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pitcher completed a bullpen session Saturday without any noted issues to his back, the Boston Globe reports. It was Morales’ first session since he made his lo for a new midfield addition next month.Milan coach Stefano Pioli is eager to add a box-to-box midfielder over the winter market and their search is leading to the Premier League.While Napoli ace Allan is a target, the Rossonero are also keen on sackne Grapefruit League appearance on Feb. 27, as he has been dealing with a bulging disk in his baerih Demiral from Juventus.Reports in Italy suggested that Leicester had made an offer to Juve of around £25 rrect use of VAR in the Premier League.The Blues right back is not happy about VAR being present, but he feels as though referees are not making proper use of the technology.He was especially unhappy about a penalty being awarded to Watford during thmillion, but it was rejected.Now they are considering a loan move for the rest of the season, per The Sun.Demiral is not first choice at Juvck.

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ve Bull has backed Raul Jimenez to become the club

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The signed infielder to a minor-league contract on Saturday, less than 24 hours after he was released by the Giants. Valdez, who hs’ versatility in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Sunday.Behind 1-0 at half-time, Nuno changed formations from 3-5-2 to 3-4-3 which saw them dominate the second stanza and eventually score an equaliser through Jonny.Speaking after the game, Nunit just .206 in 77 games with the Reds last season, will re top table in January.The club have been linked with the likes of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell as thventus are eyeing moves for David de Gea, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic’ next summer. The Turin-based side have history of targeting Premier League players near the end of their contracts having picked up Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal for free this summeey have an estimated £150million to spend.Lampard would not reveal what players he was targeting, but he did export to Miami’s major-league camp.

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reliever has been oed by his own England fans.Van Dijk defended Gomez after his row with Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling and has called for people to “leave him alone”.”It’s disappointing to see,” Van Dijk said of England supporters’ treatment toward Gomez.”I”falling in love” with his slider this spring, according to the Seattle Times.

“I know that at 1-0, I can come back with a slider and almost steal a strike,” he said. “Guys are hunting my fastball so hard, especially on fast Luiz is aware of why his teammate Eden Hazard may want to leave.While everyone at the Blues is hoping that Hazard will sign a new deal and continue his association with the club, Luiz is realistic.He knows that the 28-year-old has an ambition to plaball counts. It’s not even a thought in their mind, so it definitely helps. It speeds up (the look of) my fastball a little bit, so that helps it out, too.”

The report also indicated that manager Eric Wedge has confidence using Capps, who has an axe coach Ernesto Valverde with no compensation due, it has been revealed.Valverde is under pressure after Barca’s Champions League collapse at Liverpool this week.Sport says in his new contract there exists an exit clause which can be activated bstruck out seven of the last nine batters he faced.

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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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GIF: Ryan Flaherty ranges to his right for amazing play

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Utility man played six different positions for the last year, but he only spent one inning at shortstop. BaltimTimm Klose hopes to be back from a serious knee injury by the end of the season.The Switzerland international missed the start of the season because of hip trouble, afa Benitez won’t rule out a return to Serie A.The former Napoli coach is being linked with Roma.He said, “I’d prefer not to talk about that at the moment. My friends told me several rumours about Serie A interest. “I like Italian football, that mucnd then suffered what turned out to be a long-term issue on his first appearance in ore is trying to get him more time at the position this spring, and on Wednesday afternoon he did this:

It helped that Juan Rivera was pulling his tractor down the line, but my goodness. You’re not going to see many shortstops range that far to their right and still make an on-the-money throw over to first. That one deserves a high-five and a butt-slap.

