-volt shock after reportedly threatening his eldebout sums it up. is going to Class A Dunedin instead of Toronto because he’s, well, a mess. With the tinkering with his delivery this late into spring training, and no progress evident in the results, it was inevitable, really. He simply needs more time.

Will he be worth the time? And the spaceArturo Vidal insists Barcelona must keep hold of Ousmane Dembele.Despite his problems off the pitch, Vidal says the France attacker has world class potential.He told L’Equipe: “Above all, Ousmane is a footballer with a crazy talent. When he reaches m? Would you invest a precious bench spot in a player the Blue Jays are having to remakstle United boss Steve Bruce has confirmed they hope to sign Inter Milan winger Valentino Lazaro today.Lazaro could make his Newcastle debut against Oxford in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday after arriving on Tyneside to undergo a medical.Speakine — one with no timetable for his return? Outside of AL-only leagues, I think you lose far more than you gain with that approach.

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Thursday’s 3-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cu

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With Chris Gimenez’s demotion to Triple-A Mos to reassess his career trajectory.The England man was touted as his club and nation’s next hope at center back.But he is down the pecking order, especially at international level.Sishford was delighted after their Carabao Cup win at Chelsea.Rashford scored a sensational free-kick winner as United beat Chelsea.The England striker gave United the lead with a penalty after Marcos Alonso fouled Daniel James.Michy Batshuayi equalisenclair thinks a move may be what Stones needs to rediscover his mojnday, has emerged as the winner of the ‘ backup catlly settling at Anfield.Fabinho says Mane has been crucial to his personal turnaround.”Sadio Mane is a genuinely impressive player, he’s tireless, playing in every game with such high levels of intensity and concentration,” he told the Reds’ officialcher job. Lobaton, who will backup Jose Molina, has a .257 batting average and .325 on-base percentage this spring.

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mits he turned down Manchester United last summer.

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infielder continued to hit in his bid to win a starting role, reaching base in all four plate appearances against the Giants Saturday, including hitting his first home run of the spring. He’s hitting .538 in 45 Cactus League plate appearances and has only struck out twice. The outstanding line could land him the starting job at second base.

“He’s certainly right in the middle of the mix,” manager Bob Melvin told .com. “He was always in there and probably came out of the pack a little bit, but he’s a guy that’s played for us beforeHarry Kane’s long-term injury is a heavy blow.He is ruled out until April wi preparing for a move to England.Allegri and Juve split after five years at the end of last season.Chi reports Allegri and his partner, TV presenter Ambra Angiolini, will be in London this summer and taking English classes while they are there.Allegrth a hamstring injury that requires surgery.England captain Kane has scored 27 goals iaken the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo only to fall apart in 10 minutes.Fabio Borini’s angled drive beat Wojciech Szczesny, then Giampaolo Pazzini converted a penalty for Leonardo Bonucci’s handball offence.”Evidently we have different performances n 31 appearances for club and country this season.”If I speak too much about Harry, I ge, comes to camp trying to win a job, and he’s doing everything he can to do that.

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s summer.TMW says Juventus, AC Milan and Inter all

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starter was knocke to Burnley.Farke says that his young squad can sometimes learn more from a loss, after they were defeated 2-0 by Burnley on Saturday.“I would prefer to learn all our lessons from wins if I’m honest,” he said. “I’m never happy with a loss, but sod around in Friday’s Cactus League contest against the Royals. Wilson, who made his fourth start of the spring, was charged with eight runs — six earned — on eight hits in just 2 2/3 innings of work. He allowed a three-run home run to Eric Hosmer and a solo shot to Jeff Francoeur in the third inning before he was pulled. He also struck out five and walked. His ERA stands at 7.11 this sprIghalo at Manchester United.Ighalo played for both Udinese and Watford, two clubs owned by the Pozzo family, before leaving for China and Shanghai Shenhua.Ighalo is now on-loan at United and made his debut in victory at Chelsea on Monday night.Marinoing.

“In spring training, you have toved their win on Saturday.Despite holding the hosts to a goalless scoreline at half-time, goals from Jorginho and Willian after the break inflicted a third Premier League defeat of the season on Potter’s hard-working side in south-west London.He said take everything with a grain of salt,” Wilson said. “The infield is a little bit hard. The ball travels really well. The adrenaline isn’t quite there.”

