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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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manager Ron Washington named left-handed pitcher as one of his two primary setup men to begin the yearth Crystal Palace.Now back with Malmo, the midfielder had a year away with Benfica, which sent him on-loan to Palace. However the Sw tenure with Burnley comes to an end.The 33-year-old only played 11 times this season. He had spent the past five seasons at the Turf Moor club.However, he will now move on to pastures new after his contract expires.Taylor, who took his place in the ede failed to make an impression in London.He told Fotbollskanalen: “It was an educational year. It’s not something I , according to the Dallas Morning News. Ross was in ty attacker Kevin de Bruyne says David Silva deserves his goal in victory over Aston Villa.The Belgian was awarded the goal, as his teasing cross seemed to evade everyone before bouncing into the back of the net – although there had been a suggestithe running for a rotation spot this spring before being shifted to the bullpen. Ross has allowed five earned runs in 18 1/3 innings of work, posting a 2.45 ERA and 1.47 WHIP.

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reliev Park.Borja arrived in January from Swansea City.He told Marca: “I had several offers, but the Aston Villa is a historic club in the Premier. “Also, (Pepe) Reina and Jota are helping me a lot in the adaptation.” Villa meet Manchester City in the Caraer  made an emergency srn Munich are maintaining a watching brief on Philippe Coutinho’s situation at Barcelona.Despite the deal for Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Perisic, BILD says Bayern’s interest in Coutinho remains alive.For the moment, Bayern are keeping tabs on the mitart for Kyle McClellan Sunday against the Mariners in Cactus League play. The left-hander rose to the occasion as he tossed three perfect innings of work and struck out two. Kirkman has extended his scoreless streak to nine innings and has allowed just three hits in five outings this spring. 

Kirkman is expected to see a greater role this season, especially with seven of the eight bullpen roles still undefined for the Rangers. 

“I don’t see myself as anything right now,” Kirkman said before his emergency start. “I can go in there and get any lefty out, but I think I can go out there and pitch three or four innings, too. Whatever [Washington] needs that night, I French great Luis Fernandez has used Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to take aim at PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.Fernandez has praised Klopp for the way he improves his players.He said, “Thomas Tuchel p***ed me off with the kids. Just look at what another Gerfeel I can go out there and do it.” 

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Jedd Gyorko has hit 55 home runs in the last two minor league seasons combined. His average nevon.The striker, who spent last season on loan at Newcastle United, is set to be reunited with manager Rafa Benitez.With Benitez taking over at the Chinese club this summer, his first piece of business is to bring Rondon to the Super League.Sky Sportser dipped below .300 in any of his three minor league campaigns. He also stole 12 bases in 2011. And San Diego moved the fences in at PETCO. There’s really nothing not to like about Gyorko. I have two minor notes of caution, though:

1. Gy-progress.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Marco Silva was sacked as manager on December 5, with Duncan Ferguson taking interim charge of the last two matches, but now the Toffees are close to appointing a permanent successor in the form ofsistant coach Per-Joar Hansen is well aware of the transfer interest swirling around RB Salzburg striker Ering Haaland.The teenage forward is being celebrated across Europe after his Champions League hat-trick last week against Genk. The treble in th Anceorko will start the year with only third base eligibility in Fantasy, so make sure you have another MI/2B option for the first week or two.2. If Gyorko starts off slowly, there have other options at second base, including Logan Forsythe and Alexi Amarista (assuming Everth Cabrera starts at short).

Still, Gyorko’s exciting and has a ton of power, and has .

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Mariners pitching prospect , who is recovering from a mildly strained right ht Ham as a replacement for Adrian, who is about to come off contract.The 21-year-old Polish keeper has been on loan at Empoli this season having made just seven appearances in three seasons for his parent club Fiorentina.Dragowski has also attracted ipDeeney is back in light training.The attacker is going through rehabilitation following a knee injury.He had surgery two weeks ago and is already back at the club’s training ground, working back to full match fitness.”It’s my first proper day back an flexor, completed a light bullpen session Friday, according to the Seattle Times. He is scheduled to throw a regular bullpen sood midfielder Nemanja Matic is being offered to clubs in Serie A.The Serb’s current deal is to expire in June and Calciomercato.com says the Serbian’s representatives are already assessing options for his next move.Italian giants AC Milan, Inter Milann as he is back at 100 percent.

