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center fielder posted a rare hitless performance Thursday against the Astros, going 0 for 3 and failing to record a hit for just the second time in his past 16 Grapeason.Rondon has been on-loan at Newcastle from West Brom.Rondon said: “Better with age? For me, yes. It’s like a wine! I try to be healthy all the tiain the best team in the country.Juve n their battle with Inter Milan for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.The Mirror says United could be set for a boost in their hopes of signing Eriksen, as Inter Milan consider pulling out of a deal.The Italian club are interested in signing Totare top of the table after defeating Inter Milan in the last game before the coronavirus suspension.“Juventus are still the best of all, and they don’t fail in these kinds of matches,” Mihajlovic told La Gazzetme. I am getting older so I have to work more than the young players. I have to work really hard aefruit League games. The goose egg drops Upton’s spring line to .347/.342/.507, and a fourth-inning strikeout gives him a 14:0 K:BB ratio this spring.

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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.

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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. 

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CBSacy andnich in the Champions League last-16.Bayern were the only team to win all six group stages matches and they will now travel to Stamford Bridge for the first leg on February 25.Lampard was part of the Chelsea team which defeated Bayern in the 2012 fin powerful winger has drawn a lot of inManchester United fullback Matteo Darmian is being lined up for a move to Spain.Valencia have made a move for Darmian, says Sky Italia.The Manchester United full-back is one of several players set to leave Old Trafford this summer.He has been linked with a return to Serie A but could now have a La Liga chance.Darmian’s agents are meeting with Valencia officials in Milan today.terest from around Europe for his performances this season.And The Telegraph suggests that Wolves know they are in for a tough summer when it comes to keeping Traore.Many clubs want wide attackers, while tSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports third baseman (rib) appears likely to be ready for opening day. Wright has been playing in minor-league games in case the Mets had to backdate his disabled list stint. 

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I think the Fantasy owners who are willing to gamble on first baseman  on Draft Day will be rewarded in 2013.

He homered for the second time in as many games Sunday, running his spring total to three in 13 games. He also has 11 RBI and is batting .282 (11 for 39). And let’s not forget what he did in his limited time with Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Morneau hit .636 (7 for 11) with three doubles, three RBI and four runs in three games.

Durability issues have been a problem for Morneau since 2009 and have hurt his Fantasy appeal. Though, you have to be encouraged with the way Morneau is playing this spring after his strong finish to the 2012 season. Morneau hit .296 with a .356 OBP and .800 OPS in his last 78 games. The only thing lacking was his power numbers (nine home runs and 14 doublg world-class talent, says the Football Association’s Kelly Simmons, reports BBC Sport.English top-flight sides are currently permitted to spend 40% of their turnover on wages, under FA rules.The USA’s NWSL has upped its salary cap by nearly 20% to $es in that span), which is obviously a key category for FantasBury, it has been revealed.Kenwright offered £1million of his own money to help save the doomed League One club.The out-of-the-blue offer from the 74-year-old was made over a phone call between Kenwright and English Football League boss Debbie Jevany f has denied suggestions the winter break has affected their form after a scratchy win over West Ham.With a narrow victory over rock-bottom Norwich City and defeat to Atletico Madrid having preceded last night’s result, Liverpool have struggled to reairst basemen. 

It’s tough to put Morneau up there with the elite Fantasy options because of his health concerns and the numbers of burgeoning options at first base, but I think Fantasy owners will be happy with Morneau’s production in 2013, if he can stay healthy.

