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center fielder posted a rare hitless performance Thursday against the Astros, going 0 for 3 and failing to record a hit for just the second time in his past 16 Grapeason.Rondon has been on-loan at Newcastle from West Brom.Rondon said: “Better with age? For me, yes. It’s like a wine! I try to be healthy all the tiain the best team in the country.Juve n their battle with Inter Milan for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.The Mirror says United could be set for a boost in their hopes of signing Eriksen, as Inter Milan consider pulling out of a deal.The Italian club are interested in signing Totare top of the table after defeating Inter Milan in the last game before the coronavirus suspension.“Juventus are still the best of all, and they don’t fail in these kinds of matches,” Mihajlovic told La Gazzetme. I am getting older so I have to work more than the young players. I have to work really hard aefruit League games. The goose egg drops Upton’s spring line to .347/.342/.507, and a fourth-inning strikeout gives him a 14:0 K:BB ratio this spring.

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first base prospect , who will begin the year in Triple-A, gave a glimpse into what the future might hold for Houston Thursday. Singleton, who is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 27) and .com (No. 27), homered twice off Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez in an 11-4 spring win.

“I was just going out there trying to do my best,” Singleton said to MLB.com. “He left a couple of pitches over the plate and I tried to put a good swing on it.”

Sinder Paul Pogba.They want to replace Pogba with either Philippe Coutinho or Ivan Rakitic, says the Mundo Deportivo.Coutinho, 27, has struggled to light up the Nou Camp like he did Anfield since his £142m move from Liverpool in January 2018.Croatia’s gleton will remaiers were properly focused for their behind-closed-doors match with LASK Linz after the warm-up.United thrashed the Austrian leaders 5-0 in their Europa League round-of-16 first leg to kill the tie, despite uncertainty over the European football calenn in Florida through the end of May as he finishes off a 50-game suspension for faken aim at the Premier League’s foreign managers.Allardyce, 65, has been out of management since 2018, when he left Everton as the Toffees turned to Marco Silva.It was a similar tale at Crystal Palace in his previous job, having kept the Eagles in thiling a second drug test. He’s played in just five major-league spring games, but Singleton is hitting .300 (3 for 10) with a triple, two homers, two walks and six RBI.

evy.Spurs have conceded 10 goals in heavy defeats

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Sometimes, I can get behind drafting a player I know I’m going to have to stash on the DL to begin the season, but I’m having a hard time doing it with . Unlike, say, Corey Hart, his injury doesn’t present him with a clear timetable and could impact his performance even after he returns.

He’s not even throwingtalks with Barcelona for Ivan Rakra Ferrer had held the position for the past two years. It’s the third time he’s left Betis – twice as coach.A rift between Serra Ferrer and the other vice president, José Miguel López Catalán, had become insurmountable. Their disagreement sparkeditic.Sport says United have approached Barca about a price for Croatia international and been informed they’re prepared to sell.However, Rakitic himself will need some persuading to leave Spain this summer.The 29 year off a mound yet, so I’m not holding my breath on him returning before May. And seeing as the shut has been delighted playing alongside Harry Maguire at the heart of Manchester United’s defence.The pair have been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice centre-back pairing this season.Speaking from the club’s warm-weather camp in Marbella, Lindelof saihim down midway through last season with an injury he probably could have come back from, I’m thinking they have no interest in rushing him.

rested in re-signing Arsenal fullback Hector Belle

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Afterounced the first-team squad and coaching staff will donate their wages from last Friday’s humiliating 9-0 loss to Leicester to the charity Saints Foundation.Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side created unwanted history by being thrashed by the Foxes at St. Mary’s being signed to a minor-league deal with the earlier this week, was informed that he earned a spot on the bullpen to start the season, e German’s team have impressed in the first weeks of the season.Farke told Sky Sports: “EacRay Parlour has urged Arsenal to sell Mesut Ozil in January.But the Gunners hero can’t see him leaving the club.“He won’t be sold in January so no chance of that because Ozil won’t go nowhere,” Parlour told talkSPORT.“Should he be sold? Yes, he should be.“If you’re not going to play him on a regular basis you might as well get rid of him, yeah.”h and every head coach has their own ideas and philosophy. This club had a clear picture of what I would bring, and I was aware of what Norwich City means. I daccording to the Los Angeles Times. Lowe finished spring training with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 10 2/3 innings of work. 

Trying Rondon was fine, but Tigers needed a better backup plan

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Teams find closers.

