is a target for PSG, but Barca are determined to t


Playing time at third base may have opened up for in the wake of Logan Forsythe’s foot injury. Forsythe was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis Thursday and is out at least six weeks.

The will start the season using Jedd Gyorko, Cody Ransom and Amarista to coveper Thibaut Courtois’ plaque at the Wanda Metropolitano was again vandalised before their 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid.Courtois played 154 games for Atlético Madrid between 2011 and 2014, and his plaque was vandalised ahead of the derby on 9 Februer second and third base as a result. Amanchester United legend Roy Keg Bobby Duncan’s situation.Duncan’s agent Salif Rubie hit out at Liverpool in a lengthy statement on Twitter after an offer from Fiorentina was turned down.Duncan initially endorsed the statement with a quote tweet before deleting it shortly afterwarane has enjoyed a swipe at Liverpool.Keane aimed a cheeky dig at Manchester United’s fiercest rivals during his appearance at the Off The Ball Roadshow in Dublin on Wednesday night.Discussing United’s dominance in the laarista, the only left-handed batter of the bunch, could get a decent chunk of playing time against right-handed pitching.

Amarista hit .240/.282/.385 in 105 games as a Padre last year. He lacks punch and Petco Park won’t help anything there, but he stole eight bases on 12 attempts in about half a season’s worth of plate appearance’s last year, and as such he may be worth a flyer in deep or NL-only leagues for speed.

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


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?

pions League victory.Lorenzo Insigne came off the


pitcher will attempt to solidify his role in the team’s rotation Tuesday.

Cuique Setien is being linked with Watford.Quique Sanchez was sacked by the Hornets earlier this week.Sport says Setién is one of the men the Hornets are keen on along with Roger Schmidt, Chris Hughton, Mark Hughes and Sam Allardyce. Hayden Mullins iashner will get the start against the Giants, and could win the fifth spot in the rotation based on how he performs. He’s been limited to just six innings this spring, after injuring his thumb during the offseason. 

Cashner is builg tracked by Swanseated on AC Milan and Inter plans to build a new stadium.He said, “These are lovely projects, I am sure it’ll be a modern and beautiful arena. “We are fond of San Siro because we won everything there, every spectator gets a good view and I hope that and Bristol City in the Championship plus clubs in Germany should he be made available on a short-term deal.The Sun says Kop boss Jurgen Klopp will weigh up whether allow Brewster out to get regular football for the second half oding up his arm strength this spring, and only went 2 2/3 innings in his last start. If he can build up his arm strength, Cashner would be the likely candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, according to’s Scott Miller. If he’s unable to do that, he would build up innings as a long-man in the pen, or in Triple-A, and rejoin the team’s rotation after a few weeks. 

enham.Spurs beat the Serb champions 5-0 in north L


third baseman appeared in his second-straight Cactus League game Saturday against the Reds. After returning Friday from a sprained right knee, he went 2 for 3 with an RBI and see Ernes at Tottenham, Townsend was fined in June 2013 by the Football Association and suspended for four months for breaching betting regulationsTownsend, 28, wrote on The Players’ Tribune: “I don’t drink. I don’t do drugs. I don’t think I’ve ever been insito Valverde sacked.Valverde was axed at the start of the month and replaced by Quique Setien.Font stated, “I know that the players didn’t want Valverde anymore.”The businessman admits he was happy Al Sadd coach Xavi turned down the job, “I two runs scored in the 9-9 he exclusive worldwide rights to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the top flight of women’s soccer in the US, reports, /.ESPN already has domestic rights to the NWSL under a deal signed with the league at the beginning of July. The new agretie. Ramirez told .com on Friday that he plans to get as many at-bats as he can before the end of spring training. “We don’t have that much time left right now,” Ramirez said. “I expect everything to be normal.”

Pirates camp report: Youngsters like Cole expected to help turnaround


BRADENTON, Fla. — Bob Nutting starts talking about winning the World Series, and no doubt plenty of people start laughing. Or sighing.How about winning more games than you lose?

But the owner is right.

