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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

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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?

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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. 

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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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. 

the verge of an incredible u-turn towards signing

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reliever , who is dealing with forearm soreness, saw a hand specialist Monday and has been cleared to start throwing Wednesday, according to .com. Vincent has not appeared in a game since Feb. 28.

“It’s keeper Rob Green insists the manager’s job remai Andres Iniesta is full of praise for Real Madrid youngster Takefusa Kubo. Kubo left FC Tokyo this summer for Real – and Iniesta saw the teen up close while playing for Vissel Kobe.”I know Kubo because I played against him last season,” said Iniesta.ns one of the most coveted.Manuel Pellegrini was sacked by the Hammers yesterday after defeat to Leicester City.Speaking to Radio 5 Live, Green shton is impressed by January signing Jarrod Bowen.Ashton says Bowen looks like he belongs at West Ham.“For me, he’s probably my favourite West Ham signing for as long as I can remember, to be honest,” Ashton told the club’s website. “I know whatinsisted there would be no shortage of managers interestedgood, we should be good to go starting tomorrow,” Vincent said.

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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.”

ngs. El-Ghazi appeared to throw his head at Mings,

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Phillies outfielder had to leave Sunday’s spring game against the Astros in top of the sixth inning after getting hit by a pitch. Ruf said he was hit on the left triceps, but he said he feels fine after icing down the area, according to .com. Ruf was 0 for 2 before leaving the game, lowering his batting average to .188 (6 fleted his move to Shanghai SIPG.Arnautovic has left West Ham to join Shanghai SIPG in a £22.4mttenham midfielder Eric Dier.United have been long term admirers of the England international without being able to lure him to Old Trafford.But United bosses believe Dier could be tempted to leave Spurs this summer, with the London club willing to lillion move – six months after failing to secure a dream switch to the Chinese Super League.The Austrian was keen to leave the London Stadium this summer aor 32) in 11 spring games says the 22-year-old has reportedly been monitored by Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal.Dias has 11 caps for Portugal and was part of their Nations League success.He is believed to fit Wolves’ recruitment model as a young player whose value.

Jordany Valdespin’s cup came in handy Monday

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Young or sensitive readers, avert your eyes.

When facing ace on Monday, utility man squared to bunt. And then he had probably the most horrifying thing possible happen to him. He got hit with a pitch. Right, well, there. Yep, a 94 mile-per-hour heater to the junk.

, Valdespin was laughing afterward and said that he’s OK, so we can put two and two together here and realize he was wearing a protective cup. Thankfully. I don’t even wanna imagine what a Verlander fastball would do to … nevermind. I can’t even finish that sentence.

Good work on wearing the cup, Jordany. Everyone else, take note.

Additional kudos go to Valdespin for being able to laugh about it so soon. I feel like having a scare like that would scar me for life.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the aArsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette today addressed questions around a possible Champions League exit cla in selling attackers this summer.He also believes that a move for Mario Mandzukic from Juventus in January is a good option.United sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, while they also allowed Alexis Sanchez to leave on loan to the same club.Marouane Fuse in his contract.He’s totally dismissed any knowledge of such a clause.”I didn’t know about this. I did not know,” said Lacazette.”Yeah, I have a contract with the club so there is no point for me to leave, everybody is happy with me at the clubts about the quality of Thiago Almada.The teenage midfielder is a target for Manchester City, which plan to sign Almada ahead of sending him on-loan to Sporting CP.Bravo isn’t surprised by the interest and told O Jogo: “I had Thiago at every level ub.”nd . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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 .

Loria says no extension for Giancarlo Stanton in 2013

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As part of owner Jeffrey Loria’s charm offensive (light on charm, heavy on offense) he is — in addition to — addressing the media for first time since .

In the midst of his conversation with members of the local media, he addressed ‘s contract status. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post :

“We are hoping that that moment will come but Giancarlo needs to play this year. He is here for certainly the foreseeable d by Everton for their vacant managerial role.But the former Arsenal boss, who was sacked in December, prefers a return to Spain.”Everton was interested in me and I thought about it. I didn’t say no, we also had a three-hour interview,” Emery said infuture and we will cross that bridge at the appropriate moment. …

He will be here this year and I’m hopeful he will come here the next year. … I would love to see him be the centerpiece of this ball club. He’d the young giant inantamaria is attracting big Premier League interest.L’ Equipe says Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Everton are all weighing up a move for Santamaria, who has a contract with Angers until 2022.Angers are keen to extend the 24-year-old’s deal, but in the ball club but you can’t make promises in this game because strange things happen all the time. …

I dont think this is the year to go to Giancarlo with an offer. We have to let him play it out, let him feel more comfortable.”

Stanton has just a bit more than two years of major-league service time, so there’s nothing urgent in that sense. Still, you’ll notice a lot of hedgingthe Champions League spots.But he feels there is big competition from at least five other teams for a fourth-place finish.Tottenham face Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday, with Spurs four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after a 2-0 vict, qualifiers and Loria-speak in the above excerpt. Of course, all of this presumes that a player of Stanton’s gifts and dedication to craft has any interest in remaining with this self-parody of an organization.

In a related matter, Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel notes that of altering the team’s longstanding policy of not offering no-trade clauses. Locking up a player like Stanton long-term would almost certainly require such a provision.

Unless, like, say, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, he’s content to take Loria at his sterling, unimpeachable word.

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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.

2013 Prospect Watch: Toronto Blue Jays

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Before the start of the season, we’ll highlight a few players in each team’s minor-league system to let you know which players you should be paying attention to throughout the year. These aren’t meant to be comprehensive top-prospect lists but should provide a look at some key players within each tea by manager Unai Emery.Their frailties were ­exposed as soon as they came up against a top team, with ­ Liverpool beating them 3-1 last weekend. Petit told the Mirror: “I’ve not been impressed with what I’ve seen from Unai Emery in Arsenal ‘s opem’s organization.

