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The h young fullback Brandon Williams plays lcNeil back to Old Trafford.After being axed by United’s youth side aged 14, McNeil went on to join the Clarets where he has developed into an integral part of Sean Dyche’s first-team squad.McNeil, 19, has played in all 11 of Burnley’s Premier League ike a South American.Williams, 1is stalling on a move to England.Leicester City have made an €18m offer for the Belgium international – which has brought Samp to the negotiating table.TMW says Samp are willing to sell and will do business for €25m.However, Praet is unconvinced 9, only made his United bow against Rochdale in the League Cup on September 25 but is poised to make his full Premier League debut against Brighton since Ashley Young is suspendeave claimed reliever from the , the club announced Friday.

Stinson, 25, spent the bulk of 2012 at Double-A Huntsville in Milwaukee’s farm system, where he allowed a 3.16 ERA in 145.1 innings of work with a 1.3 K/BB. Stinson reached Milwaukee in September, where he gave up a run on seven hits and five walks over 9.1 innings.

Stinson was designated for assignment by the Brewers last week after he was informed he wouldn’t make the club’s opening day bullpen.

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ays Divock Origi will improve after their 4-1 rout

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Yup, that aicer has been charged with murder over the death of former Aston Villa striker Dalian Atkinson.Atkinson collapsed and later died after he was Tasered in Telford in August 2016.He was struck by a 50,000-volt shock after reportedly threatening his eldebout sums it up. is going to Class A Dunedin instead of Toronto because he’s, well, a mess. With the tinkering with his delivery this late into spring training, and no progress evident in the results, it was inevitable, really. He simply needs more time.

Will he be worth the time? And the spaceArturo Vidal insists Barcelona must keep hold of Ousmane Dembele.Despite his problems off the pitch, Vidal says the France attacker has world class potential.He told L’Equipe: “Above all, Ousmane is a footballer with a crazy talent. When he reaches m? Would you invest a precious bench spot in a player the Blue Jays are having to remakstle United boss Steve Bruce has confirmed they hope to sign Inter Milan winger Valentino Lazaro today.Lazaro could make his Newcastle debut against Oxford in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday after arriving on Tyneside to undergo a medical.Speakine — one with no timetable for his return? Outside of AL-only leagues, I think you lose far more than you gain with that approach.

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a.The arrival of the Manchester United midfielder

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I was disappointed to hear the optioned to the minors Tuesday, but let’s face it — he deserved it after the spring he put together. Although, I kind of hoped this would happen. Why? I think the Tigers made a huge mistake by promoting Turner to the majors too soon. It seems like Turner — a 2009 first-round pick — has been around forever, but he’s only 21have signed midfielder Regan Slater on a season-long loan from Premier League side Sheffield United.The 19-year-old, who has played three first-team games for the Blades, scored two goals in 41 appearances on loan at Carlisle United last season.”I’d years old! I don’t feel he got enough time to develop in the minors before his debut and it’s wreaking havoc on a once-promising career.

I know it’s not going to help seasonal-league Fantasy owners, but I think it would be best for Turner to spend most, if not all, of the 2013 season in the minors. He still in the very early stages of his pro career and it seems he could benefit from honing his craft. Obviously, the Marlins aren’t built to contend this season, so there’s no need to rush Turner back to the majors.

After his acquisition from Detrl playing against Everton – even if he’d been fit.Ozil missed the 0-0 draw due to injury.Ljungberg revealed: “For me, I got asked after the game about Mesut. He walked off the pitch [in the Man City game] and then kicked his gloves. The fans were notoit last season, we started to see glimpses of what made Turner an elite prospect in the minors. I don’t think he will ever develop into a high-end Fantasy starter because his strikeout rate isn’t great. But I’m not ready to throw the towel in on him either. I still think he has a bright future. The Marlins just need to take the weight of the world off his shoulders and let him get back to the dy to sign a new deal with Lazio.The midfielder has agreed new terms to 2022.Lucas, 32, revealed: “It was an easy choice, I felt good in Rome from day one. “The team welcomed me with open arms. I would like to be remembered as a player that gave evbasics.

