London for an Arsenal medical.Sky Sports says he


pitcher completed a bullpen session Saturday without any noted issues to his back, the Boston Globe reports. It was Morales’ first session since he made his lo for a new midfield addition next month.Milan coach Stefano Pioli is eager to add a box-to-box midfielder over the winter market and their search is leading to the Premier League.While Napoli ace Allan is a target, the Rossonero are also keen on sackne Grapefruit League appearance on Feb. 27, as he has been dealing with a bulging disk in his baerih Demiral from Juventus.Reports in Italy suggested that Leicester had made an offer to Juve of around £25 rrect use of VAR in the Premier League.The Blues right back is not happy about VAR being present, but he feels as though referees are not making proper use of the technology.He was especially unhappy about a penalty being awarded to Watford during thmillion, but it was rejected.Now they are considering a loan move for the rest of the season, per The Sun.Demiral is not first choice at Juvck.

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


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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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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Tim Lincecum scratched from Saturday’s start due to blister


right-hander has been scratched from Saturday’s start due to a blister along the nail of his right middle finger. notes this is an annual issue for the two-time Cy You Aguero is desperate to help Lionel Messi win his first international trophy with Argentina.Barcelona star Messi is yet to win a major trophy with his country.Ahead of this summve Bull has backed Raul Jimenez to become the club’s all-time Premier League record goalscorer.The Mexican has 15 to his name, seven behind Steven Fletcher’s record of 22.Bull told the Express & Star: “Easy. He should do that with absolute ease.”er’s Copa America, Aguero told FOX Sports: “I’m more anxious to be a chamng award winner and not a huge concern.

“It’s not too terrible,” said Lincecum to . “It’s just hot and sensitive like it gets here. I’ll just play it day by day and see how it feels. I don’t want to complicate the issue and make it worse. I don’t want it to be anything that will keep me from the season.”

Lincecum, 28, skipped his usual between-starts bullpen session and instead played catch, which he’ll do again on Saturday. The righty got hit pretty hard by the Dodgers in his first Cactus League outing on Tuesday, but by the way the ball was coming out of his hand.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and ped by Manchester United.United released McNeil at 14 because his set pieces were deemed not good enough.He said, “It was quite an upsetting time for me. It was my boyhood club of my dreams. I’m still a United fan now despite what happened.”Going to .

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des.The 24-year-old Portugal international reveale


Boston starter is in excellent physical shape as spring begins, reports .com Wednesday. Lackey has lost 17 pounds, according to skipper John Farrell. Lackey, who missed all of last year due to Tommy John surgery, has been sharp in early bullpens. “A good work day today,” Farrell said. “Freeness in his delin Steve Gibson unveiled the former England defender as Boro’s ester City signing Rodri.The Spaniard, signed from Athletic Madrid this summer, made his debut in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to West Ham United.”He is a young, typical defensive midfielder who thinks very quickly. I hope he is here for a long time,” said Gnew head coach on Friday — a man on a mission to nurture their crop of talented kids and “get in the mix” for ­promotion from the Championship next season.He thought back to his Leedsvery, freeness in his arm, staying behind the ball, repeating his delivery, all the things we’re looking for right now, he did them quite well. He’s in great condition, so the 35-pitch bullpen [session] was not really taxing for him. As he’s gone through the physicals and the strength testing of the shoulder, all those are consistent. He’s more athletic. He has more ability to repeat his delivery, and, honestly, he feels pretty darn uique Setien for next season.Sport says with the LaLiga suspended, Barca directors have been assessing Setien’s position.And their conclusion is that Setien is the right coach to take them forward.The board is pleased with the way Setien has maintaingood about himself.”

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is RB Leipzig loan.Ampadu has not managed any play


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

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Report: Yankees and Mets competing for Scott Hairston


The bidding for free-agent outfielder “mainly involves” the and , to’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


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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Justin Verlander won’t confirm or deny dating Kate Upton


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There are certain things in this world I just have trouble understanding. Among them: 1. throwing 100 mph, 2. earning $20 million in one year, 3. playing coy when asked about dating Kate Upton.

Yet, has all those things. Basically, he’s living the dream.

We knew all about the first two and have sus1 coach Aidy Boothroyd has no doubts about the future of Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden.Foden scored both goals for England’s U21s as they made it back-to-back wins in Euro 2021 qualifying with a 2-0 win over Kosovo at the KC Stadium.“He’s ppected the third. In Tuesday’s USA Today, Verlander was asked about his relationship with the hat in Verlander’s suite at Comerica Park suite earlier this season.

“I’m not confirming or denying anything,” Verlander . “I’ll leave that to my grandfather. God bless him.”

Verlander’s 87-year-old grandfather did tell Celebuzz this month that his grandson was dating Upton.

“I never thought I’d have to prepare my grandfeam-bonding dinner organised by Juan Mata and David de Gea.The Rochdale.html”>Daily MailRochdale.html”> says De Gea and Mata led some of their team mates on a bonding night out following their uncomfortable Carabao Cup win over League One Rochdale onather,” Verlander told the newspaper. “It’s a whole different world. I can’t believe that people would call my grandparents. It’s tough when people start trying to dig into your personal life.”

