Thelwell says young duo Jordan Graham and Harry B

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The shocked the baseball world Sunday morning by announcing top pitching prospect , who has just 27 minor-league starts under his belt and has never pitched above Class A, has been promoted from the minors. The Marlins needed starters after placing Henderson Alvarez and Nate Eovaldi on the disabled list with shoulder injuries.

Fernandez, who is coWatford are eyeing AC Milan fullback Ricardo Rodriguez.The Switzerland international is ready to leave Milan in January after battling for minutes this season.Tuttosport says Rodriguez’s agents are speaking with clubs across Europe to find him a new destination.Napoli and Fenerbahce are keen, as are Watford.For his part, Rodriguez has harboured ambitions of playing in England in the future.nsidered a top 10 prospect by Basebmovic has spoken about his journey in football that resulted in him becoming one of the great icons of the game.The Swedish star was speaking on the unveiling of a statue in his honour in Malmo.Ibrahimovic has starred for the likes of Ajax, Juventus,all America (No. 5) and .com (No. 7), might not have a ton of pro experience, but he becomes a potential add off waivers in any Fantasy format because of his upside. On top of having a solid ERA (2.02), WHIP (0.96) and winning percentage (.875) in the minors, Fernandez also struck out 10.7 batters per nine innings. 

Although Fernandez is just 20 years old, he’s shown great command for his pitches and poise on the mound for a pitcher of his age. He’s likely going to get a decent audition while Alvarez and Eovaldi are sidelined, so I think he’s worth rostering inry Maguire has been snapped driving away from Carrington with a Manchester United branded bag.United will hope they have pulled off the biggest coup of the summer by securing a £80m deal for the centre-half who will become the world’s most expensive most Fantasy formats. To me, there’s more to gain than lose for Fantasy owners because you should only be dropping a bench player to pick up a potential Fantasy impact rookie. Perhaps Fernandez has the talent to do — although they are position players — what Mike Trout and Bryce Harper did for Fantasy owners last season.

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21 and enjoyed a signing ceremony on Monday.”I’ve

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infielder , who is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foo his style of play.Bonucci is regarded as your typical Italian stopper.And he explained, “I alwayormer Tottenham boss Juande Ramos believes Harry Kane will be key in the Champions League final against Liverpool.Ramos was the last manager to win silverware for Spurs.Ramos, who lifted the League Cup in 2008, said: “Both clubs know each other very s greg of Frank Lampard. Derby boss Lampard is expected to be named as Maurizio Sarri’s successor this week.Only one season of experience has lead some to suggest Lampard isn’t ready for the role, but Desailly thinks the Blues hierarchy should be trusted.w up wanting to be of help to the team, providing assists as a midfielder or scoring goals as a striker. I had to reset that way of thinking and rt, suffered a setback Tuesday. Forsythe appeared to be in a great deal of pain and is a strong candidate to the start the season on the disabled list, according to .com.

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Is 2013 A.J. Burnett’s swan song?

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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 triblive.com 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 triblive.com 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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mits he turned down Manchester United last summer.

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infielder continued to hit in his bid to win a starting role, reaching base in all four plate appearances against the Giants Saturday, including hitting his first home run of the spring. He’s hitting .538 in 45 Cactus League plate appearances and has only struck out twice. The outstanding line could land him the starting job at second base.

“He’s certainly right in the middle of the mix,” manager Bob Melvin told .com. “He was always in there and probably came out of the pack a little bit, but he’s a guy that’s played for us beforeHarry Kane’s long-term injury is a heavy blow.He is ruled out until April wi preparing for a move to England.Allegri and Juve split after five years at the end of last season.Chi reports Allegri and his partner, TV presenter Ambra Angiolini, will be in London this summer and taking English classes while they are there.Allegrth a hamstring injury that requires surgery.England captain Kane has scored 27 goals iaken the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo only to fall apart in 10 minutes.Fabio Borini’s angled drive beat Wojciech Szczesny, then Giampaolo Pazzini converted a penalty for Leonardo Bonucci’s handball offence.”Evidently we have different performances n 31 appearances for club and country this season.”If I speak too much about Harry, I ge, comes to camp trying to win a job, and he’s doing everything he can to do that.