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r Romelu Lukaku’s move to Inter Milan.The Sun says

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starting pitcher allowed just a hit over six innings during a Grapefruit League game against Detroit on Monday. Zimmermann, making his fifth start of the spring, allowed a single to leadoff hitter Andy Dirks before retiring the final 18 batters he faced in order. Thirteen of those hitters were groundball outs.Mooy will force his way into the starting XI.Midfielder Mooy, who turned 29 on Sunday, came on for the last ten minutes in the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday.It was his second appearance off the bench for the Seagulls since joining on a season-lon He also had a strike out.

“(It was) one of thodrien Tameze is staying calm about fresh Premier League transfer talk.Tamhing after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat of Levante.The visitors had several chances to score in the second half and were only able to take one of them at the Camp Nou.”I’m very happy with lots of things, but not with everything,” Setien said after the game.”Weze was the subject of intense interest from Cardiff City in January and is now a target for Everton and Watford.”The next season? I’m under contract again for a few years, so yse days when you have everything working,” he told the Washington Times. “You feel like you can’t do anything wrong.”

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ave announced Axitea as their official security pa

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reliev Park.Borja arrived in January from Swansea City.He told Marca: “I had several offers, but the Aston Villa is a historic club in the Premier. “Also, (Pepe) Reina and Jota are helping me a lot in the adaptation.” Villa meet Manchester City in the Caraer  made an emergency srn Munich are maintaining a watching brief on Philippe Coutinho’s situation at Barcelona.Despite the deal for Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Perisic, BILD says Bayern’s interest in Coutinho remains alive.For the moment, Bayern are keeping tabs on the mitart for Kyle McClellan Sunday against the Mariners in Cactus League play. The left-hander rose to the occasion as he tossed three perfect innings of work and struck out two. Kirkman has extended his scoreless streak to nine innings and has allowed just three hits in five outings this spring. 

Kirkman is expected to see a greater role this season, especially with seven of the eight bullpen roles still undefined for the Rangers. 

“I don’t see myself as anything right now,” Kirkman said before his emergency start. “I can go in there and get any lefty out, but I think I can go out there and pitch three or four innings, too. Whatever [Washington] needs that night, I French great Luis Fernandez has used Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to take aim at PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.Fernandez has praised Klopp for the way he improves his players.He said, “Thomas Tuchel p***ed me off with the kids. Just look at what another Gerfeel I can go out there and do it.” 

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Big idea: The designated hitter compromise

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Personally, I don’t see the problem. Sure, if I could go back in time and scrub the designated hitter rule from history, then I probably would. But the DH doesn’t cause me French-existential angst (i.e., I don’t hate it), and I’m similarly unruffled by the fact that the two leagues have distinct rules regarding the DH. With all that said, I seem to be in the distinct minority. People don’t like the designated hitter rule, or at the very least they want uniformity in its application. As usual, I’m here for those with nowhere left to turn.

First, please accept this premise: Wholesale elimination of the DH isn’t going to happen. Next month, , and that means it’s entrenched. In a related matter, don’t expect the MLBPA to sacrifice a concocted “position” that turns 15-low-paying roster spots into high-paying roster spots. You can talk about making other structural concessions all you want, but none of the bandied-about solutions — expanded active rosters, a raising of the minimum salary — provides to players the high-end material uplift that the DH does. Cries of “get rid of the DH!” should be dismissed as fantasy.

With that out of the way, here’s what I propose: Make the DH rule the prerogative of the home team. Yes, I hereby propose that in advance of each regular-season and postseason game, the home team should be able to declare whether the DH shall be used for the contest in question.

Per rules, batting lineups aren’t exchanged until five minutes before game time, so there’s plenty of time in the course of the standard run-up to the first pitch to make the decision ly Samatta is pinching himself over his Carabao Cup final appearance against Manchester City.On Sunday he will play for his new club against Manchester City at Wembley. “This is huge,” the Tanzania striker told the Daily Mail. “It’s a final. At Wembland allow the visiting manager to react accordingly. Want to force to wield a glove or luxuriate on the pine? The home manager can opt not to DH. Want Stephen Strasburg to hit opposite a pitcher who’s less skilled with the bat? Opt not to DH. Got a right-hander on the mound and an opponent without a quality left-handed bat to slot in at DH? Force the issue by invoking the DH rule for that game. Does your team employ a manager with an orthodox and throbbing-neck-vein hatred of the DH? Take and never allow it on your hallowed traditionalist grounds.

