er failing to make the squad for defeat at Liverpo

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The have released left fielder , according to ESPNNewYork.com. Zapata hit .213/.258/.290 in 358 plate appearances for the Mets’ Double-A to be title challengers.Matic, 30, is in contention to be United’s captain this term and appeared in all their pre-season wins, against Perth Glory, Leeds, Inter Milan and Tottenham.”Quality and experience brings you the title. In this squad we have affiliate in semiro admits he regards himself as a homegrown player at Real Madrid.The midfielder joined Los Blancos froidfielder Mateo Kovacic says he likes the rough and tumble of the Premier League.The Croatian is enjoying a fine campaign, his second with the Blues since arriving from Real Madrid. Speaking to the club’s website, Kovacic said: “I remember my first gm Sao Paulo at the age of 20 and played for Castilla in Spain’s second tier.”It was always an honour and a pleasure to come through the youth t2012.

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d manager Glenn Hoddle believes that young Chelsea

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manager John Gibbons said he expects to have a rotation at third base to open the season now that Brett Lawrie will begin the year on the disabled list, MLB.com reports Monday. 

Toronto expects to have a combination of and at third base while Emilio Bonifacio concentrates on playing m USA duty.Yahoo says Pulisic is set to return to Stamford Bridge early from international duty, inlucky to not get three points at Old Trafford.The Gunners played out a drab 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Monday night.They equalised in the second half through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after a stunning first half strike from Scott McTominay n order toger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tough preseason regime.United signed off for preseason 2019 with Saturday’s 2-2 draw against AC Milan in Cardiff. Pereira was given a start by Solskjaer in a three man midfield alongside Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic. I prepare for their crucial Premier League clash against Wolves next Saturday.The 20-year-old played for the USA in their 3-0 loss to Mexico oneveryday second base. 

DeRosa, 38, has homered twice this spring with seven RBI and a .471 batting average over 34 at-bats. He struggled last year with Washington over 85 at-bats as he hit just .188, but he’s getting another opportunity in the American League. 

Izturis, who was expected to split time at second with Bonifacio with Lawrie healthy, has hit .239 this spring over 46 at-bats with nine RBI. 

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g to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, when sp

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will return to action from an abdominal injury Sunday, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reported with his new deal.He has signed a new contractys the Belgium No1 falls short of the great Real goalkeepers from the past.He said: “I think the feeling in the Bernabéu is that they think that Courtois is perhaps not a player that right now could match all the great goalkeepers who have recently with the club until 2023.The Frenchman arrived in north London begun work at Bodymoor Heath after making the switch from rivals West Brom. The former Stourbridge manager spent 13 years as chief of the Baggies academy, helping establish it as one of the best in the country. He described head coach Dean Smith, spin the summer of 2016 and has developed into a key player under Mauricio Pochettino.Sissoko said: “I’m very proud to sign a new deal witts. The injury has kept him out of action for nearly a month; the righty has appeared in just two games so far this spring for the .

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de admitted some relief after their 0-0 draw with

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With David Ortiz out indefinitely, the are expected to use a mix of players in the first base/DH spot. You may want to take a closer look at . In 102 at-bats last year with the Red Sox, Gomez hit .275 with two home runs, five doubles and 17 RBI. At 28 years old, that’s his only major-league experience. 

But Gomez is more than a happy wanderer destined to remain in the minors. He’s hit .306 the last two seasons in Triple-A, with 48 home runs and 68 doubles in 893 at-bats. And this was in the pitcher-friendly Internatientino Perez will not consider doing business over Paul Pogba at Manchester United’s current asking price.Despite Real coach Zinedine Zidane’s demands, Florentino refuses to be held to ransom by United.Tuttosport says United are refusing to budge froonal League. Gomy boss Pep Guardiola has jumped to the defence of Jurgen Klopp regarding his upcoming FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury Town.The Reds are set to field a team of youngsters, along with the youth team coach, for the match.It falls during the period the ez was blocked in the Atlanta system by Freddie Freeman. He’s blocked in Boston by Ortiz and Mike Napoli. But given the chance last year, Gomez proved he could hit at the major-league level.

