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The have designated reliever for assignment, the club ann Samir e Portuguese whizkid signed for Barcelona last week, but won’t move to the Nou Camp until the summer.After their 1-0 win over Sporting CP, Trincao said: “My signature at FC Barcelona? I will work and stay as usual. “The rest doesn’t interest me yet. Nasri has beeho time.Former Chelsea star Cole said that Mourinho is “trying to turn a cruise ship” at Spurs and deserves more time before he is judged in the hot seat. “Jose has gone into a difficult situation,” Cole said. “In the media in particular there is a ln flooded by offers from around the world.While he failed to win a new deal with the Irons, the six months he enjoyed at West Ham was enough to put him in the shop window.Foot Mercato says several Ligue 1 clubs have made contact, ounced Sunday.

Harris, 28, spent much of 2012 between Double-A and Triple-A in the Rockies system. The righty posted a 2.08 ERA over 52 innings with a 5.1 K/BB. He reached the majors as a September call up but served up an 8.15 ERA over 17.2 innings, including three home runs allowed.

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d’s sale plans are likely to stall amid the Premie

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The h young fullback Brandon Williams plays lcNeil back to Old Trafford.After being axed by United’s youth side aged 14, McNeil went on to join the Clarets where he has developed into an integral part of Sean Dyche’s first-team squad.McNeil, 19, has played in all 11 of Burnley’s Premier League ike a South American.Williams, 1is stalling on a move to England.Leicester City have made an €18m offer for the Belgium international – which has brought Samp to the negotiating table.TMW says Samp are willing to sell and will do business for €25m.However, Praet is unconvinced 9, only made his United bow against Rochdale in the League Cup on September 25 but is poised to make his full Premier League debut against Brighton since Ashley Young is suspendeave claimed reliever from the , the club announced Friday.

Stinson, 25, spent the bulk of 2012 at Double-A Huntsville in Milwaukee’s farm system, where he allowed a 3.16 ERA in 145.1 innings of work with a 1.3 K/BB. Stinson reached Milwaukee in September, where he gave up a run on seven hits and five walks over 9.1 innings.

Stinson was designated for assignment by the Brewers last week after he was informed he wouldn’t make the club’s opening day bullpen.

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s leaving Liverpool after 17 years with the club.R

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Jedd Gyorko has hit 55 home runs in the last two minor league seasons combined. His average nevon.The striker, who spent last season on loan at Newcastle United, is set to be reunited with manager Rafa Benitez.With Benitez taking over at the Chinese club this summer, his first piece of business is to bring Rondon to the Super League.Sky Sportser dipped below .300 in any of his three minor league campaigns. He also stole 12 bases in 2011. And San Diego moved the fences in at PETCO. There’s really nothing not to like about Gyorko. I have two minor notes of caution, though:

1. Gy-progress.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Marco Silva was sacked as manager on December 5, with Duncan Ferguson taking interim charge of the last two matches, but now the Toffees are close to appointing a permanent successor in the form ofsistant coach Per-Joar Hansen is well aware of the transfer interest swirling around RB Salzburg striker Ering Haaland.The teenage forward is being celebrated across Europe after his Champions League hat-trick last week against Genk. The treble in th Anceorko will start the year with only third base eligibility in Fantasy, so make sure you have another MI/2B option for the first week or two.2. If Gyorko starts off slowly, there have other options at second base, including Logan Forsythe and Alexi Amarista (assuming Everth Cabrera starts at short).

Still, Gyorko’s exciting and has a ton of power, and has .

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GIF: Chris Robinson, meet Karim Garcia

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In the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday in the World Baseball Classic, Karim Garcia of Team Mer League side are enjoying their first Europa League campaign, and are hopeful of getting into the round of 16.They won 4-0 against Espanyol in the first leg and must navigate the second leg on Thursday to go through.Reflecting on the European games xico was attempting to score and was thrown out at home plate. But the play was far more interesting than that.

