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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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starter , who lefdmits Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered ankle ligament damage.The England international limped off with an ankle injury in Liverpool’s 1-0 Club World Cup final victory over Flamengo on Saturday.”The ankle is what we probably expected,” said Klopp.t ool boss Jurgen Klopp.Maradona says the German coach is the one he follows most closely from Europe.Known for his own passionate displays on the touchline as highlighted in the Netflix series ‘Maradona in Mexico’ which documented his turbulent spell his start Tuesday against the Cardinals after getting hit in the right elbprove Inter Milan wrong after returning to Cagliari.The midfielder has moved to Sardinia on a season-long loan.He told TMW: “I’m happy to be back home. I made a choice, it was a little bit forced upon me, but in the end, I made this decision and I ow, underwent X-rays, reports Newsday. Hefner has a contusion of the right elbow and is considered day-to-day. He should be able to make his first start for the Mets in the regular season. 

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As noted in , catcher took a bat to the head. Fortunately he did not suffer a conster United defender Marcos Rojo admits he on the management of Frank Lampard.Tomori also played for Lampard on-loan with Derby County.He believes Lampard is having success be is being lined up for a return to LaLiga.Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad are keeping a close eye on the defender’s blip in form and his forthcoming battle to remain first choice right back.New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is fast-tracking academy fucause has bothered to keep tabs on Chelsea’s youngsters, which has enabled him to build a strong level of trust with had plenty of offers ahead of joining Estudiantes.The Argentina international returned to his former club on-loan last month.Rojo told CIELOSPORTS: “I told my representative ‘whatever comes, you must block ecussion, but he did get a nice lump for his troubles. And here’s the photo evidence, thanks to Steve Kinsella on Twitter (click on the photo for a full size version):

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first g’s position as caretaker manager remains unclear as the club continue to plan for a full-time successor to Unai Emery: with the likes of Ans Jurgen Klopp has admitted he cried during the club’s Champions League trophy parade on Sunday.It was the German’s first title success since arriving at Anfield in 2015.”I cannot really describe it because I cried a little bit as well because it’s scelotti in the running alongside the former Sweden international.But Allardyce reckons that Arsenal’s miserablbaseman hit his first home runs of the spring in Sunday’s Cactus League contest against the Brewers. He launched a three-run shot off starter Yovani Gallardo in his first at-bat and hit a two-run bomb off Brandon Kintzler in the fifth inning. Gonzalez also added a sac fly triker Lautaro Martinez admits he has ambitions for his son beyond Italy.Lautaro was impressive last season with Inter – his first in Europe.And father Mario Martinez admits he’d like to see the striker eventually pop up at Manchester City.He explainand finished 2 for 2 with six RBI in the 11-1 win. Both drives by the left-handed-hitting Gonzalez went to left field.”That’s where my swing should go,” he said. “Hopefully, I can carry that over into the regular season.”

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MLB.com reports infielder aims to breakout in 2013 tpool’s asking price for Loris Karius.The Mirror says Karius could be set for a return to Liverpool due to Besiktas being unable to finance a permanent transfer.The German goalkeeper was shipped out on loan to the Turkish club following his gaffes in hanks to a new approach at the plate. Wallace has been working with hitting coach John Mallee to refine his swing and the results has been positive. He’s batting .321 (9 for 28) with two homers, four doubles and nine RBI in 11 spring games. “My timing and everything is a lot easier now,” Wallace ts joining Tottenham.Over three seasons, the Dutch striker was unable to break into the first team after joining for £18million from AZ Alkmaar, making 42 appearances but finding the net six times – and only twice from open play.He told De Telegraafsaid. “Before, it was almost like I was fighout after being the victim of alleged racist abuse from Manchester City fans yesterday.Footage appeared to show a Man City supporter making a monkey gesture and shouting “black b*****d” as the Brazilian and Jesse Lingard strode over to a take a corting myself, like my body was pulling me back, so to try to get going forward and try to get through the baseballs, I could feel that tug in my own body pulling me away. Now I’m in the box and I feel like everything’s working in the right direction.”

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Angels rotation candidate made it five full innings on WednChampionship Swansea City have rejected a £15m bid for striker Oli McBurnie from Premier League newcomers Sheffield United.Swansea are fighting to hold on to the 23-year-old, who scored 24 goals last season as the Swans finished 10th.The Championship club are only likely to consider selling McBurnie if they receive a bid in excess of £20m.esday in a his style to adjust to manager Frank Lampard’s demands.The of the world. Another show of contempt. And the reaction from the board at Manchester United is to reward Paul Pogba with a £200,000-a-week pay-rise…Well, that’s the latest coming out of the London press today. Rather than show some backbone. Soe 27 year-old’s midfield responsibilities appear to have changed this season under Lampard, even if his position on the pitch has not altered too much.Jorginho explained to chelseafc.com: “We Cactus League start against San Diego. The veteran hurler gave up two earned runs on the afternoon over five hits and no walks as he lowered his spring ERA to 3.86. Blanton struck out two in the performance and has now given up three earned runs this spring over seven innings with four Ks.