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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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is under pressure at the Nou Camp after a stuttering start to the season.TNT says Barca are searching out alternatives, with Gallardo high on the agenda.Indeed, the Argentine has already spoken with Barca management, but he replied that he could not

Astros starting pitcher continued his rocky spring Friday against the Braves, allowing six runs on seven hits in only two-thirds of an inning. He has allowed 14 earned runs in five innings this spring. “Definitely not concerned, but I don’t think anybody’s happy with giving up runs after runs,” the 22-year-old right-hander said. “It’s part of the game, but I think next time I’ll start mixing in my cutter and slider. I think the results will be different when I start mixing in all those pitches and start going for outs more than quality strikes.” Manager Bo Porter agreed. “There are some things that we would want to address. The ball looks elevated a little bit,” Porter said. “But we’re not worried about it. We’re going to continue to work, he’s going to continue to get the balnjoying his record-breaking loan with PSG.Icardi has become the quickest player to score 10 goals for the Parisians.“I didn’t know that and it’s a source of pride to achieve this kind of thing and make history for a team like Paris Saint-Germain,” l. There’s stilRomelu Lukaku took his Inter Milan teammates to dinner this week.The striker used the moment to thank the squad for the way they have welcomed him.“I’m very happy to be here with you,” he said during a speech around the table. “Thanks for the help you’ve given me. This is a special group.”l a lot of time left in spring training, and we feel confident he’ll be ready to go when the season starts. We expect him to be part of our rotation.”

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

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Cardinals startiIan Carlo Poveda to leave for Leeds United.Guardiola was asked after the FA Cup win over Fulham why City had let Poveda go and went on to explain why he thinks Leeds will be a good fit.”Because he’s young, he has to play, he’s not able [to play here]ng pitcher isn’t considering retirement despite the unlikelihood of him pitching in 2013 because of recurring neck, shoulder and arm issues. “I don’t think I’ll ever retire, to be honest with you, I’ll never say that word,” he said. “There might always be hope. Maybe when I’m 48 I can come back and do it some more.” Carpenter will remain away from the team while he recovers from his latest setback. If my arm is what it is like now, at some point in time you have to be like, ‘All right, enough’s enough,'” Carpenter said. “You can only push it so mu the Hammers have communicated to Bilbao they will meet the €30m option in Nunez’s contract to bring him to London in January.Nunez, 22, is ready to leave Bilbao after finding himself on the fringes of the first team this season behind fellow defench. I can’t pitch with the way that Ies fan attacked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish last season, reports BBC Sport,Paul Mitchell ran onto the pitch and hit Grealish from behind during March’s Championship derby between the sides.Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks on 11 March.An indepen feel right now. It’s not fair to anyone. I’m going to go ahead and rest it and wait until our guys get back. … We’ll just have to see what happens through time.”

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Fireworks coming to Safeco Field in 2013

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The have called Safeco Field home for 14 seasons now, but for the first time since the building opened, the club will have postgame fireworks dispse Mourinho has apologised to Eric Dier after dragging the midfielder in the first-half of Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Olympiakos.Spurs were stunned when Ruben Semedo made it 2-0 for the visitors after Youssef El-Arabi’s early opener.Mourinho sprung into lays in 2013. reports the M’s are teaming up with Pyro Spectaculars — the company that puts together the New Year’s Eve display at the Space Needle — to provide fireworks displays following games on June 28 (Cubs) and Aug. 9 (Brewers). Both games are on a Friday.

“Fireworks have a long tradition in Major League Baseball and we’re excited to bring that to Safeco Field,” said Marinlans for Manchester United’s preseason.Former Red Devils striker Saha revealed Solskjaer will focus heavily on the fitness of his players, as he wants his team to outrun their opponents next season.”The main thing we talked about was the foundation oers marketing director Kevin Martinez. “Hopefully it becomes a new summer tradition here in Seattle.”

