t described the pitfalls as ‘nightclubs, alcohol a


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.

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with vict


told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday that he has received offers to play this season but has yet to find the right fit. Theriot has been on each of therpool Echo says Moshiri has increased in stake in Everton to 77.2%.The Blues have today confirmed the majority shareholder has purchased more of the club.Moshiri initially boe contenders.Asked if United, currently 27 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool , can challenge for the title next season Solskjaer did not sound convinced it is a genuine prospect.“That’s the aim, onfidence of his players.Groves has said the club’s players have lost confidence in their manager given their summer arrivals have failed to impress and after their poor start to the season.“The thing with the Arsenal situation with Unai Emery is, of course,” said Solskjaer. “I’m not saying iught 49.9% of shares in February 2016 before upping that to 68.6% in Septeme previous two World Series winning clubs, the 2011 Cardinals and 2012 Giants, and batted .270 with 28 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 104 games last season.“I’ve had some stuff come up, no doubt. It’s not really exactly what I’m looking for playing-time-wise,” Theriot said. “That’s where we’re at right now. We’ll see what happens.”

insists transfer speculation around the Spurs squ


Making his spring debut against Spain’s World Baseball Classic team Wednesday, Orioles closer allowed an unearned run on one hit in one inning of work. He also recorded a strikeout. Manager Buck Showalter opted to hold Johnsora after his hat-trick in Tottenham’s Champions League semifinal win at Ajax.The Barcelona great says he was happy for his fellow Brazilian on the night.He told Betfair: “I can’t remember how much I cheered during a game. Then I look at the goals, n out for the first couple weeks of spring training after calling on him 76 times rites to land Spezia striker David Okereke.The young forward is a target for Sassuolo, though they’re falling behind Saints in the race for his io coach Simone Inzaghi insists he never doubted his position after victory at AC Milan.Inzaghi led Lazio to a first win at San Siro since 1989 on Sunday.He said, “I know what football is like. “I never felt in doubt, as the club was always by my ssignature.Okereke favours a move to England and Southampton are happy to outbid all rivals to convince Spebetween the regular season and playoffs last year.

se to drop their bid to bring Neymar back to the N


The Phillies traded relief pitcher to the Blue Jwhen facing smaller clubs.Over the past month Chelsea have suffered embarrassing home defeats to West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton – as well as being thrashed at Everton.Before victory at Arsenal, the 25-year-old told Canal+: “For the big matchesays on Saturday in exchange for minor-league first baseman Art Charles. Schwimer ms sports director Fabio Paratici is convinced he can bring Paul Pogba to Turin – and for an affordable price.The Manchester United midfielder continues to be linked with Real Madrid, with agent Mino Raiola confirming they attempted to engineer a moveade 35 appearances for Philadelphia last season and registered a 2-1 record with a 4.46 ERA and 36 strikeoutsgue opponents Liverpool.Haaland has scored 17 times in just 12 appearances, including a hat-trick against Genk in their Group E opener last month. Marsch sounded a positive note on his frontman to SiriusXM FC, saying the teen will be “ready to go”.”I.

Giants claim infielder Tony Abreu off waivers from Royals


The announced Monday that the team has claimed infielder off waivers from the .

Abreu was designated for assignment in late January after the Royals claimed catcher off waivers.

The 28-year-old switch-hitting Abreu has played 168 games since debuting inve asked Ajax to name their price for Sven Botmng Real Madrid as a teenager.Neymar famously trialled at Real as a junior player before eventually leaving Santos for Barcelona. Both LaLiga giants are now trying to prise the Brazilian away from PSG.Meanwhile, Teixeiera told AS: “If he didn’t go thean.De Telegraaf says Norwich have sought to open talks with Ajax about a fee for the defender, who is currently on-loan with SC Heerenveen.With Botman still on a youth team contract, the Canaries can sna 2007, hitting .252/.280/.355 with four home runs in 464 plate appearances.

Abreu hit .257/.284/.357 in 74 plate appearances last season with the Royals. He spent most of his seled out a title challenge this new season.Emery says the gap to champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool is too big to close.He warned: “We need to be realistic because the distance between City and Liverpool to us is a lot of points.”We neason with Triple-A Omaha, hitting .322/.347/.492 with nine home runs and seven stolen bases in 453 plate appearances. Abreau is a familier face in the NL West, playing for the Diamondbacks in 2010 and the Dodgers in 2007 and ’09.

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Angels can move Morales now, but will Rays still be interested?



