Thelwell says young duo Jordan Graham and Harry B

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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.

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n will return to City for tests on a persistent kn

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closer will begin the season on the disabled list, as he continues to recover from surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow, .com reported Saturday.

Francisco threw to hitters this week for the first time since the operation, but admew offer for Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes this summer.The Sun says they have been warned that the powerful centre-half will not come cheap after making an inquiry during the January transfer window.Lille president Gerard Lopez has already proved itted earlier in the week that he is still dealing with some soreness in the elbow.

At this point, it is nther top keepers.The Brazilian is rightly seen as one of the best in the world at his position.He helped the Reds to win the Champions League last season.But he knows his game is not perfect, whichelder Philippe Coutinho has been keen on a move to Chelsea, it has been revealed.Chelsea, despite having a transfer ban, are understood to be interested in securing his signature.The Blues are unable to make any signings until the summer of 2020.They is why he mentioned qualities he’d take from the likot clear when Francisco is expected to join the team, as he has not yet thrown in a game. Bobby Parnell will serve as the team’s closer with Francisco out. 

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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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ave announced Axitea as their official security pa

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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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striker Olivier Giroud after Thursday’s victory o

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pitcher turned in a dominant performance in Friday’s game against the Rangers in Cactus League play.

Cain, who made his fifth start of the spring, tossed five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits in a 5-2 victory. He also struck out two and did not issue told Liverpool they’ll keep upld has become one the hottest properties in Europe over the past few months.The Sunclaims that Arsenal boss Unai Emery is a huge fan of Dembele and wants to add him to the squad.But it appears that he will have competition. PSG are interested, while the pressure as they target a third successive United.Anderson, who lives in Whitley Bay, agreed terms with the Magpies after turning 17 on Wednesday and has been involved in the under-23 squad this term. “I’m delighted to be signing a professional contract with Newcastle United,” the teenager e Premier league title.City earned a hard-fought 3-1 win away to Everton after league leaders Liverpool beat Sheffield United to keep up their 100% record.”We knew Liverpool a walk as he improved his ERA to 3.60.

“I felt good in the bullpen (warming up before the game),” Cain said. “I thought about where I wanted to throw. I was confident throwing whatever I wanted. The misses weren’t as big.”

Cain was 16-5 in 32 starts in 2012 and has been tabbed the opening day starter April 1 against the Dodgers.

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s leaving Liverpool after 17 years with the club.R

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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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eir finishing after a 2-2 draw at Bournemouth.Chel

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pitcher endured his roughest outing of the spring Thursday against the Astros. Soriano, who made his fourth Grapefruit-League appearance, gave up a leadoff single to Brandon Laird and a first-pitch home rlva’s squad.Indeed, a European place is still in their thoughts going into Friday night’s penultimate game of the season at home to Burnley.Keane told the Mirror: “That’s the next step.“For five or six years now, Everton have been around the top siun to Nate Freiman in the sixth inning. He allowed two runs on two hits in just one inning of work in a 6-3 victory. He also struck out two and did not issue a walk. 

Manager Davey Johnson did not seem concerned with Soriano’s struggles on ThursManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits he could be sacked if they’re beaten by Champions League opponents Real Madrid.The two teams will face-off in the round of 16 this month.The fact that City have never won the title simply adds to the difficulday. 

“I thought he threw the ball good,” Johnson said. “If you throw a high fastball out over the plate and somebody gets part of it, it’s going to be gone.”But he was basically just getting his work in. He used a few e football chief Mateu Alemany is on the brink of leaving.Alemany, reports AS, has fallen out with Valencia owner Peter Lim and is now weighing up departing.A decision could be made today with Alemany and Lim at odds over transfer policy.Los Che coachxtra pitches. Early on, he was just getting his location and his arm stretched out. That’s what you expect,” Johnson added. “Then, he started establishing his breaking stuff, which was awfully good.”

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y moved to Juve in the summer on a free transfer,

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The National Post reports Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker said he believes closer is on track to be ready for opening day. Janssen is working his way back from minor shoulder surgery in November. “He’s coming along as expected,” Walker said. “It’s ad Real Madrid as the kings of Europe aheang to the speculation of a move to Manchester United.Fernandes’ agent Rui Guimaraes set tongues wagging when he ‘liked’ a post on the OfficialWhoScored Instagram page.The post features a picture of Fernandes playing for Sporting Lisbon.Alongside it, d of their Champions League clash on Wednesday.City will meet the 13-time champions in the last-16, with the first leg Smith admitted attempting to steal luxury watches worth £200,000 from the pair in Hampstead, north-west London.A second man, Jordan Northover, 26, has also admitted his role in the robbery.Smith, 30, of Archway in north London, was jailed for 10 yeaon Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu.And former Barcelona coach Guardiola insists he has little slow. We’re still hopeful he’s ready to start the season. If he’s not, then we’ll go to Plan B.” Janssen is scheduled for two more bullpen sessions before throwing to hitters in batting practice. “His schedule is subject to change at any time,” Walker said. “We’re just going to take it day by day, see how he’s feeling. Our goal is just to get him to 100 percent, whether it’s opening day or seven days after that.”