Garcia levels Canadian catcher Chris Robinson, who held onto the ball. Here it is, thanks to Cork Gaines ():

Now, there are a few things of note here.

First of all, multiple replay angles appear to confirm that Robinson never actually tagged Garcia. And you’ll note in the above GIF that the umpire doesn’t immediately call Garcia out. On extended replays, it’s clear that the umpire never called Garcia out until he left the vicinity of home plate, meaning when he left the baseline.

Note that Garcia never touched home plate. As Robinson was gathering himself, Garcia could have touched home plate and — considering the umpire had yet to make a call — probably would have been called safe.

Also, Robinson is several feet up the baseline when Garcia runs into him. According to rules, a runner has the right to an unobstructed path to a base. Obviously a catcher can block the plate, but with Robinson so far up the line and not close to home plate any longer, it may have been possible to call him for obstruction and grant Mexico the run.

So, yeah, it was an all-around interesting play.

And since Karim Garcia is involved, we’re not going to pass on posting this:

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, indieague final in Azerbaijan.The Gunners face Chelsea in Baku but will be without Armenian attacker Henrikh Mkhitvincing Achraf Hakimi to return from his loan at Borussia Dortmund.Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc wants to keep the Madrid born defender in Germany.”We have expressed our interest several times in extending Achraf’s deal after next summer,aryan who is not travelling because of fears over his safety.”It’s a scandal that he cannot play because of that, he works hard all season avidually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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om Arsenal over a Bosman move across London this s

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The Boston Globe reports Red Sox manager John Farrell said is making progress as he begins to tweak his delivery. “The delivery you see now is like he was before,” Farrell said. “The lead leg was like a swinging gate, collapse on the backside, lost that downward plane. He’s made some tangible adjustments in camp. They started late last season.” Lester has seen a drop in velocity the last two seasod by England.The winger, who has been a revelation for United since arriving from Swansea this summer, made his full Wales debut last year.Despite being born in Hull, James has represented Wales from U17 to U21 level.”[My father] took me to a camp inns, but Farrell isn’t overly concerned. “It could be he’s logged 1,000 innings the last five years and there’s going to be a natural effect,” Farfor CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov is heating up ahead of the winter market.Chalov, 21, remains a target for Crystal Palace, which failed with an offer for the Russia international last summer.However, Chelsea have also made enquiries in the past wrell said. Lester madenjury.He insists the Chelsea midfielder was pulled out of the France line-up to face Iceland as a precaution.Kante handed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard a fresh injury worry by limping off with a groin problem in the warm-up ahead of France’s Euro 2020 q his Grapefruit debut Sunday against the Cardinals. He pitched two perfect innings and struck out one batter.

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close the teen came from being lost to Barcelona

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The Arizona Republic reports Wednesday that Diamondbacks pitcher lost 10-15 poeason.Rondon has been on-loan at Newcastle from West Brom.Rondon said: mouth is demanding huge money to sell Nathan Ake.Sky Sports says Bournemouth have told Leicester City that they’ll have to part with £75million if they want to make Ake their replacement for Harry Maguire.The Cherries think that because Ake is two y“Better with age? For me, yes. It’s like a wine! I try to be healthy all the time. I am getting older so I have to work more than the young players. I have to work really hard aunds over the offseason after changing his diet. In fact, manager Kirk Gibson said he looks like a “totally different guy.” Cahill wanted to beconvolved with the club with helping them achieve Europa League qualification – including the chef!The Molineux outfit have sealed a seventh placed finish after only being promoted from the Championship last season.Nuno said: “To do it the way we did ime a better fielder after struggling in that role last year. “His body is different,” Gibson said. “I think he’s worked a lot on his athleticism. He’s leaned out.”