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I’m wondering if it’s time to get concerned about DH , who hasn’t homered in 20 spring games. The spring isn’t a time Trumbo usually struggles. In his previous two spring trainings, he’s hit .310 with 12 homers, 13 doubles and 36 RBI in 48 games. This spring, he’s battingiker Lautaro Martinez.The Argentina international is a wanted manMerseyside Police will not take action after investigating an allegation of racist behaviour by a fan at Everton’s Premier League match against Tottenham.The force said it did not believetheir showdown with Premier League champions Manchester City.Many critics have suggested the club have no chance against Pep Guardiola’s side and should focus on the next game. Yet Silva said that is not the mentality of a big club – and Everton ar a crime had been committed in the incident, which occurred during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.Everton launched their own investigation and that is ongoing. after his exploits for Antonio Conte’s side.ESPN says Martinez prefers a move to Catalan giants Barcelona over United.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can now add the 22-year-old to his list of mi .255 (14 for 55) with no homers and four RBI.

You can’t really blame the move to DH as a potential cause of Trumbo’s struggles. He hit .310 with a .571 slugging percentage and .948 OPS in 84 at-bats as a DH last season, so strictly focusing on hitting hasn’t been a problem in the past.

It’s just too premature to say a bad spring is going to translate into a bad season for Trumbo. Our only history with Trumbo is that good springs have translated into good seasons for the 27-year-old slugger.

I’m not about to overlook him on Draft Day because he hasn’t homered this spring. He’s still going to get plenty of lineup protection hitting behind the likes of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, so my concerns are still minimal when it comes to Trumbo.

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manager Don Mattingly admitted Tuesday that pitcher might not begin the season in the rotation as he has lagged behind the other starters in camp. Lilly made two relief appearances before making his first start in Cactus League play on Sunday as he was limited from the outset of spring training while recovering verpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he and Andrew Robertson don’to Ramos has backed Zinedine Zidane to stay as Los Blancos coach.More doubts have emerged about Zidane after defeat to Real Mallorca.But Ramos said, “It would be very easy to say that Zidane will be here until the end of the season.”That would put an want to ‘Gary Neville-type’ fullbacks.After victory over Sheffield United, Alexander-Arnold name-dropped Neville, with Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher once claiming “no one wfrom offseason shoulder surgery.

His pitching schedule was also affected by an illness and weather conditions which scrapped one of his outings. “Atastle United boss Steve Bruce says he’s been assured of a competitive transfer budget by club owner Mike Ashley.Bruce insists he’s had assurances on his budget from Ashley.He said: “We’ve talked about budgets and it was pretty straight forward.“I this point, it’s real hard to get Ted built up to 90 pitches,” Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times.

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rotatireturn to the Premier League.Bale has been linked with Manchester United and former club Tottenham.”I think it would benefit him to come back and play regular football again and play in a team at the top end of the Premier League,” Allardyce told talon candidate took the mound on Saturday in a Grapefruit League start against Toronto. Possibly a longer shot to win a starting job this spring than some of the other options, Arrieta was solid against the Blue Jays. 

Last season’s opening day starter, Arrieta went 4 2/3 scoreless innings on Saturday. He allowed three hits and walked three with two strikeouts and his Grapefruit League ERA is now 2.38. 

return to Chelsea.Obi is happy Frank Lampard is now in the Stamford Bridge hotseat. He was alongside Lampard in midfield for every minute at the Allianz Arena when Chelsea shocked Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final – sharing the dressin

Arrieta has allowed three earned runs this spring over 11 1/3 spring innings with five Ks. He is looking to regroup this season after a terrible 2012 that saw him get demoted to the minors and go 3-9 with a 6.20 ERA over to the end of the season.The news has been officially announced via a statement on the club’s official website:”AC Milan announces that Ricardo Rodríguez has joined PSV Eindhoven on a temporary basis.”The Club wishes the player all the best for the24 appearances and 18 starts for the Orioles. 

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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.”

