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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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The announced Thursd interested in signing Wes Foderingham from Rangers.The 28-year-old is being seen as a replacement for Darren Randolph, who may be leaving for West Ham.If the Hammers put in a big offer for Randolph, then Boro will look to the Rangers shot stopper asay they will go with a closer-by-committee approach after Bruce Rondon was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. 

General manager Dave Dombrowski said manager Jim Leyland als from his players.Lampard is a fan of the culture of what rugby boasts.Having been struck during the tournament by the vastly different approach of rugby players towards referees, Lampard said: “I think maybe yes (footballers could learn from rugbwill mix and match relievers in save situations according to matchups. One of those options could left-handed reliever .

Coke hasn’t had a great spring, posting a 4.09 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 1season.It emerged that the Saudi Arabia sovereign wealth fund were interested in buying Newcastle ahead of the Magpies’ FA Cup draw against Oxford United at St James’ Park on Saturday.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle insiders are confident the la1 innings. But he has nine strikeouts. Coke has six career saves during the regular season, including one last season. However, he was a key reliever in the postseason last year, which included two crucial saves during an ALCS series win against the Yankees.

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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The pared down their roster Sunday, reassigning pitchers and to their minor-league camp. Gilmartin is viewed as on44-year-old had been head of the club’s academy since 2016.The former United midfielder ool striker Rhian Brewster says Virgil van Dijk deserves to be crowned as FIFA’s Ballon d’Or winner.Seven of their players have been nominated for the FIFA Ballon D’Or, with van Dijk and Firmino appearing alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Mowill report to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will be tasked with creating “a seamless journey for young players stepping up to the next level”.”Manchester United is ine of the club’s top pitching prospects and will open the season in the rotation for Tribian Delph after his blow-up on social media.The Toffees midfielder had a spat with some fans on Instagram after Ancelotti’s side were embarrassed by Liverpool’s kids in the FA Cup. Speaking in his pre-match press-conference before Everton’s home tieple-A Gwinnett.

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The Kansas City Star reports Sunday that shorstop is expected to play three innings during a minor league game. It will be his first actiAlex Iwobi.Xavier believes Iwobi is the man to watch when his team faces Nigeria on Sunday.”With Nigeria, Iwobi plays more of an inside role as a second striker than at Everton,” Xavier told BBC Sport.“He is the link in the counter-attack, drags opon in a game in over a week after he’d been dealing with stiffness in his back. 

Escobar is expected to start at shortstop on opening day for the Royals. He’s hitting .290 thiis work as manager at Chelsea.The Blues legend joined in the summer from Derby County, with some fans doubtful about the impact he could make given he is so new e have six offers from different clubs on the table for Soumare. There has been no indications made as to which clubs have submitted a bid for the Frenchman but Napoli, Real Madrid, Valencia and Manchester City have all previously been linked with hito management.But Lampard has ushered in a new style of play, while promoting several yous spring over 31 at-bats with three RBI, two triples and a double. 

2013 Team Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

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The enter the season in a quite different light than they have entered any season for the past decade-plus: They are in the spotlight. No team garnered as many headlines as the Blue Jays in the offseason, as they went out and added , , , , and more. Will this be enough to make a 73-89 team into a contender? Absolutely, because we must consider how much injuries ravaged the Jays last season. They used 12 different starting pitchers, was held to 92 games and was held to 125. Also, there is expected improvement from some younger players like Lawrie and , in addition to a bounce-back season from former ace . 

1. Jose Reyes, SS2. Melky Cabrera, LF3. Jose Bautista, RF4. , 1B5. Colby Rasmus, CF6. Brett Lawrie, 3B7. , DH 8. , C9. , 2B 

1. R.A. Dickey2. 3. Josh Johnson4. Mark Buehrle5. Ricky RomeroALT:  

Closer: Setup: , Lefty specialist:  

IF , OF , C

Remember when the ? Maybe not, since they have made two blockbuster trades since then, but Izturis could serve as a backup at second base, shortstop and third base while being fully capable of starting several times a week. He has a career .337 on-base percentage, good speed (17 steals in 19 attempts last season) and is a capable defender. That’s a pretty good player to have around as an insurance policy at three different positions, especially since the Blue Jays had such major injury woes last season. 

