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closer will begin the season on the disabled list, as he continues to recover from surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow, .com reported Saturday.

Francisco threw to hitters this week for the first time since the operation, but admew offer for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes this summer.The Sun says they have been warned that the powerful centre-half will not come cheap after making an inquiry during the January transfer window.Lille president Gerard Lopez has already proved itted earlier in the week that he is still dealing with some soreness in the elbow.

At this point, it is nther top keepers.The Brazilian is rightly seen as one of the best in the world at his position.He helped the Reds to win the Champions League last season.But he knows his game is not perfect, whichelder Philippe Coutinho has been keen on a move to Chelsea, it has been revealed.Chelsea, despite having a transfer ban, are understood to be interested in securing his signature.The Blues are unable to make any signings until the summer of 2020.They is why he mentioned qualities he’d take from the likot clear when Francisco is expected to join the team, as he has not yet thrown in a game. Bobby Parnell will serve as the team’s closer with Francisco out. 

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oving for Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubra

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general me veteran will miss this week’s qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo.”The midfielder arrived with an injury but it was hoped he would be available to play a part in the Three Lions’ forthcoming UEFA EURO 2020 qualifiers,” said a statement on Tuesanager Sandy Alderson said Friday there is no direct connection between starting pitcher ‘s latest injury and his no-hitter from last June, the first in franchise history.

Santana is expected to miss the entire 2013 season after suffering a re-tear of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder that could also end his career.

“(There is) little to suggest it had to do with the no-hitter. He continued to pitch. He was symptom-free for a period of time thereafter,” Alderson told ESPN. “Was [the no-hitter] a nice part of Mets history? Yeah, absolutely. If it came at the price of Johan’s career? No,mett is delighted seeing more Geordies on the pitch.The victory over Manchester United saw three Geordies on the pitch – Andy Carroll joining the Longstelsea manager Frank Lampard admits that he felt Sheffield United could come back in their 2-2 draw.The Blues were in a 2-0 lead after a fantastic start to the game.However, their levels dropped in the second half and the newly promoted side earned a aff brothers, with Dummett on the bench.As a Newcastle fan himself, Dummett is pleased to see it.H not worth it.”

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infielder , who is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foo his style of play.Bonucci is regarded as your typical Italian stopper.And he explained, “I alwayormer Tottenham boss Juande Ramos believes Harry Kane will be key in the Champions League final against Liverpool.Ramos was the last manager to win silverware for Spurs.Ramos, who lifted the League Cup in 2008, said: “Both clubs know each other very s greg of Frank Lampard. Derby boss Lampard is expected to be named as Maurizio Sarri’s successor this week.Only one season of experience has lead some to suggest Lampard isn’t ready for the role, but Desailly thinks the Blues hierarchy should be trusted.w up wanting to be of help to the team, providing assists as a midfielder or scoring goals as a striker. I had to reset that way of thinking and rt, suffered a setback Tuesday. Forsythe appeared to be in a great deal of pain and is a strong candidate to the start the season on the disabled list, according to .com.

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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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reaking his goal scoring drought was a significant

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picked up his first win of the spring Friday ar Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton.The Sun says Burnley are lining up enchman was fired close to the end of the Premier League season, with Brendan Rodgers taking over and going on an impressive run of results.However, Puel may not have to wait long for his next job.Le10 Sport in France is reporting that Saint-Etienne a cut-price £1million deal for Bitton.Dyche is a keen admirer of Bitton and wants to try to sign him in January to boost his options in a number of areas.The versatile 28-year-old, whgainst Tampa Bay. Jurrjens held the Rays scoreless for five innings with just two hits allowed and three strikeouts in relief of Steve Johnson. He now has a 4.61 spring ERA.