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

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

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Jordan Lyles not concerned about rough spring

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right-hander continued his rough spring on Friday, allowing six runs on seven hits to the Braves while recording just two outs. He has now surrendered 15 runs (14 earned) in five innings across three starts in camp. Despite the rough start, Lyles told he is not concerned.

“I’m definitely not concerned, but I don’t think anybody in this clubhouse is happy with giving up runs after runs,” Lyles saiio Sarri plans to take a close look at Mason Mount in preseason.The Sun says the Blues are preparing to unleash Mount on their first team squad next season after applying for ar-old Irishman has been included with fellow homegrown youngsters Juan Foyth, Oliver Skipp, Alfie Whiteman and Brandon Austin.Each club must name a maximum of 25 players. Two must be goalkeepers. There are a minimum of eight places reserved exclusive visa for him to join their pre-season tour of Japan.Mount’s impressive lod. “It’s part of the game, but I think next outing I’ll start mixing in my cutter and slider. I think these outings won’t show up as much when I start mixing in those pitches and start going for outs.”

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“When you’re out there, you’re still competing, don’t get me wrong,” he said. “I’m not saying ‘Here’s the ball hit, it as far as you can.’ Guys are going to see the boxscore and are not going to be happy, but I’ed’s current status hurts him every day.The striker penned a new four-year deal with United on Monday.And the Englishman hopes he can fire United back up the table after a sixth-placed finish last season. “Me being a fan changes the emotional side ofm getting myself ready for April, and this is spring training and I want to go into the season healthy. That’s my main focus.”

Lyles, 22, went 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA in 25 starts for Houston last summer. He owns a career 5.20 ERA in 45 starts and 40 relief appearances since being named the 42nd prospect in baseball by Baseball America before the 2011 season.

This is one of those rare instances in which spring training statistics matter, at least to a certain extent. Lyles is competing with the likes of (6.75 ERA in Grapefruit League play), (7.20 ERA) and (4.91 ERA) for one of the two rotation spots behind , and , and he currently lags behind them all. It’s good that he’s working on things, but he’s going to have to get some outs at some point if he wants to actually make the team.

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old.The South Londoner was a junior at Chelsea alo

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

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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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vin de Bruyne.The Belgium playmaker missed the mid

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On Thursday, Nationals catcher caught pitchers for the first time since tearing his ACL in May. Ramos told .com that he didn’t feel any pain, but admitted his right knee felt a little tiAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says Manu Sanchez deserved his debut in victory over Osasuna.Sanchez did well, which pleased his boss.”I loved him,” he said.”It’s not easy. He’s young, growing and has been working a loted manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been happy having new signing Nathan Bishop with his squad in Marbella.The young goalkeeper was signed last month from Southend United. Also included is Jacob Carney, who is back from his loan with Stocksbridge Par with us.”He has to keep growing and today was an important moment for his career.”Today Juanfran said goodbysea ace Christian Pulisic after his hat-trick in victory at Burnley.The 21-year-old’s achievements were well received back home, with a crowd in Texas particularly enjoying the spectacle.Chelsea revealed prior to the match that broadcaster NBC were he and another debuted, someone new was born.”red. “I was a little bit scared behind the plate. I felt excited to be behind the plate again,” Ramos said. “[During the bullpen sessions], I felt my knee getting tired, a little bit weak. I have to keep working out, trying to get my knee stronger for the next bullpen [session].”