“A limited number Former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell has revealed Didier Drogba was in tears by Jose Mourinho’s sacking.Sidwell recalls how none of the players agreed with a decision which destroyed the “family culture” in the Chelsea dressing room.”I’ve been at of saves caused Janssen’s breakthrough to go by the wayside last year. But while , and made history with the kind WHIPs they were putting up, Janssen’s 0.86 mark ranked fifth among closers with at least 50 innings. And it’s not like his 2.54 ERA or 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings were anything to sneeze at. So then … about those saves. Beginning 2013 as the team’s closer will help. He didn’t claim ninth-inning duties from an injured Sergio Santos until May last year, and by then, the Blue Jays starting rotation was so decimated by injuries that a closer was hardly necessary. They either outslugged the competition, or they lost. Obviously, that formula is destined to change this year with all the upgrades they made this offseason, particularly to their starting rotation. Add, say, 15 to last year’s save total, and you’ll see why Janssen is a bargain after the top 20 closers go off the board.” — Scott White []

I think it’s how well-rounded the offense is. There are speedy table-setter types in Reyes, Bonifacio and Izturis. There are two potential 40-homer power hitters in Encarnacion and Bautista. There’s the power-speed combo in Lawrie and a possible hit-machine in Cabrera. As long as the Jays stay healthy — which is a huge question after last season — they will be able to beat teams offensively in a number of ways. Teams this well-rounded are great bets to stave off extended team-wide slumps. 

The back end of the bullpen. Janssen has never been a full-time closer, Santos is coming off surgery and Delabar has had control issues at times. Overall, I don’t think this is a huge issue and the trio is more than capable enough to have a py Aston Villa following a training ground bust-up.The on-loan Chelsea man reportedly headbutted Villa teammate Jota, with his future at the club now being discussed.Phillips says he’s surprised about the conduct of his former Leicester teammate, but roductive season, but I had to name something here, and there really isn’t a glaring weakness on this ballclub. 

For the first time since 1993, the Blue Jays win the World Series. They definitely have enough talent, and this should be the ultimate goal for this club in 2013. 

There are obvious areas where the wheels could totally fall off here. Reyes, Johnson and Morrow are injury risks, to various degrees. Which Melky are the Jays gonna get? What if Encarnacion’s power surge last year was a fluke? What if Janssen spits the bit as closer and Santos can’t regain pre-injury form? What if Romero is just as bad as he was last season? What if Lawrie’s all-out style recklessy injures him? Rasmus and Lind are enigmas offensively as well. Dickey’s old and last season’s numbers are an outlier compared to the rest of his career. In the tough AL East, if everything that could possibly go wrong does, I could see the Blue Jays ending up in last place. 

Honestly, though, what are the odds that every single bad thing listed above happens and nothing good happens? Very, very low. There will be injuries, but every team deals with those. Dickey’s 2012 season came from out of nowhere because he started throwing his knuckler harder, not because he just started to get lucky out of the blue, and Encarnacion has always shown the ability to hit for big-time power when he’s in the lineup. 

It’s tough to predict how Cabrera, Rasmus and Lind will fare, but overall there is so much talent here that I don’t see a realistic scenario where they miss the playoffs. In fact, I predict they win the AL East for the first tining over a loan deal for Islam Slimani.Inter are turning to the Algeria international after being informed that Chelsea were removing Olivier Giroud from their transfer list.Slimani is currently on-loan with AS Monaco, but both parties are willing tme since …

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Seattle pitching prospect , who was named the No. 5 prospect in .com’s Top 100, is participating in spring training with the Mariners and doesn’t want the accolades he’s received to get to his head. “It’s a great feeling, Wilder says Ravel Morrison could see action against Chelsea.Morrison produced a man-of-the-match performance on his full Sheffield United debut in midweek, setting up one of the goals in a 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Blackburn.Wilder says the 26-year-olbut at the same time, you can’t really look into the top prospects too much, you know,” Walker said. “Just going to have to go about doing your own business, and don’t worry about that too much. Just keep working towards the ultimate goal.” Pitching coach Carl Willis loves Walker’s potential. “I exphey could’ve nicked a draw in defeat to Liverpool.Shaw claimed they were in the game until Mohamed Salah’s second for the hosts in injury-time.He said, “Very disappointed. We didn’t really deserve that – especially 2-0.”When it was 1-0 it was victory over Aston Villa.Sergio Aguero hit the opener for City at Wembley, before Rodri doubled their lead 10 minutes later.But Villa gave life to the game when Mbwana Samatta pulled one back before half-time.Dean Smith’s side pushed all game for an really ect him to compete for a spot on the club,” the coach said. “He is still young from an experience standpoint, but you can’t disregard the stuff that you see.”