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The goal can’t be just having a winning season, no matter how many losing years you’ve had in a row. The goal can’t be just to end the streak.

The Pirates should be thinking about winning World Series.

And that’s where Gerrit Cole comes in.

There’s no way to know for sure exactly what Cole will become. There’s no way to know for sure how soon he’ll become it.

He may not help the Pirates at all this year. Barring something crazy happening this spring, he’s going to start the season in the minor leagues. While the Pirates believe he could debut (and could make an impact) a few months later, there are no guarantees?

So why does he matter, for a team where the owner is demanding “a step forward” this season?

Simply because if your goal really is to win a World Series, you need to find and then develop talents like Gerrit Cole.

Somehow, in the 20 months since the Pirates made Cole the first overall pick in the June 2011 draft, he’s been pushed out of our thoughts by other guys from that draft. His UCLA teammate Trevor Bauer has already debuted in the big leagues, already been traded and already been raved about.

Meanwhile, as strange as it seems for someone taken with the first overall pick, Cole doesn’t get the same hype. Even some of his teammates laugh at the idea that a No. 1 draft pick can be under the radar, even as they agree that Cole is just that.

He probably shouldn’t be.

“Pure stuff, he’s jaw-dropping,” says Jameson Taillon, the Pirates’ other big pitching prospect. “I charted him some last year, and you see that 92 mph slider, the 101 mph fastballs … it’s like a video game.

“I think once Gerrit gets his shot, he’ll blow people away.”

The way general manager Neal Huntington puts it, the Pirates “haven’t closed the door completely” to Cole making the team out of spring training. But the Pirates think of themselves now as an organization that is cautious in promoting prospects (as opposed to the one that previously pushed up before he was really ready).

“The worst reason to bring [Cole] to the big leagues is that we need him,” Huntington said. “I’d rather be a week too late tven Gerrard’s side lost 3-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of their round of 16 clash.It means Gers will have to go to Germany and overturn a two goal deficit if they are to progress into the quarter finals.Leon Bailey gave Leverkusen than a month too early.”

Huntington believes in Cole, Taillon and his other prized prospects. The organization believes in the prospects so strongly that the Pirates backed away from a proposed trade for Chase Headley last July, even though the team seemed to need a boost and even though it wasn’t going to cost them either Cole or Taillon.

Huntington also believes in his current roster, and in the small improvements he was able to make to it over the winter. He believes in new catcher (“One of our scouts said we didn’t just make one position better, we made half the team better”), and he believes in and and Alvarez and .

“We have a group that’s very hungry,” Huntington said.

They have a group that for now has one true star (center fielder ), and a lot of players who are better than the ones the Pirates had 3-4 years ago.

Everyone in camp reminds you that the 2012 team won as many games as any Pirates team in the last 20 years, even though that number was only 79. Everyone reminds you that the Pirates have improved by 22 wins in two years, even though they know that the owner is right when he says the goal has to be winning World Series, not winning 82 games.

There’s a tendency with bad teams to think that improvement necessarily comes in steps, but that’s not always true. Years ago,seille midfielder Maxime López has revealed an approach from Barcelona.Lopez admits Barca were in contact two years ago.”In the summer of 2017, the sports director of Barça ( Robert Fernández) spoke with my agent, who said there was interest in th the Braves became a great team overnight, going from last place in 1990 to the World Series in 1991.

More recently, the same thing happened with the Tigers, who had a streak of 12 consecutive losing seasons that ended with a team that went to the World Series.

Nutting isn’t going to spend the way Mike Ilitch did in Detroit, but there is one comparison between those Tigers and these Pirates: a high-end, hard-throwing young but unproven pitcher drafted by Greg Smith.

Maybe it’s not fair to compare Gerrit Cole to Justin Verlander. But in both cases, Smith chose a college pitcher who wasn’t a finished product, bypassing others who he believed would get to the big leagues sooner for one he was convinced had a real chance to end up being better.

“There’s some roughness around the edges, and I like that,” Smith said. “Because it means there’s more in there.”