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Bayern Munich.The two teams will meet in the roun

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The optioned pitchi the scoresheet for France’s victory over Moldova.Giroud struck from the spot in the 2-1 Euro qualifying win.Afterwards, the veteran said: “I was keen to shoot because I tried a lot tonight (Thursday). “We missed a bit of realism and a bit of successng prospect to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday. Burgos, rated the organization’s 13th-best prospect by .com, posted a 4.05 ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4-to-1 over two starts this spring. He also n has admitted he is disappointed to have lost Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The young right back made a move to Manchester United this summer.After only one full season in the Palace first team, W Josh King insists he could walk into the Spain XI.Ahead of Norway’s clash with La Roja, King was asked whether he and Real Sociedad whiz Martin Odegaard would be good enough to make the opposition XI.King said, “Martin was player of the month in Spaan-Bissaka was already regarded as one of the best in the league spent time with Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.

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injury.Kane has been out of action since New Year’

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Mariners pitching prospect , who is recovering from a mildly strained right ht Ham as a replacement for Adrian, who is about to come off contract.The 21-year-old Polish keeper has been on loan at Empoli this season having made just seven appearances in three seasons for his parent club Fiorentina.Dragowski has also attracted ipDeeney is back in light training.The attacker is going through rehabilitation following a knee injury.He had surgery two weeks ago and is already back at the club’s training ground, working back to full match fitness.”It’s my first proper day back an flexor, completed a light bullpen session Friday, according to the Seattle Times. He is scheduled to throw a regular bullpen sood midfielder Nemanja Matic is being offered to clubs in Serie A.The Serb’s current deal is to expire in June and Calciomercato.com says the Serbian’s representatives are already assessing options for his next move.Italian giants AC Milan, Inter Milann as he is back at 100 percent.

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Paul Pogba taken off penalties, it has been reveal

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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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Barca B debut last season and Girona chief Quique

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Diamondbacks pitcher made his Cactus League debut on Sunday against the Rockies. He worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out four. The left-hander also itar Neymar has agreed personal terms with Barcelona, it has been revealed.Sport says Barcelona has a verbal agreement with Neymar to return this summer on a five-year deal.Neymar is so desperate to re-sign for Barca that he accepted the offer made byssued one walk while thr already been won over by Moussa Djenepo.Both Saints scored in victory over Brighton yesterday.”I think everyone can see around the training ground how much of a fun and bubbly character he is,” Redmond told Southampton’s club website.”He’s still onlowing 18 pitches, 14 for strikes. “Last year I came up and wanted to show them what I have and this year you have a definite goal s assurances from the Egyptian FA over how Mohamed Salah will be managed if he is to be released for the Olympics this year.Ahram Online says Klopp will seek a ‘comprehensive file’ on Egypt’s training programme for the 2020 Olympics before he decidesin mind,” Corbin said. “I can relax and just try to be myself and show that I can be the guy.”

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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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Report: Mat Latos, Reds barely beat arbitration buzzer

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The and Tuesday. The two parties were in the arbitration hearing room as his new was finalized, John Fay of the Cincinnati Inquirer reported.

Latos, 25, had a 3.48 ERA (122 ERA+) in 33 starts for Cincinnati in 2012, his first year as a Red after a blockbuster trade brought him from Sadhoven fullback Angelino.De Telegraaf says City will sign their former left-back soon.Angelino has left PSV and will not be returning as he finalises a move back to City.PSV signed Angelino last summer for €5.5m and now face losing the young Spanian Diego. Latos assuaged doubts about his ability to transition from pitcher-friendly Petco Park to hitter haven Great American Ballpark — he had a 3.47 ERA in 2011 as a Padre. 

