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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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has not been the subject of any formal offers – y

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To be honest, I don’t want any of the ‘ bullpen committemor Benfica players as they were thumped 4-1 in their UEFA Youth League clash.Elliott squared up to giant Benfica keeper Leo Kokubu as nine-man Liverpool crashed out of the Uefa Youth League.And he showed the passion that has excited Liverpool fans by si has praised the leadership of senior players at the club.Tomori is one of several youngsters who is settling into the Chelsea side after making the step up from youth level and spells out on loan.He credits his manager Frank Lampard for aiding te because I think just about all of them are capable of handling ninth-inning duties.

But I understand in deeper leagues you might want to take a flier on one just in case you get lucky and land the one who gets the lion’s share of the save opportunities. In that case, I’m going with over Phil Coke, Al Alburquerque, Octavio Dotel and Brayan Villarreal just because I think he’d be making a natural transition from the setup role and has long had the stuff to close.

And because I don’t think Phil Coke wouldn’t hold up in the role even if ster United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has stepped up his pursuit for a new director of football.Woodward has been looking to create the position for some time, but put his plans on hold over the summer.The Mirror says he has now started up he’s manager Jim Leyland’s first choice.

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K£38 million (US$49 million) for the financial ye

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For the first time since second baseman went down with a rib injury last month, the expressed some concern that he might not be reManchester United defender Eric Bailly is adamant his Instagram account was hacked amid surprising social media activity from the Ivorian.Screenshots appeared on social media of Bailly’s account ‘ericbailly24’ apparently liking derogatory comments abady for tstle United are close to announcing the transfer of Joelinton from Hoffenheim.The 22-year-old Brazilian attacker is joining as the club’s record transfer.Per Chronicle Live, the announcement will be made by the end of this week.The versatile forward he start of the regular season. Manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Murphy will stay sidelined until at least Wednesday while he recovers from a strained intercostal muscle.

The 27-year-old has yet to McCann admits he wants to sign Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane.Kane starred under McCann at Doncaster Rovers last term and the boss is keen to take him to the Championship.“Herbie’s top class, he really is,” he said. “He’s a Liverpool player. H play in a Grapefruit League game with New York after originally suffering the injury Feb. 18. If Murphy — and David Wright — are unavailable for opening day, is expected to patrol second base for the Mets while Justin Turner takes third.

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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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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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is RB Leipzig loan.Ampadu has not managed any play

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The Rockies signed pitcher to a minor-leagu hit the ground running for Southampton last season.The striker made his loan move from Liverpool permanent this summer.And Ings feels excited for the season with a solid preseason under his belt.Speaking to the Daily Echo, Ings said: “I think it wase contract on Sunday. The Denver Post reports the deal ier Ruben Loftus-Cheek admits he models his game on club icon Frank Lampard.He admits he wants to improve his goalscoring like the Derby County manager.RLC said, “He was obviously the best at that. I studied him a lidfielder Marco Verratti has heaped praise on Chelsea playmaker Jorginho.The pair were outstanding for Italy’s win in Greece on Saturday.”We work well together and Jorginho really reminds me of Thiago Motta, someone who also played it simple, but madot in the Academy with my coaches, hs worth $1.5 million. Volstad went 3-12 with a 6.31 ERA in 21 starts for the Cubs last season.

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Report: Padres not interested in Shaun Marcum, Joe Saunders

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The haven’t shown interest in free-agent pitchers and at all this offseason, to .com’s Corey Brock.

T Blues have upcoming Premier League meetings with Tottenham and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, as well as the Champions League Round of 16 tie with Bayern Munich.The Chelsea skipper told the club’s official website: “We haven’t made Stamford Bhis conflicts with earlier reports d of their Nou Camp stadium by 2024, according to AS, reports, /.Unlike a standard naming rights deal – where the sponsor takes on sole ownership of the inventory – AS says Barcelona want any partner to come after the famous Nou Camp moniker.The indicating the team had interest in both free agents.