First and foremost, the “home team chooses” system would, a) reduce significantly the number of games in which the DH rule would be in force; and b) add another layer of managerial strategizing (and fan kvetching) to a sport that’s typically a bit light on managerial strategizing (but not fan kvetching). I also envision a handful of other consequences that can be viewed as generally positive …

Such a system would make home-field advantage in the postseason that much more meaningful. By extension, that would make the regular-season race for seeding that much more important. It would also lessen the perceived disadvantages/advantages afforded by the World Series setup, which entails use of the DH in AL parks and no DH in NL parks. After all, AL and NL teams would be constructing their rosters according to same rules for the entirety of the regular season.Such a system would create an incentive for teams to roster DHs with at least some baseline defensive ability. If the DH who couldn’t dream of manning a position offends your aesthetics, then this system would make such a creature even more of an imposition on the 25-man.Such a system would create “soft” pressure for teams to carry more position players on the roster. Teams wouiverpool was confirmed this morning.The Japanese star completed his £7.25million move to Liverpool on Thursday morning.The 24-year-old will officially become part of Liverpool’s squad on January 1, and could make his debut in the FA Cup third round ld need to be prepared to trot out an adequate DH (i.e., a player who can put at least something like a .758 OPS, which is what AL DHs hit last season — only AL first basemen were more productive) or have an adequate arsenal of platoon-advantaged pinch-hitters for those occasions when the DH rule is not in force. In some instances, the primary DH will fill all those roles, but in others it will require a deeper bench. The point is that some teams would be reluctant to carry 13 or maybe even 12 pitchers. Fewer middle- and late-inning pitching changes and fewer appearances are good things for observers invested in things like pacing.

This new structure would of course require the consent of the players union, and they’d likely want give-backs elsewhere, since this would likely result in a downward market correction insofar as primary DHs are conceed. The defender made 214 appearances for the Hammers across two spells before joining Ipswich Town.He said: “I had the time of my life [at West Ham]. “I arrived in 2005 and then I left for Villa in 2009 and as people know, I didn’t really want to lerned. But this effort embodies, I think, the sensible middle ground between getting rid of the DH altogether (again, not a plausible aim) and allowing the status to remain quo.

So, in summary, the home team gets to decide whether the DH rule applies. Given the breadth of my opinion-shaping powers, I expect implementation posthaste. Or not.

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b Brugge.Trossard arrived this summer from Genk.So

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Dodgers reliever will have his left knee examined after he felt a pop while making an appearance on Tuesday against the Padres in Cactus League action. Tolleson only managed one outed stvalues by stripping Granit Xhaka of the captaincy.Xhaka was removed as skipper earlier this week in response to his furious outburst at fans who jeered him during the draw with Crystal Palace a fortnight ago.Wenger said, “As a manager you have to facar Ander Herrera has been listed on the Paris Saint-Germain official website.Herrera officially confirmed his departure from United and is a free agent, but he has not announced a move to PSG as yet.Eaglhristian Eriksen has backed up the Dane’s words today about leaving Tottenham.Real Madrid target Eriksen has confirmed he wants to leave Spurs, stating he wants to “try something new”.And Martin Schoots told the London Evening Standard: “Last seae eyed fans spotted that “Herrera 21” on t in the appearance before leaving the mound in the eighth inning. His spring ERA is at 3.38.

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is eyeing a

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According to MLB.com, left-hander has an offer to pitch for the SK Wyverns of the Korean League ins El Clasico at Barcelona is remembered for it’s football.Amid local unrest, security is tight ahead of the rearranged fixture, but Zidane is hoping that all the focus will be on events which take place on the pitch.”On the outside, this can be a wee 2013 and intends to accept it once he and the Angels fen so far this season ahead of their trip to Everton today, despite questions over their small squad being able to handle the packed schedule.They are in Europe for the first time since 1980, but Coady wants the squad to remain humble.He said: “Rememinalize an agreement to releas way clear for a potential deal with Nike.The club were being sued over its alleged refusal to honour the terms of its reported £40million-a-year deal with the company, which expires in May 2020, says the Mirror.Under the terms of the deal, New Balae him from his contract.

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ked him.The Argentine has since been replaced by J

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USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale confirmed on Friday that has agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. Sanr Roma goalkeeper coach Guido Nanni has spoken of working with Wojciech Szczesny.The Pole has just signed a new contract with Juventus and worked with Nanni during a loan spell at Roma from AThe coach has penned a contract to 2022 worth €2m per season net.“This to decide the Champions League and Europa League will be one option put forward to ease fixture congestion caused by the coronavirus outbreak.European football’s governing body, Uefa, is hosting a video conference with major stakeholders on Tuesday.is an important moment for our club,” president Joey Saputo told the official Bologna website.“The deal with Sinisa is the basis for an ambitious technical project: we want rsenal.Nanni recalled to TMW: “It occurs to me the first dachez had a 3.86 ERA and .127 WHIP in 31 games last season, split between the Marlins and Tigers. He had received an offer from the Cubs on Thursday night, but went back to the Tigers, who finally snared Sanchez.