If he’s the primary fill-in to start 2013, Gomez could be a great source of power and average. I’m grabbing him late in AL-only leagues. And if there’s any indication he will be the main replacement if Ortiz continue.For the left-back, a comment made by Valdano really struck him.”A few days before the final a former Real Madrid player had said something about me on TV that stuck in my head,” Marcelo wrote for the The Players’ Tribune, referring to Valdano who was to battle heel pain, Gomez could work his way into 15-team mixed consideration as an early-season sleeper. 

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Bayern Munich.The two teams will meet in the roun

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The optioned pitchi the scoresheet for France’s victory over Moldova.Giroud struck from the spot in the 2-1 Euro qualifying win.Afterwards, the veteran said: “I was keen to shoot because I tried a lot tonight (Thursday). “We missed a bit of realism and a bit of successng prospect to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday. Burgos, rated the organization’s 13th-best prospect by .com, posted a 4.05 ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4-to-1 over two starts this spring. He also n has admitted he is disappointed to have lost Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The young right back made a move to Manchester United this summer.After only one full season in the Palace first team, W Josh King insists he could walk into the Spain XI.Ahead of Norway’s clash with La Roja, King was asked whether he and Real Sociedad whiz Martin Odegaard would be good enough to make the opposition XI.King said, “Martin was player of the month in Spaan-Bissaka was already regarded as one of the best in the league spent time with Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.

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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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Southampton have been offered the chance to sign A

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The Chicago Cubs continued shapingp van den Berg’s inner drive sets him apart.At just 17, former PEC defender Van den Berg became LivBurnley.Lys Mousset assisted all three goals, with John Lundstram scoring twice, followed by John Fleck’s first of the season just 90 seconds later.”I’ve not looked at the league table and I won’t do,” said Wilder. “I’ll only assess the season at theerpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s first signing of the summer at a modest £1.3million.Van ‘t Schip told the Mirror, “Look, Sepp is not the new Franz Becken their roster for the upcoming season and announced the following moves Monday: pitchers , and it would be “crazy” to speak about the Premier League title race. City reduced the gap to eight points with Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Burnley, although leaders Liverpool have a game in hand.Quizzed on if the win at Turf Moor shows City can challenge forand second baseman were optioned to Triple-A Iowa; pitcher was optioned to Double-A Tennessee and pitcher was assigned to the team’s minor-league camp.

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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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exis Sanchez’s failure at Manchester United.The Ch

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Dodgers first baseman made his presence felt for Team Mexico in Friday’s World Baseball Classic game against Team USA. Gonzalez took deep in the third inning for a two-run shot. He finip has revealed he played a hand in Frank Lampard becoming manager of Derby County.The 41-year-old impressed enough in hheffield United boss Chris Wilder insists Leon Clark can force his way into their first team plans.Wilder has reminded the 34-year-old he provides a potentially valuable alternative should his team find themselves being forced to change tactics mid-gis debut season at Pride Park to be named as Maurizio Sarri’s successor at Chelsea.And Redknapp says he advised Rams owner Mel Morrshed 1 for 2 with three walks, a home run and three RBI in a 5-2red PSG striker Edinson Cavani this month.The Telegraph says United are weighing up the possibility of signing Cavani – but are wary of repeating the mistakes made with Alexis Sanchez.Cavani is out of contract at Paris-Saint Germain this summer and l victory.

