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The have officially placed on the 15-dayAl Gharafa have completed the signing of Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia.Kodjia arrived in Doha to undergo a medical and thrash out personal terms earlier this week to bring his stay at Villa to an end after three-and-a-half seasons.The— Al Gharafa SC (@ALGHARAFACLUB) January 19, 2020 disabled list, the club announced Sunday.

Forsythe will miss about six weeks due to plantar fasciitis. He was likely to start at third base with Chase Headley out. Instead, his injury opens up playing time for Alexi Amarista and Cody Ransu Suning.It broke on Sunday that Real had ended ntus.The Sun says Sarri is the Italian giants’ No 1 target after cooling their interest in ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte.Stamford Bridge chief Sarri, 60, is preparing his team for next Wednesday’s Europa League final against Arsenal but his future istalks with the Chinese giants over the sale of the Wales captain.And speaking with ESPN, agent Jonathan Barnett confirmed the reports.”They changed their minds when the player was given the go-ahead tosom in the Padres infield.

ter Milan boss Antonio Conte admits he wants to si


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. 

Dyche is ready to help the club recruit the player


Minnesota starting pitcher took the mound for a Gr OGCN, Vieira says he does harbour bigger things.”If it’s my dream to coach Arsenal or Team France? Yes, like any player, when we do this job we want to touch the very high level,” he told RMC. “But the very high level – I can very well touch with OGapefruit League start against Baltimore on Sunday. Things didn’t go his way. 

Worley gave up three earned runs on six hits and a walk over four innings as the Orioles built a lead against him. Worley surrendered a solrnational footballer Rafael van der Vaart has made his debut in professional darts.Van der Vaart, who played for the likes of Real Madrid, Tottenham and Ajax during an illustrious career, participated in the BDO Denmark Open in Esbjerg.Van der Vaart o homer to J.J. Hardy in the fourth inning as he was knocked around a bit. He struck out two batters in the outing and his Grapefruit ERA is now at 6.00. 

Worley, projected to possibly be the opening day starter for the , has now surrendered eigrnard Lama has had his say on Real Madrid’s Alphonse Areola.Areola is on-loan at Real this season from PSG.Lama told Culture PSG, “Areola? He has more athletic potential than Keylor Navas but he has less experience. “A goalkeeper must be able to matuht earned runs this spring over 12 innings with six Ks. He was 6-9 over 23 starts with a 4.20 ERA for the Phillies last year. 

h Friedhelm Funkel praised Zak Steffen after their


The Marlins and free-agent thirer League’s winter break.Azpilicueta feels it will help with the players’ fitness.”It’s nice to have a few days to switch off,” says Azpilicueta to”At the top level you need a high level of fitness, but also on the mental side you needd baseman agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million deal Thursday. Polanco, limited to only 90 games because of injuries, most notably to his back, hit .257 with a .629 OPS for the Phillies last a team.Tuanzebe and his fellow academy graduates are getting their chance under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.He told the UTD Podcast: “I still have contact with a lot of players that I came up with through the youth team, even back in seaso Jurgen Klopp insists silverware is NOT his motivation.Liverpool finished a solitary point behind Manchester City despite losing just once all season.While the German insists he’s not motivated by silverware, he concedes missing out was a bitter pilln.

R.A. Dickey’s Cy Young season among best knuckleball seasons ever


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became the first knuckleballer to win the National League Cy Young Award, Clayton Kershaw in the voting announced on Wednesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Dickey, 38, may have had the best season of any pitcher in the National League, but was it the best season ever by a knuckleballer? It was maybe the most unique, as few knuckleballers struck out batters at the rate Dickey did in 2012. Dickey recorded a l understand they can’t turn things around overnight.Solskjaer says he’s made it plain to the United top brass that putting a club now on its fourth permanent manager since last winning the title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s 2012-13 retirement season back oeague-best 230 strikeouts in 233 2/3 innings, while walking just 54 — good for a strikeout-to-walk ration of 4.26. That strikeout ability combined with the low number of walks (54), put Dickey in a unique class of controlling the game’s most unpredictable pitch.

But Dickey’s not the first player to dominate the big leagues with the knuckleball; he’s just the latest. In 1919, White Sox right-hander Eddie Cicotte, credited by many as inventing the pitch, was 29-7, throwing al eague-leading 306 2/3 innings, 30 complete games and putting up an ERA of 1.82 and 0.995 WHIP. That was two years after leading the league with a 1.53 ERA and a 28-12 record. Of course, Cicotte is better remembered for his 1919 postseason than his 1919 regular season.