Indians sign pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor-league deal

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The have signed pitcher to a minor-league deal, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. Matsuzaka can make up to $4 million. If he passes his pd United attacker Billy Sharp has issued a warning to Premier League heavyweights Chelsea.As the Blades picked up another win in the league, against Bournemouth, they moved themselves into fifth place.They are only two points away from Frank Lampard’hysical and makes the team, he will earn a base salary of $1.5 million, to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 

With the move, Matsuzaka will reunite with Terry Francona, his manager in Boston. The-32-year-old righty spent most of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He tossed 45 2/3 innings ws League qualification must be their target next season.Iwobi says they must do better next year if they are to play in Europe’s elite competition.He said, “Obviously we want to get back in to Champions League football.”We haven’t spoken about where ith the , with an 8.28 ERA and a City boss Pep Guardiola rejected the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho over the summer.Marca says the midfielder was told to pack his bags after Barcelona splashed £105m on Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.And Catalan chiefs believed Guardiola was5.94 FIP. Matsuzaka still managed to strikeout hitters at an acceptable rate but gave up 11 home runs in 45 2/3 innings.

The Red Sox paid a $51.1 million posting fee to have exclusive negotiating rights with Matsuzaka in November of 2006. They eventually signed him to a six-year, $52 million deal. In those six seasons, Dice-K had a 4.52 ERA over 668 1/3 innings with the team. 

There’s a chance Matsuzaka plays a role with the Indians this season. The club’s rotation is considered a weak spot. and have been useful pitchers, but they are coming off terrible seasons.

has been a decent starter over his career but will be converting back to the role after a season in the bullpen.

, acquired during the offseason, was considered one of the best pitching prospects in baseball prior to last season and should get a shot in the rotation this year. The fifth spot will go to , or .

If Dice-K performs well during spring training, he could force his way onto the roster.

The Marlins and Padres were among the other teams that showed interest in Matsuzaka. 

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ham broke a record held by Eden Hazard in victory

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Nationals shortstop is coming off a career year in 2012 and is out to prove in 2013 it wasn’t a fluke. He’s always looking to improve and there iwill take place behind closed doors.The first leg of the Europa League last 16 tie, to be played in the Linzer Stadion in Austria, will now be held in front of an empty stadium, due to fears about the spread of Coronavirus.The spread of the disease as one area he feels needs immediate improvement. “Striking out over 100 times isn’t something that I feel like I should be doing,” he said, per The Washington Post. “I’d like to cut down on the strikeouts, works some more walks, be a little more aggressive running the bases, pick up some more stolen bases and just try to help the team in any way that I feel lPedro full of pride with his goalscoring form this season.The Brazilian is on 11 goals after 17 games in Serie A. Juventus ace Cristiano Ronaldo is on 10 goals from 14 games.“It gives you confidence [having scored one more than Ronaldo],” he told Gike I can.” Desmond said he has followed the same offseason routine he had prior to last season, but did make some adjustments. “Everything’s good,” he said. “My body feels great. I basically stuck to the same workout program I did last year, but I’ve added some things and try to eliminate the leg injuries and things like that and justubameyang admits it feels strange to celebrate goals after the implementation of VAR.The technology checked Aubameyang’s equaliser against Manchester United, eventually deciding the Gabon international was not offside.Speaking after the game, the Gab really see if I can put one solid year, 162 games, and just go out there and play everyday and see what kind of production we can come up with.”

Rumor roundtable: What happens to Jurickson Profar?

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With GM Jon Daniels saying to first base, it’s starting to look like prospect might begin next season in the minors. Is this the right move? Is he a candidate to be traded?

There’s nothing wrong with giving a soon-to-be 20-year-old another year in the minors, especially when he hasn’t even taken a swing in Triple-A. It helps that they don’t exactly need him in the big-league lineup right now. Profar’s play in Trwith the club to sort out Bukayo Saka’s contract situation.With 18 months remaining on his contract, Saka has become a target for Liverpool and Manchester United.On the prospect of Saka, who managed ten assists and three goals this season, penning a iple-A will likely dictate how early the Rangers go to him this season. In no way is he a trade candidate — if they haven’t dealt him for a guy like Justin Upton yet, on whom would they pull the trigger?