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e Manchester City returned to the team for Sunday’

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MLB.com reports Reds manager Dusty Baker said he’s eager to work with prospect in major-league camp this spring. Baker also said while Reds fans will be eager to see Hamilton, who stole a pro record 155 bases in the minors last year, called up for his debut, the team is preaching patience, especially since Hamilton changed positions this offseason from shortstop to center field. “If you’re playing winning baseball, there are things you have to do other than just stealing,” Baker said. “Switch-hitting is new for him, playing a new position is new for him. There are things that you have to do and in order to do them, you have to play to get better at it. You’ve got an honors student, but he’s a freuragement over their big-name signing plans this month.Marotta was happy to name-check Tottenham midfielder ChriAndre Silva insists he’s happy to do preseason with AC Milan.The striker spent last term on-loan with Sevilla.”I feel very good, I’m happy to be back at Milanello and meet many of my teammates,” he told Milan TV.“I want to meet the Coach and talk about what this season will be like.”Milan are eager to find a buyer for Silva this summer.stian Eriksen, Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud and Barcelona ace Arturo Vidal when discussing Inter’s hopes for the January market.He said,shman, are you going to graduate higers boss Steven Gerrard has issued a now or never call for admirers of Alfredo Morelos.Crystal Palace and Real Betis have both been credited in an interest in the Colombian striker.”I’ve got a quality player on a long contract who gets paid very welm right away? I’ve seen speed before. We’re all amazed by speed. You have to learn how to harness that speed.”

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, with Norwich beating Manchester City headlining

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Cardinals startiIan Carlo Poveda to leave for Leeds United.Guardiola was asked after the FA Cup win over Fulham why City had let Poveda go and went on to explain why he thinks Leeds will be a good fit.”Because he’s young, he has to play, he’s not able [to play here]ng pitcher isn’t considering retirement despite the unlikelihood of him pitching in 2013 because of recurring neck, shoulder and arm issues. “I don’t think I’ll ever retire, to be honest with you, I’ll never say that word,” he said. “There might always be hope. Maybe when I’m 48 I can come back and do it some more.” Carpenter will remain away from the team while he recovers from his latest setback. If my arm is what it is like now, at some point in time you have to be like, ‘All right, enough’s enough,'” Carpenter said. “You can only push it so mu the Hammers have communicated to Bilbao they will meet the €30m option in Nunez’s contract to bring him to London in January.Nunez, 22, is ready to leave Bilbao after finding himself on the fringes of the first team this season behind fellow defench. I can’t pitch with the way that Ies fan attacked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish last season, reports BBC Sport,Paul Mitchell ran onto the pitch and hit Grealish from behind during March’s Championship derby between the sides.Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks on 11 March.An indepen feel right now. It’s not fair to anyone. I’m going to go ahead and rest it and wait until our guys get back. … We’ll just have to see what happens through time.”

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Ruiz apologizes, and Manuel says ‘I trust him’

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — won’t serve his suspension until the season begins in April, but in a very real sense, his punishment for testing positive for amphetamines began this week.It began Wednesday, when Ruiz spoke publicly for the first time since Or it began Tuesday, when Ruiz arrived at camp and met with his manager.As uncomfortable as Ruiz looked for his seven minutes in front of the television cameras, the time he spent with Charlie Manuel may have been tougher.Tougher, but productive, because Manuel came away convinced that his catcher won’t become a repeat offender and will continue to be a top-level player.”I trust him,” Manuel said. “I know him, and therefore I trust him. I got on him [Tuesday]. I got on him good. The things he said, I trust him. I don’t think it’ll be a problem at all.”I don’t think he’ll ever do it again, that’s what I think.”Ruiz admitted Wednesday that he had taken Adderall, a drug that players are only allowed to take with a medical exter Milan.Gotti worked with Giroud at Chelsea and rates the Frenchman highly.He told TMW: “Giroud would have been perfect and succeeded with Inter from the beginning. “Giroud at Lazio would have been an alternative of great impact, because he has veremption (which Ruiz didn’t have). He admitted that he had failed two tests last season, although he wouldn’t answer any questions about why he took the drug, why he hadn’t gotten an exemption or whether he would try to get one now.”I want to put that behind mnside the current squad.Leicester are going well, sitting third after their 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.“We’re very confident, especially off the back of 5-0 win against Newcastle and the five great goals that we scored,” Chilwell told the Foe,” Ruiz said, after apologizing to fans and teammates. “I’m going to do my best. I made a mistake and I paid.”Major League Baseball has rules. When you make a mistake, you have to pay.”The Phillies will have to pay, too. Manuel agreed with the suggestion that Ruiz may have been the Phillies’ most valuable player last year.”Yeah, I was upset when I heard about [the suspension], Manuel said. “Chooch is a big part of our team. He’s developed into one of the best catchers in baseball. [Yadier] Molina is good, but Chooch is right there with him.”Manuel said that Ruiz seemed to be “really hurt” when the two spoke. There was no doubt that Ruiz looked and sounded emotional in his public statements Wednesday.”We’re disappointed,” general manager Ruben Amaro said. “He made a mistake. He’s going to pay for it. We’ll pay for it.”Manuel said he expects to be the Phillies’ main catcher while Ruiz serves his suspension. Ruiz is permitted to goor a spell on the sidelines with a hip injury. The club have not provided a timeline for Maguire’s return. Maguire missed Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg loss to Manchester City.Quizzed on how long Maguire would be out for, manager Ole Gun through spring training as usual, but will miss the first 25 games of the season.