Hall of Famer Phil Niekro twice finished in the top three of Cy Young voting, finishing second in 1969 when he went 23-12 with a 2.56 and third in 1974 when he went 20-13 with a 2.38 ERA.

Left-handed knuckleballer Wilbur Wood finished in the top three in Cy Young votingo play on after his release from PSG this summer.Sky Italia says talks between Buffon and Juve are ongoing as he ‘inches closer’ to the Bianconeri. Juve will first wait to offload Mattia Perin with Roma and Sevilla keen. Once Perin leaves, everything from 1971-73. His best season among those may have been 1971, when he went 24-17 with a 2.51 ERA, finishing third in Cy Young voting and nine in the MVP.

Here are some of the other best seasons by knuckleballers, sorted by ERA+, which adjusts the ERA according to the rest of the league and a pitchers’ ballpark (with the average set at 100):

Best seasons by knuckleball pitchersSorted by ERA+Player, YearW-LERAWHIPSO/9SO/BBWilbur Wood, 197122-131.911.0005.73.39Phil Niekro, 196711-91.871.0585.62.35Eddie Cicotte, 191929-71.820.9953.22.24Eddie Cicotte, 191728-121.530ow with the news that Ciaran Clark is out for the rest of the season.The 30-year-old is also going to miss his country Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 playoff against Slovakia.He suffered a serious injury against Arsenal, hurting his ankle.Now it has.9123.92.14Hoyt Wilhelm, 195915-112.191.1285.51.81Ted Lyons, 194214-62.101.0702.51.92Tim Wakefield, 199516-82.951.1835.51.75Phil Niekro, 197420-132.381.1155.82.22Tom Candiotti, 199113-132.651.1556.32.29Jesse Haines, 192724-102.721.1642.71.16Dutch Leonard, 194517-72.131.1254.02.74Roger Wolff, 194520-102.121.0123.92.04Bob Purkey, 196223-52.811.1244.42.20Phil Niekro, 196923-132.561.0276.13.39R.A. Dickey, 201220-62.731.0538.94.26Joe Niekro, 198217-122.471.0674.32.03

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The pain of another World Series loss could linger long for the Tigers


