Billy Gilmour make his Premier League debut.Gilmo

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The have designated reliever for assignment, the club ann Samir e Portuguese whizkid signed for Barcelona last week, but won’t move to the Nou Camp until the summer.After their 1-0 win over Sporting CP, Trincao said: “My signature at FC Barcelona? I will work and stay as usual. “The rest doesn’t interest me yet. Nasri has beeho time.Former Chelsea star Cole said that Mourinho is “trying to turn a cruise ship” at Spurs and deserves more time before he is judged in the hot seat. “Jose has gone into a difficult situation,” Cole said. “In the media in particular there is a ln flooded by offers from around the world.While he failed to win a new deal with the Irons, the six months he enjoyed at West Ham was enough to put him in the shop window.Foot Mercato says several Ligue 1 clubs have made contact, ounced Sunday.

Harris, 28, spent much of 2012 between Double-A and Triple-A in the Rockies system. The righty posted a 2.08 ERA over 52 innings with a 5.1 K/BB. He reached the majors as a September call up but served up an 8.15 ERA over 17.2 innings, including three home runs allowed.

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g to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, when sp

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will return to action from an abdominal injury Sunday, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reported with his new deal.He has signed a new contractys the Belgium No1 falls short of the great Real goalkeepers from the past.He said: “I think the feeling in the Bernabéu is that they think that Courtois is perhaps not a player that right now could match all the great goalkeepers who have recently with the club until 2023.The Frenchman arrived in north London begun work at Bodymoor Heath after making the switch from rivals West Brom. The former Stourbridge manager spent 13 years as chief of the Baggies academy, helping establish it as one of the best in the country. He described head coach Dean Smith, spin the summer of 2016 and has developed into a key player under Mauricio Pochettino.Sissoko said: “I’m very proud to sign a new deal witts. The injury has kept him out of action for nearly a month; the righty has appeared in just two games so far this spring for the .

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de admitted some relief after their 0-0 draw with

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With David Ortiz out indefinitely, the are expected to use a mix of players in the first base/DH spot. You may want to take a closer look at . In 102 at-bats last year with the Red Sox, Gomez hit .275 with two home runs, five doubles and 17 RBI. At 28 years old, that’s his only major-league experience. 

But Gomez is more than a happy wanderer destined to remain in the minors. He’s hit .306 the last two seasons in Triple-A, with 48 home runs and 68 doubles in 893 at-bats. And this was in the pitcher-friendly Internatientino Perez will not consider doing business over Paul Pogba at Manchester United’s current asking price.Despite Real coach Zinedine Zidane’s demands, Florentino refuses to be held to ransom by United.Tuttosport says United are refusing to budge froonal League. Gomy boss Pep Guardiola has jumped to the defence of Jurgen Klopp regarding his upcoming FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury Town.The Reds are set to field a team of youngsters, along with the youth team coach, for the match.It falls during the period the ez was blocked in the Atlanta system by Freddie Freeman. He’s blocked in Boston by Ortiz and Mike Napoli. But given the chance last year, Gomez proved he could hit at the major-league level.

If he’s the primary fill-in to start 2013, Gomez could be a great source of power and average. I’m grabbing him late in AL-only leagues. And if there’s any indication he will be the main replacement if Ortiz continue.For the left-back, a comment made by Valdano really struck him.”A few days before the final a former Real Madrid player had said something about me on TV that stuck in my head,” Marcelo wrote for the The Players’ Tribune, referring to Valdano who was to battle heel pain, Gomez could work his way into 15-team mixed consideration as an early-season sleeper. 

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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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Big idea: The designated hitter compromise

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Personally, I don’t see the problem. Sure, if I could go back in time and scrub the designated hitter rule from history, then I probably would. But the DH doesn’t cause me French-existential angst (i.e., I don’t hate it), and I’m similarly unruffled by the fact that the two leagues have distinct rules regarding the DH. With all that said, I seem to be in the distinct minority. People don’t like the designated hitter rule, or at the very least they want uniformity in its application. As usual, I’m here for those with nowhere left to turn.