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Report: White Sox interested in Jack Hannahan

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After signing to a three-year contract, the are left-handed third baseman , Scott Merkin of .com reported Wednesday.

Keppinger will ostensibly be the starting third baseman for the White Sox with his new long-term contract. However, Keppinger has struggled against right-handers over his career, hitting just .269/.321/.358 in 1918 plate appearances.

Hannahan could form the left-handed side of a platoon. However, he’s a better fielder than a hitter, and even against righties he only owns a career .233/.318/.363 line in more than 1,200 plate appearances. Perhaps the White Sox believe their homer-friendly park can signed by Tottenham.The Dutchman conceded he would be a big loss to the team but was not surprised Tottenham had to break their transfer record to landn Tuesday to book their place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero had the hosts up by two goals at half-time, before the latter added his second for the game after 56 minutes.Jack Stephens grabbed a consolation for Sa his services, as he is built for the Premier League.“Tanguy is a wonderful character to have in unlock some of Hannahan’s power — he’s spent his entire career in pitcher-friendly parkhester United last month.Rondon has revealed he had interest from United on transfer deadline day before the club eventually opted to sign Odion Ighalo on-loan from Shanghai Shenhua.Like Ighalo, Rondon is known to Premier League sides after featurings (Oakland, Seattle, Cleveland).

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Report: Blue Jays interview DeMarlo Hale for bench coach

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The have interviewed third base coach DeMarlo Hale for their bench coach position, to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

Hale had been mentioned for the Red Sox manager vacancy earlier in the offseason. The team eventually traded for John Farrell. Hale was a finalist for the the Blue Jays manager position in 2010, eventually losing out to Farrell. Prior has been in contact with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his loan spell at Roma.Smalling has excelled in the Italian capital after signing for the season late in the transfer windowmore crowded.The Sun says Crystal Palace and Lazio have joined Inter Milan in the battle to sign Young.’The 34-year-old has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this month with Inter offering the 34-year-old an 18-month deal to come to the .He is one of the best defenders in Serie A this season, which mean to being with the Orioles, Hale spent six seasons with the Red Sox. Hed and I’m at number 14 on the fixture list; Blackburn Community Sports Club Women are hosting West Kirby Ladies at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Harrison Playing Field.The season’s of Autumn, Winter and Spring will have passed by the time of the served as the team’s third base coach from 2006 to 2009, and was the bench coach in 2010 and 2011.

Manny Acta could also be a candidate for the position, according to Rosenthal. Acta has previously managed the Nationals and Indians. He was fired with six games left to play in 2012. Prior to managing with those teams, Acta was a third base coach with the Mets and the Expos. 