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“It’s a raging fire now,” the best pitcher in baseball said, a little while after the finished proving that Verlander’s still aren’t the best team in baseball.It’s a funny thing about this game, maybe about any game. The further you go, the better you do, the bigger the disappointment if you don’t take it all the way.Thes he wants to be playing regular Champions League football.He told Goal: “We always want to level up and all players dream of playing in the Champions League. It’s a big competition and it’s good to have been followed by these kind of clubs. These ar Tigers aren’t losers, and their season didn’t end in disarray. But sometimes the disappointment of falling just short can be worse than the disappointment of not coming close at all.”Anytime you’re close to the goal you want and you don’t get it, it hurts more,” said.The Tigers’ season ended with no excuses. They didn’t lose because of bad luck or a long layoff. They lost because when it counted, their big guys didn’t hit, and for the most part their little guys didn’t, either.They lost because Verlander gave up two big home runs to in the first three innings of Game 1, and the Tigers never recovered. They never led a game until the third inning of Game 4, and even that lead only held up for three innings.They put up about the same amount of fight as the put up against them in the ALCS, the only difference being the lack of any real drama, -style.”There was nothing fluky about it,” manager Jim Leyland said. “We got our ass kicked. We got to the heavyweight fight, and we got knocked out.”Leyland spoke for a while about how the Tiger culture has changed in the seven years since he arrived. He took over a team that had gone 13 years without a winning season, and in seven years since has been to three American League Championship Series and two World Series.”It’s been great,” he said. “It’s been fun.”He never said it would continue. He never spoke about the future.In fact, if there was any sense of finality about this World Series loss, it was that it ended with more uncertainty than ever that the 67-year-old Leyland will return for another year.With him or without him, the Tigers could well be back. Their key players are signed or under control, and Victor Martinez will be back after missing all of this season after knee surgery.As always, they’ll have owner Mike Ilitch’s money available, and they’ll have the drive that comes with having an 83-year-old owner who badly wants a World Series ring.”The same team’s going to be here — with more,” Fielder said. “That’s a plus.”It was back in January, when the Tigers signed Fielder, that people seriously began talking about the Tigers as a team that could win the World Series — or as a team that should win the World Series.They went on to spend most of the season chasing the and/or the in the weak American League Central, and never seemed able to relax until they finally did make it to the playoffs.The no-doubt high point arrived 10 days ago, with the four-game sweep of the Yankees, but it was followed quickly by five days without a game and then by the four straight losses to the Giants.We’ll never know for sure whether the layoff had anything to do with the Tigers’ lack of hitting against the Giants (or with Verlander’s out-of-sync, out-of-character bad outing in Game 1). , who played on the 2006 team that lost the World Series after a long layoff, stood in the Tiger clubhouse late Sunday night and lamented the similarities.Whether it was that or whether it was simply the Giants’ strong pitching, the Tigers ended the World Series feeling that the world hadn’t seen them at close to their best.”They played perfectly,” catcher said. “We just couldn’t keep up.”The big focus will be on Fielder, whose Game 1 single was his only hit in 14 World Series at-bats, and on , the Triple Crown winner whose two-run home run in the third inning Sunday was his only real World Series moment.But just as in 2006, when the Tigers hit .199 and scored just 11 runs in a five-game World Series loss to the , this was a team failure, with a .159 team batting average and just six runs in four games.The Tigers’ pitching was good enough that when they briefly took a 2-1 lead in Game 4, they began to dream of a miracle comeback. Verlander was set to pitch in a Game 5, and (who carried a shutout through six innings of Game 2) was ready to return in a Game 6.”There wasn’t a doubt in my mind,” Verlander said.Not a doubt, even though no team had ever recovered from a three games to one World Series hole, even though the record now shows that 21 of the 24 teams that have fallen behind three games to none haven’t even made it to Game 5.”We had a good chance to win it all,” Verlander said — and yes, he was talking about winning it all after losing the first three.At 29, Verlander has accomplished plenty, from Rookie of the Year to Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner in the same season. He’s been an All-Star starting pitcher (although it didn’t go well), and he has twice started Game 1 of the World Series (which hasn’t gone well, either).What he hasn’t done is what the Tigers haven’t done since 1984.He knows it. He feels it.”Absolutely,” he said. “There’s definit after completing a switch to Inter Milan.The Italian side paid £74m to get the deal over the line.Following the deadline day announcement, Lukaku tweeted a thank you message to everyone involved with the Red Devils.To everyone involved with Manchesely a burning fire to win it all. The only thing that takes that away is to win it.”And the only United great Ryan Giggs believes Marcus Rashford would’ve loved to have played alongside Eric Cantona.Cantona helped Giggs reach his potential when they were teammates at United.And the Wales coach told Bleacher Report: “He was just different. You sthing that makes it worse is to come all this way, and then lose it.Months from now, perhaps even days from now, the Tigers will look back on 2012 as a good year. There’s no other way to see it, when you win a pennant, when you’re one of the final two teams standing.”It would be very tough to look back at this year as a negative,” Verlander said. But it will oh so easy to look back and feel the pain of watching the Giants rush the field at Comerica Park when it ended.”That’s something that’s going to be etched in my mind,” Avila said. “The thing is, we do have the team to get back here.”They have no choice now. They have no choice but to find a way back.As every other team that loses a World Series would tell you — as Verlander would tell you about 2006 — the pain of losing won’t go away quickly.It may never leave, unless or until they win.

The Giant at-bat that changed Game 1


SAN FRANCISCO — Pablo Sandoval did much of the damage for the Giants as they roared off to a rousing start in this World Series, but hitting coach Hensley Meulens called Marco Scutaro’s third-inning at-bat the biggest of the game.It came during a tough sequence for Tigers ace Justin Verlander in which, with two out, Angel Pagan battled Verlander for eight pitches before poking a double off of the third-base bag, and Scutaro battled Verlander for another eight pitches before rapping an RBI single to make it 2-0.Had Verlander been able to beat either Pagan or Scutaro, the inning would have ended before Sandoval cracked his second homer.

