Thelwell says young duo Jordan Graham and Harry B

content_img

The shocked the baseball world Sunday morning by announcing top pitching prospect , who has just 27 minor-league starts under his belt and has never pitched above Class A, has been promoted from the minors. The Marlins needed starters after placing Henderson Alvarez and Nate Eovaldi on the disabled list with shoulder injuries.

Fernandez, who is coWatford are eyeing AC Milan fullback Ricardo Rodriguez.The Switzerland international is ready to leave Milan in January after battling for minutes this season.Tuttosport says Rodriguez’s agents are speaking with clubs across Europe to find him a new destination.Napoli and Fenerbahce are keen, as are Watford.For his part, Rodriguez has harboured ambitions of playing in England in the future.nsidered a top 10 prospect by Basebmovic has spoken about his journey in football that resulted in him becoming one of the great icons of the game.The Swedish star was speaking on the unveiling of a statue in his honour in Malmo.Ibrahimovic has starred for the likes of Ajax, Juventus,all America (No. 5) and .com (No. 7), might not have a ton of pro experience, but he becomes a potential add off waivers in any Fantasy format because of his upside. On top of having a solid ERA (2.02), WHIP (0.96) and winning percentage (.875) in the minors, Fernandez also struck out 10.7 batters per nine innings. 

Although Fernandez is just 20 years old, he’s shown great command for his pitches and poise on the mound for a pitcher of his age. He’s likely going to get a decent audition while Alvarez and Eovaldi are sidelined, so I think he’s worth rostering inry Maguire has been snapped driving away from Carrington with a Manchester United branded bag.United will hope they have pulled off the biggest coup of the summer by securing a £80m deal for the centre-half who will become the world’s most expensive most Fantasy formats. To me, there’s more to gain than lose for Fantasy owners because you should only be dropping a bench player to pick up a potential Fantasy impact rookie. Perhaps Fernandez has the talent to do — although they are position players — what Mike Trout and Bryce Harper did for Fantasy owners last season.

Read more →

oving for Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubra

content_img

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.”

Read more →

boss Pep Guardiola launched a defence of midfield

content_img

Andy Pettitte held the Nationals to two runs (oneterms with Chelsea.Luiz says he is close to agreeing a new contract with the club.Asked if he will be at Chelsea next season, Luiz said: “Yes I think so. Sooneverybody is going to know. It will be before the Europa League final, in fivedays.”I love t earned) on five hits and no walks Friday. He struck out six.

Pettitte owns a 3.52 ERA in 15.1 ulas insists Moussa Dembele will not leave this month.In France, it’s been claimed Manchester United have made an offer for the striker in the last 24 hours.But Aulas told RMC: “Moussa hiGraham Potter.The Seagulls appointed Potter as their new boss in the summer and have since looked to implement a new identity, which has yielded a victory over Watford and a home draw against West Ham so far this season.”I think against a little bit mself is not to my knowledge trying (for a departure). “Whateveinnings this spring with 14 strikeouts against four walks. Pettitte only appeared in three major league games this spring, but if his last tuneup is any indication, he’s ready for the regular season. He’s slated to be the ‘ third starter behind CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda.

Read more →

e in the next 48 hours.That’s according to Swedish

content_img

manager Terry Collins said Wednesday he expects to return for another spring training start early next week.Marcum received a cortisone inje has defended wantaway Romelu Lukaku.The forward, who is set to join Juventus in a swap deal which is expected to see Paulo Dybala move to United, has scored 42 goals in 96 matches for the club since arrivgement to sign permanently Jonjoe Kenny.The Everton fullback has impressed during his season-long loan.And Matondo told The Sun, “Jonjoe is confident, has a good mentality, he’s aggressive like the manager likes it, he’s good going forward and obviing from Everton in 2017.”I said it before anction in hisre prepared to back new boss David Moyes in the market as they attempt to strengthen their team.The Mirror says the Hammers have pinpointed three areas they want to strengthen.The London side want to sign a striker, midfielder and right back before t right shoulder Tuesday.”He said he gets it every spring, pretty much,” Collins said. “He just wanted to get it cleared up early so he can take a couple extra days now and he can go into his last start of the spring and extend himself a little bit.”

Read more →

es Mertens insists Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri s

content_img

pitcher made his longest start of the Cactus League on Sunday against the Giants. He allowed Ghezzal in an attempt to sign Dennis Praet from Sampdoria.The Belgian midfielder is a long term target for Leicester, but they are struggling to agree a fee with the Italian club.Underperforming star Ghezzal is a possible makeweight in a cash plus p four runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander was tagged with a two-spot in the first befoLiverpool are set to go head to head with Borussia Dortmund to sign Ferran Torres from Valencia.The 19-year-old Spanish winger is producing some eye catchinghelsea winger Kenedy.Getafe have reached an agreement with Chelsea to take the 23-year-old Brazilian on loan this season.AS says Kenedy turned down offers from Reading, Sassuolo and Schalke 04 for the opportunity to play Europa League football with G displays in La Liga this season.And Reds manager Jurgen Klopp will do battle with his old clre making it through the next three frames unscathed. Chacin gave up his final damage in the fifth. The 25-year-old also struck out one with no walks in his third outing of the spring. 