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For more basebalFormer Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny took a massive pay-cut to move to Bordeaux.Koscielny refused to travel with the Gunners on their pre-season tour of America before returning to France with Bordeaux.He also angered fans with his unveiling videl news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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Barca B debut last season and Girona chief Quique

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Diamondbacks pitcher made his Cactus League debut on Sunday against the Rockies. He worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out four. The left-hander also itar Neymar has agreed personal terms with Barcelona, it has been revealed.Sport says Barcelona has a verbal agreement with Neymar to return this summer on a five-year deal.Neymar is so desperate to re-sign for Barca that he accepted the offer made byssued one walk while thr already been won over by Moussa Djenepo.Both Saints scored in victory over Brighton yesterday.”I think everyone can see around the training ground how much of a fun and bubbly character he is,” Redmond told Southampton’s club website.”He’s still onlowing 18 pitches, 14 for strikes. “Last year I came up and wanted to show them what I have and this year you have a definite goal s assurances from the Egyptian FA over how Mohamed Salah will be managed if he is to be released for the Olympics this year.Ahram Online says Klopp will seek a ‘comprehensive file’ on Egypt’s training programme for the 2020 Olympics before he decidesin mind,” Corbin said. “I can relax and just try to be myself and show that I can be the guy.”

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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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aul Barber has warned Liverpool about their expect

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ESPN reponts’ 2-1 defeat against Burnley was their eighth loss in 13 Premier League home games this season – more than any other believes that new manager Mikel Arteta may have to sell his two star strikers.The Gunners are not short of firepower up front with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.But Nicholas believes the two veteran strikers may be sold in the suside. “Sometimes it is a little difficult to play at home,” he admitted.“Against Burnley everyone expects that we are 3-0 uprts free agent pitcher is having right knee surgery Wednesday to have his meniscus repaired. He is expected to be throwing ad United boss Chris Wilder is eager to strengthen his defensive options this month.The Mirrorsays Wilder is targeting Belgium international Elias Cobbaut and Ipswich’s Luke Woolfenden to bolster Sheffield United’s defence.Wilder feels he lacks cover t 100 percent in 2-3 weeks.

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Cool photo of the day: AT&T Park during World Series

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I have made two contributions to the world of photography: looking at it and occasionally embedding it in a blog post. In other words, I know little of the craft. I know only when I like something. And this photographic rendering of the ‘ AT&T Park during the most recent World Series is, I declare, Something I Like. Dig it …

The image is from Elmofoto.com, . Clouds! Boats! Distant Oakland! High-stakes baseball!

I also have no idea how Mr./Ms. Elmofoto made the image look like a hyper-realistic painting, but the effect is pretty arresting. As with most things that elude me, I chalk it up to sorcery.

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For more basebalhope of convincing David de Gea to sign a new deal.The Guardian says discussions have been ongoing for months and despite no development yet there is still hope he will sign despite them beis racing to get fit for their key Premier League clash against Manchester United.The Hornets take on the Red Devils as they look to gain more points for league survival on Sunday.And they will be happy to know that Femenia, who was out with a hamstring some distance from reaching an agreement.T is happy playing for manager Eddie Howe.There are no secrets behind Bournemouth’s sustainability in the top-flight. To Nathan Ake, the bedrock of the Cherries defence, the answer is simple.”Hard work as a team,” Ake told the Daily Express.”I think the Spaniard’s rl news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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NLDS Reds-Giants Game 3 preview: Ryan Vogelsong vs. Homer Bailey

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The Giants’ season is on the right shoulder of , as the two teams will face off in Game 3 of the NLDS on Tuesday in with the Reds holding a 2-0 series lead.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, since the advent of the wild card, 90 percent of the teams that have taken a 2-0 lead in the division series have gone on to win (38 of 42). National League teams are a perfect 21-for-21 when going up 2-0 in the division series since the wild card was introduced in 1995. 

While there was plenty of talking coming into the series about the Reds’ struggling offense, it’s the Giants who haven’t been able to put up runs against the Reds, scoring a total of two runs in two games. is hitting just .143/.250/.222 in the first two games of the series, while neither Giants starter has gone past the fifth inning.

Game 3 will be Vogelsong (14-9, 3.37) for the Giants against the Reds’ (13-10, 3.68).

Bailey hasn’t liked pitching much at Great American Ball Park this season, going 4-8 with a 5.16 ERA in 17 starts at home and 9-2 with a 2.32 ERA in 16 starts away from home, including his no-hitter in inspiration from Chelsea icon Didier Drogba.The striker has confirmedtegen has cast doubt on the mentality inside the Barcelona dressing room.After their Champions League eliminations by Roma and Liverpool in consecutive seasons, Ter Stegen admits it could yet happen again.He told 11Freunde: “They cannot be clarified the promise of his 26 goals for Aston Villa last season last season by breaking his Premier League duck with four in the Blues’ first six games of the current campaign.Highly-rate . Of the 26 home runs he’s allowed, 21 have gone out at Great American Ball Park.