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Prospects can have value in two ways. The primary one is obvious — when they reach their ceilings, they become the stars and role-players of the future. This offseason, the reminded us of their other value: trade chips. This offseason, Toronto turned most of their best prospects — numbers 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8 in their system according to  — into a team primed to compete for the American League East title. Still, the club had a deep system before the trades. It’s much weaker now, but the remains aren’t barren.

2013 Impact Player

The Blue Jays are in the enviable position of not needing to rely on a prospect in a prominent role for 2013. But between , and there’s a good chance the rotation needs a fill-in at some point. If so, it’ll likely be Nolin, a hulking 23-year-old lefty. Nolin is a four-pitch starter, with a low-90s fastball, excellent changeup and a developing slider and curveball. The changeup will be the key if he manages to make the majors in 2013, as he’s sure to be met with platoon right-handed batters in droves upon his arrival. Nolin is likely to begin in Double-A, but he tore through the low-minors and if he dominates like he did in 2012 — 2.04 ERA, 108 strikeouts against 27 walks in 101.1 innings — the Blue Jays could turn to him in the second half of 2013.

Future Star

Sanchez, Toronto’s 2010 first-round pick, was the sole jewel the club didn’t have to part with in assembling their new crew. The 20-year-old dazzled in his first run through full-season professional baseball in 2012 with a 2.49 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 90.1 innings. He allowed just 64 hits the entire season, setting the stage for the real test this year in Double-A. At 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Sanchez defines the projectable frame. He has an excellent fastball (rated tops in the system even before the trading frenzy by Baseball America, as was his curveball) and could just get better as his body fills out. The question is if he can shore up his control and command. Sanchez walked 51 and hit seven batters last season, a number he’ll need to slash before he reaches the majors. Still, his raw stuff and accomplishments in his young career make him one of the top pitching prospects in the game.

Wild Card

Stroman was a possibility to reach the majors last season before he was hit with a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance (specifically, methylhexaneamine, a compound marketed as a dietary supplement as well as a nasal decongestant). As such, we won’t be seeing Stroman early in 2013, but if he can return from his suspension and continue to show his excellent stuff, he’ll be an option for the Blue Jays’ bullpen around midseason. Stroman was a first-round selection by the Jays in 2012 out of Duke, and the polish he picked up in college is what could allow him to hit the majors so quickly. Stroman alreielder Marko Grujic.Speaking at Hertha’s AGM meeting on Sunday, Preetz revealed he is in constant talks with the Reds and Jurgen Klopp regarding a possible return to Berlin for the midfielder.”I’ll keep the ball rolling and our goal is to extend the ady features a major-league slider and used it to get 23 strikeouts in just 19.1 innings last season. He also features a fastball with upper-90s capability. The true wild card is Stroman’s height (5-9). Getting such velocity out of a short frame is a rarity, although it will make it difficult for Stroman to generate the angles necessary to get ground balls. Still, if he has two pitches that can generate swings and misses like his fastball and slider have the potential to, he can be a force out of the bullpen.

With the American League East looking as weak as it has at any time in recent years, general manager Alex Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays knew they wouldn’t have any better chance to strike. It meant parting with many of the prospects that defined the system as one of the league’s greatest. But there’s still something to be mined from Toronto’s farm system, both now and down the road.

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysiRoma have warned they must cough up big to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Taison.The Brazilian, 31, wants to join his former Shakhtar coach Paulo Fonseca at Roma.But agent Diego Dornelles told RomaPress: “The situation is stalled by Shakhtar’s refusal to negotiate.”They want the buyout clause paid. Another Italian side even tried to negotiate but they were unsuccessful.“The clause is €30m.”s on the latest rumors from bloggers ,  and , follow .

bian Delph feels good times are around the corner

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The Orange County Register reports Dodgers outfielder , who continues to recover from Tommy John surgery in August, said he is throwing from 60 feet. He said he has also bcommendation of manager Jurgen Klopp.Grujic returned to Hertha Berlin for a second season of Bundesliga football on the advice of Klopp.“I spent a few days in Liverpool for medical tests at the end of the season,” Grujic told Bild. “We sat down teen swinging off a tee and hitting rton manager Marco Silva wants Richarlison and Yerry Mina to improve their English skills.The duo are important players for Silva, and he believesb, it has been revealed.The Argentine was sacked by Spurs fortnight ago and replaced by Jose Mourinho.Arsenal are now in a similar situation after dumping Unai Emery on Friday.The Arsenal.html”>Daily MailArsenal.html”> says the Gunners want someone w their inability to speak fluent English is impeding his team.Asked about Richarlison’s progress, Silva soft toss for about three weeks. He added there is no pain in his elbow.

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The Red Sox and relief pitcher agreed Friday to a one-year contract worth $4.1 million to avoid arbitration, CSN New England reports. Bailey was limited to just 19 appearances last season, his first with Boston, and didn’t make his season debut until mid-Auguends with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.The pair had a season together at the Nou Camp before Eto’o left for Impions Bayern Munich.Boateng has long been linked with a move away, with both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United linked last summer.The Gunners are emerging as a possible destination this offseason.He has not been first choice for Bayern this nter Milan in a swap for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”I love him as a coach, but not as a person,” said Eto’o to Marca.”I learned to play footbast because of a thumb n their academy.Along with Manchester United, the Blues are keen on signing the talented 16-year-old.Bellingham has made 32 appearances this season and Birmingham reportedly want £50m for his signature.But any move from Chelsea could have ramificatiinjury. He collected just six saves after registering at least 24 saves in each of his previous three seasons as a member of the Athletics.