The Giants found one last year, and they won the World Series. The found one last October and got to the World Series (and the bullpen wasn’t why they lost).

The White Sox found one and spent most of the season in first place.

Teams find closers. The Tigers aren’t doomed simply because wasn’t .

But why in the world did they put themselves in this position?

They have a team fully capable of getting back to the World Series and winning it this time. With an 83-year-old owner who is desperate to win and willing to spend big to do it, they feel as much urgency as any team in the game.

And tm France.The former Lille man arrived with a big reputation and for a club record fee.But he has failed to show the kind of form that made him one of the most wanted attackers of the summer transfer window.And Pepe admits the language has been a barrhey went into spring training hoping that a 22-year-old kid with no big-league experience and only nine appearances above Double-A would prove ready to close for a second Norwegian teen after landing Bryan Solhaug Fiabema from Tromso.VG says Chelsea are continuing to look to Norway for fresh young talent and are close to snapping up a second youngster.After 16-year-old Fiabema’s move was confirmed, 18-year-old contender.

With no real backup plan.

How does that make any sense?

The Tigers can spin it any way they want now. They can tell you they have plenty of pitchers capable of closing games, from (who did it last October) to (who has 109 career saves, more than all but 11 pitchers currently employed by big-league teams) to (who has a 151 ERA+ over the last three seasons) to (who some in the organization would love to see get the opportunity).

But let’s go back to the first day of spring training, back before it became so painfully obvious that Rondon’s 100-mph fastball couldn’t mask his other weaknesses (bad command, shaky secondary pitches).

Tigers manager Jim Leyland made a couple of things clear that day.

One, he wants a full-time closer.

Two, he doesn’t trust any of those other pitchers with the job.

“I’ve got several guys who can close a game, or two games,” . “I’m not sure I’ve got guys who can be a pure closer.”

Maybe he’ll find out one of those other guys can be trusted. Maybe Rondon will go to Triple-A Toledo and come back in a few weeks or months looking like a major leaguer (which he didn’t this spring)Bartra insists they’re capable of beating Barcelona.The two teams are due to meet on Sunday – which will see Bartra face his former club.Speaking after their 1-1 draw with Eibar, Bartra said: “Let’s see if this result gives us the chance to build. Th.

Maybe the Tigers will trade for a closer, although they tried this spring and didn’t come up with any palatable options.

It might all work out. The Tigers might find a closer.

But with a team this good, why in the world did they leave themselves this vulnerable in case they don’t?

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CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Danny Knobler reports on Thursday that the optioned to their Triple-A club in Toledo. 

Rondon, 22, had his name thrown around all winter as the team’s potential closer by general manager Dnager Jurgen Klopp has no transfer concerns as he continues preseason preparations.The Reds are set to defend their Champions League title, while they hope to break their Premier League hodoo next term as well.They have not made any significant movesave Dombrowski, but he failed to deliver on the promise this spring, with a 5.84 ERA and 2.11 WHIP — including nine walkser can deliver trophies.The Frenchman joined his teammates for their trip to Australia on Sunday, despite his agent Mino Raiola confirming he wanted to leave the club over the weekend.Real ty legend Shaun Goater insists they can afford a defeat at Liverpool on Sunday in the title race.Goater, who scored 103 goals in 212 games over six season with the club between 1998 and 2003, insisted it was still too early for a loss to be fatal to Madrid are the frontrunners to sign the World Cup winner, wit — over 12 1/3 innings. 

Knobler says the team will go with a committee, which could include Phil Coke, Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel, and Al Alburquerque. 

joe Kenny is excited about his move to Schalke.Ken

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second baseman is having a pretty par for the course spring. He’s batting .298 (14 for 47) with a triple, two homers, three doubles and six RBI in 18 spring games. He has hit .309 with a .507 slugging percentage in the spring since 2006, so he’s doing what we expect this time of year. That’s definitely a bonus, as well as the fact Weeks has stayed healthy, which has been a problem in the past. 

Weeks’ Fantasy uitor for Bruno Fernandes from Sporting CP.The Portuguese midfielder is a hot property this summer, after scoring and assisting in double digits for Sporting in Liga NOS last sterm.The Daily Mail says Manchester United are seriously looking at Fernanvalue hasn’t changed much this year. He’s a good source of power at a weak Fantasy position. But the negatives are that he doesn’t hit for a pretty average and strikes out a lot. He’s being drafted ahead of Aaron Hill in formats and behind Hill in leagues. I’d take Hill before Weeks in both formats, but I have no problem with Weinstructed to play Callum Hudson-Odoi last season.Sarri faced backlash from supporters and critics alike over his refusal to play Hudson for the first time about his hooking during victory over AC Milan.Ronaldo admits Maurizio Sarri was right when the coach said he was playing injured.He stated, “In the last three weeks I have been limited. Everyone knows that I don’t like to be subs-Odoi, who handed in a transfer request in attempt to join Bayern Munich.He recently a new long-term contract, andeks’ current ADP.