I can’t see it happening. However, Ian Kinsler’s play fell off last year, and he’s due quite a bit of money. I wonder if the Rangers could match up on a Kinsler trade with the Dodgers during the season, especially if they’re looking to add pitching. We know that Kinsler’s contract won’t faze the Dodgers’ pocketbook.

I agree with R.J. that he’s probably not going to be dealt. Every other team in the league knows the Rangers’ situation Cup fourth-round clash with Arsenal.Klopp is expected to ring the changes for the meeting at Anfield, with a number of young players likely to be a given a chance to impress.”Tonight we select a team to win,” Klopp wrote in the matchday programme. ” and has likely called asking if they would part with Profar. The fact that there’s been no indication that the Rangers are willing to deal him seems like he’s there to stay. Even if he begins the year in the minors, I don’t see him staying there all that long.

I don’t think is going to have a long leash, and if he gets off to a poor start, I could see the team shifting Kinsler to first to make room for Profar. Also, it’s not like is a beacon of health. If he goes down, they could get creative with the DH spot and bring Profar up. When prospect rankings come out, there’s a very good chance that Profar is going to be a top-five guy on that list, with a shot at being No. 1. I think he forces his way to the Rangers early this season and still has a chance to break camp with the big-league club. 

The “problem” we’re discussing here is just representative of what has kept the Rangers at or near the top of the American League the last four seasons. Thanks to their depth, any decision the Rangers make with Profar and Kinslive sporting director as soon as possible, according to the editor of the club’s fanzine United We Stand.Ed Woodward has expressed his desire to hire a former player to fulfil the role, while legendary manager Alex Ferguson wants to see Steve Walsh eer leaves them with great talent at the major-league level, a luxury most teams don’t have.

But I wouldn’t be surprised if we still see Kinsler dealt, either at the trade deadline this year or next offseason. He had by far his worst offensive season in 2012, hitting just .256/.326/.423 (95 OPS+), a level that works at second base but frankly doesn’t play in either left field or at first base. If Profar tears up Triple-A for the first two months of the season or so, the Rangers’ hand could be forced.

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Report: R.A. Dickey willing to accept a two-year extension

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k on loan until the end of the season.Lossl, 30, joined the Toffees from Town in the summer but has not played for the Premier League side this season.The Denmark international made 69 league appearances in two seasons with the Terriers.Willock, 22,

pitcher is willing to take a two-year extension, to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

Dickey and third baemanja Matic are resuming light training.While neither player should be ready for their next game on Thursday, they could be involved at the weekend or next week.Metro says both players are ready to return to training with the whole group this week.Sseman were said to be a “package deal” earlier this offseason. With Wright now in the fold, the Mets can turn their attention to the Cy Young winner. 

Coming together on a contract could be difficult. While Dickey is coming off a great season, he’s also 38-years-old. Making things even more tricky is that Dickey’s main pitch is the knuckleball. Normal aging curves don’t normally apply to knuckleball pitchers, as the pitch doesn’t put nearly as much stress on the arm. Still, the Mets want to proceed with caution and only give Dickey a two-year extension, as CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman in October. With Dickey willing to accept a deal for two years, both sides will now have to come up with an acceptable value for the deal. Rubin mentions that people with the Mets are “confident” a deal will be reached.

In 223 2/3 innings last season, Dickey had a 2.73 ERA and a 3.27 FIP with the team. He won the Cy Young awaon.The Brazilian winger has been one of the brightest spots of the Chelsea attack, despite many fans assuming he would be sold in the summer.The veteran has played a key role as the Blues race up the table to fight for a top four position.And Nevin ird in a landslide, receiving 27 out of a possible 32 first-place votes.

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Photo: World Series Game 2 fan of the day

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SAN FRANCISCO — Meet lovely Rita, Benevolent Witch of Game 2 and most esteemed Fan of the Day … 

Rita, you’ll note, is pictured alongside her husband/boyfriend/whatever. Didn’t catch his name. I mean, who cares about that guy, right?

: Rita

: Sonoma

: Undisclosed

: 29

: The days of McCovey-Maghted to be joining Barcelona.The Brazilian goalkeeper moves from Valencia as cover for No1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen.”I’m Neto, I’m here, come on Barca,” Neto stated on social media.”It’s an adventure, a new possibility in my career, I’m happy and readyys-Marichal

: Brandon Crawford

: One, extended

: Marco Scutaro

: Willie Mays — Mr. Willie Mays

: 5-2, Giants. Madison Bumgarner will strike out the first nine batters he faces. 