First, please accept this premise: Wholesale elimination of the DH isn’t going to happen. Next month, , and that means it’s entrenched. In a related matter, don’t expect the MLBPA to sacrifice a concocted “position” that turns 15-low-paying roster spots into high-paying roster spots. You can talk about making other structural concessions all you want, but none of the bandied-about solutions — expanded active rosters, a raising of the minimum salary — provides to players the high-end material uplift that the DH does. Cries of “get rid of the DH!” should be dismissed as fantasy.

With that out of the way, here’s what I propose: Make the DH rule the prerogative of the home team. Yes, I hereby propose that in advance of each regular-season and postseason game, the home team should be able to declare whether the DH shall be used for the contest in question.

Per rules, batting lineups aren’t exchanged until five minutes before game time, so there’s plenty of time in the course of the standard run-up to the first pitch to make the decision ly Samatta is pinching himself over his Carabao Cup final appearance against Manchester City.On Sunday he will play for his new club against Manchester City at Wembley. “This is huge,” the Tanzania striker told the Daily Mail. “It’s a final. At Wembland allow the visiting manager to react accordingly. Want to force to wield a glove or luxuriate on the pine? The home manager can opt not to DH. Want Stephen Strasburg to hit opposite a pitcher who’s less skilled with the bat? Opt not to DH. Got a right-hander on the mound and an opponent without a quality left-handed bat to slot in at DH? Force the issue by invoking the DH rule for that game. Does your team employ a manager with an orthodox and throbbing-neck-vein hatred of the DH? Take and never allow it on your hallowed traditionalist grounds.

First and foremost, the “home team chooses” system would, a) reduce significantly the number of games in which the DH rule would be in force; and b) add another layer of managerial strategizing (and fan kvetching) to a sport that’s typically a bit light on managerial strategizing (but not fan kvetching). I also envision a handful of other consequences that can be viewed as generally positive …

Such a system would make home-field advantage in the postseason that much more meaningful. By extension, that would make the regular-season race for seeding that much more important. It would also lessen the perceived disadvantages/advantages afforded by the World Series setup, which entails use of the DH in AL parks and no DH in NL parks. After all, AL and NL teams would be constructing their rosters according to same rules for the entirety of the regular season.Such a system would create an incentive for teams to roster DHs with at least some baseline defensive ability. If the DH who couldn’t dream of manning a position offends your aesthetics, then this system would make such a creature even more of an imposition on the 25-man.Such a system would create “soft” pressure for teams to carry more position players on the roster. Teams wouiverpool was confirmed this morning.The Japanese star completed his £7.25million move to Liverpool on Thursday morning.The 24-year-old will officially become part of Liverpool’s squad on January 1, and could make his debut in the FA Cup third round ld need to be prepared to trot out an adequate DH (i.e., a player who can put at least something like a .758 OPS, which is what AL DHs hit last season — only AL first basemen were more productive) or have an adequate arsenal of platoon-advantaged pinch-hitters for those occasions when the DH rule is not in force. In some instances, the primary DH will fill all those roles, but in others it will require a deeper bench. The point is that some teams would be reluctant to carry 13 or maybe even 12 pitchers. Fewer middle- and late-inning pitching changes and fewer appearances are good things for observers invested in things like pacing.

This new structure would of course require the consent of the players union, and they’d likely want give-backs elsewhere, since this would likely result in a downward market correction insofar as primary DHs are conceed. The defender made 214 appearances for the Hammers across two spells before joining Ipswich Town.He said: “I had the time of my life [at West Ham]. “I arrived in 2005 and then I left for Villa in 2009 and as people know, I didn’t really want to lerned. But this effort embodies, I think, the sensible middle ground between getting rid of the DH altogether (again, not a plausible aim) and allowing the status to remain quo.

So, in summary, the home team gets to decide whether the DH rule applies. Given the breadth of my opinion-shaping powers, I expect implementation posthaste. Or not.

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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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des.The 24-year-old Portugal international reveale

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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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Mariners, Raul Ibanez agree to one-year contract

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The Mariners have agreed to terms with outfielder/DH Raul Ibanez on a one-year contract worth $2.75 million plus incentives.

Ibanez is coming off a 2012 season for the Yankees in which he batted .240/.308/.453 for the Yankees with 19 home runs in 425 plate appearances.