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e Manchester City returned to the team for Sunday’

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MLB.com reports Reds manager Dusty Baker said he’s eager to work with prospect in major-league camp this spring. Baker also said while Reds fans will be eager to see Hamilton, who stole a pro record 155 bases in the minors last year, called up for his debut, the team is preaching patience, especially since Hamilton changed positions this offseason from shortstop to center field. “If you’re playing winning baseball, there are things you have to do other than just stealing,” Baker said. “Switch-hitting is new for him, playing a new position is new for him. There are things that you have to do and in order to do them, you have to play to get better at it. You’ve got an honors student, but he’s a freuragement over their big-name signing plans this month.Marotta was happy to name-check Tottenham midfielder ChriAndre Silva insists he’s happy to do preseason with AC Milan.The striker spent last term on-loan with Sevilla.”I feel very good, I’m happy to be back at Milanello and meet many of my teammates,” he told Milan TV.“I want to meet the Coach and talk about what this season will be like.”Milan are eager to find a buyer for Silva this summer.stian Eriksen, Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud and Barcelona ace Arturo Vidal when discussing Inter’s hopes for the January market.He said,shman, are you going to graduate higers boss Steven Gerrard has issued a now or never call for admirers of Alfredo Morelos.Crystal Palace and Real Betis have both been credited in an interest in the Colombian striker.”I’ve got a quality player on a long contract who gets paid very welm right away? I’ve seen speed before. We’re all amazed by speed. You have to learn how to harness that speed.”

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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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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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GIF: Alfredo Aceves really doesn’t like Bobby Valentine

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This has long since gotten out of hand, but it’s so bad now the may have to fire Bobby Valentine before the season ends. Remember this, from about a week-and-a-half ago?

That set off a confrontation between Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and relief pitcher . The two eventually had to be separated. And the problem obviously hasn’t gone away.

Wednesday night, Aceves took his public disdain for Valentine to another level, the likes of which are rarely seen on a major-league mound:

It may be subtle, but note that Aceves refuses to look at Valentine and then makes an effort to run around his teammates instead of simply passing directly by his manager, like every other pitcher in the game does every time he’Tottenham Hotspur are leading the race to sign PSV winger Steven Bergwijn.Ajax and Manchester United have also shown an interest in the lively 21-year-old. However, Sky Sports says Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is a huge fan of the Netherlands international and is pushingierre-Emerick Aubameyang can improve on his goal tally from last season. The Gabon international opened his 2019/20 account by scoring the only goal in Sunday’s win over Newcastle United.Asked if Aubameyang could eclipse his total of 22 goals from la the club to make a deal.The report claims Bergwijn could depart PSV for £35m.s removed from a game. Knowing what we know about Valentine vs. Aceves — and also considering Aceves hasn’t done this before — it’s a good bet this was intentional. If it was, it was a total lack of professionalism from Aceves.

Sidebar: Why did Valentine smell the baseball not once, but twice?

Foanuary.Moyes was appointed as Manuel Pellegrini’s successor at The Hammers over the weekend.Speaking on Monday, the Scot refused to get drawn into discussing a potential move.He did, however, suggest that he will be opening the chequebook in the Janur more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Prospect spotlight: Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker