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Angels starting pitcher turned in a solid performance as he picked up his first Cactus League win in Thursday’s contest against the Padres. Wilson pitched three innings of work and allowed with a run six hits. He struck out two and did not issue a walk in a 12-3 victory. His only run allowed came in the second inning when he gave up a soloury isn’t serious after defeat to Chelsea.Zaha ended the game in some discomfort, however, Roy Hodgson revealed in his post-match press conference that he is hoping it’s nothing more than just a painful moment.The Eagles manager said: “I think he g shot to . “Even that’s something you need to practice,” Wilson said. “You have to recover after a home run. You have to fight through a long inning. It’s great when you’re coasting, but the regular-season won’t always go great. You have to respond, and you haancesco after defeat to Hellas Verona.The 2-0 result was their sixth defeat in seven Serie A games.“We are all disappointed, to England.The Belgian veteran is leaving Barca this summer and has an offer from Al-Arabi for one year. He will be in Qatar today to visit the club, but his priority is to stay in Europe – and specifically England.Vermaelen’s wife is English and sh it’s clear for all to see what is happening,” Ferrero told Sky Sport Italia.“We will get together, have a meeting and I wve to get mentally prepared for that right now.”

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Boston catcher returned to Grapefruit League action as the designated hitter on Sunday against the Yankees. Dealing with lower-back stiffness early in camp, Saltalamacchia appears to be over it after goingucceed at Chelsea.Henderson could come up against his compatriot when Chelsighting to keep hold of Hamza Choudhury.The Mirror says Leicester have rebuffed loan enquiries from Burnley and Newcastle for midfielder Choudhury.The Foxes have used the 22-year-old local lad largely as a substitute this season.And that prompted Seaea host the Premier League leaders at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.He told Sky Sports: “They’ve go Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.The Dane’s current deal is due to expire in June.The Guardian says Inter have offered Eriksen a four-year deal and want to sign the Tottenham star this month.The midfielder is out of contract in the summer andot huge potential with the likes of Mason already training for England, I can see 1 for 2 with a double. Saltalamacchia said Saturday that he’s been wanting to play and that he believes the Red Sox were just being careful with him. He’s batting .375 this spring.

Mike Scioscia: Angels’ closer position wide open

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With all but certain to begin the season on the disabled list, manarton manager Marco Silva wants Richarlison and Yerry Mina to improve their English skills.The duo are important players for Silva, and he believes their inability to speak fluent English is impeding his team.Asked about Richarlison’s progress, Silva ger Mike Scioscia said , Alden Gonzalez of .com reported Wednesday.

Scioscia mentioned four relievers who could be in play for the role: , who racked up 23 saves ins urged Wilfried Zaha to join Arsenal.Both Everton and the Gunners failed with attempts to sign the Ivory Coast international over the summer.”If a player wants to go enough and is desperate enough to leave then it’s possibly not in your best interes the role last year, as well as , and . Frieri appears the most likely option given his success last season — he blew just three saves and posted a 2.32 ERA (163 ERA+). 

Downs also earned a shot at the closer role but doesn’t fit the typical closer mold. His fastball usually lives in the high 80s and he’s a lefty. Jepsen posted a sharp 3.02 ERA and offers a blazing (average velocity 96.6 MPH) fastball, but he has limited late-inning experience (three career saves). Burnett has the worst track record of the four, with a 3.58 career ERA and mediocre 4.15 career FIP.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analyss international future to China.Browning swapped Everton for Guangzhou Evergrande in February, but intends to swap a lot more too —starting with his citizenship.The defender was born in Liverpool and represented England at Under-17, U19 and U21 levis on the latest rumors from bloggers ,  and , follow .