The 40-year-old Ibanezg their win at Brescia.Brescia went ahead before Napoli struck twice in the second-half to earn the 2-1 triumph – with Fabian Ruiz proving the matchwinner.Gattuso later stated, “What did I say to the team at half-time? Let’s go to the next question had some success taking advantage of the short right-field porch in Yankee and was able to pop some home runs off right-handers. However, take him out of that oh-so-accommodating environment and move him into Safeco (even a Safeco with the fences nudged in), and he’s almost certainly going to be, at best, a replacement-le Ghazi says that he is ready for a national team call up.Ghazi is being considered by Ronald Koeman for the Netherlands squad.And the winger, who got his first Premier League goal on Friday, thinks that he can step up to the plate.”At that moment I fvel player. It’s hard to understand Seattle’s thinking on this one.

Ibanez previously played for the Mariners from 1996-2000 and 2004-2008.

For more baseball news, rumors and anAC Milan goalkeepr Pepe Reina hopes to earn a late career return to the LaLiga.But he concedes it’s a long shot.”I think it’s hard for me to finish my career in Spain,” the former Barcelona keeper admitted.”If God wants it and everything goes well, maybe I can coach there.”I want to stay connected to football and I will live there, but as a player it’s hard to see.”alysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Cool photo of the day: AT&T Park during World Series

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I have made two contributions to the world of photography: looking at it and occasionally embedding it in a blog post. In other words, I know little of the craft. I know only when I like something. And this photographic rendering of the ‘ AT&T Park during the most recent World Series is, I declare, Something I Like. Dig it …

The image is from Elmofoto.com, . Clouds! Boats! Distant Oakland! High-stakes baseball!

I also have no idea how Mr./Ms. Elmofoto made the image look like a hyper-realistic painting, but the effect is pretty arresting. As with most things that elude me, I chalk it up to sorcery.

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For more basebalhope of convincing David de Gea to sign a new deal.The Guardian says discussions have been ongoing for months and despite no development yet there is still hope he will sign despite them beis racing to get fit for their key Premier League clash against Manchester United.The Hornets take on the Red Devils as they look to gain more points for league survival on Sunday.And they will be happy to know that Femenia, who was out with a hamstring some distance from reaching an agreement.T is happy playing for manager Eddie Howe.There are no secrets behind Bournemouth’s sustainability in the top-flight. To Nathan Ake, the bedrock of the Cherries defence, the answer is simple.”Hard work as a team,” Ake told the Daily Express.”I think the Spaniard’s rl news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Orioles’ Nick Markakis out three more weeks

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Orioles outfielder will have two pins in his left thumb for at least another week, putting his availability for the postseasoameyang has thanked fans for their support after Thursday’s shock Europa League elimination by Olympiakos.The captain was left floored by their collapse at home.But Aubameyang posted: “I Woke up This Morning praying as usual and I thanks [sic] God n in doubt. Markakis hasn’t played since Sept. 8 after suffering a broken left thumb and was hoping to delighted with the form of summer addition Frenkie de Jong.De Jong was named Joan Gamper Trophy man of the match for the defeat of Arsenal, and the Dutchman has been impressing all of those who seen him this summer.”He’s curious and thoughtful and a gertures.The Swans are sitting second in the Championship despite losing manager Graham Potter, as well as star players Daniel James and Oli McBurnie.Grimes said: “I am always still talking to Dan and Oli and we are obviously so pleased with how they at the pins removed on Monday.

Instead, a hand specialist recommended to keep the pins in for another week, meaning it would be three weeks before he could return to the lineup.

“It was just crushed too bad in there and I had a lot of pieces here and there,” . “Probably on a clean break, they’ve probably come out today, but my situation is a little different.

“They want to keep it in another week and it would probably be in a splint for a week or two after that, so I’m probably still a good three weeks away at minimum.

Three weeks puts his return at Oct. 22, the day after Game Seven of the American League Championship Series.

Markakis is hitting .298/.363/.471 with 13 home runs this season, hitting .335/.390/.489 after the All-Star break.

Markakis was hit in the thumb by the ‘ in the Orioles victory on Sept. 8.

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Chris Carpenter to start Friday for Cards

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Following a pain-free bullpen session, right-hander is ready to return to the mound. The Cardinals have announced Carpenter’s return against the  at Wrigley Field. 