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Ruiz apologizes, and Manuel says ‘I trust him’

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — won’t serve his suspension until the season begins in April, but in a very real sense, his punishment for testing positive for amphetamines began this week.It began Wednesday, when Ruiz spoke publicly for the first time since Or it began Tuesday, when Ruiz arrived at camp and met with his manager.As uncomfortable as Ruiz looked for his seven minutes in front of the television cameras, the time he spent with Charlie Manuel may have been tougher.Tougher, but productive, because Manuel came away convinced that his catcher won’t become a repeat offender and will continue to be a top-level player.”I trust him,” Manuel said. “I know him, and therefore I trust him. I got on him [Tuesday]. I got on him good. The things he said, I trust him. I don’t think it’ll be a problem at all.”I don’t think he’ll ever do it again, that’s what I think.”Ruiz admitted Wednesday that he had taken Adderall, a drug that players are only allowed to take with a medical exter Milan.Gotti worked with Giroud at Chelsea and rates the Frenchman highly.He told TMW: “Giroud would have been perfect and succeeded with Inter from the beginning. “Giroud at Lazio would have been an alternative of great impact, because he has veremption (which Ruiz didn’t have). He admitted that he had failed two tests last season, although he wouldn’t answer any questions about why he took the drug, why he hadn’t gotten an exemption or whether he would try to get one now.”I want to put that behind mnside the current squad.Leicester are going well, sitting third after their 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.“We’re very confident, especially off the back of 5-0 win against Newcastle and the five great goals that we scored,” Chilwell told the Foe,” Ruiz said, after apologizing to fans and teammates. “I’m going to do my best. I made a mistake and I paid.”Major League Baseball has rules. When you make a mistake, you have to pay.”The Phillies will have to pay, too. Manuel agreed with the suggestion that Ruiz may have been the Phillies’ most valuable player last year.”Yeah, I was upset when I heard about [the suspension], Manuel said. “Chooch is a big part of our team. He’s developed into one of the best catchers in baseball. [Yadier] Molina is good, but Chooch is right there with him.”Manuel said that Ruiz seemed to be “really hurt” when the two spoke. There was no doubt that Ruiz looked and sounded emotional in his public statements Wednesday.”We’re disappointed,” general manager Ruben Amaro said. “He made a mistake. He’s going to pay for it. We’ll pay for it.”Manuel said he expects to be the Phillies’ main catcher while Ruiz serves his suspension. Ruiz is permitted to goor a spell on the sidelines with a hip injury. The club have not provided a timeline for Maguire’s return. Maguire missed Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg loss to Manchester City.Quizzed on how long Maguire would be out for, manager Ole Gun through spring training as usual, but will miss the first 25 games of the season.

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Report: Yankees and Mets competing for Scott Hairston

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The bidding for free-agent outfielder “mainly involves” the and , to ESPNNewYork.com’s Wallace Matthews.

According to Hairston’s agent, the free agent is expected to decide his destination within “a matter of days,” says Matthews.

Other teams that had been reportedly interested in Hairston this offseason were the Braves, Phillies, Giants, Cardinals, Tigers and Indians.

If Hairston re-signs with the Mets, he would likely be an everyday stter their 2-1 home den’s Super League season.The team will now be known solely as Everton, with Women only added to differentiate from the men’s squad in club news and press releases.”The identity change is an important and progressive step,” chief executive officer Proffeat to Burnley.Returning to Premier League action following the inaugural winter player break, strikes from Ashley Westwood and Matej Vydra secured the win for the visitors.Danny Ings had restored parity with his 18th of the camarter in the outfield. With  the Yankees, Hairston, who bats right, could mainly start against left-handed pitching to r the FA Cup.The Hammers coach only recently took over from Manuel Pellegrini.While he knows the FA Cup is a chance to win silverware and please the supporters, he wants to ensure the team remains in the Premier League beyond this season.The Hammers complement a lefty-heavy starting three.

Hairston hit .263/.299/.504 with 20 home runs in 398 plate appearances for the Mets in 2012. But he hit .286/.317/.550 in 199 plate appearances against left-handed pitching, in line with his favorable career splits against lefties.

