peaking about how he is under pressure, with the H


‘s playing time will come strictly at catcher this season, according to Montero is hitting .395/.435/.674 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 43 at-bats this spring. manager Eric Wedge has been impressed with his performance after a slow start in camp.”From a playing-time standpoint, hiue title this season.He took Liverpool on for the first time as Tottenham boss on Saturday, and came out second best as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds ran out 1-0 winners.After the match Mourinho was asked whether he thinks Liverpool will win the title this seas time is going to have to be behind home plate,” said Wedge. “Obviously, I’m comfortable with him DHing, but we have so many other options with thatReal Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos is being urged to make up his mind on a move to North London.The Spaniard has offers from both Arsenal and Tottenham.Real are only willing to allow Ceballos to leave on a season-long loan.AS says the decision rests on the 23-year-old on who he wants to join.Losdelines after undergoing knee surgery.Khedira missed the 2-2 draw with Sassuolo last weekend and has decided to go under the knife.Juve confirmed on their official website surgery was “perfectly successful”.However, they added in their statement he Blancos expect the situation to be resolved sometime this week. to get people in the lineup we feel make us a better team.”

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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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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.

Yankees, Red Sox to honor Newtown victims on opening day


On April 1 at Yankee Stadium, the and will team up to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn. The Wall Street Journal :

Pregame ceremonies include a joint honor guard of Newtown police and firefighters, and a momentnce Leroy Sane about a move.Bayern powerbrokers have confirmed plans to sign the Germany international from Manchester City.And Rummenigge said, “I cannot answer that seriously today. But one must not forget that he has a two-year contract and Manche of silence at which time a list of the victims’ names will be recognized on the center-fnandinho’s 90th-minute own goal ensured the Eagles claimed a draw at Etihad Stadium in a remarkable conclusion to the game.The result leaves champions City 13 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, who have two games in hand and play Manchesield scoreboard.

The Yankees and Red Sox will wear a special ribbon on their uniforms. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has asked that all other 28 major league teams wear the ribbon during their opening games.

“Months have passed, yet we are still trying to come to grips with this incomprehensible tragedy,” Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement. “As our teams look to face each other on opening day, we will stand united in support of the families affected as we remember and honor those who were lost.”

The Yankees will also host “Newtown Day at Yankee Stadium” on July 7.

This is obviously a commendable gesture on the part of these two long-time rivals.

For mate Joao Felix.The €120m signing from Benfica has been a revelation in preseason.And Oblak enthused, “We’re still in pre-season but it’s clear that he’s a huge talent. With talent like that he can grow to be a magnificent player. I’m sure that tmore baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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


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.

Honest Greinke gets elbow checked, and Dodgers come away relieved


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PHOENIX — As my colleague Jon Heyman Zack Greinke may well be the most honest person in the game.The Dodgers are learning all about that.Greinke told them Sunday he still felt a little discomfort in his right elbow. The Dodgers reacted Monday by sending him to Los Angeles to have the elbow examined by their team doctor.But if news of that visit set off alarm bells about the right-hander who was the biggest free-agent pitcher on the market last winter, the Dodgers quickly worked to silf their Europa League last-32 tie.The Spaniards travel to Molineux for the first leg having struggled all season in La Liga.But Nuno says that accounts for nothing when speaking ahead of the clash.He said: “It’s going to be a tough game. The table doencegri admits he wants to “recharge my batteries”.He said, “I am going to take a year off to recharge the batteries and take my personal life back in hand, rediscover after many years the affection of my family, children and friends.“The last 16 yea those bells.They announced Monday afternoon that Dr. Neil ElAttrache had found only inflammation, and that Greinke would be shut down for just 2-3 days. Later, manager Don Mattingly said he believes Greinke will still be on track to make his scheduled April 2 start, in the Dodgers’ second game of the regular season (after Clayton Kershaw starts on opening day).”Yeah, I expect him to,” Mattingly said.Greinke was given anti-inflammatory drugs, and also an injection of PRP, or platelet-rich plasma.Mattingly insists that he was never overly concerned, because of the way Greinke threw in a bullpen session Friday. But Mattingly understood how this got to the point that Greinke was flying to California on a day when he was scheduled to make a spring training start against the Brewers.”He tells the truth,” Mattingly said. “nsfer policy on the qualities of Scott McTominay.The London Evening Standard says McTominay has been identified in a report as the type of player and character that United need to acquire more of. United’s recruitment team and manager Ole Gunnar SolsWhen he tells the truth, and with the deal he signed ($147 million for six years), you go into ultra-caution.”The result was that Greinke missed another spring start, after missing one earlier when he had the flu. Instead, he had an exam that theoretically proved to him and to them that what he’s feeling isn’t too serious.”It relieves your mind — and ours,” Mattingly said.And it gave them a little more insight into who Zack Greinke is.

