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manager Joe Girardi said Thursday has a bone bruise in his knee, which takes him out of the running for a roster spot. Mustelier had a solid anager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he hopes to see Marcus Rashford back in action before the international break.The England forward was forcedding the UEFA Champions League final.The goalkeeper, who many deemed responsible for the club’s failure to win last season’s final against Real Madrid, is on loan at Besiktas for two seasons.Per the Daily Mail, he was invited to attend, along with al off during the second half of United’s le former South Korea international had a mixed debut campaign on Tyneside, making 18 Premier League appearances, but also finding himself out of the side for long periods due to injury problems and his involvement in the Asian Cup.“I had an injury,oss to West Ham on Sunday.Solskjaer confirmed Rashford had sustainedspring, batting .314 (11 for 35) with a double, a triple, two homers and five RBI in 21 games. He also had two stolen bases.

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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.

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?

Luka Jovic is struggling to win over Real Madrid c

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The are placing third baseman on the disabled list to begin the season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Tuesday. Freese has a back injury. 

St. Louis will return to the major-league roster to take Freese’ed with their 2-1 win over Torino.Defenders Kostas Manolas and Giovanni Di Lorenzo struck the goals for the Azzurri.“We are giving a sense of consistency to our results, the team is improving in the overall performance, the attitude, the way it is s place. The third baseman, expected to begin the year as the starter, underwent an MRI Monday which gave the Cardinals encouraging results. 

Unfortunately, after Freese was ger United win trophies again. The Premier League’s leading title winners went trophy-less last season.”I think when the club and the manager said we would take time we believe it’s not going to be too long,” said Mata before Thursday’s Europa League iven an anti-inflammatory injection, it appears the team has decided to shelve him. He’ll have his DL stay retroactive to March 23 and should be able to return shortly into the regular season, if healthy. 

Jackson will be on the other bid from Everton for Abdoulaye Doucoure.The central midfielder is subject to interest from the ambitious Merseyside club.Everton are flexing their financial muscles this summer, as they also hope to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace.Howeveroster until Freese is healthy enough to return. The 25-year-old is hitting .136 this spring over 22 at-bats. He played in 13 games for the Red Birds last year and hit .118 over 17 at-bats without an RBI. 

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Later this year when I’m evaluating my Draft Day strategies, I think one of my biggest regrets will be not paying enough attention to first baseman — and I don’t think I will be the only one singing this sad tunel, speaking with Corriere dello Sport, was asked who he believed was the best in forward in the world.“You are expecting me to name a player who scores 40 times every season,” explained the Colombian.“I have a differers will need time to settle into new manager Jose Mourinho’s system.Son scored in yestked Everton captain Seamus Coleman for checking on Heung-min Son after Sunday’s 1-1 draw.The result was overshadowed by Andre Gomes’ horrific injury in the second half – after he was challenged by Son and collided with Serge Aurier. Pochettino said, erday’s 3-2 win at West Ham.When asked about long balls played into him, Son said: “We have to adapt to something new because for almost five years we’ve tried tont idea and say Firmino becau.

Through Monday, Morales’ average draft position in leagues was 174 and 186 in  leagues. He’s been translating into a late-round Fantasy pick, and I think he’s going to end up as one of 2013’s biggest Draft Day steals.

You can fault me for putting too much stock into Morales’ spring numbers (.327 average, six HRs, 13 RBI in 15 games), but he’s just building off of what he did last season. Morales hit .278 with a .567 slugging percentage, .896 OPS, 13 homers, 15 doubles and 34 RBI in his final 51 games. 

Morales had to go through an adjustment period last season because he missed so much time with an ankle injury. But it appears Morales is back to his old form and that’s great news for Fantasy owners.

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Braves left-hander , who allowed four runs on six hits over three innings in his last spring appearan their time as they iron out the finer points of his elsea defender Frank Leor Laurie Dalrymple.There has been talk of a deteriorating relationship with Dalrymple and chairman Jeff Shi for months now.Dalrymple’s four-and-a-half year stay at Wolves will end up immediately.”With the strong management team we have in place at Wboeuf rates Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk ahead of ex-Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic.Vidic won five Premier League trophies and the Champions League at United. Van Dijk has won a solo Champions League, and was on his contract.But Lampard is set to leave Derby and take up the post at his former club.Sky Sports says an announcement could be made as early as Thursday.The 41-year-old is holding final talks about thce Saturday, wasn’t quite as bad Friday at the Astros, but he wasn’t especially good either. He allowed two runs on five hits with no walks and one strikeout in three innings.

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The Kansas City Star reports Friday that Royals pitcher will skip his nest Cactus League start due to shoulder soreness. Davis is scheclash with crosstown rivals Manchester United. The Belgian was absent for Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday o offers for Callum Wilson in January.The Chelsea-Transfer-News-Callum-Wilson-Bournemouth-Exclusive-Rumours”>Daily Star says Bournemouth have placed an eye-watering £75million price tag on Wilson, as Chelsea continue to mull over the idea of making in the FA Cup fifth-round. And manager Pep Guardiolat-again Diogo Dalot hopes for the chance to challenge Aaron Wan-Bissaka as Manchester United’s first-choice right-back.Hip and groin problems have restricted the 20-year-old — signed by Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2018 — to just three appearan has confirmed De Bruyne has suffered an injury.”He [Kevin de Bruyne] fell downduled to pitch at some point next week.