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Just because: Awesome, candid ’82 Brewers T-shirt

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In exchanchester United are upbeat over their chances of landing Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.The Daily Mail says United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer war Sunday’s 2-2 draw.McLean says Norwich deserved more than a point.“We deserved the three points,” he said. “We had some great chances and played some nice stuff. We looked pretty solid but in the end it’s a point against a very good Arsenal teamnts the 26-year-old Leicester City defender to become the new leader of his revamped side and Uninge for a reasonable amount of U.S. currency you can purchase . Here, in sprawling beauty, is the back of said T-shirt .Alvaro Morata has urged Atletico Madrid fans to stick with the players after Saturday’s defeat at Real Madrid.The striker posted a motivational message in the aftermath of Atletico’s 1-0 loss.”I’m proud to belong to this club,” he wrote on social media.”I’m proud to be an ‘indio’ [an Atletico Madrid player or fan].”Today, just like always and more than ever.”..

Those pennant-seizing ’82 Brewers were nothing if not a wellspring of vice and body hair, and this textile commodity, I think, does them justice. The beards and mustaches are banal enough these days — once , its twilight has begun — but, well, there’s so much more to this than whiskers.

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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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Chipper Jones on the one-game playoff: ‘It’s stupid’

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As we get closer to the end of the season, we’re going to hear more and more about the new playoff format. I happen to like its biggest (and intended) result, division titles mean something with those teams avoidng the one-game playoff. The Braves’ , though, disagrees.

“I think it’s stupid, to be honest with you,” Jones told reporters in on Friday (). “But Major League Baseball wants a bunch of teams in the playoffs. There’s nothing like cut-throat baseball for the fans. And people love that 163rd regular-season game. They’ve loved it in the past. I’m sure that’s probably what’s promoted a second wild-card team. I wish tp has revealed he played a hand in Frank Lampard becoming manager of Derby County.The 41-year-old impressed enough in his debut season at Pride Park to be named as Maurizio Sarri’s successor at Chelsea.And Redknapp says he advised Rams owner Mel Morrhey would’ve done it a year earlier so we would have had a chance last year.”

If I’m Jones and the Braves, I’m probably not sold on the idea of the one-game wild card, either. Atlanta entered Friday’s game with a 6 1/2-game lead over the for the top wild card slot, and 8 1/2 games ahead of for the second. The team is also 5 1/2 games behind the in the NL East, so it seems like the Braves are a shoo-in for at least one of the wild card spots.

“You say to yourself, we could possibly have the second- or third-best record in the National League when the season’s over and we have to play a one-game playoff just to get in,” Jones continued (). “That doesn’t seem fair because anything can happen [in one game]. Now if you were to say the two wild-card teams will play a best two-out-of-three [series], I’d be OK with that. I think it’s more fair from a standpoint that anything can happen in one game — a blown call by an umpire, a bad day at the office … at least in a two-of-three game series you have some sort of leeway.”

Again, I understand where he’s coming from and in his seat, I’d likely feel the same. But if you’re talking about castle United.The Portos-Conceicao-vacant-managers-job.html”>Daily MailPortos-Conceicao-vacant-managers-job.html”> says Newcastle have sounded out Conceicao over their vacant manager’s job.Newcastle are on the hunt for a successor for Rafa Benitez affair, is it fair for a team that won its division to sit around for three-to-six days before starting its postseason series?

Whatever anyone at this point says, it’s not going to change anything this year and unlikely to change anythinglsea defender Marcos Alonso has cast doubt on his future today.Alonso signed a new five-year contract only last October, but has struggled for form under coach Maurizio Sarri and reports in Spain have linked him with a return to Real Madrid.When aske down the line. Will it work out as expected? It rarely does, but that’s one of the beauties of baseball.

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Braves’ arms are better, fresher this September

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Many factors contributed to the ‘ great demise in 2011, but among them was the overuse of the back-end of the bullpen throughout the season by manager Fredi Gonzalez. The starting rotation wore down in September as well.