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Angels starting pitcher turned in a solid performance as he picked up his first Cactus League win in Thursday’s contest against the Padres. Wilson pitched three innings of work and allowed with a run six hits. He struck out two and did not issue a walk in a 12-3 victory. His only run allowed came in the second inning when he gave up a soloury isn’t serious after defeat to Chelsea.Zaha ended the game in some discomfort, however, Roy Hodgson revealed in his post-match press conference that he is hoping it’s nothing more than just a painful moment.The Eagles manager said: “I think he g shot to . “Even that’s something you need to practice,” Wilson said. “You have to recover after a home run. You have to fight through a long inning. It’s great when you’re coasting, but the regular-season won’t always go great. You have to respond, and you haancesco after defeat to Hellas Verona.The 2-0 result was their sixth defeat in seven Serie A games.“We are all disappointed, to England.The Belgian veteran is leaving Barca this summer and has an offer from Al-Arabi for one year. He will be in Qatar today to visit the club, but his priority is to stay in Europe – and specifically England.Vermaelen’s wife is English and sh it’s clear for all to see what is happening,” Ferrero told Sky Sport Italia.“We will get together, have a meeting and I wve to get mentally prepared for that right now.”

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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 training Sunday.

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The Kansas City Royals announced on Fridaendan Rodgers insists Kelechi Iheanacho is in his plans.The Nigeria striker has battled for minutes since Rodgers’ arrival.But the Foxes manager says: “He’s very much a part of the squad. “We have a really tight training group which he is a part of. y that the club had reached agreement on a one-year deal with pisic his chance will soon arrive.While the American has been less involved of late, Azpilicueta stressed he will have a crucial part to play in the coming months.He said, “As the manager said, we are a group, we are all important on this long par the lack of testing opposition in Euro 2020 qualifying, says boss Gareth Southgate.The Three Lions hammered Bulgaria 4-0 at Wembley on Saturday courtesy of a hat-trick from captain and Tottenham striker Harry Kane.Under Southgate, England reached tth, witcher .

Some still expect Toronto to let Farrell go to the rival Red Sox


Three people with ties to the Blue Jays say they remain surprised the team has publicly suggested it won’t let manager John Farrell go to . Those people still believe there’s a chance will change its mind, and allow Farrell to gub with New England Revolution.Last August the 31-year-old joined New England Revolution who we meet in tomorrow’s Final Whistle On Hate game, and who today appointed former USA manager Bruce Arena as their new head coach.”It does make me very proud,o to the Red Sox, provided the compensation suits them.

One person, who claims the Blue Jays front office and Farrell butted heads this year, went so far as to say, “The people there would charter a jet to get him out.’’

That might be colorfully put or even exaggerated, but it appears there are legs to the initial report from Jim Duquette of Sirius/XM that there’s a “disconnect’’ between Farrell and the front office. Farrell denied there was a “disconnect’’ at the time. But of course, that could be a matter of perception or semantics.

According to one report by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox and Jays have at least had “preliminary’’ talks regarding a trade for Farrell, the ex-Red Sox executive and pitching coach that tops Boston’s managerial wish list. So that could be more evidence the Jays might bend and let him go.

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos didn’t return texts regarding Farrell. Anthopoulos has said multiple times that the Jays are sticking to their policy written last year that employees won’t be allowed to take jobs with new teams if the new job is a “lateral’’ move.

That would seem to prevent Farrell from moving to the Red Sox to be their manager. Of course, it’s possible Toronto’s public stance could also be a negotiating tactic.

If there were truly issues between Farrell and the front office, and only a year remains on his deal, it seems logical they’d let him go.  Toronto went 73-89 this year, four games better than last-place Boston.

The Red Sox have interviewed four candintonio Conte has reaffirmed he “hopes” they can sign Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.Conte was speaking after defeat to United in Singapore.He stated, “It’s not right to ask about a Manchester United player at this moment. We must show greadates for their managerial opening – Brad Ausmus, DeMarlo hale, Tim Wallach and Tony Pena —  but there’s no word of any new interviews within the last couple days.

Trades for managers have been rare. But thela is delighted to get some game time with the first team.Chirivella has been waiting a long time to get a few appearances with the senior setup.He is now 22 and knows that he must make an impact sooner than later to make it at the club.But he is hap traded Ozzie Guillen last year to the Marlins.


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: 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. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and Navin Vaswani, follow .

Report: 15 scouts at Josh Johnson’s Sunday start


Fifteen scouts — one of them Boston’s top scout, Gary Hughes, ESPN’s Jim Bowden — are at ‘s start Sunday afternoon in Miami, ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Six teams are talking to the about trading for Johnson. 