Read more →

Bayern Munich.The two teams will meet in the roun

content_img

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.

Read more →

Big idea: The designated hitter compromise

content_img

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.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

Read more →

Alexander Sorloth is set to be offloaded by Crysta

content_img

MLB.com reports Rangers outfielder has been diagnosed with a strained muser Wilfried Zaha.Napoli are set to launch a £60 million bid for Zaha as they step up their pursuit of a big-money winger, says the Napoli-set-launch-60-million-bid-Crystal-Palace-winger-Wilfried-Zaha.html”>Daily Mail. The Serie A side had targeted Zad he could adidas have helped ease tensions with Paul Pogba, it has been revealed.The Daily Star says the German sportswear giants hold huge stakes in both the Premier League club and the France World Cup winner.Pogba, 26, signed a bumper 10-year boot deal withhave made a substitution after ten minutes during his side’s game against Arsenal.The Blues started the game in a 3-4-3 formation, but they were struggling for much of the first period and went in 1-0 down to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gcle in his left shoulder and the Rangers have advised he might have to miss the World Baseball Classic.

Read more →

old.The South Londoner was a junior at Chelsea alo

content_img

Mariners pitcher saw his first action of the spring on Monday against the Angels but did not fair too weourinho enjoyed another dig at Luke Shaw after their victory over Chelsea.Mourinho has warned Old Trafford signing Harry Maguire he “will have to learn” how to play alongside the left-back.The new Sky Sports pundit said: “When Maguire gets drawn out ll. He allowed three runs on two hits with a walk over an inning of work. The right-hander surrendered a three-run homer to and ended up throwing 17 pitches, 11 for strikes. “It wasn’t the way I wanted it go, but it wa Lionel Messi insists his relationship with Antoine Griezmann is rock solid.There’s been claims from Griezmann’s end that he and Messi do not get along.But the Argentine told Mundo Deportivo: “How’s it going with Griezmann? We have a good relationshis good to get out there and get my feet wet again,” Bonderman said. “It was good to get the first one out of the way, but it’s no excuse. I have to go out there and get ? Here are 10 of the top stories, from new signings and departures to a farewell for a Spanish legend.REAL MADRID CLOSE GAP AT THE TOPBarcelona went into 2020 with a two-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of the LaLiga Santander table but thouts.”

Read more →

Podcast: Yankees team preview

content_img

  |  |  |

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 .

You can listen to the podcast in our popout player, which can be found

We would also encourage you to .

This episode runs a little more than 45 minutes.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers ,  and , follow .

Read more →

he would have coached Manchester United had he bee

content_img

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.”

Read more →

rmer Leicester City striker signed earlier this mo

content_img

CBSSports.com Senior Columnist Dae assistant manager Ray Lewington insists there’s no need for panic after defeat to Hertha y Rose has hit back at Ruud Gullit after last night’s Champions League triumph over Ajax. Gullit singled out Rose, Deleul Le Guen has spoken with Samir Nasri about a move to Ligue 2.The former Manchester City star is available after being allowed to come off contract at West Ham.L’Equipe says Le Guen has called Nasri about a move to Le Havre with the aim of driving t Alli and Victor Wanyama as not technically good enough after the first leg 1-0 loss in north London.And Rose says he found those cBerlin.Palace were thrashed 4-0 by their friendly opponents.“You try and win every match,” Lewington said. “We’ve got fantastic support. We’ve got a groundnny Knobler reported on Friday that infielder has agreed to a one-year, $2.95 million deal with the Rays, avoiding arbitration. The deal also includes performance bonuses, according to Knobler.

Read more →

Gian Piero Gasperini has accepted Dejan Kulusevski

content_img

Just se to drop their bid to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp.It’s since been formally confirmed by Barca that PSG turned down two separate offers for the Brazil captain over the summer.And now they’re to try again in January, accoto be overturned.It will mean he is set to miss the clash with Real Madrid. The RFEF code says insulting a referee comes with at least a two game ban.Mateo Lahoz sent off Dembele for saying “very bad, you’re very bad” after he dismissed Ronald Araujording to Okdiario’s chilike last offseason, when they weren’t in the running for until the 11th hour, the Angels crept into the talks Thursday and ended up nabbing the free agent outfielder with a five-year, $125 mily Mail says United fear Shaw could be out for five weeks with a hamstring injury.The 24-year-old pulled up during the first half of Saturday’s defeat to Crystal Palace and was replaced by Ashley Young.Scans have since confirmed he is facing at least lion deal. Previously, the Rangers, Mariners and Phillies were thought to be the leading candidates for Hamilton’s services.

Read more →

Report: White Sox interested in Jack Hannahan

content_img

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).

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

Read more →

Report: Blue Jays interview DeMarlo Hale for bench coach

content_img

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. 

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

Read more →