This time around, things couldn’t be more different.

The 2011 Braves were 9-18 with a 4.17 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in September. All three stats were the worst for a month in the entire season. The rotation faltered, especially 38-year-old Derek Lowe (0-5, 8.75), but the once-mighty bullpen had a rough month due to overuse.

Prior to Sept. 8, 2011, was 43 of 48 on save chances with a 1.55 ERA. The rest of the way he’d blown three saves while only closing down three with a 4.76 ERA.

started his decline earlier than Kimbrel in ’11. Through Aug. 22, he had a 1.10 ERA with five saves, 27 holds and only two blown leads. The rest of the way, Venters blew two more leads and had a 5.65 ERA.

The bullpen workload for the big three of Kimbrel, Venters and was staggering. All three were in the top five for relief appearances in the National League. Those three along with formed four of the top 15 in innings pitched among relievers in the NL. That is four individual relief pitchers with more than 73 innings pitched. 

This time around, Gonzalez has had more options and also consciously — he told reporters in the spring he’d take it easy on Kimbrel and Venters — dialed it back. Through Tuesday night’s victory, Kimbrel has 59 1/3 innings pitched. O’Flaherty has 55 1/3 as the eighth-inning guy. Venters struggled early in the season but sports a 2.01 ERA since the All-Star break and has only racked up 54 2/3 innings on the season. Martinez has worked 71 1/3, but that’s only one guy.

It doesn’t hurt that the decrepit Lowe is gone and instead young — who is fresh after having started the season in the bullpen — has developed into an ace.

And here Unai Emery. The Independent says there will be no movement on Emery until the end of the season.But it is likely that they will not take the option to extend Emery’s contract with the Spaniard having a break clause in his deal at the end of the seaswe are, the Braves are 15-7 with a 2.71 ERA and 1.06 WHIP this month. In complete contrast to last season, that’s the best ERA and WHIP the staff hasiendly with St. Patrick’s Athletic.Lampard kicked off his rein as Blues boss with a 1-1 draw with Bohemians on Wednesday night.David Luiz, Olivier Giroud, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic all missed the match, but Lampard says they could posted in a month all year.

Then again, lots of things are different in this time around. That’s why the Braves are celebrating a postseason berth with eight games left.

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Clemens moves closer to return to Astros

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Roger Clemens is moving closer to returning to the major leagues with the .Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman that he plans to have a scout watch Clemens pitch for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters on Sept. 7.The strong speculation in baseball has been that if all goes reasonably well that night, Clemens will then pitch for the Astros five days later, on Sept. 12 against the .Clemens, who turned 50 on Aug. 4, last pitched in the big leagues in 2007 with the . He would badmits he’s excited watching his old club dominate the Premier League.For the 4-0 win at Leicester City, the 65-year-old was amazed that the Reds could give a performance of such quality so soon after a gruelling trip to Qatar for the Club World Cup.e on this December’s Hall of Fame ballot, but that eligibility will be delayed for another five years if he pitches for the Astros.In fact, many believe that Clemens’ main motivation in his comeback is to remove himself from this year’s ballot, where his association with performance enhancing drugs would make his election unlikely.The Astros’ motivation would be to grab some attention and perhaps a big crowd at the end of what has been a dreadful season. By starting Clemens on Sept. 12, the Astros could get him two or three starts (and presumaola expects Manchester United to repeat their l Madrid attacker James Rodriguez is unsure about his next move.The Colombia midfielder has just completed a two season loan with Bayern Munich.”I really don’t know anything yet,” James told MARCA after a smile and long pause when asked if he’d be regameplan when the sides meet in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday.United’s counter-attacking style lead them to a 2-1 victory over City at the Etihad last month.And Guardiola says Ole Gunnar Solskjaerbly big crowds) at home.Clemens has already made one start for the Skeeters,

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