If the Padres don’t add anyone to the rotation before theplay in the UK.The Japan international is expected to join Liverpool in January.“I’d love to play there [in Britain],” he said in 2018 after a Europa League tie with Celtic.“It’s one of the leagues that I’ve watched ever since I was a child and i beginning of the season, they project to open the season with a rotation consisting of , , , and . Potential starters and are set to open the season on the disabled list.

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Who’s the greatest designated hitter of all-time?

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The occasion of our evaluating Edgar Martinez’s Hall-of-Fame case raises a relevant question: Who’s the greatest DH of them all?

The designated hitter is a rather recent artifact (born in 1973), but you nevertheless find a number of good-to-great hitters who spent most of their time fulfilling those duties.

So there are two ways to approach such an urgent matnt Mino Raiola has defended his management of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Since his return to England from Juventus, the 26-year-old has been blighted by injuries and rumours of being a divisive figure in the dressing room.Speaking to Spoter. The first way is to answer the question: Who was the best hitter to spend a majority of his career at DH? If that’s the guiding query, then the discussion will be a brief one. It’s Frank Thomas (career OPS+ of 156), and it’s not a close call.

But if we frame the question in a different, perhaps more fitting way — Who was the most productive while occupying the DH spot? — then things get more interesting. That’s in large part because Thomas was far more productive as a first baseman than he was as a DH.

If we stipulate that contenders for “best ever while manning DH spot” must have logged at least 5,000 career plate appearances and have spent at least half of those PAs at DH, then our list of contenders is down to six: Thomas, Martinez, , Hal McRae, Harold Baines and Don Baylor.

Let’s compare some numbers, shall we? Below you’ll find a table — as lovely in execution as it is informative in conception — that places these six names athwart and astride one another.

You’ll see each designated hitter’s name, the number of plate appearances he logged at DH, his AVG/OBP/SLG and OPS compiled while deployed as a DH and — and then comes the long division. Actually, it’s pretty simple. Under the heading “OPS/Avg. DH OPS” you’ll find the hitter’s OPS as a DH divided by the league DH OPS over the span of his career. Ergo, the higher the number, the better he fared relative to the garden-variety DH of his era. This makes for a quick-and-dirty way to compare across run-scoring environments and according to positional standards.

To the digits …

Who is the greatest DH?PlayerPA as DHAVG/OBP/SLGOPS as DHOPS/Avg. DH OPSEdgar Martinez6,218.314/.428/.532.9591.21David Ortiz6,523.288/.384/.557.9411.16Frank Thomas5,698.275/.394/.505.8991.12Hal McRae5,917.294/.357/.463.8201.10Harold Baines6,618.291/.370/.467.8371.07Don Baylor5,391.259/.344/.449.7921.06Sorted by OPS/Avg. DH OPS

As you can see, Martinez, our candidate in question, distinguishes himself. He has the highest OPS and the highest era/position-adjusted OPS, and he ranks third out of six in DH plate appearances. It’s also worth remembering that OPS equates its two components, OBP and SLG, when OBP is the more valuable of the two. Given Martinez’s OBP-heavy breakdown, OPS actually undervalues him to an extent.

Park effects? Contrary to reputation, Seattle’s Kingdome played as a roughly neutral environment over Martinez’s time as a reTottenham have pinpointed Giovanni Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele as their primary transfer targets.Both players have impressed manager Mauricio Pochettino this season.The London Evening Standard says Pochettino’s obvious excitement for the summer won’t impact their new targets.Both clubs are widely touted as top talents.gular there, and he spent the back end of his career in run-suppressing Safeco. As for Ortiz — Martinez’s closest competition based on the above numbers — his home park of Fenway is a toan Rice has emerged as a 2020 priority target for Manchester United.Goal says United could even make a move for the West Ham star in January – if they can stump up £80million.United are already thought to be drawing up a shortlist of stars they wantugh yard for left-handed home runs, but it’s a very accommodating park for every other facet of the left-handed hitter’s game (i.e., singles, doubles and triples). In other words, there’s nothing in the playing environments that would push Ortiz ahead of Martinez. That’s to say nothing of the fact that Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs each rate Martinez as the better base-runner of the two.

Given all that, I’m comfortable saying that Martinez, in terms of value from the DH position, is the greatest designated hitter ever. How much that means when it comes to Martinez’s Cooperstown case is a matter for another EOB post.