The start will mark Carpenter’s first appearance since Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. He has been sidelined since spring training and underwent surgery in July to correct . The surgery, which entailed the removal of one of Carpenter’s ribs, was supposed to be season-ending and, given his age (37), possibly career-ending.ish great Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits he’s a big fan of Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki.The Finn has just penned a new deal with the Canaries.And LA Galaxy forward Ibrahimovic told Mestarit: “I think everyone is impressed by him.”When you score many g

Instead, the Cardinals’ warhorse returns in time to make perhaps two stretch-drive starts and bouy a struggling rotation. He’s also eligible for the postseason roster, should the Cardinals earn a playoff spot. 

Last season, Carpenter posted a 3.45 ERA and led the NL with 237 1/3 innings pitched. He finishedameyang has backed Shkodran Mustafi’s move to AS Monaco.The German centre-back has been linkonio Conte was delighted with their Coppa Italia defeat of Cagliari.Inter won 4-1, with Romelu Lukaku scoring twice. Borja Valero and Andrea Ranocchia also struck for Inter.Conte said, “There was certainly an excellent response from all the guys. I’med with a move away from Arsenal for most of the summer, although his exit stalled following Laurent Koscielny going on strike.Monaco are keen on landing the second in the NL Cy Young balloting in 2009 and won the award in 2005. 

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Verlander, Leyland stump for scorching hot Cabrera in MVP race

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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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With 32 games left, Nationals pitchers set club record for strikeouts

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Thursday night’s game against the marked Game No. 130 for the Nats. Seeing as how the Nationals have never finished above .500 and this season they have been as many as 31 games over .500, club records are going to be shattered. 

Here’s one that just happened. When Nationals starter struck out Cardinals left fielder in the top of the sixth inning, it was the 1,069th strikeout by the Washilks with Thibaut Courtois about his future.Since his return, replacing Julen Lopetegui after his sacking, Zidane has rotated his keepers Courtois, Keylor Navas and son Luca Zidane. It has led to talk of Courtois being moved on this summer.However, Okngton pitching staff this season. That established a newo Manchester United.United paid £46.5m plus add-ons for Fernandes but Varandas admitted they were nearly forced them to take a lower offer from Tottenham.“At the end of June, we had become aware that we were going to sell Bruno,” he told Record.”W Nationals record ().

The Nats are fourth in the majors in strikeouts, behind the , and , so they aren’t going to set a big-league record or anything.

This is newsworthy because the Nationals are going to obliterate a club record. They came into Thursday averaging 8.21 strikeouts per game. At thed star Ander Herrera has been listed on the Paris Saint-Germain official website.Herrera officially confirmed his departure from United and is a free agent, but he has not announced a move to PSG as yet.Eagle eyed fans spotted that “Herrera 21” on tat pace, the Nats will end with 1,331. And, again, they previously never struck out more than 1,068 hitters in one season. That is pretty impressive.

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Pirates fail to sign RHP Mark Appel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Kevin Gausman (@KevinGausman)

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

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

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

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Braves starting pitchers tie dubious record

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While the are shooting for their third consecutivl winger Ryan Kent remains up-in-the-air.The Daily Record says an Ibrox return for Kent remains a priority but the winger faces a wait to discover his future after returning to training with Liverpool on Saturday.Kent won the PFA Young Player of the e victottenham captain Hugo Lloreaving two years ago.Aurier infamously slammed then PSG coach Laurent Blanc on social media, which eventually led to his sale.Speaking with France Football, the Ivory Coast international admitted it all stemmed from questions about his commitment to is has spoken about the squad’s reaction to Christian Eriksen wanting away this summer.The Danish international made his intentions clear, but he was not granted his dream move to Real Madrid or Barcelona.Lloris, who is no sory (), the starting pitchers continue their futility in terms of working deep into games. When failed to record an out in the sixth inning Friday night and was pulled with a stat line of five innings pitched, it was the seventh time in seven games a Braves starter failed to record an out in the sixth. In fact, , this matches the 1995 for the major-league record for games to start a season without a pitcher throwing more than five innings. And the ’95 Sox aren’t even a fair comparison, since a strike drastically shortened spring training and pitchers weren’t nearly as stretched out that season. With as much malign as the Braves’ offense receives, the starting pitchers have to be better in the efficiency and performance departments. The biggest concern is overworking the bullpen early, especially considering the back-end duo of and ran out of gas late last season. For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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