Smith said if you re-ran the 2011 draft today, he’d still take Cole, even as others have gotten more attention and have already begun big-league careers.

“Oh, absolutely,” he said. “I haven’t wavered at all.”

Cole himself admits he notices the other guys in his draft class. He and Bauer were college teammate appoint a new manager.Hartson believes caretaker Freddie Ljungberg, who was appointed after Unai Emery’s dismissal, is not the man to steady the “sinking ship” and says the Arsenal board must act quickly — like Tottenham did.He told The Sun: “s, but they were never particularly close.

“I don’t think we focus on each other very much,” Cole said.

He knows Bauer and others have had higher profiles. He should also know that Verlander didn’t have the highest profile in his draft class in the months before he debuted as the 2006 American League Rookie of the Year.

In that spring of 2006, Baseball America ranked Verlander as the eighth-best prospect in the game. He was third among pitching prospects, behind and Chad Billingsley.

This week, Baseball America released its 2013 prospect rankings. Cole was seventh.Verlander ended that 2006 season in the World Series.

I’m not saying Cole is Verlander, and I’m not saying the Pirates are going to the World Series.

But getting the most out of talent like Gerrit Cole is the way they could get there.

Cool map: Where the ballparks are


 comes this, an interactive Googlon Francis is desperate for his side to avoid relegation.But he wants to see them do it the right way, by finishing out the season.The Cherries currently in the drop zone, which means if the season ended today they would go down.But that is not how Fe map of every major-league, affiliated minor-league and independent-league ballpark in the United States and Canada. Alternative terminating mark for previous sentence: !

‘s performance against Manchester City on Sunday.A double from Sergio Aguero saw Pep Guardiola’s side seal a 3-1 victory against a valiant Cherries outfit.Speaking after the game, Howe said: “The lads left everything on the pitch, which was all I cou

First, regard the map itself, and, second, daydream about a paid sabbatical!

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That’s a lot of baseball-hosting facilities and a lot of implied playing of baseball.

On that topic, a desperate petition: Come back to us, baseball. Now, please.

For more baseball newsdelighted seeing Jack Bycroft involved with England Under-19s.Callum Slattery is also with England Under-20s this week.Hale told the club’s website: “Callum has shown a great attitude this season. We know what he’s capable of. He’s had that opportu, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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Japanese news outlet Sponichi reported Wednesday that has ster United are interested in Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz.Calcionapoli24 says United have now joined the list of clubs pursuing Napoli’s Ruiz.It was claimed Napoli president med Premier League champions at Goodison Park.If Manchester City were to lose another game between now and March 16 and the Rr he left Atletico Madrid for Barcelona.The Atletico striker spoke to Youtube channel Que Partidazo. “His dream was to play with (Lionel) Messi and with (Luis) Suarez,” said Costa.”We all know the player that (Griezmann) is. As a player you always waeds kept their winning streak going, then they could be crowned champions just across Stanley Park.”Liverpool is going to winAurelio De Laurentiis last summer rated the midfielder at £150million.Butsigned a three-year deal with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league. Fukudome played 24 games for the White Sox last season and batted .171 with four RBI.

Vladimir Guerrero playing in the Dominican winter league


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Vladimir Guerrero doesn’t ae.Son has successfully stood in for Harry Kane in the past, but Mourinho seems less at ease with with the concept than his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino ever was.Kane is out until April as he prepares for hamstring surgery.Asked why Son couldn’t deppear ready to hang it up. The 37-year-old will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic, his new team, Licey, announced on Twitter on Monday.

Vladimir Guerrero debutará oficialmente este Domingo 4 de Nov en el partido contra las Aguilas Cibaeñas

— Tigres del Licey (@TigresdelLicey)

Guerrero last played in the big leagues in 2011, hitting .290/.317/.416 with 13 home runs in 145 games for the Orioles. He signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays in May and hit .358/.364/.679 with four home runs ioss Lee Johnson is ready to have a second crack at signing Nketiah.Johnson wanted to get Nketiah, 20, on loan before he chose Leeds — with the Robins fuming that he did not turn up for planned talks at Ashton Gate.But he still needs a striker for tn 12 minor-league games before asking for his release.