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Justin Verlander won’t confirm or deny dating Kate Upton

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There are certain things in this world I just have trouble understanding. Among them: 1. throwing 100 mph, 2. earning $20 million in one year, 3. playing coy when asked about dating Kate Upton.

Yet, has all those things. Basically, he’s living the dream.

We knew all about the first two and have sus1 coach Aidy Boothroyd has no doubts about the future of Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden.Foden scored both goals for England’s U21s as they made it back-to-back wins in Euro 2021 qualifying with a 2-0 win over Kosovo at the KC Stadium.“He’s ppected the third. In Tuesday’s USA Today, Verlander was asked about his relationship with the hat in Verlander’s suite at Comerica Park suite earlier this season.

“I’m not confirming or denying anything,” Verlander . “I’ll leave that to my grandfather. God bless him.”

Verlander’s 87-year-old grandfather did tell Celebuzz this month that his grandson was dating Upton.

“I never thought I’d have to prepare my grandfeam-bonding dinner organised by Juan Mata and David de Gea.The Rochdale.html”>Daily MailRochdale.html”> says De Gea and Mata led some of their team mates on a bonding night out following their uncomfortable Carabao Cup win over League One Rochdale onather,” Verlander told the newspaper. “It’s a whole different world. I can’t believe that people would call my grandparents. It’s tough when people start trying to dig into your personal life.”

Justin, if the worst they find is that you’re dating Upton, you’re pretty much living the good life — complete with Ferrari 458 Italia and six other cars. Again, a little different than my Subaru with a baby seat in the back.

But hey, we both really do like the Cheesy Gordita Crunch, so maybe we’re not that different after all.

Funich are being linked with unsettled Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.AS says Liverpool will face a fight to keep hold of Champions League hero Salah this summer, with United and Real Madrid battling to sign him.The giants both want to lure the Egyptianor more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Orioles’ Nick Markakis out three more weeks

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Orioles outfielder will have two pins in his left thumb for at least another week, putting his availability for the postseasoameyang has thanked fans for their support after Thursday’s shock Europa League elimination by Olympiakos.The captain was left floored by their collapse at home.But Aubameyang posted: “I Woke up This Morning praying as usual and I thanks [sic] God n in doubt. Markakis hasn’t played since Sept. 8 after suffering a broken left thumb and was hoping to delighted with the form of summer addition Frenkie de Jong.De Jong was named Joan Gamper Trophy man of the match for the defeat of Arsenal, and the Dutchman has been impressing all of those who seen him this summer.”He’s curious and thoughtful and a gertures.The Swans are sitting second in the Championship despite losing manager Graham Potter, as well as star players Daniel James and Oli McBurnie.Grimes said: “I am always still talking to Dan and Oli and we are obviously so pleased with how they at the pins removed on Monday.

Instead, a hand specialist recommended to keep the pins in for another week, meaning it would be three weeks before he could return to the lineup.

“It was just crushed too bad in there and I had a lot of pieces here and there,” . “Probably on a clean break, they’ve probably come out today, but my situation is a little different.

“They want to keep it in another week and it would probably be in a splint for a week or two after that, so I’m probably still a good three weeks away at minimum.

Three weeks puts his return at Oct. 22, the day after Game Seven of the American League Championship Series.

Markakis is hitting .298/.363/.471 with 13 home runs this season, hitting .335/.390/.489 after the All-Star break.

Markakis was hit in the thumb by the ‘ in the Orioles victory on Sept. 8.

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Chipper Jones on the one-game playoff: ‘It’s stupid’

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As we get closer to the end of the season, we’re going to hear more and more about the new playoff format. I happen to like its biggest (and intended) result, division titles mean something with those teams avoidng the one-game playoff. The Braves’ , though, disagrees.