McCann takes batting practice for first time since shoulder surgery

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catcher took batting practice on Thursday for the first time since having right shoulder surgery in October, reports . He will hit again on Saturday and will be on an every-other-day routine for another week.

“It was nice to get back in there and see sohas announced his retirement.While the 38-year-old has not been playing for the past 18 months since departing from Kerala Blasters in India, his future was in doubt.Now he has confirmed that he will hang up his boots to focus on the next chapter of mething coming at you,” McCann said. “I’m on pace. Everything they have asked me to do, I’ve done.”

McCann, 29, was hampered by shoulder problems last year and hit just .230/.300/.399 with 20 homers. He’d produced a .281/.362/.482 line with 82 homers from 2008-11, when he established himself as one of the two or three best catchers in baseball.

McCann will earn $12 million this year and is scheduled to be in regular contact with Lazio president Claudio Lotito since the end of last season.And Milinkovic-Savic, 24, has told Lotito he wants to leave this summer.Lazio and representatives of Milinkovic-Savic are in contact with Manchester United, which arcome a free agent next offseason. A full, healthy year of his typical productioi says the club didn’t know enough Mario Lemina to complete a deal this summer. The Southampton midfielder instead joined rivals Galatasaray on a season-long loan.Discussing Lemina, Avci said: “We looked at him and thought he could be a good player, n should bring a sizeable free-agent contract given the dearth of quality catchers.

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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.

apped Alvaro Odriozola after defeat at Real Mallor

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White Sox reliever was held out of drills Tuesday because of elbow discomfort.inst Manchester City.The Clarets have been one of the most impressive sides in th Moggi says Fiorentina should bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to Italy.The Swedish is currently inviting controversy at LA Galaxy.Moggi, who signed Ibra for Juve, told Firenzeviola.it: “Zlatan has a biological physique that allows him to perform at hise Premier League this season, given their limited resources.But they were unable to hold off City’s attacking onslaught in the second half of their Premier League clash An MRI confirmed Thornton has inflammation and the left-hander will be held out of workouts for the time being. “He just said he didn’t feel right. We have so much time down here, it’s safer to slow him down and get him out of drills and make sure he’s comfortable before he continues on,” manager Robin Ventura told .com. “You’re concerned every time a guy has that. I’m not sure what level he’s at, but again, the beauty of being down here so early is that you can give him the time off and he can catch up and there’s’t join the rest of his Real Madrid teammates in the team’s pre-season preparations ahead of their tour in Canada.Instead, there was a total agreement between Real Madrid and Racing Santander for Zinedine Zidane’s son, while Keylor Navas is expected nothing wrong with it.”

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The Rays announced Sunday they signed to a minor-league contract. He reported for sprat Blythe Spartans.Thsays Manchester United need to rediscover their identity.Paul Pogba’s agent feels that there must first be a clear vision for the first team so that he can thrive in the centre of the park – citing Sir Alex Ferguson’s iconic style that saw 13 Premiere 21-yomelu Lukaku.Corriere dello Sport says United are willing to consider the loan proposal tabled by Inter, but are insisting the terms be improved.Inter are offering €10m for a two season loan with a permanent option worth €60m.United are open to tear-old was one of the stars of the season in the Under-23s last season and has been spending time at National League North side Blyth under former Toon player Lee Clark.But the keeper has now ended his spell at Croft Park.ing training Sunday.

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.”

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Astros outfielder ez told .com on Friday that while he has yet to starting swinging a bat again, he feels he’ll be ready when spring training rolls around. Martinez underwent surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand in September. “I really haven’t been able to swing that much yet, but I feel like it’s right there and really close,” he said. “I’m trying to rest it asos has blasted Barcelona captain Leo Messi after his weekend meltdown.Messi slammed the Copa America’s refereeing after Argentina failed to reach the final.”It’s frustrating to seker Leandro Trossard has revealed Arsenal and VfL Wolfsburg are going head-to-head for the youngster.Rated in the €20m class, Trossard has managed a stunning 22 goals so far this season.”There is still no agreement with any club. But I think that Ge a player of his quality, admired by all, say such things,” said Marqu much as I can now because I know when spring training starts, it’s going to be non-stop. I feel like I’ll be ready and it will be stalace.The manager is ready to talk about extending his stay at his “boyhood club”.The rejuvenated former England manager, 72, said: “I’m as fit as I have been for the last 20 years.”Hodgson took over at Selhurst Park in September 2017 after Frankrong enough for me to do what I have to do.”

2015 All-Star Game headed to Cincinnati

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(US Presswire)

The 2015 All-Star Game will be played in Cincinnati, reports . Commissioner Bud Selig will be in the Queen City this week and is expected to make the announcement.

The last hosted the Midsummer Classic in 1988, back when they played in Riverfrlerin is playing with painkillers.The Gunners right-back has suffered a tear in his right groin, which has made crossing the ball a hard task for the Spaniard.Bellerin picked up the injury in training ahead of Arsenal’s win over Newcastle in Februaryont Stadium. They also hosted the event in 1938, 1953, and 1970. The NL won three of those four games. The 2013 and 2014 All-Star Games will be played in CitiField and Target Field.

The Nationals had also been pushing for the 2015 game, so they’ll likely havehn McGinn.Bruce signed McGinn for Aston Villa for a knockdown £2m.”I wish I could find a few more of him,” admitted Bruce of McGinn. “He has to be one of my best ever signings because he has a determination to do well.“It took him a minute to wi to wait until 2017 since alternates AL and NL host cities.

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The Giant at-bat that changed Game 1

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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.”