Guerrero will be 38 in February. If he is to come back, he’ll likely only be offered a minor-league deal. He has also seen the last of the field for his big-league career and would be limited to DH duty.

It’s doubtful Guerrero will ever add to his 449 career home runs in the majors, but at least some will still get to watch hilinked with Inter Milan.Inter coach Antonio Conte is considering bolstering his attacking ranks with the acquisition of veteran Giroud, says was brought to Stamford Bridge by Conte in January 2018.And the former Blues boss com play.

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Report: Sandy Alomar Jr. ‘expects’ to join Terry Francona’s coaching staff in Cleveland


Sandy Alomar Jr. “expects” to join Terry Francona’s coaching staff in , tinguito says Espanyol are focusing on a deal for Real striker Mariano Diaz as a priority.However, they have also asked after Mariano’s teammate Brahim Diaz, who like the striker has found himself frozen out this season.A move away in January for botho the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes. 

Alomar is expected to retain his role as the team’s bench coach on the new staff. While Alomar expects to be with the Indians, it’s unclear if he would leave to take an open manager job with or . Alomar was a candidate for the Red Sox position last season, losing out to Bobby Valentine. 

Hoynes notes that if the Red Sox are able to acquire manager John Farrell from the Blue Jays, then Alomar would likely be a candidate in . Farrell was Boston’s pteve Bruce is turning to Dwite admits he doesn’t want Christian Eriksen taking his time to bed down.The Dane is to start Sunday’s derby against AC Milan.Conte said, “We brought in Eriksen because he has characteristics that suit our style of football. Italy is far more tacticght Gayle in a bid to solve their goalscoring crisis.The 29-year-old spent last season on loan at West Brom and was expected to leave St James’ Park on a permanent basis.But with Andy Carroll now missing because of a groinitching coach 2007-10.

Report: Giants reliever Guillermo Mota joining the team in Houston


pitcher Guillermo Mota is heading to , to’s Enyers of their poor season.The Sun says Solskjaer had scheduled a meeting for players in the morning to assess the season and say farreports.The Brazilian is a wanted man as he enters the final 12 months of his contract.The Blues have now rejected two £35m bids from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, according to Sky Sports.With the club likely to serve their transfer ban until 2020,ewell to departing team-mates.But the Cardiff City defeat in the last game of the campaign – bringing a terrible finalrique Rojas. 

The 38-year-old reliever sent Rojas a text telling him he was on a flight headed for Houston to rejoin the GBeattie, having seen what he did week in, week out at Birmingham, is confident his luck will change.“I speak to Che on a regular basis and he just needs to remember his process, remember his training and to try and relax a little bit. The more you iants. Mota is eligible to return from his suspension Tuesday. Mota has only thrown 10 2/3 innings with the Giants this season. He was suspended in May for testing positive for a banned substance. Because it was his second violation, Mota was suspended for 100 games. 

Mota is scheduled to become a free agent after the season. 

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Josh Beckett placed on waivers


(Getty Images) Insider Jon Heyman reports that the have placed right-hander on waivers. However, rival execs don’t expect Beckett to be traded, in large part because of his contract, which runs through to 2says the Argentine deserved his FIFA The Best award on Monday night.He stated: “It is normal that he has taken The Best because he is the best and will continue to be until he no longer wants to. “He is magical, he is a player that while we can we mu014 at a cost of $15.75 million for each of the next two seasons. 

Heyman characterizes the as “the wild card” in all of this but says that any deal for Beckett remains a long shot. 

On the season, the 32-year-old Beckett has a 5.23 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 127.1 innings pitched. In parts of 12 major-leagueNewcastle United are preparing to move for Hull City attacker Jarrod Bowen.The Telegraph says Newcastle are planning to make at least one news signing during January.Hull winger Bowen is among those being looked at by manager Steve Bruce.The 22-year-old has scored 13 goals in 20 games for the Championship club this season. seasons, he has a career ERA of 3.93. The three-time All-Star finished second in the AL Cy Young Ard admits Chelsea can’t afford to lose against Valencia on Wednesday night.Along with Ajax, the two sides are on seven points in Group B ahead of their group stage clash at the Mestalla.And Lampard says the Blues must walk away with at least a draw.”ward voting in 2007. 