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Rangers claim catcher Konrad Schmidt from Diamondbacks

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The claimed catcher off waivers from the , the club announced Wednesday.

Schmidt, 28, m teammate Steven Bergwijn.The new signing from PSV Eindhoven scored on debut in victory over Manchester City on Sunday.Spurs defender Alderweireld told AD: “I was particularly impressed by his professionalism.”Sometimes you have guys who excel in thhas played just eight major-league games, notching one hit in 15 at-bats. He has spent the majority of the last two seasons at Triple-A Reno, where he posted a .282/.336/.432 line in 190 games. 

For continued coverage of the 2012-2013 offseason, visit CBSSportlained their surprise swoop for Everton midfielder James McCarthy.McCarthy joiaguire.Dalot admits Maguire is already regarded as a squad leader.He said, “He’s so calm.“He’s settled in perfectly. He’s a very nice guy, very humble, very quick to settle. We’ll keep helping him, but I think he’s already shown everyone on the pitned Crystal Palace from Everton in August 2019, the then-28-year-old had played just one competitive game of football in 20 months.Ahead of his Everton return, Hodgson saids.com’s .

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

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riezmann wasn’t as sharp in the win over Napoli as

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The Rangers signed catcher to a minor league contract the team announced Tuesday. Hill was rei iverpool are keeping tabs on Werder Bremen star Milot Rashica.BILD says the Kosovo international has caught the eye of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp after a sensational first-half of the season. Klopp has since instructed scouts to keep tabs on Rashica to tsays Juventus don’t have the players to make the most of Maurizio Sarri’s system.Giaccherini played for Sarri at Napoli.“The club made a specific choice by bringing in a coach who bases his football on quick passing, above all seen at Napoli,” saleased by the Nationals earlier this month after batting .163 is summer from Borussia Dortmund, having signed for the Blues in January.Pulisic will wear 22, which has been vacated by Willian, who will now wear 10 following the departure of Eden Hazard.Andreas Christensen will now wear 4 and Kurt Zouma 15, with with their Triple-A Syracuse.

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Twins are believed more willing to deal Span than Willingham

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The are believed more willing to trade speedy outfielder than his power-hitting outfield mate .

While the struggling Twins don’t appear actively engaged as a seller yet, they are believed willing to listen on Span in the July trading season because of the presence of emerging center fwith agents for AS Roma superkid Nicolo Zaniolo.Spurs, reports RAI Sport, have intensified negotiations with Zaniolo’s representatives in recent days.Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been handed an initial £100m summer transfer budget and wantielder . Center field is a position of concern for a few other teams, so the interest would be substantial in Span. The and are among teams to have pursued Span in the past.

The Twins would seek a young starting pitcher in retuanye’s four-year contract has been deposited with Lega Serie A.He joins Lazio in a Bosman deal after refusing to consider new terms tabled by Liverpool.Adekanye chose to leave the Reds after failing to make a first team appearance, despite being ratern for Span, and if no one’s willing to offer one they’d likely hold onto him.

While the interest in nsists there’s plenty to play for this season.Sanchez Flores thinks the decision to bring him back in place of Gracia demonstrates the club’s ambition and shows why they can achieve “something special”. “I never see Watford at the bottom,” he said.”TWillingham would be significant considering his excellent first year in Minnesota and a weak hitting market, a person familiar with the Twins’ thinking said he believes they are reluctant to trade him only a half year after their prescient signing. Willingham has 15 home runs, 49 RBI, a .272 batting averase and .920 OPS.

Span is hitting .277 with three homers and 19 RBI. Even the Yankees could make sense if Brett Gardner isn’t able to return this year (the Yankees hope Gardner can come back in late July). Revere is hitting .323.