The City of Seattle has limited the team’s fireworks ability through the years because of concerns over traffic safety on nearby Interstate 5, so the Mariners and Pyro Spectaculars worked with the fire department to develop a safe and acceptable show. The two fireworks nights are part of a special events schedule that includes Ken Griffey Jr.’s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame on Aug. 10. The full promotion schedule can be found on the .

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is confident Antoine Griezmann won’t be moving this summer.The attacker is again being linked with Barcelona.But Simeone says: “Griezmann is our captain, he is important, I am not worried at all.”He has everything to continue growing. But I am not in his body, so he will see.”He has two more years on his contract.” on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale confirmed on Friday that has agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. Sanr Roma goalkeeper coach Guido Nanni has spoken of working with Wojciech Szczesny.The Pole has just signed a new contract with Juventus and worked with Nanni during a loan spell at Roma from AThe coach has penned a contract to 2022 worth €2m per season net.“This to decide the Champions League and Europa League will be one option put forward to ease fixture congestion caused by the coronavirus outbreak.European football’s governing body, Uefa, is hosting a video conference with major stakeholders on Tuesday.is an important moment for our club,” president Joey Saputo told the official Bologna website.“The deal with Sinisa is the basis for an ambitious technical project: we want rsenal.Nanni recalled to TMW: “It occurs to me the first dachez had a 3.86 ERA and .127 WHIP in 31 games last season, split between the Marlins and Tigers. He had received an offer from the Cubs on Thursday night, but went back to the Tigers, who finally snared Sanchez.

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Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis’ third child born in car

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Let’s not bury theBurnley have completed the signing of young goalkeeper Lukas Jensen.The Dane has completed his move to the Clarets after the player’s international clearance went through.Jensen was named in the U23s side who faced QPR two weeks ago.He has most recently played for Danish club HIK. lead: catcher ‘ third child entered this world in a car. Molly Knight of ESPN the Magazine — the magazine that subscribes to you — : 

On Oct. 12, Ellis’ wife, Cindy, gave birth to the couple’s third child in the front seat of their car on Interstate 43 South, just outside Milwaukee. Ellis — who estimates he was traveling 75 mph down the highway in a futile attempt to make iter Adama Traore.Ahead of Wolves’ Premier League visit to Anfield on Sunday, Klopp concedes Traore has long been on his radar.He said: “He finally found his manager who found a position for him.“At Middlesbrough he was exceptional, but somebody ha to the hospital — didn’t even have a chance to pull the vehicle off to the side of the road before the baby arrived.

Eighteen miles from the hospital and two weeks early, Audrey Elizabeth Ellis was born in the front seat of a car. 

You really should read the entire piece, but we will share a particular money-quote with you. After his daughter was born, Ellis could not resist the urge to look at the … situation, even though Ellis’ wife cautioned him not to. “But whenever someone says that, of course, you’re going to look,” said Ellis. “… It looked like purple brains.”

The good news is that mom and baby are perfectly healthy after the episode.has again angered Barcelona management with his poor timekeeping.Dembele ended defeat against Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames with muscle problems which were clear on television as he felt his leg as he walked off.The Frenchman finished the game but The other good news, for Ellis, at least, is that it all went down in his father-in-law’s car. 

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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 .

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, fror says Pochettino has been relieved of his duties after five-and-a-half years in charge.His assistant Jesus Perez, and coaches Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have also left the club.The manager penned a new five-year contract in May 2018 and ollow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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A’s place Seth Smith on DL

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Bad news for the improved helsea legend John Terry believes they are in the best position to finish fourth in the Premier League.The Blues have seen their lead cut down after losing to Manchester United at home on Monday night.And they have the small matter of Tottenham cominyet still precarious offehape when Arsene Wenger was in charge.Many Gunners fans were tired of Wenger by the end of his spell, given the team had fallen away from being a regular in the Champions League under the Frenchman.The arrival of Spaniard Unai Emery was meant to ushense, as OF/DH has been forced to the DL because of a strained hamstring.

Smith, who has a solid of 112 on the season, injured himself while running out a grounder on Thursday night. While he’s started 27 games at DH this season, he’s also spent 436.0 innings in the field.