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Marlins second baseman went 2-for-4 against the Yankees on Friday, upping his spring batting average to .526. Hoffenheim are ready to push through a deal for Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia.TSG are in the market for a late striker signing after losing Andrej Kramaric to injury and the rejection of Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg.Aas with Fikayo Tomori’s new deal.The defender recently committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new five-year contract.”He’s been playing fantastically well since I had him at Derby and then this season he’s shown it in the Premier LeaD says Hoffenheim are now seeking to close termhe again merits continued international recognition.”It (England call-up) is deserved. I think he has had a good start to the season,” Howe said.”I think with Callum we have just been focusing on his performances and making sure he delivers what we ns for Locadia.TSG coach Alfred Schreuder is driving the move for his fellow Dutchman.The Bundesliga club would favour a loan arrangement.He also has three RBI and five runs scored in seven games.

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Mets reliever , wearioved since he replaced Unai Emery.Under his watch Arsenal have managed just one league win from eight – a 2-0 victory over Man Utd on New Years Day, although they have progressed in both domestic cups.”There have been a lot of positives,” Arteta toldng a heart monitor around his neck, made his first appearance in a game since 2010 on a back field at the Marlins’ spring training complex Tuesday, reports ESPN. Feliciano allowed a leadoff homer and hit a batter in one inning of work and his fastball registered at 82-83 mph. “It was betn says the 18-year-old was loaned back to Elland Road after his £10million move to Spurs – but has not made a Championship appearance.And Marcelo Bielsa will have £10,000-a-week off the wage bill and a place in his squad when Clarke’s season-long dter than wed to read Michael Owen’s comments about Newcastle, but it’s not something I’m surprised over after sharing the dressing room with him for what was my final season as a player. He didn’t look like a player who was particularly happy at the club and hhat I expected,” Feliciano said.

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Reds outfield prospect has been a standout bat early in spring training. The 20-year-old outfielder is batting .500 (3 for 6) with one homer, two doubles and five RBI in three sbate.Turkish media sources say Leicester are holding out for €3Rodgers’ first summer signing when he arrived for a fee reported to be in the region of £8m – a transfer record for Luton Town.Since Justin’s arrival, the Foxes have splashed out £30m on Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez before Youri Tielemans arrived in am for the winger, but Besiktas are keen to get him for €2m.The Malian international, who joined the Foxes for €2m in January 2018 , impressed on loan at Turkish Super Lig side Sivaspring games. He even has a stolen base. “Talent wasn’t the issue with him,” manager Dusty Baker said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Talent never was an issue. It’s getting the head and attitude right.” Baker said Rodriguez went through a transformation at Class A Dayton in 2012. “It’s part of grod legend Gary Neville says Manchester City could rue not signing Harry Maguire.The England international signed for United instead, and City have now lost Aymeric Laporte to a long-term injury.The former Red Devils defender told Sky Sports: “I said awing up and being a man,” Baker said. “That’s why he’s in camp. He really didn’t deserve to be in camp. They’re hoping that camp and being around the guys would help put him back on track.”

Pirates camp report: Youngsters like Cole expected to help turnaround

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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.

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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.

Report: Twins starter Scott Diamond iffy for opening day

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starter , who underwent arthroscopicnext season.Griezmann revealed last month that he would finally leave after teasing at a move away last summer.Barcelona are the front-runners to sign Griezmann but he has also been linked with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United s elbow surgery earlier in the offseason, , Lavelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Friday.

Diamond, 26, required surgery to remove a bone chip in his left (throwing) elbow. He was the Twinhe wants to leave this summer.The Sun says Manchester United had a £70million bid rejected for the England star yesterday — with the Foxes wanting £85m.But centre-back Maguire has now made it clear that his future now lies elsewhere next season.Ms’ best starter last season with a 3.54 ERA (115 ERA+), 90 strikeouts and 31 walks in 173 innings. Diamonde without England striker Harry Kane, who is ruled out until April with a hamstring injury that requires surgery.Mourinho says the club need to sign a replacement this month if the right target becomes available.”Lots of names are coming and the majo’s 1.6 BB/9 led the American League.

If he can get healthy in time, Diamond may have the inside track as the opening day starter for the Twins. His stiffest competition will come from new additions and , both of whom posted ERAs over 4.00 in 2012.

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