Thelwell says young duo Jordan Graham and Harry B


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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Is 2013 A.J. Burnett’s swan song?


starting pitcher may be calling it quits after the 2013 season.

“I know it’s going to come up,” Burnett said, . “These guys [teammates] keChristmas party this season.Bruce says the players are ‘sensible enough’ to know ‘there isn’t enough time’ to have a Christmas party this year because of the Magpies’ packed fixture schedule.”I don’t think there will be time for a Christmas party, buep getting on me about it. They keep saying, ‘Two more [years]! Two more!’ I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Burnett is 36 and in the last year of a five-year, $82.5 million contract he signed with the Yankees before the 2009 season. H has been given a warning about his move to Chelsea this past week.The Ajax midfielder will join the Blues this summer and found himself struggling against a physical Getafe for Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League defeat in Madrid.Van der Gijp reasoned: “Yoe was traded to Pittsburgh before last season.

There are a few more reasons he might be ready to hang up the cleats for good. In the story, Burnett mentions his two kids, who are 12 and nine ywill return after the international break.The pair have missed the last two weeks of action.”Yeah, they’re not ready for tomorrow,” the manager revealed ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Bournemouth.”Probably after the international break. That is alwears old. Personal accomplishment won’t likely keep him in the game, as he already has two World Series rings, a win in the World Series and a no-hitter under his belt. He’s also 29 strikeouts from 2,000 on his career, so he’ll get there this season. Anything beyond that is likely unattainable.

Also, Burnett will have made more than $120 million in his career.

Add it all up, and it’s easy to see why this could be Burnett’s last year.

Worth noting: Burnett told that if he did keep playing, he wouldn’t want it to be anywhere but Pittsburgh. It could be lip service, but that’s what he said.

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er from Stamford Bridge after selling him to Real


The announced Monday srn to Galer lasted just 85 days as Inter boss in 2016.“I work for a very young c Elite Development Team.Yorkshire-born Phillips joined Everton at Under-13 level, having previously been at Huddersfield’s academy, and has progressed to David Unsworth’s Under-23s.The 19-year-old links up with the Championship club.He initially willlub: there are no former Presidents or directors with much influence here,” the Atlanta United boss told De Telegraaf.“At Inter, a player’s agent came up to me once and told matasaray.Fanatik says with Gala coach Fatih Terim under pressure, president Mustafa Cengiz has Drogba top of his shortlist of replacements.Drogba is a former Gala player and enjoys a good relationship with Cengiz and the club’s support.Cengitarting pitcher will start the home opener, April 9 vs. the Dodgers. Richard is 1-1 with a 6.59 ERA in three spring starts.

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reliever has been oed by his own England fans.Van Dijk defended Gomez after his row with Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling and has called for people to “leave him alone”.”It’s disappointing to see,” Van Dijk said of England supporters’ treatment toward Gomez.”I”falling in love” with his slider this spring, according to the Seattle Times.

“I know that at 1-0, I can come back with a slider and almost steal a strike,” he said. “Guys are hunting my fastball so hard, especially on fast Luiz is aware of why his teammate Eden Hazard may want to leave.While everyone at the Blues is hoping that Hazard will sign a new deal and continue his association with the club, Luiz is realistic.He knows that the 28-year-old has an ambition to plaball counts. It’s not even a thought in their mind, so it definitely helps. It speeds up (the look of) my fastball a little bit, so that helps it out, too.”

The report also indicated that manager Eric Wedge has confidence using Capps, who has an axe coach Ernesto Valverde with no compensation due, it has been revealed.Valverde is under pressure after Barca’s Champions League collapse at Liverpool this week.Sport says in his new contract there exists an exit clause which can be activated bstruck out seven of the last nine batters he faced.

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reaking his goal scoring drought was a significant


picked up his first win of the spring Friday ar Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton.The Sun says Burnley are lining up enchman was fired close to the end of the Premier League season, with Brendan Rodgers taking over and going on an impressive run of results.However, Puel may not have to wait long for his next job.Le10 Sport in France is reporting that Saint-Etienne a cut-price £1million deal for Bitton.Dyche is a keen admirer of Bitton and wants to try to sign him in January to boost his options in a number of areas.The versatile 28-year-old, whgainst Tampa Bay. Jurrjens held the Rays scoreless for five innings with just two hits allowed and three strikeouts in relief of Steve Johnson. He now has a 4.61 spring ERA.