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In case you haven’t noticed, Albert Pujols is returning to form

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You may not have noticed, but is good again.The hadn’t gotten the message, apparently. With first base open in a tie game Monday night, the Dodgers chose to pitch to Pujols. Over the last decade, there’s a next-to-zero chance Pujols gets anything but four wide in that situation. Instead, Don Mattingly chose to let pitch to the three-time MVP instead of having to face . And Pujols did what he’s done so often in his career — deliver. Pujols’ ninth-inning single easily scored from first and gave the a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers.Yeah, everyone had a good laugh and all that after his slow start with the Angels, but in the last month or so, Pujols has nearly returned to form. Although his season line still sits at an un-Pujolsian .260/.315/.438, since bottoming out to a .190 average on May 8, he’s hit .325/.385/.598 with eight home runs, eight doubles and 27 RBI. Those numbers are close to his career numbers in May, when he’s a .314/.399/.570 hitter. He’s traditionally heated up in June, hitting .329/.425/.637 over his career. In nine games so far this month, he’s hitting .344/.415/.625.It appears that Pujols has adjusted to his new league, new park, new teammates and a new group of pitchers. He’s also benefitted from the presence of Mike Trout. Since Trout was called up in late April, Pujols has 33 RBI — with 12 of them scoring Trout. Of course, that should be expected when a leadoff man gets on base at a .412 clip and has outstanding speed.With Monday’s victory, the Angels are just 2 1/2 games out of first place in the American League West. When Pujols was sitting 10 pointron Wan-Bissaka are already through the door for a combs the 2019 African Cup of Nations.Bissouma, who plays international football for Mali, is undergoing surgery for a shoulder injury.According to Sky Sports News, it is set to rule him out of the tournament.He could also miss the start of the 2019/2020ined fee which could rise to over £70 million.Leicester City defender Harry Maguire remains a key target, with United seeing a £70m bid rejected last week, while Newcastle youngster Sean Longsts shy of the Mendoza Line they were in fourth place in the division, 7 1/2 games back and it’s hardly a coincidence.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscrinner of the win will be good for morale.”The reality is that it was very difficult, but we never gave up, not when Betis went in front or at 2-1,” said Setien. He wanted to highlight “what the win and the game are worth. We came from a tough blow in be to the and .

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Fewer sliders for Tim Lincecum?

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ace has gotten rid of his slider, at least for now. Indeed, as Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports, . Lincecum hasn’t thrown a slider this spring (during which time he’s struggled badly) and by the sounds of it won’t do so in the regular season, at least in the early going. One might first wonder whether Lincecum is worried about his elbow. On this point, there’s no indication that he is, and by the sounds of it this decision is more preemptive measure thaneeded 1-0 win over fellow relegation battlers Norwich City on Boxing Day.Jack Grealish was in inspirational form as Conor Hourihane’s second-half strike gave Villa all three points.And speaking after the game, manager Dean Smith said Grealish hasn’tn anything reactionary. It’s also worth noting that Lincecum, despite heavy workloads as a young pitcher, has never been on the DL and never dealt with any arm issues as a pro. So there’s that. One might next wonder whether cutting back on the slider will make Lincecum less of a pitcher moving forward. The answer is a resounding: maybe. As Eno Sarris of FanGraphs notes, , so he’s carving out quite a piece of his repertoire. What’s more, Lincecum’s slider has been a very valuable pitch for him throughout his major-league career. In fact, last season Lincecum’s slider, in terms of runs prevented, was . Sure, there’s some margin for error in the data, but the overarching point — that Lincecum’s slider is a very good pitch — stands. In part, it was the new grip on his slider that afforded him so much success in the 2010 postseason. He’s added velocity to it over the years, and it’s always had good vertical movement. It’ll be missed — to the extent that it’s going away, that is. On that point, manager Bruce Bochy’s comments suggest that Lincecum isn’t abandon trouble after theas slammed the Premier League over their response to the COVID-19 outbreak.Wednesday’s match between Manchester City and Arsenal was cancelled after it was learnt that Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who had visited the Emirates two weeks ago, ir 0-0 draw with Bournemouth.The Hornets remain at the bottom of the Premier League after failing to win at the 10th attempt this season.Sanchez Flores admits his side’s goal tally is not good enough with just five to their name to ing the pitch wholesale, but rather “banking” those sliders for later use: “He just wanted to back off,” Bochy said. “It’s a long season and he has a lot of innings in him. It probably puts a little more stress on his arm. He probably wants to wait to break it out later.”Lincecum, even when not leaning on the slider, will still have a deep repertoire and will almost certainly remain among the best pitchers in the game. But is this development in tandem with his declining strikeout rate a sign that Lincecum may soon decline from “great” to “very good”? That remains to be seen.

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