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Free-agent rankings: Third basemen

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Our jaunt through the largely uninspiring 2012-13 class of free agents continues. Now it’s time to run down the third basemen who are hitting the market. 

Why just eight names ranked below? Because . So consider this crop to be thin both in terms of quality and in terms of population … 

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2012 stats: .235/.336/.409, 19 HR, 46 RBI, 47 RThis sort of sums up the state of the third-base free agent class: the top-ranked guy might not even wind up playing third. Youkilis, after the midseason trade to Chicago, enjoyed a low-grade renaissance, but it’s possible his declining range will force him across the diamond. Throw in his Boston numbers, and Youkilis was essentially a league-average hitter in 2012. Given his defensive limitations, he’ll need to hit more in line with previous norms to be an asset. He’ll turn 34 before opening day. 2012 stats: .218/.275/.383, 12 HR, 54 RBI, 33 RYes, your second-ranked third baseman was released by his first team before the end of April. Inge’s merits are pretty obvious: he’s a plus glove at the hot corner, and he’s still capable of running into a fastball on occasion. The overall offensive numbers, however, figure to be pretty dismal. 2012 stats: .257/.302/.327, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 28 RThe 37-rget for PSG ahead of the summer market and it was mooted he was ready to move to Paris.However, after scoring in victory over SPAL, Allan celebrated by kissing the badge on his shirt and declared “I love you” towards the Azzurri support.Il Mattino syear-old Polanco rather quietly topped 2,000 career hits this past season, but, not surprisingly, his offensive numbers continued a downward trend. His defensive indicators, however, remained strong. If he can overcome the back problems that plagued him laed more staff to his backroom team.Former teammate, Michael Clegg, has returned as the club’s new first-team strength and power coach.Clegg made 16 appearances for United between 1996 and 2001 and played for England Under-21s, before going on to holdst season, he can still be a useful stop-gap for a contender. 2012 stats: .245/.318/.398, 8 HR, 39 RBI, 26 RIt’s entirely possible — likely even — that Rolen will opt for retirement. If he doesn’t, then he’ll probably be able to land a job somewhere. Rolen can’t hit much these days, but the eyes and the numbers suggest he’s still an asset with the glove. Health, of course, is a concern for the 37-year-old. 2012 stats: .281/.348/.496, 16 HR, 37 RBI, 36 R, Chavez enjoyed a nice rebound at the plate, and he’s still a solid-average defender at the position. It’s highly, highly doubtful that Chavez, given his injury history, can hold up to regular duty, but he’ll still make a reasonable spot platoon guy. The question is whether he can hold on to some of the gains he made at the plate last season. Mostly, he succeeded because of a huger window.The Reds have already signed Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg to bolster their attacking depth.And it could be the only business Liverpool conduct according to Klopp.”I know the transfer window is open! It’s always tricky,” Klopp said. “Bute spike in his HR/fly-ball percentage, which almost certainly isn’t sustainable. Adjust accordingly.2012 stats: .254/.292/.393, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 12 R, 12 2BSutton has positional flexibility (he manned six different spots in his career), and, although the sample-size is lacking, his numbers against left-handed pitching have been strong. He’s certainly a reserve, but Sutton has his uses. 2012 stats: .188/.300/.247, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 13 RThe 37-year-old, 15-year vet saw his production crater last season, but a troublesome abdominal strain was partly to blame. At this point, DeRosa might — might — have some back-of-the-roster value as a utility sort and pinch-hitter-of-last-resort against lefties. In other words, not much value at all. 2012 stats: .187/.212/.280, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 9 RCairo, who will turn 39 next May, probably isn’t as bad as his .492 OPS from last season would suggest, but he’s not a roster-worthy player at this stage of his career. He can occupy multiple positions, but that’s about it.

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Marlins offering tickets on Groupon

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For all those who still seem to think a new stadium cures all that ails a franchise, we have the sadly predictable tale of the .

Exhibit Q: The Marlins .