Jurrjens isn’t expected to breakn taunting Leeds United fans after yesterday’s FA Youth Cup win.The Leeds support chanted ‘you’re just a s*** Sideshow Bob’ towards Mejbri, given his resemblance to the Simpsons character.But he took it in good humour, posting a picture of Sideshow B camp with the — Jake Arrieta looks like he’ll win the fifth starter job — but the Orioles will be able to keep him in the minors until his opt-out clause can be exercised on June 15. He’ll have until then to convince the Orioles he’s worth a major league spot.

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sit a hurting Valencia team in Saturday afternoon’


third basemann hit his fourth home run of the spring Wednesday against the Angels.

Chisenhall, who added another hit to finish 2-for-3 on the day, is now batting .410 in 39 spring at-bats while only striking out four times. While spring stats are hit-and-miss as a predictor for breakout performances, Chisenhall’s hot start should cere focusing on three young signings this summer.The Times says City have identified Rodri, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as their first-choice tra Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.The Sunday Post says Sturridge is a potential target for Rangers with the club ready to cash in on Alfredo Morelos.The Colombian bagged 30 goals for Steven Gerrard’s side last season and has made no secret of his dnsfer targets – while a summer clear-out is also expected.With Fernandinho now 34, Atletico Madrid’tainly pique the interest of AL-onlyudetto and broke several records in his first season in Italy last term.But pundit Frederic Hermel told RMC: “For me, the information that comes to me from the entourage is that he knows he made a mistake by going to Juventus. “He would have liked to fantasy competitors.

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es Mertens insists Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri s


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

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Podcast: Fantasy Preview — Busts


Fantasy previews, both on and on other Fantasy providers, often center around a discussion of sleepers and busts. For such a conversation to be worthwhile, we should at least try to define the terms. 

So let’s think a bit about busts. Is a first-round player a bust if he only provides third-round value? Or does the player have to go full awful, like Tim Lincecum in 2012?

For the Fantasy player, it’s important to understand the context the term is used in. When we talk about Mike Trout’s bust potential — as Nando di Fino and Scott White cover in the podcast — we might consider him a bust if he merely produces 20th-overall value as opposed ton Wan-Bissaka and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are happy to be together again at Manchester United.The pair first struck up a friendship during their time together at Crystal Palace, where Fosu-Mensah spent a season on loan in 2017/2018, and recently renewed 2nd-overall.

Eighteen spots may seem minimal, but in the mock AL-Only auction, the difference between number 2 and number 20 was $12 — the same price paid for players likee celebrated their swoop for Birmingham City striker Che Adams with a swipe at Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp.With a host of Saints players going to Liverpool in recent years, Virgil van Dijk, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane to Rays phenom Wil Myers and Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan. For those players, busting would mean a complete implosion, but for Trout, busting boss Simone Inzaghi insists they didn’t deserve defeat to Inter Milan on Wednesday night.Danilo D’Ambrosio’s header proved the winner, with Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic outstanding.“We did well in the first half and the only thing we really gomay just be a down season.

Host Adam Aizer and experts Scott White and Nando di Fino cover the Trout case and many others, like David Ortiz, Zack Greinke and Gio Gonzalez, to name a few. Who do the experts agree on? Where is the disagreement? With just a couple of weeks remaining until the season starts, now’s the time to figure out who you shouldn’t be drafting.

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

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pions League.Khedira was asked about his side’s ch


The Reds made their first big cuts of the 2013 spring training season on Tuesday and among those optioned to Triple-A Louisville were starting p into while playing the derby on Saturday night.The home burglary occurred with his wife and daughter inside, says El Chiringuito.The Brazilian is the latest in a string of players to be hit while with their teams. Casemiro lives in La Moraleja, one itcher candidates and . Pitcheds winger Steven Bergwijn has described Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk as an “absolute beast”.The young PSV star says he has learned a lot from playing alongside the imposing centre-back.”Van Dijk is an absolute beast,” Bergwijn told Goaland Voetbalzrs and were optioned to Double-A Pensacola. Pitcher and outfielder were sent to Class A Bakersfield, while pitcher was optioned to Class A Dayton. Several others were reassigned to minorr River Plate midfielder Nicolas de la Cruz.The Uruguayan youngster helped Marcelo Gallardo’s River Plate reach this year’s Copa Libertadores final, which was won by Flamengo last week.Marca says City chiefs are so impressed they’re willing to pay MO league camp and they are as follows: RHP , RHP , C , IF Kristopher Negron and OF .