: Enough to sit through 15-inning game at Candlestick in order to see them, which she could not on account of the fog.

Thanks for your time and charms, Rita.

Lucky-best bonus footage: Guy juggling today outside AT&T Park, quite adept at his chosen hobby … 

Okay, so he dir was happy with his side’s 1-0 win over his hometown town club Kristiansund.Juan Mata’s 90th minute penalty made it five straight preseason wins for the Red Devils. And Solskjaer thinks United are looking good ahead of their Premier League opener agdn’t “stick the landing,” but Juggling Guy is very good at be is keeping his options open at loan club Everton.Sidibe says he won’t make a decision until the conclusion of his Goodison Park spell.He told L’Est éclair: “A Spanish club had expressed to me its interest, concrete. I had contact with clubs thabouncing things off his head. 

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Report: Carl Crawford to return to Red Sox by July 16

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July 16 in Fenway aitland-Niles up in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says giving Anthony Martial constant possession is the key to his success.Martial was in superb form on Thursday night against Newcastle United, scoring twice in the 4-1 win at Old Trafford.”The key is to give him the ball. He’s northeast London and progressed through the club’s youth ranks to represent the first team in the Premier League and Europe. “Growing up in London, therio Ferdinand says Manchester United are getting a true leader of men in Harry Maguire. The 26-year-old centre-back became the world’s most expensive defender after United paid Leicester 80m for his signature this week.That title was held by Ferdinande’s a lot of peer pressure out there and you can get swayed by the wrong peoplcould be a rather big series. Not only will the contending be in town with prodigal third baseman in tow, but the might also welcome Carl Crawford back to the active roster at that same time.

Indeed, Buster Olney of ESPN tweets that . Crawford, who has yet to play this season, recently had to . Even if he’s activated on the 16th, Crawford will be limited by his injured elbow, which will likely eventually require Tommy John surgery.

The 30-year-old Crawford is in the second season of a seven-year, $142-million contract. In 2011, a long string of injuries sapped his production and led to a slash line of .255/.289/.405.

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Rockies rookie Friedrich has new outlook after working with Phillies’ Lee

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The Rockies like what they’ve seen from left-hander Christian Friedrich, their first-round pick in 2008, like it enough to hand him the ball so he can make his first major-league start on Wednesday in San Diego.For that, they can thank ace Cliff Lee.Well, maybe not for all of it. But Lee gets a definite assist.See, Friedrich and Lee share an agent, and it was Darek Braunecker who suggested to Friedrich last winter that maybe a short, off-season tutoring session from Lee would be beneficial to his career. A year earlier, after all, it had helped the Cubs’ Travis Wood.Friedrich, 24, was all ears, and last January drove from his home just north of Daytona Beach, Fla., to Little Rock, Ark., and spent about 10 days working out with Lee.”I learned more than I ever thought I could in that short of time,” Friedrich says.Not only did the big lefty (6-4, 215 pounds) learn from Lee how better to throw on a downward trajectory to get the most out of his velocity and movement, he also picked up a couple of mechanical things that he hopes keeps him healthier longer.From his offseason workouts, Friedrich had developed pain in his elbow just before the session with Lee.”I was upset going in because I thought I wouldn’t be able to throw,” he said. “But watching him for five minutes taught me how to throw downhill, and the pain went away in two days.”It was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever experienced.”Part of the reason for Friedrich’s slower-than-hoped-for development (the Rockies picked him 25th overall in ’08) is because he fought through elbow pain in both 2009 and 2010.”It would usually come about a third of the way, or a quarter of the way, through the season,” he says. “Nothing structural, just tendinitis.”But now, after what he discovered with Lee, his elbow has been just fine while going 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in five starts for Colorado Springs. During that time, he held opponents to a .213 batting average, fanned seven and walked four in 30 innings pitched.”Best I’ve felt,” Friedrich says.Regarding Lee, he says, “I learned more from just watching him throw bullpens. His work ethic, I’ve never seen anything like it. I knew he was strong, but he’s stronger than I thought. “He has such a great angle on the ball. He’s got more deception tchez’s salary to clear him off their books this summer.The Daily Mail says Sanchez has fastal Palace skipper Jason Puncheon is continuing his career in Cyprus.The midfielder, who was let go by the Premier League club at the end of last season, is signing for Pafos FC.He has completed the free transfer, with the Greek club proclaiming it iled to recapture the form he showed at Arsenal since joining United in January last year, and has struggled to nail down a first-team place.The Red Devils are phan people realize.”What Friedrich has noticed is that when he gets into trouble in a game, he’s not getting enough of an angle, not throwing on enough of a downward plane.What he’s also noticed with Lee is thaManchester United star Andreas Pereira reacted to his side’s Carabao Cup semi final draw.The Red Devils were successful in the quarter final against Colchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.They eased to a 3-0 win after a flurry of early t the Phillies’ lefty works at a “pretty good tempo, and slows the game down when he needs to.”He hasn’t spoken with Lee since the winter because, well, they’ve each got day jobs that are miles apart. Plus, Lee is an established veteran and Friedrich doesn’t want to be a pest.”He’s a busy guy,” Friedrich says. “But I definitely want to thank him. And I hope to work with him again next year.”Meantime, Friedrich’s major-league debut just so happens to be on the same day that Lee is scheduled to come off of the disabled list and make his first start for the Phillies since April 18 in San Francisco.Friedrich smiles when he hears that.”That’s awesome,” he says.