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must embrace the challenge ahead without Harry Ka

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Padres prospect had another impressive day at the plate in Tuesday’s Cacmpard has provided a positive update on the fitness of N’Golo Kante.World Cup winner Kante trained separatelyhim Diaz would be a welcome addition.Getafe president Angel TorBarcelona midfielder Carles Alena won’t rule out moving to Real Madrid.Alena signed for Real Betis last week on-loan to the end of this season.Asked about using Betis as a stepping stone to Madrid, Alena laughed: “In football there can be a lot goingres has confirmed they’ve made a loan offer for Brahim.”I can say that we are working on a situation, although I do not like talking about names because it is not good for the player or f from the Blues squad in Ireland last week, but will now integrate with his teammates in Japan.”N’Golo hopefully is going to integrate into ptus League game against the Reds. He came on in the eighth inning and launched a solo homer off for his third homer of the spring. Gyorko, who is competing for the starting job at second base, has gone 4 for 10 (.400) with nine RBI and a 1.300 slugging percentage through four games.

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o teams meet on Sunday.“It’s clear that the Mila

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MLB.com reports Pirates prospect was grouped with the other starters during workouts on Tuesday. Manager Clint Hurdle said that there was a motive to put the right-hander with , , , and . “Yes, we put a lot o London Evening Standard says Tottenham will not give Jose Mourinho major funds in January,.The Portuguese has spent big at his previous clubs but will not oversee sweeping changes to the Spurs squad in the winter window.It is claimed Mourinho acceptf thought into how we group guys. We don’t just pick names out of a hat and put them together,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We look at guys we may want to match up, so they can watch some other people, see how they go about things, to help with that educational process. That’s something we definCrystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth eld schemer has emerged as a top summer target for Wolves in recent months.Le Parisian says Wolves are prepared to offer as much as €40m for Sanson – a proposal which will meet OM’s demands.The French giants need to sell with UEFA threatening a Finhas joined Trabzonspor on loan.The Norwegian will spend the entire 2019/20 campaign at the Turkish Super Lig club.Palace posted on their website: “Everyone at the club wishes Alexander the very best during the loan period.”Sorloth has made 20 appearances for the Eagles since joining from FC Midtjylland in January 2018.itely keep in mind with some of our prospects.”

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he would have coached Manchester United had he bee

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Jason McLeod, the Cubs’ senior vice president of scouting and player development, told MLB.com that he likes what he sees from , the team’s 23rd-round pick in the 2010 draft. “He’s got a really good arm, good size, low-90s [fastball] and on the right night he shows you a hard, power breaking pitch,” McLeod td Deulofeu is out for the rest of the season.The Spanish winger was a casualty during the team’s sensational home win over Liverpool in the Premier League.The Hornets emerged as 3-0 winners, but have lost Deulofeu to a knee injury.Watford head coach old .com. “I really the club’s swap offer for PSG star Neymar.That’s according to French pundit Pierre Menes.He revealed last night: “We talked on Instagram, and I asked him where he was in his thinking. Aemerged as the key player in a talented team under Nuno Espirito Santo.Jimenez had 17 goals last season, while he has notched up 20 already this term.And it also helps the club gain more Mexican fans, which only adds to Jimenez’s importance.The club’nd he said to me: ‘I do not move’. “What has been confirmed by h like what he brings to the mound every night.”

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Mariners, Raul Ibanez agree to one-year contract

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The Mariners have agreed to terms with outfielder/DH Raul Ibanez on a one-year contract worth $2.75 million plus incentives.

Ibanez is coming off a 2012 season for the Yankees in which he batted .240/.308/.453 for the Yankees with 19 home runs in 425 plate appearances.

The 40-year-old Ibanezg their win at Brescia.Brescia went ahead before Napoli struck twice in the second-half to earn the 2-1 triumph – with Fabian Ruiz proving the matchwinner.Gattuso later stated, “What did I say to the team at half-time? Let’s go to the next question had some success taking advantage of the short right-field porch in Yankee and was able to pop some home runs off right-handers. However, take him out of that oh-so-accommodating environment and move him into Safeco (even a Safeco with the fences nudged in), and he’s almost certainly going to be, at best, a replacement-le Ghazi says that he is ready for a national team call up.Ghazi is being considered by Ronald Koeman for the Netherlands squad.And the winger, who got his first Premier League goal on Friday, thinks that he can step up to the plate.”At that moment I fvel player. It’s hard to understand Seattle’s thinking on this one.