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Twins starting pitcher fired two scoreless iy. The Clarets had the best chance of the game when Jay Rodriguez’s shot hit the underside of the bar.The result means Mikel Arteta’s side remain in 10th on the Premier League table.Speaking after the game, Arteta said:”We have to improve quality-wisnning during Minnesota’s 5-4 win over Pittsburgh in a Grapefruit League matchup Monday. Worley, who was acquired in an offseason trade with Philadelphia for outfieldeChampionship side have been highly impressed with the 18-year-old midfielder who has recently broken into the first-team.Boss Frank Lampard had previously ruled out a summer loan switch for the youngster because he felt his development was better suir , gave up two hits and struck out one, far better than his previous start at Hammond Stadium. While pitching for the Phillies last March, he gave up 11 runs in an exhibition game against the Twins. “To me, it’s just about right now,” Worley said of the opportunity to be the staff ace. “If I don’t do that well, it doesn’t mgned by Mauricio Pochettino over the summer, Lo Celso is now hoping to win over Mourinho.He stated: “We all know that time is needed when a new coach arrives with a new staff. “It is necessary to assimilate new ideas and new methods. “The debut victoatter where I’m at in the rotation. It’s a matter of going out there and making sure everything’s working right. If I do that, everything will take care of itself.”

t of playing for Spain at Euro 2020.The midfielder

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Astros outfield prospect made his first spring start Wednesday against the Blue Jays and didn’t waste it by belting two homers. His first was a three-run, opposite-field homer in the fourth inning. His second was a two-run blast in the fifth inning. Springer, who was a 2011 first-round pick, is in his second spring training with the Astros. “As of right now, it’s all been good,” Springer told .com. “You’re getting quality reps, quality swings and other offensive reps every single day over and over. As a player, that’s good. You definitely want to get your legs underneath you after a long offseason. As for going from last year to this year, the atmosphere here has completely changed. Bo Porter and all the other new coaches have done a fantastic job so far of establishing that the old Astros are the old Astros. This is a new year, and that’s a great way of thinking. And that doesn’t just go for cked – then vice-chairman Ed Woodward also must go.Parker does not think sacki not having to sell his best players at Liverpool.Klopp stands on the verge of ending the club’s 30-year wait for a top-flight title, with the Reds following up last season’s Champions League success with a near flawless Premier League campaign in 20ng Solskjaer would be in the best interests of the club right now.However, he says if Woodward was to go as well, then he would support the decision.“I just think it doesthe big-league team.of the summer market.Tuttosport says Barca have already struck personal terms with Martinez’s agent, Beto Yaque, for next season and now must decide whether to negotiate a fee with the Nerazzurri.Barca can cut Inter out of the deal by simply meeting It’s an attitude the organization as a whole is taking.”

McCann admits he wants to sign Liverpool midfield

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ESPN reports Yankees third baseman , who was scratched from Tuesdays lineup because of a sore left oblique, took some swings with a fungo bat and sat in on a 90-minute Players Association meeting before heading home. “I’m perfectly all right [but] I’m following all orders,” Youkilis said. “F to be fit and in charge for their clash with Fiorentina.Sarri missed the start of the season due to pneumonia.“It wasn’t easy to sit out,” said Sarri.“I thank the doctors who treated me. They made me understand that I had to take a small step baor me, the limitations of holding me back stinks, but I understand what they’re doing. And it makes a lot of sense.” Youkilis hopes to be back in the lineup soon. “If they let me play tomorrow, I’m totale Griezmann.The deciManchester United are weighing up a summer raid on Benfica’s academy.O Jogo says United scouts were in attendance to watch Benfica against Liverpool in the UEFA Youth League.A United official was watching players from both sides, it is claimed.Benfica won 4-1 to knock Liverpool out of the competition.sion comes just a year after the Frenchman turned down the chance to join Barcelona in favour of staying with Simeone and Los Rojiblancos.”First of all, I grateful for the footballer that we’ve had,” Simeone said in his pre-match ly in for playing tomorrow,” he said.

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Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher told the Orange County Register that while there remains a possibility that will be available for opening day, it is now an “unlikely” scenario. Madson has been throwing every-other-day after experiencing soreness in his surgically-repaired elbow. “A smart athletic trainer once told me that for every day you’re off, it takes that many days [to get back],” Madson said. “I had three weeks off. So it’ll probably takeoor to returning to Chelsea.Terry has hinted that he could return to Chelsea to work alongside former team-mate Frank Lampard at some point in the future. In an interview with Frank Khalid, the former Blues skipper waxed lyrical aboverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he and Andrew Robertson don’t want to ‘Gary Neville-type’ fullbacks.After victory over Sheffield United, Alexander-Arnold name-dropped Neville, with Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher once claiming “no one wut the work hger Jarrod Bowen.The two clubs want to sign the Championship star in the January transfer window.Bowen, 22, has managed four goals in the first seven games of this season with Hull.He was the club’s top scorer last season, netting 22.Per the Daily Exis ol three weeks to get back to where I was at.”

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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.”