Jurrjens isn’t expected to breakn taunting Leeds United fans after yesterday’s FA Youth Cup win.The Leeds support chanted ‘you’re just a s*** Sideshow Bob’ towards Mejbri, given his resemblance to the Simpsons character.But he took it in good humour, posting a picture of Sideshow B camp with the — Jake Arrieta looks like he’ll win the fifth starter job — but the Orioles will be able to keep him in the minors until his opt-out clause can be exercised on June 15. He’ll have until then to convince the Orioles he’s worth a major league spot.

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ome the club’s talisman.Iwobi stepped up another l

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manager Davey Johnson told reporters Wednesday closer  has an infected wisdom tooth that might need to be repaired. Johnson isn’t sure how severe Soriano’s situation might be, United.The Sun says Portuguese transfer guru Campos, 55, could get the job.Vice-chairman Ed Woodward felt that Campos’ appointment would give Jose Mourinho too much power 18 months ago.But now he favours Campos due to his ama Eden Hazard.The Brazil defender spoke to Efe after yesterday’s 3-2 defeat of Everton.Asked about his former Chelsea teammate, Luiz was aware of Hazard’s latest injury setback suffered in defeat at Levante.He insisted: “It is not worrying, because itzing record at Monaco anbut he wants it done as soon as possible so he still has time to prepare for the start of the season. Soriano is scheduled to pitch again Friday, but his status is TBD.

The Waser Issa Diop.United have already had one offer turned down by the Irons, while the Londoners have demanded Anthony Martial in part exchange.Meanwhile, Sky Sports says PSG are making a move for Diop.The free-spending Paris giants see Diop as a long-tehington Post reports Soriano traveled to the Dominican Republic on Tuesday to tend to a family matter, which was unrelated to his wisdom tooth issue.

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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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Griezmann is excited ahead of experiencing his fi

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The Philadelphia Inquirer reports starting pitcher went through a coaching-intensive bullpen session Thursday after strugglinChelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon has lifted the lid on how the club locked down after Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus.Lollichon has revealed how the club swept through to clear our of the virus.Speaking to Get French Football News, he said: “Things started a little bit earlier (in the week).“Because there was a suspicion, there was an employee who was working at the traiWenger has revealed Arsenal made an attempt to sign Lionel Messi as a Barcelona youth teamer.Wenger discussed the move when asked about Arsenal’s failed attempt for current Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.When asked on beIN SPORTS if Arsenal were verning centre, who had symptoms that came quite close to that of coronavirus.”When I arrived on Thursday morning, I was quickly told to head back home.“We ssia Dortmund have expressed interest in the French defender – and the Gunners have now set a price to sell.The Daily Star says Gunners chiefs will demand £10.6million for Koscielny from any potential suitors.It’s believed Emery has been told he neeweren’t allowed to go to the training centre, training was cancelled as well.”But it meant the London side have been able to head back to Cobham earlier.“Tomorrow (Saturday), in theory, those due to be at the training centre to work, should be allowed to be there. The training centre has been completely disinfected.“We don’t have the training schedule yet.“There will be nothing this weekend, then decisions will be made at the beginning of next week, to know what planning will be put in place for training. No decision has been made yet.”g during his latest spring outing Tuesday. With pitching coach Rich Dubee providing instructions, Halladay threw 39 pitches — 20 from the windup. Halladay is 2-1 with a 7.36 ERA and 1.64 WHIP through four spring starts (11 innings). He also allowed three homers and six walks, while striking out nine.

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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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Jordan Lyles not concerned about rough spring

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right-hander continued his rough spring on Friday, allowing six runs on seven hits to the Braves while recording just two outs. He has now surrendered 15 runs (14 earned) in five innings across three starts in camp. Despite the rough start, Lyles told he is not concerned.

“I’m definitely not concerned, but I don’t think anybody in this clubhouse is happy with giving up runs after runs,” Lyles saiio Sarri plans to take a close look at Mason Mount in preseason.The Sun says the Blues are preparing to unleash Mount on their first team squad next season after applying for ar-old Irishman has been included with fellow homegrown youngsters Juan Foyth, Oliver Skipp, Alfie Whiteman and Brandon Austin.Each club must name a maximum of 25 players. Two must be goalkeepers. There are a minimum of eight places reserved exclusive visa for him to join their pre-season tour of Japan.Mount’s impressive lod. “It’s part of the game, but I think next outing I’ll start mixing in my cutter and slider. I think these outings won’t show up as much when I start mixing in those pitches and start going for outs.”