“I think it’s stupid, to be honest with you,” Jones told reporters in on Friday (). “But Major League Baseball wants a bunch of teams in the playoffs. There’s nothing like cut-throat baseball for the fans. And people love that 163rd regular-season game. They’ve loved it in the past. I’m sure that’s probably what’s promoted a second wild-card team. I wish tp has revealed he played a hand in Frank Lampard becoming manager of Derby County.The 41-year-old impressed enough in his debut season at Pride Park to be named as Maurizio Sarri’s successor at Chelsea.And Redknapp says he advised Rams owner Mel Morrhey would’ve done it a year earlier so we would have had a chance last year.”

If I’m Jones and the Braves, I’m probably not sold on the idea of the one-game wild card, either. Atlanta entered Friday’s game with a 6 1/2-game lead over the for the top wild card slot, and 8 1/2 games ahead of for the second. The team is also 5 1/2 games behind the in the NL East, so it seems like the Braves are a shoo-in for at least one of the wild card spots.

“You say to yourself, we could possibly have the second- or third-best record in the National League when the season’s over and we have to play a one-game playoff just to get in,” Jones continued (). “That doesn’t seem fair because anything can happen [in one game]. Now if you were to say the two wild-card teams will play a best two-out-of-three [series], I’d be OK with that. I think it’s more fair from a standpoint that anything can happen in one game — a blown call by an umpire, a bad day at the office … at least in a two-of-three game series you have some sort of leeway.”

Again, I understand where he’s coming from and in his seat, I’d likely feel the same. But if you’re talking about castle United.The Portos-Conceicao-vacant-managers-job.html”>Daily MailPortos-Conceicao-vacant-managers-job.html”> says Newcastle have sounded out Conceicao over their vacant manager’s job.Newcastle are on the hunt for a successor for Rafa Benitez affair, is it fair for a team that won its division to sit around for three-to-six days before starting its postseason series?

Whatever anyone at this point says, it’s not going to change anything this year and unlikely to change anythinglsea defender Marcos Alonso has cast doubt on his future today.Alonso signed a new five-year contract only last October, but has struggled for form under coach Maurizio Sarri and reports in Spain have linked him with a return to Real Madrid.When aske down the line. Will it work out as expected? It rarely does, but that’s one of the beauties of baseball.

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After huge game, Miguel Cabrera a legitimate Triple Crown threat

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third baseman  went 3-for-4 with two horate incidents of racism at the club’s Amex Stadium, reports BBC Sport.The first incident involved two fans and took place at an Under-23 fixture against Tottenham on 27 September.The second occurred during Saturday’s win over Spurs, with one person mers, a double, six RBI and three runs in a big Tigers win over the A’s, 12-2. The big blow as far as Cabrera’s individual stat line is concerned was a grand slam in the eighth. That blast put him in a pretty good position to lead the AL in batting average, home runs and RBI — a.k.a. the AL Triple Crown. If Cabrera wins it, he’ll become the first player to win his league’s Triple Crown since Hall of Famer Carl Yastrezemski in 1967.

Cabrera is now hitting .333, leading the AL. In second place is center fielder  who is batting .327 batting average.

After the six RBI Tuesday, Cabrera now has 129 RBI. Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has 123.

Cabrera’s two-bomb night gives him 40 homers, which trails Hamilton by two. Also of note for Cabrera on an individual level, his 39th homer marked a career high and he’s now (obviously) reached 40 homers for the first time in his already-stellar career.

So Cabrera is right on the cusp of a triple-crown victory with just over two weeks left in the season. The side storyline here is the Sunday’s meeting with Manchester City.In the space of a week, Arsenal have come from behind to beat West Ham and draw at Standard Liege – and the Swede is pleased with what he has seen.”I’m happy you saw [the players telling each other what to do in AL MVP race. Trout is considered the frontrunner because his all-around game is better — as Trout is a far superior defender and baserunner.

Bngue in cheek, Ratcliffe says it would be a dream come true to sign the Barcelona star – no matter his age.He told L’Equipe: “The player I would like to see in Nice? For me, the best player in the world is Lionel Messi. “If I can buy him? Maybe when ut wouldn’t the first triple crown since the LBJ administration sway some voters? It would be a glorious old-school stat vs. new-school stat debate.

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