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Photo: Mike Napoli haircut of the day


Just as by County veteran Wayne Rooney has joked that Sergio Romero could’ve allowed him to score against Manchester United on Thursday.Rooney lost his reunion with his former club 3-0 at Pride Park in the FA Cup fifth-round.Speaking after the game, Rooney sital youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles hopes manager Unai Emery keeps selecting his team on merit.Maitland-Niles knows his place will be under threat once fullback Hector Bellerin returns to full fitness.He said, “I want to stay in the team, but if the is highly likely that you have already shaved a grainy image of catcher into your head, it is highly unlikely that you have done so to as great effect as has this gentleman:

Next time try harder.

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For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow onrnandez has joined RCD Mallorca on loan for the season.The 20-year-old Colombian spent the last two seasons playing in Spain with Huesca where he helped them achieve promotion to La Liga.Now he will return to the Spanish top flight for at least one m Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Report: Derek Lowe would return to Boston


Derek Lowe would be open to a retThe agent of Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout admits he wants to join Napoli.The former Aston Villa star is being linked with the Azzurri this summer.“I won’t rule out the possibility of Napoli signing Veretout, even if they keep Allan,” agent Mario Giuffredi told Radio Marte.“Napoli are going to build a very strong side and have changed their strategy, focusing on players who already know Serie A and are ready to deliver straight away.“I wouldn’t rule Veretout out of their midfield. There are several clubs interested in Veretout, but the lad is in love with Napoli. If I can make something happen for my hometown club, I’m more than happy to do so.”urn to the , to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.

The , who designated Lowe for assi for Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte.Ferrara says Conte would’ve preferred Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal.”Antonio explained it very well, Eriksen needs time to settle into and understand certain tactical mechanisms,” Ferrara told Tiki Taka.“Ashgnment on Aug 2, have 10 days to trade hiperfect club for Jack Clarke.The winger signed for Spurs earlier this month before returning to Leeds United on loan.Bent said: “A lot of the modern day wingers now are shoot first, supply second and I hate that. As a centre forward, I can’t stand thm. If he’s not traded in that time period, Lowe would become a free-agent. 

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington also indicated that there was some interest in bringing Lowe back to the Red Sox. With currently on the shelf, the Red Sox could use some depth at the position. 

The 39-year-old Lowe has a 5.52 ERA, and a 4.48 FIP, in 119 innings pitched this season. 

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The Lineup: Milwaukee’s meltdown, A’s ascension


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While the deadine dealings stole the headlines, there was actual baseball on Tuesday night. With bats, balls and everything …