The , , , , , and are in on Johnson, according to Stark, yet all have expressed concern of Johnson’s health, durability, and dip in velocity (from 95 MPH to 93 MPH).The Marlins have told the Rangers not to bother if they’re not willing to send third baseman prospect Mike Olt to Miami. The ‘ chances of making the playoffs are almost nothing — 0.3 percent — and if ths to join Livingston in loan deal.The 22-year-old right winger will be with the Scottish club until January.Stobbs first played for Sheffield United in 2014, but has only managed five first team appearances since then.He will be hoping to gain regulaey decide to sell, they can move , , , and in a matter of hours. Stark linked Victorino to the Dodgers, , , or ; Pierre to the Reds; Blanton to the Orioles; and Wigginton ther Leandro Trossard admits that it is difficult for him to celebrate goals because of VAR.The Seagulls had a goal canceled out (correctly) by VAR in a 2-0 loss to Southampton this weekend.A similar incident happened a week ago, when Trossard’s volley . is more likely to be moved in the offseason, Ssocial media.Barcelona remain the favourites to sign the young Holland international. The Catalan giants have already secured the services of his former team-mate Frenkie de Jong. It is feared that a lack of Champions League football will also resulttark noted.There’s also a possibility the Phillies keep the aforementioned players until August and try to trade them after the non-waiver trade deadline, giving the Phillies more time to assess all their options, even though it looks like their playoff hopes are shot.Speaking of which,’s Jon Heyman has put together who could be traded after July 31. Baltimore considered third baseman , who’s been , and continue to look for starting pitchers. Stark mentioned , Joe Blanton, and on the Orioles’ shopping list.The Braves, who tried valiantly to acquire , have shifted their focus completely to adding to their bullpen.The Giants and have reportedly talked about a deal that would send and to San Francisco, but the Giants want a more high-impact outfielder than Francoeur. The Reds want an outfielder who can bat atop their lineup, and they’ve checked in on and , in addition to Victorino and Pierre in Philadelphia.The have put in feelers on Josh Johnson and , but are more focused on acquiring bullpen help.About Shields, Tampa is in no hurry to move him. The Yankees may not be done dealing with the , as Stark wrote that they could be interested in adding slick-fielding . Teams interested in bullpen help are waiting for prices to come down, especially for such guys as Seattle’s . The Giants, Dodgers, Braves, and are all interested in League, according to Stark.

Astros activate Wilton Lopez; option David Carpenter


Right-handed reliever Wilton Lopez has been activated from the 15-day DL, and right-handed reliever David Carpenter has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma, the official account. 

Lopez last pitched on June 10, before a right elbow sprain kept him out of act shock departure of Denmark coach Age Hareide.Hareide will allow his contract with the DBU to expire this summer, meaning he won’t be in charge for the rescheduled Euros in 2021.”You don’t usually use the term sin in football, but this is so bad. DBUion. He’s had a good season, posting a 2.51 ERA in 32.1 innings of relief, and striking out 26 batters while only walkSantos midfielder Tailson Pinto Goncalves.The 20 year-old goalscoring midfielder is coming off a superb season with Santos U20 in Brazil.Sport says Tailson is off contract and can sign for Barca for a knockdown training fee. The youngster is set to sing four.

Lopez has been a valuable member of the Astros bullpen since becoming a regular in 2010. This is the third straight season of their 3-1 defeat of Valencia in the Supercopa de Espana.The result sees Real move to the final in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.Toni Kroos scored an Olympic goal to open the scoring, while Isco capped an impeccable 90 minutes with a goal, followed by a sup00 ERA relief Lopez is working on, and he’s cut his walk rate (1.11) in half from 2011. 

As for Carpenter, he’s been hit and hit hard in 29.2 innings of relief. He heads back down to the minors with a 6.07 ERA. Opponents were hitting .341 against him this season. 

Tampa Bay activates Desmond Jennings


After missing about a month with a left knee sprain, left fielder and leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings is back. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Jennings has been and is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night against Andy Pettitte and the . On the season, the 25-year-old Jennings is batting lt in a great modern no.9.The Frenchman has been a revelation since joining Arsenal, scoring 36 goals for the club over the past two seasons. He has two in five this term.Lacazette was asked by Arsenal Player about his thoughts on the qualities strik.265/.333/.398, which is good for an of 108. He also has eight stolen bases in nine attempts. Jennings return means that Rays will no longer be forced to make wear a glove. However, in order to make room for Jennings on the roster, the Rays have demoted . For more basernational, a former U20 World Cup winner, is being lined up for a January move to England by the Toffees, says Blic.It’s been revealed Everton failed with an offer for Zivkovic last summer, with Benfica demanding €35m to sell at the time – a price ball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitte boss Roy Hodgson admits they wanted to sign Cenk Tosun two years ago.Tosun joined Palace on-loan on Friday.Hodgson said: “As long ago as two years now when we were looking to improve our striking force, Cenk’s name came up and was quite heavily scoer, subscribe to the and .