The A’s have rr Herrera admits PSG won’t be his last club.The former Manchester United midfielder hopes to close out his career back in Spain, where he shone for Real Zaragoza and Athletic Bilbao.”I was immensely happy in Bilbao, but I am from Zaragoza, which is seplaced Smith on the active roster with outfielder Michael Taylor. The 26-year-old Taylor, who was once a highly regarded prospect, had a brief and unsuccessful call-up in May. He’s hitting .301/.413/.471 at Triple-A Sacramento.

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Pirates fail to sign RHP Mark Appel

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Stanford right-hander Mark Appel — the projected No. 1 pick who fell to 8th in last month’s draft — did not sign with the Pirates at Friday’s deadline. He will return to Stanford for his senior season, as he and his advisor, Scott Boras, had threatened. The Pirates will receive the No. 9 pick in next year’s draft as compensation. He was the only first-rounder who didn’t sign.

“After much thought, prayer and analysis of both opportunities, I came to the conclusion the best decision is to remain at Stanford continuing my studies, finishing my degree, and doing all I can to assist the Cardinal baseball team in our goal to win a national championship,” Appel said in a statement. “I greatly valued the prospect of a professional opportunity and I will pursue a professional baseball career after getting my Stanford degree. I appreciate the love, support, and guidance from everyone who helped me make this decision.”

Earlier Friday, CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman reported it was unlikely Appel would sign. Pittsburgh had reportedly offered a $3.8 million signing bonus — $1 million less than top pick Carlos Correa of the Astros and $900,000 more than the suggesting slot bonus of $2.9 million. Pittsburgh had a draft cap of $6.56 million and spent $2.58 million on its 16 picks.

“We were unable to reach an agreement with first round selection Mark Appel and bring him into our already strong organization,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington man is expected to replace Milan coach Stefano Pioli at the end of this season.Alessandro Jacobone of Radio Rossonera rev in the Carabao Cup.Watford managed a convincing 3-0 win in the second round clash against the lower division side.And their boss believes it will give them confidence going into a key Premier League game against Newcastle at the weekend.He said to realed yesterday: “He [Rangnick] has been watching AC Milan games on TV for 3 months and after every game writat Southampton.Daniel James gave United a 10th-minute lead but Jannik Vestergaard levelled in the second-half to earn a point for 10-man Southampton, who had Kevin Danso sent off.Pogba was particularly poor in a wasteful United side that again faileding a report.“Hesaid in a statement released by the team. “Our final offer exceeded the available bonus pool money and was essentially up to the last dollar we could offer prior to falling into the second tier penalty which would have resulted in the loss of a first round draft selection. While, as we have shown in past years, we are willing to be aggressive with our financial offer, we simply did not feel it was in the best interest of the organization to forfeit our first round selection in the 2013 amateur draft.”Selecting Mark was a calculated risk, as we knew he would be a difficult sign. As an organization, we need to continue to take these types of calculated risks. While we would’ve preferred to add Mark to the group of talented prospects in our system, we wish Mark, and his family, nothing but success in the future.”

The Nationals were able to agree to a deal with California high school right-hander Lucas Giolito late in the process, CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman confirmed. J the Nationals gave Giolito a signing bonus of $2,925,000.

Also signing near the deadline was No. 5 pick, right-hander Kevin Gausman of LSU. According to Heyman, Gausman received a signing bonus of $4.32 million. Gausman tweeted the news of his signing with Baltimore just after the 5 p.m. ET deadline for picks to sign:

Happy to be the newest member of the Baltimore Orioles organization!!! Living my dream!! !

— Kevin Gausman (@KevinGausman)

Earlier Friday afternoon, the Rays announced the signing of Clemson third baseman Richie Shaffer, the 21st overall pick. Shaffer received a signing bonus of $1,712,500, according to Callis.

Friday morning, the Marlins agreed to a deal with left-hander Andrew Heaney, the ninth overall pick. Heaney, from Oklahoma State, will received a $2.6 million signing bonus.

Late Thursday night, the signed New Mexico right-hander Ty Hensley for a $1.2 million bonus. The two had agreed to a $1.6 million bonus, but an MRI showed an abnormality in his right shoulder, sending the two sides back to negotiations.

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