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Verlander had Pagan in a 1 and 2 hole, but the pesky Pagan fouled off five pitches during the at-bat.Then, S Ronaldo to be at the top of his game for Juventus in their Champions League clash.Ronaldo is set to appear for Juve for the first time since being hooked in victory over AC Milan a fortnight ago.Simeone said, “Cristiano is a champion, he is number ocutaro.”I was battling,” the Giants’ unlikely October star said. “I was just telling myself to see the ball.”He’s a guy who is a power pitcher, knows how to pitch and can throw any pitch at any time. He was throwing me two-seamers hard, sliders, curves. Fortunately, he threw me a slider at 3 and 2 that he hung over the plate.”With Pagan on second and two out, Verlander started Scutaro with a blazing 96 mph four-seamer for a ball, then followed that with another that Scutaro fouled off.Then came a slow curve, 82, for another ball, followed by another curve, this one at 83, for a called strike.Next, Verlander threw a big curve in the dirt for a ball to fall beh-old has returned to the German capital for a second consecutive season as he prepares to join Liverpool’s first team come 2020/21.”It’s not easy to become a part of the Liverpool squad, I can see myself in the red shirt but I have to become more expind 3 and 2.That, Scutaro said, was the key pitch of the entire at-batdan in the coming days.The Dutch teen will quit Chelsea for a €2.5m fee, says Kicker.Redan will move to Hertha initially as an U19 player, though is expected to be fast-tracked through the U23s to the first team this season.In 51 matches for Hollan.”He threw that big curve, and it was like, boom, boom … it was a 12 to 6, and it was sharp,” Scutaro said. “It was so nasty, I couldn’t even swing at it. It was down. It was a great pitch.”Had it stayed in the strike zone, it would have been an even greater pitch for Verlander, because it would have been strike three and he would have been out of the inning with the score still 1-0 in San Francisco’s favor.Instead, it was ball three.Now, Scutaro was thinking one thing.”Just see the ball and make contact,” he said.Here is where he fought off consecutive 98 mph fastballs, fouling both of them away.Then came a slider that Scutaro could handle. He scorched it up the middle, sending Pagan home and bringing Sandoval to the plate.The game had changed. Verlander now was living on borrowed time.He’s tough to hit,” Scutaro said. “I guess his command was not good tonight, but his stuff was unbelievable.”

Just because: Cool Mets magazine cover from 1969


Courtesy of Alex Belth and comes this classic rendering of the 1969 Miracle …

The ’69 Mets, of course, barged to 100 wins aChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has enjoyed winding up teammate Kurt Zouma.Tomori had his team-mates in stitches at the Chelsea training ground on Thursday morning as he mimicked his team-mate Kurt Zouma, says the— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) ChelseaFC/status/1192402164997640192?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 7, 2019nd the title despite the season before finishing Burnley boss Sean Dyche says he’ll be holding season debriefs with his players.The Clarets recovered from a poor start to the season to finish comfortably away from the dropzone.Dyche told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: “I think you first want to ninth in the 10-team National League. A fitting tribute, that.

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For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twr United midfielder Paul Pogba.Pogba remains a top target for Zidane, but Real need to sell players this month to fund a bid for the France international.Asked about the prospect of landing Pogba, Zizou replied: “If Pogba will come? I will repeat exaitter, subscribe to the and .

announced the release of goalkeeper Michel Vorm.V


The Pirates recalled another group ofez insists they’re stronger than Inter Milan.Theo is confident being over his ankle strain for the September 21 derby.”I really want to play in it,” he told Sport Mediaset.“It’s the first Milan derby with tonight’s Champions League opponents Barcelona.And before tonight’s defeat, Marotta stated: “We are Inter and do not necessarily have to sell anyone. We want to grow with important young players like Lautaro and Romelu Lukaku.“Having said t that I’ll have played in. I’m sure we’ll win it players from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday and promoted shortstop and relief pitcher . The two are expected to be available fFormer Brighton boss Chris Hughton believes Tottenham are in line for a good season.Spurs may have blown a 2-0 lead to escape with a point from Arsenal on Sunday but Hughton believes the foundations are in place for last season’s Champions League finalists to enjoy another good season.“Well firstly, I think Tottenham are in great place at the moment,” he told the Mirror. “Their strength has been their consistency, they’ve added really well in the summer. “At this moment, they’ve held onto the bulk of their players and the players they haven’t are the players they were prepared to let go.“But I can see Tottenham having a really good season, it’s because of the stability they’ve had the last few seasons.“At the top it could go either way. It would be no surprise for me for Liverpool to pip Man City but I do think the gap between second and third will be smaller this coming season. “I also see it as close as last season, two really exceptional teams that are playing the game at such a high level at the moment.”or Monday’s game against the Reds.

Mark Teixeira injures wrist, to have MRI Tuesday


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The lost to the Monday night, but perhaps suffered a bigger loss to their lineup. First baseman injured his left wrist when diving for a ground ball in the seventh inning. He will have an MRI Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury.

“It’s a big concern,” manager Joe Girardi said (). “He’s a huge part of our lineup.”

Indeed he is, especially with third baseman Alex herdan Shaqiri insists they “deserve” to win tonight’s Champions League final against Tottenham.Shaqiri and his Reds team-mates missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City despite amassing a whopping 97 points.”I think we had a great seRodriguez already on the disabled list.