Despite their shiny new stadium, Miami is still 18th Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard.With the Blues still to play in the Europa League fina the Rennes’ presidency.Wenger was a candidate for the job after Olivier Letang’s departure.But he explained to RMC, “Regarding Rennes, I am not a candidate because I am working a lot at the moment for the development of the game with FIFA and I focul Real Madrid haven’t been able to make ground in pursuit of the Belgian.”How are we supposed to talk to a club who are playing in a final?,” Perez asked, speaking in attendance in baseball, averaging 28,128 per game, 75.1 percent of capacity. While that’s up dramatically from last season (19,007 per game), it’s still on track to be the worst season attendance-wise for a team in a new stadium since the 1982 .

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Diamondbacks claim Wil Nieves; Henry Blanco placed on DL

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The have claimed catcher Wiler Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Some fans and pundits believe that Solskjaer is not good enough to turn around the fortunes of such a giant club.But Mata believes that replacing yet another manager, their fourth since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2012, would Nieves off waivers from the , The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecero. The Diamondbacks have also placed catcher on the disablBarcelona for Zenit St Petersburg in a €40m deal.The 22-year-have announced former goalkeeper Petr Cech as their new ‘Technical and Performance Advisor’.The focus of the job will be to provide advice on all football and performance matters throughout the club as well as embed and facilitate strong links betweeold scored four goals in 24 appearances for the La Liga champions last season, having joined in a “dream come true” from Bordeaux last year.His transfer to the Russian Premier League leaded list, as he’s dealing with a hand injury.

Nieves played 16 games with the Rockies, batting .298/.333/.404 in 47 at-bats, with one home run and five RBI. The Diamondbacks are his third team in the last three years. 

Blanco, 40, has played 21 games this season for Arizona and has struggled, posting a .505 OPS. 

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Report: Tigers looking to add pitching

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The will look for a , and it could be or , according to the Detroit Free Press’ John Lowe.

The team considers the asking price for to be too high, and could turn its attention to Rodriguez or Vargas. As CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman , the Tigers are interested in Dempster, but the are viewed as the favMiddlesbrough have turned down Burnley’s offer for defender Dael Fry.The Clarets lodged a bid of £8m for the England U21 centre-back.But Boro boss Jonathan Woodgate is determined to keep Fry, according to The Northern Echo.Former England centre-back Woodgate has worked with Fry at youth and senior level and is desperate to improve him as a player.orite for his services.The Tigers could for if they are willing to includ wants Tottenham to step up to another level in the coming season.Spurs reached the Champions League final but still finished the season trophyless.Lloris, their veteran goalkeeper, hopes the team can take enough of a leap to win a domestic or Europee third baseman Nick Castellanos in a deal, ESPN’s or Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes.The Times says Everton are facing tough competition to keep hold of Barcelona loanee Gomes.Midfielder Gomes starred for the Toffees during a season at Goodison Park from the Nou Camp.Barca are happy to allow Gomes Buster Olney reported.The team has also been  to and , according to CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler.