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Paul Pogba taken off penalties, it has been reveal


The Doerkid joins the Serie B outfit on a season-long loan.Scamacca moved to Sassuolo from PSV in Jade an initial enquiry to Saints about Lemina.The want-away midfielder is keen to depart the south coast before the transfer window ends on 8 August.And with Everton selling Idrissa Gueye to French giants Paris Saint Germain for £28m, they are on thenuary 2017 but has played just three times for the Neroverdi.The 20-year-old was part of the Italy squad who reached the Under-20 World Cup semi-finals lastdgers announced Monday they reassigned , and ton his contract.The Evening Standard says United are prepared to take a huge risk on De Gea’s contract.De Gea has entered the final year of his contract after refusing to sign an extension.United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is willing to run t minor league camp.

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ighs up leaving Gremio.The Brazil star shone as hi


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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Start vs. Italy helps Weaver and Angels, but not the WBC


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TEMPE, Ariz. — looked good against Team Italy on Wednesday.

That’s great news for Weaver, and great news for the . It’s terrible news for the World Baseball Classic.

“It’s nice to feel this good early on,” Weaver said, after his three strong innings in an exhibition game.

Weaver credited the Angels’ athletic training staff for helping loosen up his right shoulder, which he said had felt tight over the last couple of years (even as he was pitching at a near-Cy Young level).

“I ith Guardiola’s brother Pere now part-owner. Pep signed up as a member during his visit.”I am very excited to be a member of Girona and that’s why I called my brother, so he could do it. From Manchester we follow the resultSolskjaer has ruled Anthony Martial out of returning for Thursday’s clash with AZ Alkmaar.The Norwegian was speaking after Monday’s draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford.He could not provide an update on right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who missed the matchs and watch the games whenehaven’t had this range of motion in a while,” he said. “I can go back to my normal arm slot. I’m more of a three-quarters guy, but the last couple of years I had to be more over the top.”

He feels good. He feels strong. He likes the WBC concept so much that he says he’ll watch every game he can when the WBC begins for real for Team USA this weekend.

But Weaver still didn’t want to pitch for Team USA this month.

“Maybe if they’d figure out a better time to have it,” Weaver said.

For this WBC, even at this time of year, Team USA was able to assemble a strong roster. The biggest problem was finding top starting pitchers.

It wasn’t just Weaver. , and , among others, also turned down the chance to pitch.

Most gave the same reasons Weaver did. Pitchers need more time than position players to get ready, and they didn’t feel they could be ready for competitive games in early March.

“I would be quite to where I needed to be,” Weaver said. “I think it would be a little tough to go out with your best stuff now. If I had to go out and turn it on, I think it would be a little tough.

“As great as it would be to wear the red, white and blue, it’s a tough thing to get ready for.”

Weaver threw 52 pitches Wednesday against Team Italy. By WBC rules, if he had joined Team USA, he would have been limited to no more than 65 pitches this weekend.

He allowed Italy one run in three innings, with five strikeouts. He was good enough to pitch in a spring game, but he didn’t feel ready to pitch in a game that counted.

He was comfortable facing Team Italy on WednesdFootball League ban pre-match handshakesThe Premier League and EFL have said pre-match handshakes between both teams and officials will not take place until further notice because of fears over the spread of coronavirus, reports BBC Sport.The teams way. He didn’t want to face them in a WBC game on Saturday.

For anyone who wants the WBC to succeed (and I count myself among that group), that’s too bad.

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in victory at FA Cup opponents West Ham.Townsend’


After signing a two-year, $15 million contract in the offseason, made his dey a replacement for the wantaway Antoine Griezmann.Griezmann is expected to move to Barcelona this summer.Simeone said, “We will go and look for a Griezmann that w United Double winner Andrei Kanchelskis has questioned the quality of the current team’s young players.Kanchelskis was reacting to last week’s Europa League defeat at Astana, where United fielded a record young XI.He told Sports: “Manchester United ill be a Griezmann in the future, like Rodrigo or [Jan] Oblak. I’m still excited by allbut for the Angels in Sunday’s Cactus League game against the Cubs. He allowed one run on one hit over two innings of work. The right-hander surrendered a solo homer to for his lone damage. Blanton also struck out two with no walks while throwing 20 pitches. “I think for the first outing you couldn’t ask for anything more,” manager Mike Scioscia said. ” He pounded the zone, no doubt. Just pulled a couple of pitches middle in. … Joe likes to kheir two-goal Carabao Cup deficit if Manchester City repeat their first-leg performance.The Sky Blues blew United away with a explosive 45 minutes that put them 3-0 ahead at the half-time break.”I felt on the pitch we could have done even better – coeep that tempo, and when he’s going he wants to keep that ball and keep that feel.”

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e Manchester City returned to the team for Sunday’

content_img 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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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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