This is Latos’s first arbitration-eligible season. He will be eligible for arbitration once more, when his new contract expires after the 2014 season.

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Who’s the greatest designated hitter of all-time?

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The occasion of our evaluating Edgar Martinez’s Hall-of-Fame case raises a relevant question: Who’s the greatest DH of them all?

The designated hitter is a rather recent artifact (born in 1973), but you nevertheless find a number of good-to-great hitters who spent most of their time fulfilling those duties.

So there are two ways to approach such an urgent matnt Mino Raiola has defended his management of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Since his return to England from Juventus, the 26-year-old has been blighted by injuries and rumours of being a divisive figure in the dressing room.Speaking to Spoter. The first way is to answer the question: Who was the best hitter to spend a majority of his career at DH? If that’s the guiding query, then the discussion will be a brief one. It’s Frank Thomas (career OPS+ of 156), and it’s not a close call.

But if we frame the question in a different, perhaps more fitting way — Who was the most productive while occupying the DH spot? — then things get more interesting. That’s in large part because Thomas was far more productive as a first baseman than he was as a DH.

If we stipulate that contenders for “best ever while manning DH spot” must have logged at least 5,000 career plate appearances and have spent at least half of those PAs at DH, then our list of contenders is down to six: Thomas, Martinez, , Hal McRae, Harold Baines and Don Baylor.

Let’s compare some numbers, shall we? Below you’ll find a table — as lovely in execution as it is informative in conception — that places these six names athwart and astride one another.

You’ll see each designated hitter’s name, the number of plate appearances he logged at DH, his AVG/OBP/SLG and OPS compiled while deployed as a DH and — and then comes the long division. Actually, it’s pretty simple. Under the heading “OPS/Avg. DH OPS” you’ll find the hitter’s OPS as a DH divided by the league DH OPS over the span of his career. Ergo, the higher the number, the better he fared relative to the garden-variety DH of his era. This makes for a quick-and-dirty way to compare across run-scoring environments and according to positional standards.

To the digits …

Who is the greatest DH?PlayerPA as DHAVG/OBP/SLGOPS as DHOPS/Avg. DH OPSEdgar Martinez6,218.314/.428/.532.9591.21David Ortiz6,523.288/.384/.557.9411.16Frank Thomas5,698.275/.394/.505.8991.12Hal McRae5,917.294/.357/.463.8201.10Harold Baines6,618.291/.370/.467.8371.07Don Baylor5,391.259/.344/.449.7921.06Sorted by OPS/Avg. DH OPS

As you can see, Martinez, our candidate in question, distinguishes himself. He has the highest OPS and the highest era/position-adjusted OPS, and he ranks third out of six in DH plate appearances. It’s also worth remembering that OPS equates its two components, OBP and SLG, when OBP is the more valuable of the two. Given Martinez’s OBP-heavy breakdown, OPS actually undervalues him to an extent.

Park effects? Contrary to reputation, Seattle’s Kingdome played as a roughly neutral environment over Martinez’s time as a reTottenham have pinpointed Giovanni Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele as their primary transfer targets.Both players have impressed manager Mauricio Pochettino this season.The London Evening Standard says Pochettino’s obvious excitement for the summer won’t impact their new targets.Both clubs are widely touted as top talents.gular there, and he spent the back end of his career in run-suppressing Safeco. As for Ortiz — Martinez’s closest competition based on the above numbers — his home park of Fenway is a toan Rice has emerged as a 2020 priority target for Manchester United.Goal says United could even make a move for the West Ham star in January – if they can stump up £80million.United are already thought to be drawing up a shortlist of stars they wantugh yard for left-handed home runs, but it’s a very accommodating park for every other facet of the left-handed hitter’s game (i.e., singles, doubles and triples). In other words, there’s nothing in the playing environments that would push Ortiz ahead of Martinez. That’s to say nothing of the fact that Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs each rate Martinez as the better base-runner of the two.