: Not only did Dunn go 3-for-5 with four RBI in the win over , but he also became the first player to reach 30 homers this season. Oh, and he’s also the fourth-fastest player in White Sox history to mash 30 homers in a season. He’s now just five shy of career bomb number 400. : The Mets lost to the on Tuesday night, and overall they’ve dropped 11 of 12. So how can a Metropolitan possibly be a part of 3 Up? Well, Mr. Valdespin on Tuesday set a franchise record with his fifth pinch-hit homer of the season. And for that, he’s here. Valdespin is now slugging .598 on the year. : Sure, Buchholz struck out only one against three walks, but to hold the powerful to one run in 7.0 innings on a hot night in Arlington? That’s an achievement. Also, consider this a nod to Buchholz’s steady improvement this season. Not so long ago, he had the worst numbers of any pitcher in baseball, but he’s been at his best since late May. Over that span, Buchholz has shaved almost three full runs off h 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 aris ERA.: On Tuesday night in St. Louis, Kershaw gave up six runs … in the sixth inning. Overall, he surrendered eight runs on the night, which is the most the reigning Cy Young winner has given up since April of 2009. Kershaw was unable to keep the ball down for much of the night, and the hard-hitting made him pay. : The Buccos had won nine of their last 10 at PNC before the showed up. In losing the first two games of the series, the Pirates have managed a total of only one run against the Cubs. On Tuesday night, they were tamed by former Pirate .: The Milwaukee bullpen oncday announced he is leaving the club after 12 years.The 36-year-old’s contract runs out this month and Everton are due to reveal their retained list this week as they look to move on around 15 players.The Daily Mail says Baines has been offered a onee again had a core-reactor meltdown in Philly. On Tuesday night, Parra was the main offender. Parra recorded only one out but gave up four runs on one hit and three walks. Of his 25 pitches, just 12 went for strikes. And so much for ‘s gem. Over the last two nights, the Milwaukee pen has given up 11 runs in 3.2 innings of work.  : The ongoing Ryan Demspter-trade saga will be momentarily interrupted so that Dempster can, you know, actually pitch. Assuming Dempster is still a Cub by , he’ll oppose and the Pirates. The Cubs, who wil be going for the sweep in Pittsburgh, would love to move him before he takes another turn. : Can the A’s, winners of six straight of 15 of 17 in July, keep their improbable run going? They’ll pin their hopes on young , who boasts a 2.70 ERA after five starts. The Jays, who are struggling to stay in the playoff race, will counter with the disappointing . : The will trot out , certifiable Cy Young contender and one of the best pitchers in baseball. The will counter with , who has a 2.79 ERA since joining the rotation. Can the unheralded 28-year-old rookie keep it up? The surprise contenders from Baltimore badly need more stability in the rotation, and Gonzalez thus far has provided it. Only game separates these two wild-card hopefuls in the standings. • : Commissioner Bud Selig seems fairly deaf to calls for instant replay, but a FanGraphs poll suggests that . • : It’s always weird to see a player we associate with one franchise in the uniform of another (see: Suzuki, Ichiro), and it’s even more jarring when that player is a Hall of Famer. Along those lines, of baseball luminaries in the uniforms absolutely not associated with their careers. Harmon Killebrew in a uni is beyond weird. • : Is Oakland GM Billy Beane enjoying his finest season? . • : Should the Mets make an old-school reliever out of ? . • : Former pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, who owbeing linked with a move for Kyle Scott from Chelsea.The midfielder is seen as a key target for the club, as his contract at the Blues expires this month.The Sun says the Magpies want to sign the 21-year-old, but are waiting on news about the future ned the baseball world in 1976, accidentally died in 2009 while working on his dump truck. Now, his family is suing the truck manufacturer. []For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

White Sox are latest to enter Greinke derby


The surprising White Sox now have Zack Greinke on their radar, scoures said.

The first-place White Sox have established themselves as the favorite in the A.L. Central to the surprise of manyeft Real Sociedad last month.The former Manchester United winger is now displaying some of the best form of his career and scored in last weekend’s victory over Valencia.Januzaj said, “Sometimes in football you don’t know what can happen. I was at Re, and they are said to be hoping to make another second big splash on the trade market. Their trade for third baseman kevin Youkilis has been a major hit.

The Braves, Angels, Rangers, Orioles and other also are expected to be in the Greinke derby.

Gavin Floyd’s start was push back due to an elbow issue, and John Danks has had injury concerns this year as well. So the White Sox clearly want another starter. The White Sox also would like to add a veteran reliever.

Greinke’s scheduled start Wednesday was pushed back, but sources famvren, according to reports.The Reds defender is reportedly keen on an exit from Anfield after falling down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp last season.AC Milan want to bring the Croatia international to the San Siro this summer.According to Italiliar with the situation say he isn’t hurt. Brewers GM Doug Melvin told they just want to “recharge his bai Matteo says John Terry will be the next manager of Chelsea.Terry is currently an assistant coach at Aston Villa.Di Matteo told The Athletic: “If you can sign JT, you get him.”He’s a guy who makes things easier for the manager. “He, too, will be thetteries.”

The Brewers have some hope to stay in the race, but sources suggest their chances to re-sign Greinke are very slim.