No new deal close yet for Ethier, but new owners enhance chances

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Now that the good guys (Magic Johnson, Stan Kasten, Mark Walter) are in and the unspeakable chap (you know who) is gone from the ownership suite at the beautiful park on Elysian Way, the Los Angeles Dodgers are again prepared to do business like a real big-market team. Which means Andre Ethier is probably a very lucky man today.Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has always advocated a run at that the Dodgers’ three big stars, meaning Matt Kemp, who was smartly signed for $160 million over eight years back in November, ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Ethier. But while Ethier seemed to have issues with the old regime, he made clear the day after the Magic-Kasten group was announced as the surprise winner of the Dodgers that he was now open to doing an in-season deal ahead of his impending free agency. The era of good feeling arrived well before Magic was technically in place.Colletti was seen meeting with Ethier’s agents in L.A. late last week, but while a big long-term contract for the Dodgers’ star No. 3 would further endear the new owners, word is that a deal isn’t at hand. Not yet, anyway. Folks close to the situation suggest that the new owners — who will be introduced ate Willock has said Mikel Arteta has brought a “different sort of energy” to the club.Arteta picked up his first win as Gunners manager with a 2-0 defeat of Manchester United at the Emirates on Wednesday. And Willock believes the Spaniard has already a press conference in L.A. on Tuesday — need to get their bearings before diving into a deal that could approach — or possibly exceed — $100 million.One competing agent suggested that the scuttlebutt (a fancy word for guess) going around is that Ethier will likely get somewhere in the neighborhood of $90 million for six years if a deal can be struck — though another agent suggested that the true comp for Ethier is Jayson Werth’s $126-million deal. (I’d contend the first figure is more realistic and that Werth was an overpay by a longtime losing team trying to get its footing.)The Dodgers are a very attractive team, now, after an ownership switch that looks like nothing short of a Godsend. Word was that Ethier had understandably deep reservations about the old regime, and took the embarrassment that was the previous owner to heart much moreso than Kemp did. Many folks around the game previously saw the Red Sox as Ethier’s likeliest landing spot, what with ex-Arizona State teammate and best buddy Dustin Pedroia there as a draw for him.But to see Ethier the day after Magic won the bidding was to see a man who had fallen in love again with Dodger blue. There seems to be a deal to be made now. Kasten told CBSSports.com a couple weeks back that, of course, it’s silly to think that the very last penny of the group’s money was spent in the record $2.15-billion purchase of the team. So it’ll be a surprise if they let Ethier leave.Ethier isn’t Kemp, or for that matter Kershaw, but to be fair that duo might be the two most valuable players in the game. Ethier is still a vital third stmmed Jadon Sancho for his recent comments on racism.The Borussia Dortmund winger said his love for the sport would be threatened if racial abuse continued to be a problem in football.But Barnes says the 19-year-old would have it much tougher if he waar on a hot team comprised mainly of nice complementary players (the previous owner’s plummeting budget left room for nothing else). So it’d be a surprise if the already beloved new ownership group didn’tter is weighing up a move on his old club Swansea for Celina.The versatile Kosovan impressed under Potter and wants to get back to the Premier League.Swans may sell the former Manchester City ace, 23, at the right price – probably about £10million – do what it had to do to keep Ethier in Dodger blue.