Given all that, I’m comfortable saying that Martinez, in terms of value from the DH position, is the greatest designated hitter ever. How much that means when it comes to Martinez’s Cooperstown case is a matter for another EOB post.

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Report: Blue Jays interview DeMarlo Hale for bench coach

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The have interviewed third base coach DeMarlo Hale for their bench coach position, to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

Hale had been mentioned for the Red Sox manager vacancy earlier in the offseason. The team eventually traded for John Farrell. Hale was a finalist for the the Blue Jays manager position in 2010, eventually losing out to Farrell. Prior has been in contact with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his loan spell at Roma.Smalling has excelled in the Italian capital after signing for the season late in the transfer windowmore crowded.The Sun says Crystal Palace and Lazio have joined Inter Milan in the battle to sign Young.’The 34-year-old has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this month with Inter offering the 34-year-old an 18-month deal to come to the .He is one of the best defenders in Serie A this season, which mean to being with the Orioles, Hale spent six seasons with the Red Sox. Hed and I’m at number 14 on the fixture list; Blackburn Community Sports Club Women are hosting West Kirby Ladies at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Harrison Playing Field.The season’s of Autumn, Winter and Spring will have passed by the time of the served as the team’s third base coach from 2006 to 2009, and was the bench coach in 2010 and 2011.

Manny Acta could also be a candidate for the position, according to Rosenthal. Acta has previously managed the Nationals and Indians. He was fired with six games left to play in 2012. Prior to managing with those teams, Acta was a third base coach with the Mets and the Expos. 

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Photo: Elliot Johnson’s face the morning after

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‘s was gunned down at the plate by ‘s to end Friday night’s game. Johnson ran into Blue Jays catcher at the plate and ended up scraping his face in the d hasn’t dropped his long-term interest in Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho.Sport says United have lodged an enquiry over the availability of Coutinho.The Brazil international has struggled on loan at Bayern Munich this season and Solskjaer is mirt around home plate.

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You can see Johnson’s face was bloodied on the plate. Check out how he looked on Saturday morning. Arsenal.The 19-year-old has been with Arsenal since he was eight, but he spent last season on loan at German club Hoffenheim.Nelson, who started for Arsenal in Sunday’s 1-0 win at Newcastle, has revealed how his aim is to make it at the Emirates and The picture on the left is from the Associated Press, while teammate tweeted the picture on the right:

Tampa Bay’s called Johnson “Two-Face,” in reference to the Batman villain, .

Johnson did pass the postgame concussion test, but had trouble sleeping and putting his contact lens in his left eye. He also had a sore hip that kept him from running at 100 percent, he said.

For more baseball news, rumors and anaottenham defender Toby Alderweireld says the players are now adjusting to manager Jose Mourinho’s system.Their 0-0 draw at Watford was a first away clean sheet in the Premier League since New Year’s Day 2019.”You only see us improving,” said Alderweilysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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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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Diamondbacks claim Wil Nieves; Henry Blanco placed on DL

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The have claimed catcher Wiler Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Some fans and pundits believe that Solskjaer is not good enough to turn around the fortunes of such a giant club.But Mata believes that replacing yet another manager, their fourth since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2012, would Nieves off waivers from the , The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecero. The Diamondbacks have also placed catcher on the disablBarcelona for Zenit St Petersburg in a €40m deal.The 22-year-have announced former goalkeeper Petr Cech as their new ‘Technical and Performance Advisor’.The focus of the job will be to provide advice on all football and performance matters throughout the club as well as embed and facilitate strong links betweeold scored four goals in 24 appearances for the La Liga champions last season, having joined in a “dream come true” from Bordeaux last year.His transfer to the Russian Premier League leaded list, as he’s dealing with a hand injury.

Nieves played 16 games with the Rockies, batting .298/.333/.404 in 47 at-bats, with one home run and five RBI. The Diamondbacks are his third team in the last three years. 

Blanco, 40, has played 21 games this season for Arizona and has struggled, posting a .505 OPS. 

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