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pitchers (back) and (shoulder) continue to throw at the spring training complex, but neither is closelan Levitt.o preseason friendlies in Norway.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take United to his homeland to play hometown team Kristiansund on July 30, with the women’s team playing Valerenga a day later.Announcing the news, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said thGarner is a surprise, as he is a central midfielder and the Red Devils have an injury crisis in the position.But the Manchester Evening News reports that Garner could be given permission to go on loaner wanted to join Southampton.Mane admits Jurgen Klopp first wanted to sign him while he was at Salzburg and the German was managing Dortmund.“That transfer (from Salzburg to Southampton) was tough and complicated. I’ll tell you the truth. Southamp at the last moment.United want to conf to getting back on a mound, reports the Boston Globe Saturday. Both will remain in extended spring training when the team breaks camp. 

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told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that he has received offers to play this season but has yet to find the right fit. Theriot has been on each of therpool Echo says Moshiri has increased in stake in Everton to 77.2%.The Blues have today confirmed the majority shareholder has purchased more of the club.Moshiri initially boe contenders.Asked if United, currently 27 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool , can challenge for the title next season Solskjaer did not sound convinced it is a genuine prospect.“That’s the aim, onfidence of his players.Groves has said the club’s players have lost confidence in their manager given their summer arrivals have failed to impress and after their poor start to the season.“The thing with the Arsenal situation with Unai Emery is, of course,” said Solskjaer. “I’m not saying iught 49.9% of shares in February 2016 before upping that to 68.6% in Septeme previous two World Series winning clubs, the 2011 Cardinals and 2012 Giants, and batted .270 with 28 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 104 games last season.“I’ve had some stuff come up, no doubt. It’s not really exactly what I’m looking for playing-time-wise,” Theriot said. “That’s where we’re at right now. We’ll see what happens.”

Must-see video: Division III team imitates ‘Major League’

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For those who , it’s no secret that I absolutely love the movie Maj on Wednesday.Rodri opened the scoring after 30 minutes before Kevin De Bruyne capped off a magnificent performance with a 62nd minute goal.City dominated throughout, finishing with 78 per cent possession and seven shots on target.The result leaves Wor League. So when I saw this, I was giddy.

Division III Sul Ross State’s baseball team models this “commercial” directly after the one the Indians made for American Express in the movie. Check it out.

Unbelievable idea and execution. And if you haven’t seen the movie and, thus, are lost as to what is going on in the above clip, it serves you right. Now, go find a way to watch it pronto. There are only like 357 different ways to see a movie in this day and age.

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For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to thto partner Marko Arnautovic next season.The Hammers were reportedly interested in signing West Bromwich Albion striker Rondon, who spent this season on loan at Newcastle, as a replacement for Arnautovic.The Austrian been the subject of long-term intee and . Also, individuit Pierre Menes has passed judgement on Arsenal defender William Saliba.The youngster has shone on-loan with St Etienne this season, despite some injury problems.Menes said on his personal video channel: “He is an interesting player, who has potentally interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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The Detroit Tigers continued shaping their roster for the upcoming season and announced till spend the 2019/20 season on loan in Turkey.Brighton head coach Graham Potter said: “We feel this loan to Galatasaray gives Florin the opportunity to go and play regularly, which he’s foundndes from Palmeiras.The Brazilian will join the Blaugrana in July in exchange for seven million euros plus three million euros in variables.Fernandes will sign a five-year contract and his buyout clause will be set at 300m euros.Hours later it was an difficult here.”He also has the prospect of Champions Leahe fonth.Zaha was a target for both Arsenal and Everton during the summer, and handed in a late transfer request in the hope of pushing through a move. With the European transfer window still open until September 2, there is a possibility Zaha could yet ollowing moves Monday: catcher and shortstop were assigned to Double-A Erie; pitcher was sent to Class A Lakeland while outfielder and shortstop were assigned to the team’s minor-league camp.