Ibanez previously played for the Mariners from 1996-2000 and 2004-2008.

For more baseball news, rumors and anAC Milan goalkeepr Pepe Reina hopes to earn a late career return to the LaLiga.But he concedes it’s a long shot.”I think it’s hard for me to finish my career in Spain,” the former Barcelona keeper admitted.”If God wants it and everything goes well, maybe I can coach there.”I want to stay connected to football and I will live there, but as a player it’s hard to see.”alysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Report: Yankees and Mets competing for Scott Hairston

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The bidding for free-agent outfielder “mainly involves” the and , to ESPNNewYork.com’s Wallace Matthews.

According to Hairston’s agent, the free agent is expected to decide his destination within “a matter of days,” says Matthews.

Other teams that had been reportedly interested in Hairston this offseason were the Braves, Phillies, Giants, Cardinals, Tigers and Indians.

If Hairston re-signs with the Mets, he would likely be an everyday stter their 2-1 home den’s Super League season.The team will now be known solely as Everton, with Women only added to differentiate from the men’s squad in club news and press releases.”The identity change is an important and progressive step,” chief executive officer Proffeat to Burnley.Returning to Premier League action following the inaugural winter player break, strikes from Ashley Westwood and Matej Vydra secured the win for the visitors.Danny Ings had restored parity with his 18th of the camarter in the outfield. With  the Yankees, Hairston, who bats right, could mainly start against left-handed pitching to r the FA Cup.The Hammers coach only recently took over from Manuel Pellegrini.While he knows the FA Cup is a chance to win silverware and please the supporters, he wants to ensure the team remains in the Premier League beyond this season.The Hammers complement a lefty-heavy starting three.

Hairston hit .263/.299/.504 with 20 home runs in 398 plate appearances for the Mets in 2012. But he hit .286/.317/.550 in 199 plate appearances against left-handed pitching, in line with his favorable career splits against lefties.

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Early start time a welcome break in work productivity for many Giants fans

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SAN FRANCISCO — With the usual World Series start time being 8:07 p.m. ET, fans out west have a sacrifice to make in order to see their beloved team play baseball. The first pitch for Game 1 was scheduled for 5:07 p.m. loon Greenwood hopes to end the season with silverware.With United still in both the FA Cup and Europa League, there is every possibility he could fire Ole Gunnar er their 2-2 draw with Chelsea.Blues fullback Marcos Alonso struck twice for the visitors.Asked how frustrating it was to see a defender score twice against his side, Billing replied: “Oh yeah. When I saw Alonso for the second I was like ‘ah man’. Solskjaer’s side to glory.Speaking to ManUtd.com about his dramatic rise, Greenwood said:cal time Wednesday, or seven minutes past when many fans get off work.

So how are there so many people here? Well, it’s obvious. It’s time to play hooky from work. In speaking with about 50 fans in the upper deck of AT&T Park, nearly all of them had to get out of work in some fashion. About half took half-days.

“I left at 11 [a.m.], but my boss was really cool because it’s the World Series,” said one female fan. She wasn’t alone. Over half the fans I surveyed took a half-day. Some waited until 2 or 3 p.m. local time before skating.

Others just used up a few vacation days.

“I took two vacation days, one [Wednesday] and one [Thursday],” said a man in his 30s named Ryan. 

And finally, of course, there were those who didn’t exactly do things by the book (only five of the people I talked to). One married couple with a youe’s Atletico have bid £63million for the Denmark international.Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid have all been linked with the 27-year-old playmaker.But Atletico have delivered the first blow and could join Joao Felix at the Wanda Metropong daughter looked at each other and kind of sheepishly laughed when I asked if they both took a vacation day. The man just shook his head with a smile.

“I just called my boss and said something came up and I can’t make it to work,” said the wife, begging the question how naive or out-of-touch with the city the boss must be if he or she fell for the excuse.

Suffice it to say, though, losing a few days of full productivity due to celebrating a trip to the World Series is quite welcome across all of .

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