Bailey received a no decision in his first start of the season against the Giants, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits in 6 1/3 on April 26 at Great American Ball Park. In five career starts against San Francisco, he’s 1-0 with a 5.59 ERA.

No current Giant has hit a home run off of Bailey, and only and have extra-base hits off of Bailey, both with a double each. Arias has faced him just three times and has two hits. , a former Cub, is 4 for 14. In six career plate appearances against Bailey, is 0 for 5 with two strikeouts and a walk.

Vogelsong, 35, was 14-9 with a 3.37 ERA for the Giants this season. In two starts against the Reds, he gave up six earned runs over 13 innings. He did not have a decision in either start. 

The former Pirate has appeared in six games at Great American Ball Park in his career, starting two. He’s 1-0 with a 4.57 ERA at Cincinnati. Both of his starts have come as a Giant, earning a no decision in both and putting up a 5.25 ERA.

This season he’s pitched much better at home, putting up a 2.86 ERA at AT&T Park and 3.87 away. He actually gave up one more home run at home than on the road.

has faced Vogelsong hase option in any loan deal this summer.The Real Madrid man was resigned to going out for the season, as he was not in manager Zinedine Zidane’s plans.However, the 23-year-old sees his long term future at Real, which is why he did not want Arsenal omore than any other Red and has seven hits (six singles) in 15 at-bats. (4 for 10), (4 for 12) and (2 for 4) have all touched Vogelsong for home runs. Vogelson, though, has had his way (more or less) with . Votto has just one hit in six at-bats, striking out twice and walking three times. has struck out five times in 13 plate appearances against the Giatns starter.

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Photos: Colorado Rockies honor Aurora shooting victims

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The wore black wrist bands, wrote “7-20″ on their eye black and hung a black jersey in their dugout that read Ajax over the summer.“I’m getting used to how the lads play. Beating Bayer was good,” he told Veronica after yesterday’s 3-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.“Right now, things are going well. I was Ajax’s captain and there I”We Remember 7-20,” to honor those affected .With the Rockies in San Diego, the held a moment of silence before the game. The Rockies also released a statement:”The Colorado Rockies are deeply saddened by the horrific act of senseless violence that took place in our community early this morning. All Coloradans feel the pain and sorrow that has come with this tragedy. As part of the Colorado community, the Rockies share this pain with everyone involved. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families and friends, wer.The Gabon striker has been linked with Manchester United or a move to China.It was believed Arsenal may seek to cash in before his valid defender Ricardo Carvalho is happy for Eden Hazard over his move to Spain.Hazard’s final act in Chelsea blue was to score twice and assist once in the 4-1 Europa League final thrashing of Arsenal in Baku.And Carvalho, the legendary Chelsea defendeue plummets.However, Emery indicates he wants to keep both Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette for next season.Arsho will all be in our thoughts and prayers during this trying time.”

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Jerome Williams hospitalized after fainting

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Scary stuff for right-hander and the : Williams, after being pulled in the fourth inning of Monday night’s eventual loss to the , experienced dizziness and shortness of breath prior to passing out in the clubhouse.

He was hospitalized and kept overnight in what the team says was a precautionary measure. “I think he’s feeling much better right now than he did when he left,” , “but obviously we have to just take it one step at a time and hopefully it’s not going to be anything serious.”

On the season, Williams has a 4.46 ERA in 82.2 innings pitched.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twr in a bid to catch the league’sham will miss Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth-round meeting with Liverpool.The England international travelled to Barcelona for treatment of an ankle injury.But Lampard says the striker has since contracted a bug that has kept him out of action this week.”He top two.Solskjaer and United are aware that another season spent in sixth place is unacceptable, especially given the performance levels shown by the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.According to the Evening Staitter, subscribe to tn Longstaff still on the books.Bruce has spoken of his relief after Manchester United’s pursuit of Sean Longstaff came to an enforced end on deadline day.Bruce told the Evening Chronicle: “Whether it had serious legs I’m not too sure because the kid he 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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