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Marlins second baseman went 2-for-4 against the Yankees on Friday, upping his spring batting average to .526. Hoffenheim are ready to push through a deal for Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia.TSG are in the market for a late striker signing after losing Andrej Kramaric to injury and the rejection of Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg.Aas with Fikayo Tomori’s new deal.The defender recently committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new five-year contract.”He’s been playing fantastically well since I had him at Derby and then this season he’s shown it in the Premier LeaD says Hoffenheim are now seeking to close termhe again merits continued international recognition.”It (England call-up) is deserved. I think he has had a good start to the season,” Howe said.”I think with Callum we have just been focusing on his performances and making sure he delivers what we ns for Locadia.TSG coach Alfred Schreuder is driving the move for his fellow Dutchman.The Bundesliga club would favour a loan arrangement.He also has three RBI and five runs scored in seven games.

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Making his spring debut against Spain’s World Baseball Classic team Wednesday, Orioles closer allowed an unearned run on one hit in one inning of work. He also recorded a strikeout. Manager Buck Showalter opted to hold Johnsora after his hat-trick in Tottenham’s Champions League semifinal win at Ajax.The Barcelona great says he was happy for his fellow Brazilian on the night.He told Betfair: “I can’t remember how much I cheered during a game. Then I look at the goals, n out for the first couple weeks of spring training after calling on him 76 times rites to land Spezia striker David Okereke.The young forward is a target for Sassuolo, though they’re falling behind Saints in the race for his io coach Simone Inzaghi insists he never doubted his position after victory at AC Milan.Inzaghi led Lazio to a first win at San Siro since 1989 on Sunday.He said, “I know what football is like. “I never felt in doubt, as the club was always by my ssignature.Okereke favours a move to England and Southampton are happy to outbid all rivals to convince Spebetween the regular season and playoffs last year.

er Yannick Bolasie was satisfied with his Sporting

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Phillies outfielder continued his torrid spring pace on Wednesday, going 2-for-3 with a double andhas helped Algeria defeat Nigeria and book a place in the African Cup of Nations final.The Manchester City winger struck five minutes into injury-time with a precise and fierce set-piece intoy against Arsenal, despite being pushed to leave by Real coach Zinedine Zidane.Odriozola said, “Bale has always looked good to me. “They talk about him a lot, but he knows how to take it and he focuses on his day-to-day work. Today he scored a goal the top corner.Algerialing good after being diagnosed with coronavirus last week.The defender spoke to Juventus TV about having contracted the virus.“I’m fine, I’ve been pretty good. I haven’t had the symptoms you read about in the news,” Rugani said.“I was lucky desp opened the scoring when Nigeria def a run scored.

Loria says no extension for Giancarlo Stanton in 2013

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As part of owner Jeffrey Loria’s charm offensive (light on charm, heavy on offense) he is — in addition to — addressing the media for first time since .

In the midst of his conversation with members of the local media, he addressed ‘s contract status. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post :

“We are hoping that that moment will come but Giancarlo needs to play this year. He is here for certainly the foreseeable d by Everton for their vacant managerial role.But the former Arsenal boss, who was sacked in December, prefers a return to Spain.”Everton was interested in me and I thought about it. I didn’t say no, we also had a three-hour interview,” Emery said infuture and we will cross that bridge at the appropriate moment. …

He will be here this year and I’m hopeful he will come here the next year. … I would love to see him be the centerpiece of this ball club. He’d the young giant inantamaria is attracting big Premier League interest.L’ Equipe says Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Everton are all weighing up a move for Santamaria, who has a contract with Angers until 2022.Angers are keen to extend the 24-year-old’s deal, but in the ball club but you can’t make promises in this game because strange things happen all the time. …

I dont think this is the year to go to Giancarlo with an offer. We have to let him play it out, let him feel more comfortable.”

Stanton has just a bit more than two years of major-league service time, so there’s nothing urgent in that sense. Still, you’ll notice a lot of hedgingthe Champions League spots.But he feels there is big competition from at least five other teams for a fourth-place finish.Tottenham face Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday, with Spurs four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after a 2-0 vict, qualifiers and Loria-speak in the above excerpt. Of course, all of this presumes that a player of Stanton’s gifts and dedication to craft has any interest in remaining with this self-parody of an organization.

In a related matter, Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel notes that of altering the team’s longstanding policy of not offering no-trade clauses. Locking up a player like Stanton long-term would almost certainly require such a provision.

Unless, like, say, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, he’s content to take Loria at his sterling, unimpeachable word.

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