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Prospect spotlight: Astros 2B Delino DeShields Jr.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — On Baseball-Reference.com, Delino DeShields’ first full season in professional baseball looks downright dreadful. The ’ first-round pick in 2010 spent all of 2011 at low Class-A Lexington and hit just .220/.305/.322 with 118 strikeouts in 119 games. By all measures, that’s not what you’d like to see from a guy who was taken eighth overall, five spots ahead of , and given a $2.15 million signing bonus.But that’s not how DeShields sees it. Not at all.“Last year it wasn’t about how well I hit or how many bags did I steal, it was about me improving as a second baseman,” DeShields said earlier this week. “This year, the plan was to put it all together and see what we have and take that and move on. “For me, [2010] was a [success]. It might not look like it to other people, for me and our organization, it was a success.”The speedy DeShields was moved from the outfield to second, with his first exposure to second base coming in spring training of 2011. He went from spring to full-season Lexington and learned a new position as one of the youngest players in Tottenham as historic.Bayern thrashed their Champions League opponents 7-2 in London last night.Rummenigge declared: “Our team has written some history. I would like to congratulate the coaching team with Niko (Kovac) on top and also the entire teamthe league.“After games, I’m mentally exhausted, just because there’s so many things you do, you have to think about, know where to go,” DeShields said. “Last year was hard, because I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. Now it’s like second nature. Sometimes I don’t even know I’m do things I should be doing, because it’s a second nature.”This season he’s repeating the low-Class A level, but despite being in his second year at Lexington, he’s still the team’s second-youngest player at 19. While his relative youth compared to the rest of his teammates hasn’t changed from last season to this season, everything else seemingly has. Through 79 games, he’s hitting .276/.384/.401 with six home runs and ranking third in the South Atlantic League with 64 runs scored and a league-leading 58 stolen bases.Speed has always been DeShields’ calling card, as it would be expected of the son Delino DeShields, who had 463 career stolen bases. This season his 58 stolen bases has already set a Lexington team record, and his 88 swipes for the Legends is the team’s career record. On Tuesday, he was honored before the game with the base for his 57th stolen base, which set the new record. He then walked and stole second in the first inning to increase his season total. You can see his 58th stolen base of the season here:Most seasons, DeShields’ 58 stolen bases would be the best in the minor leagues, but he just happens to be in the minors at the same time as ’s Billy Hamilton, who stole his 100th base of the season on July 2 and has 101 going into Thursday’s games for high-Class A Bakersfield.“I think what I’ve done is pretty good, but, 100 bags?” DeShields laughs when asked about Hamilton, who was managed by his father last year at low-Class A Dayton when he became the first minor-leaguer in a decade to reach the century mark in stolen bases.While DeShields is pretty sure he can’t catch Hamilton (who can, in any sense of the word?), he’s still eyeing 100 for the season.“It’s really cool. Even if he has 150 bags, it’d be cool if there would be two guys with 100 bags, that’d be special,” DeShields said.He can do it, too — if he continues on his current pace, he’d finish with 99 steals. He’s been caught 10 times, but his .384 on-base percentage and increased walk rate means he has a chance to get on base enough for 100 stolen bases. He needs just one more walk to match his walk total will leave City at the end of the season after 10 years.“I like and we need players on the pitch – experienced, intelligent ones – who see things,” Guardiola said. “We need that.“About what David will do, I don’t know, but it would be nice [if heof all of last season.“If he can get on base, he can get to that point,” said Legends manager Ivan De Jesus, who had 194 stolen bases of his own in his 15-year career. “He can get to that point with walks, knowing the strike zone better. I think he needs to get better contact, but I think he’ll get there. he’s got a quick bat, he can wait for the ball longer. We can expect a lot for him because it’s only his second year. We have to be patient with him because he’s playing another position and it’s going to take time to get to that point.”And that’s fine with DeShields, having already seen results from last year to this, he’s willing to work and wait his time, even if it’s not as fast as others expect him to move up the minor-league ladder.“Anyone taken in the first round is going to have pressure because you’re a team’s first pick,” DeShields said. “I’m always gof Brett Pitman.The former Cherries striker is tied to Luton Town, but has been granted permission to return to Dean Court to train.The 32-year-old initially linked up with the under-21s but asked to join in with Connell’s squad as Shaun Cooper’s grouing to have pressure on me, because of my dad too. I was the Astros’ first pick in 2010 and my dad was in the big leagues for 13 years, so people expect me to be there at least 14.“I’ve always had pressure, always. I think I’ve handled it well. I’ve had people say that I’m not good enough, all that stuff. That’s just people talking and that doesn’t have anything to do with me. You can say what you want to say, but I know what I can do. And it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.”• In 11 games since coming back from a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a drug of abuse, former top overall pick is hitting .326/.404/.500 with two home runs for Triple-A Durham. Beckham, 22, was hitting .204/.290/.278 in 13 games before his suspension.• With the start of the short-season leagues, we can finally see some numbers from one of 2011’s most talked-about draftees, Kansas City’s . The fifth overall pick last season, Starling is an incredibly talented outfielder, but very raw. However, he’s been pretty good in his first six pro grams, hitting .360/.484/.680 in 25 at-bats for short-season Burlington, including two home runs and nine RBI. While he has seven strikeouts, he does have five walks.Starling hit two homers on Monday.• After a slow start, outfielder is on fire, with hits in 18 of his last 20 games. Over that stretch he’s hitting .388/.447/.518 with a home run and seven stolen bases. That’s helped his overall line improve to .273/.346/.368. He has three home runs and 22 stolen bases on the season, but has been caught 13 times (three in the last 20 games).• Baseball America came out with its Midseason Top 50 prospects list, with right-hander atop the list. He was followed by shortstop , outfielder, right-hander and Mariners lefty rounding out the top five. Two players highlighted on the CBSSports.com Prospect Spotlight made the top 50, Cincinnati’s Hamilton (27) and second baseman (44).