Justin, if the worst they find is that you’re dating Upton, you’re pretty much living the good life — complete with Ferrari 458 Italia and six other cars. Again, a little different than my Subaru with a baby seat in the back.

But hey, we both really do like the Cheesy Gordita Crunch, so maybe we’re not that different after all.

Funich are being linked with unsettled Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.AS says Liverpool will face a fight to keep hold of Champions League hero Salah this summer, with United and Real Madrid battling to sign him.The giants both want to lure the Egyptianor more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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



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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Verlander, Leyland stump for scorching hot Cabrera in MVP race


DETROIT — ace , one year removed from winning both the American League MVP and Cy Young award, has been wearing a T-shirt around the clubhouse reading “Keep the MVP in the D.”That it is not just an empty slogan for Verlander became crystal clear following his 15th victory of the season, a 6-2 decision over the on Wednesday.Verlander turned fiery when someone told him that some baseball analysts think that even if becomes the first player since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 to win the Triple Harry Redkn United youngster Dylan Levitt has signed a new contract with the club.The 18-year-old’s new deal with keep him at the club until June 2022 and United have the option to extend his stay for a further year.Levitt has been included in Ryan Giggs ‘ seniapp has again spoken of how close Tottenham came to signing former Chelsea star Eden Hazard.Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid last summer, however Redknapp revealed the Belgian could’ve joined Spurs while still playing in France with Lille.The former Tottenham manager told Sky Sports: “I met Eden Hazard in Paris, we had an hour chat.“I loved him as a footballer, what a genius. He was up for coming to Tottenham.”Redknapp expressed his regret that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was unable to get the deal done.He said: “Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I wasn’t involved in transfer deals.“All I’d do if I see a player, I’d tell Daniel and they do the deals. But it never got that far, they couldn’t agree a fee so they didn’t get him.”Crown, ‘ outfielder is still the AL MVP.”Bull—-,” Verlander said, firmly.Told that there is precedent for this, that Ted Williams twice won the Triple Crown (1942 and 1947) without winning the MVP award, Verlander quickly flashed his knowledge of baseball history.Speaking specifically of 1947, when Joe DiMaggio (.315, 20 homers, 97 RBI, 97 runs scored) won the award over Williams (.343, 32, 114 RBI, 125 runs), Verlander said “that will go down as one of the worst MVP years of all time, in my opinion.”Verlander then shifted back to present day.”The Triple Crown, that hasn’t been done since ’67,” he said. “C’mon. Even now, when he’s erned about losing Toby Alderweireld on a free transfer.The Belgian central defender only has a year left on his contract and no one has bid for him this summer.The 30-year-old wanted big wages from any suitors, while his age and the asking price froone home run away.”Cabrera is batting .363 with 16 homers, 45 RBI and 34 runs scored in 43 games in August and September.Trout, meantime, was batting .280 with nine homers, 22 RBI and 38 runs over 44 games in August and September into Wednesday night’s game against the Rangers.”Oh my God,” Verlander said of the stretch run. “You want to talk MVP, compare those numbers. There’s a big difference.”Meantime, after Cabrera blasted his 41st homer of the season to continue his scorching run, manager Jim Leyland was asked about the Trout vs. Cabrera MVP debate that is both fierce and gaining momentum, as it relates to traditional statistics and more modern metrics.Leyland said he spoke with a “Sabermetric” guy recently who advanced the theory that an unnamed player — clearly Trout — according to Sabermetrics, is better than Cabrera.”When the Sabermetric guy gave me that, I asked him, ‘Should I trade Miguel Cabrera for the player’,” Leyland said. “And he said, ‘Oh no, you can’t do that.”I said, ‘Well, then, you don’t believe in Sabermetrics and neither do I.”

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Rays’ Evan Longoria to return Tuesday


Evan Longoria will return to the lineup on Tuesday, the team announced on Monday.The Rays optioned infielder to make room for Longoria.Longoria, 26, hasn’t placed since suffering a partially torn left hamstring on April 30. He’s had a few setbacks in his rehab, but in his most recent stint, he playto oversee a major clearout ahead of their Premier League return.The Daily Mail says with five players also seeing their loan spells come to an end, Withan Ake.The London Evening Standard says Lampard was at Chelsea as a ace Wilfried Zaha admits transfer speculation left his head “a bit all over the place”. The winger, 26, was involved in a protracted transfer saga with boyhood club Arsenal and then Everton, with the former opting to sign Nicolas Pepe instead, and t player when Ake came through the ranks following his arrival from Feyenoord as a teenager in 2011 and has had the Dutchman extensively scouted since the season started.But those relder has just 16 players left in his first-team squad.Defenders Martin Cranie and Daniel Lafferty, ed eight games for Triple_A Durham, going 5 for 25 with three RBI and seven walks.

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