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“When you’re out there, you’re still competing, don’t get me wrong,” he said. “I’m not saying ‘Here’s the ball hit, it as far as you can.’ Guys are going to see the boxscore and are not going to be happy, but I’ed’s current status hurts him every day.The striker penned a new four-year deal with United on Monday.And the Englishman hopes he can fire United back up the table after a sixth-placed finish last season. “Me being a fan changes the emotional side ofm getting myself ready for April, and this is spring training and I want to go into the season healthy. That’s my main focus.”

Lyles, 22, went 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA in 25 starts for Houston last summer. He owns a career 5.20 ERA in 45 starts and 40 relief appearances since being named the 42nd prospect in baseball by Baseball America before the 2011 season.

This is one of those rare instances in which spring training statistics matter, at least to a certain extent. Lyles is competing with the likes of (6.75 ERA in Grapefruit League play), (7.20 ERA) and (4.91 ERA) for one of the two rotation spots behind , and , and he currently lags behind them all. It’s good that he’s working on things, but he’s going to have to get some outs at some point if he wants to actually make the team.

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boss Jurgen Klopp admits Harvey Elliott won’t be

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After being sidelined since Sunday due to a mild intercostal (is season.Emery says he is happy with their progress, despite facing the prospect of missing out on the top four.He stated: “Yes I am. Our progred a warning at Liverpool defender Joe Gomez a day before Monday’s furious England clash.The Mirror says Sterling warned Gomez ‘don’t f**k with me’ during their heated exchange in Sunday’s Premier League game.The pair clashed towards the end of Cityress I think – when we started the season we lost against Man City and Chelsea and we worked for this procerib) injury, Tigers outfielder returned to the lineup for Friday’s Grapefruit League game against the Mets. H Barcelona ahead of their Champions League showdown.Victory over Slavia Prague last night means Inter are still in with a chance of reaching the knockout phase – if they beat Barca at San Siro in a fortnight’s time.Conte declared: “We stayed alive ine went 1 for 3 with two strikeouts in the 6-2 loss.

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Bull Pennings: Rock and roll — and baseball — never forgets

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(Gettys must keep working on his game.Speaking to Sky Sports, Giggs expressed his delight at Manchester United winger’s recent performances.“He’s one of those players you know what he’s going to do but you can’t stop it,” our record appearance-holder sai Images)

PEORIA, Ariz. — It wasn’t quite out past the cornfields where the woods got heavy, and it wasn’t quite a ’60 Chevy.

But it was close when Ted Simmons’ night moved one Friday in the late 1960s.

Simmons was attempting to travel home to family for the weekend from the University of Michigan with his then-girlfriend (now wife) Maryanne, and the young couple did something that was completely natural at the time.

They hitchhiked.

Simmons was a high-profile baseball player who was drafted in the first round — 10th overall pick — by the Cardinals in 1967. Though he signed with St. Louis out of high school, he was attending Michigan during the offseasons.

It was in November or December, as he remembers it. Nighttime. Cold. Snow flurries.

As Ted and Maryanne hitchhiked alongside U.S. 23 North coming out of Ann Arbor, a van pulled over. Ted helped Maryanne into the front passenger’s seat, then climbed into the back.

“I get in, all the seats had been removed, and there was a full drum set in the back,” says Simmons, now a senior adviser to Mariners general manager Jack Zdurencik after a long pro career as a player.

As the van rumbled off into the night, Simmons told the driver how much he appreciated him stopping.

“Where ya going?” the driver asked.

“Detroit,” Simmons replied.

The driver explained he was headed for Interstate 96, but then he was heading west toward Lansing instead of east toward Detroit.

“I’ll drop you, and you can pick up another ride from there,” the driver said.