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NL West Notes: Geoff Blum, Dexter Fowler, Jeremy Guthrie, Luiz Cruz

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The swap an ailing utility man for a healthy one; the deal with soreness and make a slight rotation change; the Dodgers add a utility man of their own from the minors.

Arizona Geoff Blum (oblique) from the 60-day disabled list, the team announced via Twitter. The 39-year-old utility man has played just eight games this season, the last as a pinch-hitter April 16th. Blum made just 12 starts last season and will see a similar role this season, serving as a switch-hitting bench bat. He hit a modest .224/.309/ys Manchester United teammate Mason Greenwood has been working hard on the training field.17-year-old Greenwood grasped his first-team opportunities with both hands against Astana on Thursday night, scoring the winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Ol.408 last season in 55 plate appearancesTo make room for Blum, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury. McDonald is an ace glove at shortstop and has provided some rare pop in 2012 with aJames admits he draws inspiration from club legend Ryan Giggs.James is delighted to be playing for the Wales coach.”Giggsy, as soon as I came into the Wales set up, had ambitions for me,” James said.”The way he brought me and a lot of other youngster .488 slugging percentage (.332 career). The need for a slick-glove shortstop is lessened by ‘s return from injury, as both he and can hapies manager has been offered an extension to his current deal, which expires on June 30.But despite briefly chatting to managing director Lee Charnley at the club’s training ground on Monday, Benitez has given no indication as to whether he is goingndle the position. Monday as he deals with a sore lat muscle, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports. Wednesday in order to take some pressure off and Christian Friedrich, Tracy Ringolsby of Root Sports reports. This is the first deviation from the Rockies’ four-man rotation since moving to it June 20th. The infielder Luiz Cruz from Triple-A Albuquerque, Dylan Hernandez of the Times reports. Cruz is a career .221/.275/.260 hitter in 56 games at the level but the 28-year-old has destroyed the Pacific Coast League this year, hitting .318 with eight home runs in 74 games. Shawn Tolleson was optioned and Ted Lilly was shifted to the 60-day DL to make room for Cruz.

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Bryan LaHair to RF; Anthony Rizzo to Chicago?

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Fact: The have moved Bryan LaHair to right field. Assumption: The Cubs have moved Bryan LaHair to right field because they will soon call up top prospect Anthony Rizzo, who plays first base, which is LaHair’s old position.

That’s how Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune . LaHair was in the lineup in right on Monday against the White Sox, and besides hitting his 13th homer of the season, he also made a nifty play on a Gordon Beckham liner. As for the obvious implications of LaHair’s powin over Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday.Pepe, who has struggled in his early games for the Gunners, finished off some fine work from Wilffour threat on Monday night.It’s claimed Chelsea are seeking revenge for a 4-0 opening-day defeat at Old Trafford back in August, but Kante insists the only ambition in the dressing room is to solidify their position in the top four.”We are having anried Zaha with a cheeky backheel finish to make it 2-0.Crystal Palace winger Zaha then got one of his onesition switch, basebal of their summer transfer budget.The Gunners have finally caved to Saint-Etienne’s demand that the 18-year-old return to play for them next season.Saliba’s potential is considered worthy of the wait, despite Unai Emery not getting immediate help for l-ops honco Theo Epstein was tellingly coy: “You see the lineup tonight,” Epstein told Sullivan. “We might be taking a look at players in different positions to allow the team to be in a position to succeed when we do potentially make a move.”

The 22-year-old Rizzo is presently hitting .364/.426/.745 at Triple-A Iowa, so, yeah, a call-up is a tad overdue.

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