Teixeira, 32, is hitting .i admits he’s upset for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.The midfielder has just undergone Achilles surgery after being injured in last week’s friendly against New England Revolution.Sarri said: “In Boston the pitch was not very good, but with an injury like that 256/.337/.493 with 20 homers, 71 RBI and 58 runs this season.

If Teixeira is forced to hit the DL, the Yankees could play at first base, newly-acquired in right field and either Andruw Jones or in left field, with the other serving as the DH.

Of course, the trade deadline doesn’t happen until 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, either.

For morestant boss Mikel Arteta has many admirers in the game.Now he is being tipped to take over at Arsenal, with some English media reports suggesting a deal could be done in the coming days.Arteta has been talked up by City boss Pep Guardiola, but former baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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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What Don Mattingly learned from his Yankees managers


Don Mattingly played for six different managers during his 14 years with the . How each of them influenced him:

•  “Fiery. Crazy. That boy was nuts. I don’t mean that in a bad way. Wild is probably the best word for him.”

•  “He’s the best. The best person I’ve ever been around in baseball Absolutely jresting Newcastle United.The Sun says Toon manager Steve Bruce hopes Zlatan Ibrahimovic can help him land Piatek.Bruce is in talks with the Serie A club over the Polish forward, 24, whose place is under threat after the arrival of Swedish legend Ibraust the best.”

•  “I think of him a couple of different ways. As a player, as a hitting coach and as a manager. His biggest influence on me was the hitting end of it. He’s the one who got me to use the weight transfer and show me how that works. He showed me how my swing worked, the cause and effect. He made me a better teacher. That temper … raw emotion. It just comes out. I always loved that about Lou. Unbridled, can’t stop it. Volcanic.”

•  “He was tough. He was kind of big and bold. He was different. A lot of his work was his principles on throwing, stuff he did in spring training, I liked a lot of that.”

• : “Ien.Juve and Inter are currently equal on points at the top of the table.But Pjanic says: “Inter are strong rivals in the race, but there are four teams up for the Scudetto, because Lazio and Roma also proved themselves this season.“I’ve never wor played for him in Double-A. Stump’s a smart baseball guy. At that point I was kind of established and it was more of an easy relationship.”

•  “Buck was really good. We played together in Double-A. Buck’s a little quiet in a sense, shy. Baseball-wise he’s really smart. Buck was really organized. I thought he was a great judge of talent. Building an organization getting back to where you want to go, you really have to see who can play and who can’t. Buck came in and changed the whole attitude of the way we did things. This is the way we’re going to do it, with meetings, spring training, it was just like clockwork. And I liked that because we weren’t wasting time. Get a workout done in 2 1/2 hours and you can get the same thing done that you get done in 3 1/2 hours with someone who is less organized. I thought he was real smart and a ited teammates have already made him feel at home.The former Genk star joined the Blades last week and made his debut in victory at Crystal Palace.Blades fans already have a song for Berge and he told VG: “That they end up singing that song to me wasgreat judge of talent.”

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


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.

Allen Craig to open season on Cards’ roster?


Cards outfielder Allen Craig, who hit .315/.362/.55 in spot duty last season, manned six different positions and famously tallied three home runs in the World Series, has been limited this sprinr Maurizio Sarri should stay.Sarri is expected to leave the club this summer for Italian champions Juventus following the departure of Massimiliano Allegri.Wise tweeted on Monday: “Will be disappointed if Sarri goes. “Chelsea are back where they belog after having screws surgically implanted in his kneecap last November. Originally, it was thought Craig wouldn’t be able to return until May, but now, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, . The catch is that Craig would be limited to a pinch-hitting role in the early stages of the season. If the Cards take suc new deal.He has signed a new contract at Carrow Road until June 2021.Vrancic, 30, joined City from SV Darmstadt in June 2017 and has made 77 appearances since moving to Norfolk.Speaking to, Vrancic said: “I’m obviously very pleased.h a route, then the fifth outfielder on the roster would need to be capable of playing center, something Craig can’t do, particularly in his present, compromised state. Still, even a sub-100% Craig is an asset to the roster; if healthy, he’s one of the Cardinals’ top hitters on a rate basis. Manager Mike Matheny, however, is tasked with finding Craig regular ABs in a lineup that already includes Matt Ht Everton.The 21-year-old midfielder’s deal is up this summer but it is understood the Blues have the option of extending it by an extra 12 months, reports the Liverpool Echo.On Friday night, the young Dutch player impressed against U23 leaders Chelsolliday, Carlos Beltran and Lance Berkman at Craig’s most familiar positions. There are, of course, worse problems to have.