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Standing next to Taijuan Walker, the last thing you think is that this is a 19-year-old kid. However, for at least another couple of weeks, that’s just what he is — 19 with an amazing right arm.Walker’s listed at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, and is every bit of it. A prep basketball start in California, Walker looks like he would be a nice slasher from the perimeter with the athleticism to attack the rim. Instead, he’s attacking hitters in Double-A. The ‘ top pick in the 2010 draft (43rd overall), Walker breezed through the Midwest League last year and the team had him skip high-Class A to see how he fared against more advanced players.The numbers — Walker’s 7-6 with a  4.12 ERA at Jackson — don’t tell the exact story about the right-hander. Through the first two months of the season, he was 4-1 with a 2.23 in nine starts, striking out 44 and walking just 14 in 44 1/3 innings in the first two months. He struggled in June — giving up 21 earned runs in five starts (going 0-3 with a 9.15 ERA) but has settled back down in July, giving up half the runs he did in the previous month while pitching 6 1/3 more innings.Much of his struggles, he said, was trouble with his curveball, which is a pitch he never threw before turning pro. The Mariners shelved his slider to avoid putting stress on his elbow, just like they did with early in his career. During his struggles earlier this year, Walker admitted he was tempted to talk to his catcher and pull his slider back out, just to get through the stretch.”I want to. I’m really, really thinking about doing that,” he joked last month. “I want to. It’s hard not to, especially when my curveball isn’t there. I just want to call the catcher out and tell him, ‘we’re going to throw sliders today, scrap the curveball.”He already had his line for his pitching coach practiced — “It was a curveball, it just broke weird.”But in the end, he knows the Mariners are looking out for his long-term success — something they believe will come. One scout told CBSSports.com, “I never like to anoint guys, but he’s special.”Walker’s special because of his physique, the fact he throws an easy high-90s fastball and the curve and main on loan in the Spanish capital for the 2019-20 campaign, after which the agreement will become permanent.Morata arrived in west London from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017 and went on to score 24 goals in 72 appearances for the Blues.He moved change up are developing. But more than that, the team loves his work ethic and his maturity. After the 2011 season, the 19-year-old decided to move his offseason home away from his California hometown to the Phoenix area so that he could spend more time at the Mariners’ training complex.”I’m a huge family guy and I didn’t want to leave my family. I had to do it for me and my career,” Walker said. “Hopefully it will all work out and I’ll be able to spend more time with the my family instead of staying in the minors a long time because i went to and got the extra work. You’ve got to dedicate yourself to the game. It’s your job.”And ultimately, that’s why he’s working out with the Seattle staff in the offseason and following their plans for his slider even though it means there could be bumps in the road. Int he end, the Mariners believe they have another ace — and with the likes of Danny Hultzen and James Paxton on the way as well, you can see why the Mariners were OK with trading Michael Pineda last offseason. • For the first time as a professional, right-hander pitched into the seventh inning on Wednesday night. Pitching for high-Class A Frederick, Bundy went 6 2/3 innings, retiring 16 of the final 17 batters he faced. He was pulled from the game after reaching his pitch count. Bundy allowed two hits and an unearned run while striking out eight and walking two. In 10 starts at Frederick, Bundy is 5-3 with a 2.57 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 49 innings.•  third baseman knocked in eight runs for low-Class A Peoria in an 11-10 victory. GeigCenk Tosun hopes to stay with Everton.The Turkey striker has been linked with a return to former club Eintracht Frankfurt.But Turkish Football says Tosun has intimated he wants to stay at Goodison Park.Tosun has hopes of featuring for Everton tonight against Carabao Cup opponents Lincoln City.He scored four goals in 29 competitive games last season.er, serving as the team’s DH, went 4 for 5 with a double and two home runs. The 20-year-old hit a three-run homer in the first, a three-run double in the fifth and two-run homer in the ninth. A 24th-round pick in 2010, Geiger hit just .206 in July, but eight of his 22 hits were home runs in the month. He has 13 on the season.• In his first start for the organization, right-hander allowed just one hit and an unearned run, while striking out seven in five innings for Double-A Huntsville. He’s 6-10 with a 3.25 ERA this season. The 6-foot-9 Hellweg has 95 strikeouts and 62 walks in 124 2/3 innings this season. The top prospect in the deal, shortstop , has seven hits in 16 at-bats in his four games for Huntsville. The third player, right-hander , didn’t do so well, giving up five earisited his disappointing departure from Arsenal.He has rebuilt his career in La Liga and moved on from his injury hell – but being denied a proper farewell to Gunners fans remains a “big sore spot”.Speaking to Marca about his departure, Cazorla reveaned runs on seven hits on Monday.• Last year’s fifth overall pick, Kansas City’s , is finally playing every day, playing 27 games for the Rookie Appalachian League Burlington . So far he’s hitting .275/.378/.495 with five home runs and five stolen bases. He’s striking out more than once a game — 35 Ks in 27 games — but for a player who hadn’t played as much baseball as his peers, it’s an encouraging start for the ultra-talented outfielder.

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Pirates pick Appel might nix $3.8M offer, return to Stanford for 2013

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KANSAS CITY — Mark Appel, the star right-hander picked No. 8 overall in last month’s draft, is said to be leaning against signing with the Pittsburgh and instead returning to Stanford to graduate and go back into the draft next year.

Appel had been expected to go first in the draft but instead fell seven spots where the Pirates gambled they could sign him despite the limitations of their allotted pool money. The Pirates are said to be offering Appel about $3.8 million, which is the maximum they can offer without losing their No. 1 pick next year.

Appel seems likely now to pass on the Pirates’ offer, and hope to be picked higher next June. His father is a lawyer with Chevron, so he has the luxury to wait if he prefers.

The Pirates could conceivably push the offer a bit past $4 million, but would lose a 2013 draft choice and the few extra hundredys Everton are leading the charge to sign Welbeck on a free transfer.Welbecksea, Arsenal and Liverpool in three of their next four Premier League matches.”In terms of going away from home, people expect it to be a difficult day for us,” the former Chelsea defender said. “But you go there and we played well against Manchester, 28, is leaving Arsenal after five injury-plagued seasons with West Ham, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Wolves all credited with interest.But Marco Silva’s Toffees are front- thousand dollars are unlikely to make a difference, anyway. A year ago, the Pirates’ No. 1 pick Gerrit Cole, who happened to be the No. 1 pick overall, signed with them for $8 million, but that was before the new allotment system.

The Pirates have spent more money than just about everyone else in the draft lately, and are willing to pay a financial penalty to sign Appel. However, they don’t seem inclined to lose picks to sign him.

Appel issued a statement that was noncommittal about the Pirates on the night of the draft, suggesting he was concentrating on studies and Stanford’s College World Series hopes. Apparently, his stance hasn’t changed much since then.

The deadline to sign i Espirito Santo is delighted with the attitude of Adama Traore.Traore scored twice in the shock win over Manchester City and Santo expects the winger to become a more influential player for Wolves going forward.”He’s doing well since last season, trys July 13.

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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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