That settled, Simmons mentioned theielder Jonjo Shelvey admits he could be a “Liverpool hero” after grabbing a late equaliser against Manchester City.With City leading 2-1, former Liverpool man Shelvey connected with the ball first-time from a corner that was pulled back to the top of drum set and wondered if his ride was a musician.

Yes.

“What’s your name?”

“Bob Seger.”

“I remember it like it was bigger than life,” Simmons says. “He was just starting out back then.”

Seger was a local legend, playing hundreds and hundreds of nights throughout Michigan and the Midwest, awaiting his break. It finally came in 1976, when Seger rocketed to stardom nationally with the release of the albums Live Bullet in April, and Night Moves in October of the same year.

The night he graciously came to the aid of a couple of young lovebird hitchhikers, Simmons recalls, Seger had just finished playing Ann Arbor’s famed Canterbury House and had another date scheduled in Lansing.

“He wasn’t huge yet,” Simmons says. “Then he got huge. It was just super for anybody to stop.

“It could have been a serial killer.”

And had that happened, the Cardinals in 1970 would have had to find someone else to replace aging catcher Joe Torre.

Except, this story has a far better ending. Simmons went on to have a 21-year career with the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves, and he has a very cool story to tell about Bob Seger.

Now 63, Simmons says he’s seen Seger perform two or three times since his roadside brush with rock ‘n’ roll greatness.

And when his playing days were finished, Simmons, a physical education and speech major, went back and earned his degree from Michigan in 1996.

Presumably, not by hitchhiking.

Yes. It’s finally warming up in the desert. After a week of long pants, sweaters and jackets, it’s finally warm enough to remove your jacket.

White Sox starter , who owns hunting property with De a teammate.The PSG striker is being linked with a big money move to Real in 2020.And Carvajal admits he’s aware of the speculation and would welcome the striker to Madrid next year.”Do I want to play with Mbappé? This is one of the biggest playersiamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, also tells a great story of meeting Seger a few years ago. Peavy landed in a remote airport on a private plane one winter’s day en route to his property, and Seger happened to be at the airport. “Mr. Seger, I’m a big fan,” Peavy stammered. “Call me Bob,” Seger told him.

Journeyman pitcher Mark Hamburger popped for a failed drug test a second time and a 50-game suspension. Even The Hamburgler is embarrassed for him.

“Roll, roll me away, 

“Won’t you roll me away tonight 

“I too am lost, I feel double-crossed 

“And I’m sick of what’s wrong and what’s right

“We never even said a word, 

“We just walked out and got on that bike 

“And we rolled 

“And we rolled clean out of sight”

— Bob Seger, Roll Me Away

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the international break.Wales international Chest

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Marlins outfielder told reporters Thursday X-rays were negative after he was hit in the head Wednesday during a simulated game. He said he plans to take it easy in workouts the next few days, so he can “get back on planet earth.’’ Stanton remains hopeful to play in Saturday’s spring opener against the Cardinals. “I was pretty loopy, I must say, yesterday, but for ed Matteo Guendouzi after his performance against Manchester United on Monday.The 21-year-old Arsenal midfielder ended the 1-1 draand international has been out with an Achilles injury since May.But after a posting a video of himself doing football drills in training this week, the Blues think the midfielder could return to action next month.A fit again Loftus-Cheek would help w with the best passing accuracy of any player in the final third.And former Gunners star Fabregas took to Twitter to prthe most part I feel fine,” Stanton said, per The Palm Beach Post. “We’re going to see how a bunch of activity in the weight room goes. lan Rice insists he’s committed to West Ham.Manchester City and United have both been linked with Rice and, while the 20-year-old believes he is good enough to play for a top club, he is happy at West Ham.Rice said, “If you look at the contract I’vI’d like to at least get some hitting in today, but it’s probably smarter not to do much.’’

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Podcast: Yankees team preview

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In this episode of the podcast, Chris and Mike Axisa discuss how the luxury tax impacted the and their strengths and weaknesses heading into the season.

Is this the worst Yankee team on paper in recent memory? How did the luxury tax impact the club? We go around the infield, starting with catcher. What type of performance can the team expect out of their , combo? Is a good fit for the park? What are the timetables for and ?We transition to the outfield, where the team is making some defensive changes. How will handle center field? What will the team do with , who is going to be a free agent at the end of the year?Time to talk about the rotation. How much of a concern is it that the team has some aging pitchers, , and Andy Pettitte, at the top of the rotation? What can we expect from and ?In the bullpen, the team will Manchester United are ready to bid for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye.The PSG-40m-rated-Evl for Liverpool winger Ryan Kent hasn’t changed.Gerrard admits Rangers’ £10m Europa League windfall will not trigger a renewed swoop for Ryan Kent – but he has pulled the shutters down on any clubs looking to snatch away his top stars.“Nothing herton-star-Idrissa-Gueye.html”>Daily MailPSG-40m-rated-Everton-star-Idrissa-Gueye.html”> says the Toffees are believed to be open to the idea of selling Gueye but want to recoup a fee of around £40million for the player, who has three years left on his contract.Manchester United consider the Everton midfielder to be a good anchor man to play alongside Paul Pogba in the middle of the park. The France international benefited from having N’Golo Kante mop up behind him as Les Bleus triumphed in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The Red Devils are looking to replicate this partnership but with Gueye at Old Trafford in the hope it will get the best out of their £89million man.get Mariano Rivera back. Is this the season he finally declines? With Rivera, and , can this be one of the top bullpens in the gamegue final because of their togetherness.The Reds are back in the showpiece event of European football a year after losing at this stage to Real Madrid.Shaqiri, who arrived from Stoke City in the summer, believes there is a real resilience and camarad?It’s decision time. Mike tells you if he thinks the Yankees are a contender in a tough AL East.Make sure to follow Mike on Twitter . I can be found .

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This episode runs a little more than 45 minutes.

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Chris Davis’ contract: $3.295 million to hit, $5,000 to pitch

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SARASOTA, Fla. — The aren’t asking to get on the mound this spring.

But they are paying him to pitch.

Seriously. Or half-seriously.

Davis provided one of the big early moments of the Orioles’ surprisingly successful 2012 season, pitching the final two innings of in Baltimore. As the season went on, general manager Dan Duquette joked that he was going to pay Davis as a pitcher.

And he did.

When negotiations on Davis’ 2013 contract reached the final stages, agent Scott Boras asked Duquette for an additional $20,000, to make it an even $3.3 million.

“I told him, ‘I’ll give him $15,000, and then you have to tell him that the other $5,000 is for that win in BJean-Clair Todibo has no regrets over his move to Barcelona.The defender joined Barca in January from Toulouse, though his career in Spain has so far been a slow burn.Despite this, Tobido is happy with his choice.The 19 year-old admits he had contact with Juventus, but was eager to move to Spain.”Juventus wanted me, but I chose to join Barça,” said the youngster.oston,’ ” Duquette said Monday.

Boras kept his part of the bargain.

“Five thousand dollars? That’s cheap,” Davis said Monday, laughing about it. “But I never thought I’d get paid to pitch, and now I have. And $5,000 is just about the right amount.”

Duquert is a target for Blackburn Rovers.The Sun says Rovers boss Tony Mowbray wants a new No 1 and is interested in the former England star.Hart, 32, has endured another miserable campaign having moved to Turf Moor in the summer following a dismal loantte has one more request for Davis. He wa – despite his loan move to Bayern Munich.The London Evening Standard says the 27-year-old’s struggles in Spain have had little effect on the size of the fee received by Liverpool for his transfer.Once Jurgen Klopp showed willingness to sanction Coutnts his first baseman to get his picture taken next to the Babe Ruth statue, since Davis and the Babe are two of just three players in the modern era (Jim Tobin is the other) to have a win as a pitcher and a three-homer game in the same season.

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