Five months ago, the Rays seemed willing to give up a starting pitcher if they could trade for .Would they do the same today?Morales is much more available now than he was in July, when sources say the Rays asked for him and the said no.The Angels are in a different spot now, after their surprise signing of left them with an outfield surplus. While that could mean they trade or , their preference is to move Morales and/or , according to sources. Moving Morales would allow Trumbo to become the designated hitter, opening up the outfield for Bourjos to join Hamilton and .The problem is that the Angels could really use another starting pitcher. Their rotation, as of now, consists of , , , and either or .Obviously, trading Bourjos or Trumbo would give the Angels the best chance of landing someone who can significantly improve that group.It’s hard to imagine Wells could bring them a solid starter, even with the Angels eating almost all of the remaining $42 million on his contract. But what about Morales?The Rays still have some starting pitching depth, but not nearly as much as they did in July, after trading James Shields and Wade Davis to the . Their need for a hitter like Morales, however, is still strong.Even after the big move with the Royals, the Rays were still searching for a designated hits their new head coach on a two-year contract.”From the moment we spoke to Slaven, we were struck by his enthusiasm and excitement about this challenge,” Baggies technical director Luke Dowling told the club website.”He is determined to get back to tter. The 29-year-old Morales hit 22 home runs in 484 at-bats in 2012, after missing 2011 because of an ankle injury.The Astros and Indians had also bening RB Leipzig fullback Angelino.Angelino joined RBL in January on-loan from Manchester City to the end of this season.And the Spaniard was scouted by Barca director Ramon Planes in victory over Champions League opponents Tottenham this week. Planesen mentioned aThe Molineux outfit have already played 43 games ahead of Thursday’s Europa League knockout clash with Espanyol.”It’s brilliant,” he said. “Any player will tell you they want to play rather than train.”It’s something every player wants.”It’s what yous fits for Morales, but Houston filled its DH opening Monday by agreeing to terms with . The Indians, at the moment, seem more focused on trying to sign free-agent outfielder .

h Friedhelm Funkel praised Zak Steffen after their


The Marlins and free-agent thirer League’s winter break.Azpilicueta feels it will help with the players’ fitness.”It’s nice to have a few days to switch off,” says Azpilicueta to chelseafc.com.”At the top level you need a high level of fitness, but also on the mental side you needd baseman agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million deal Thursday. Polanco, limited to only 90 games because of injuries, most notably to his back, hit .257 with a .629 OPS for the Phillies last a team.Tuanzebe and his fellow academy graduates are getting their chance under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.He told the UTD Podcast: “I still have contact with a lot of players that I came up with through the youth team, even back in seaso Jurgen Klopp insists silverware is NOT his motivation.Liverpool finished a solitary point behind Manchester City despite losing just once all season.While the German insists he’s not motivated by silverware, he concedes missing out was a bitter pilln.

R.A. Dickey’s Cy Young season among best knuckleball seasons ever


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became the first knuckleballer to win the National League Cy Young Award, Clayton Kershaw in the voting announced on Wednesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Dickey, 38, may have had the best season of any pitcher in the National League, but was it the best season ever by a knuckleballer? It was maybe the most unique, as few knuckleballers struck out batters at the rate Dickey did in 2012. Dickey recorded a l understand they can’t turn things around overnight.Solskjaer says he’s made it plain to the United top brass that putting a club now on its fourth permanent manager since last winning the title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s 2012-13 retirement season back oeague-best 230 strikeouts in 233 2/3 innings, while walking just 54 — good for a strikeout-to-walk ration of 4.26. That strikeout ability combined with the low number of walks (54), put Dickey in a unique class of controlling the game’s most unpredictable pitch.

But Dickey’s not the first player to dominate the big leagues with the knuckleball; he’s just the latest. In 1919, White Sox right-hander Eddie Cicotte, credited by many as inventing the pitch, was 29-7, throwing al eague-leading 306 2/3 innings, 30 complete games and putting up an ERA of 1.82 and 0.995 WHIP. That was two years after leading the league with a 1.53 ERA and a 28-12 record. Of course, Cicotte is better remembered for his 1919 postseason than his 1919 regular season.

Hall of Famer Phil Niekro twice finished in the top three of Cy Young voting, finishing second in 1969 when he went 23-12 with a 2.56 and third in 1974 when he went 20-13 with a 2.38 ERA.

Left-handed knuckleballer Wilbur Wood finished in the top three in Cy Young votingo play on after his release from PSG this summer.Sky Italia says talks between Buffon and Juve are ongoing as he ‘inches closer’ to the Bianconeri. Juve will first wait to offload Mattia Perin with Roma and Sevilla keen. Once Perin leaves, everything from 1971-73. His best season among those may have been 1971, when he went 24-17 with a 2.51 ERA, finishing third in Cy Young voting and nine in the MVP.

Here are some of the other best seasons by knuckleballers, sorted by ERA+, which adjusts the ERA according to the rest of the league and a pitchers’ ballpark (with the average set at 100):

Best seasons by knuckleball pitchersSorted by ERA+Player, YearW-LERAWHIPSO/9SO/BBWilbur Wood, 197122-131.911.0005.73.39Phil Niekro, 196711-91.871.0585.62.35Eddie Cicotte, 191929-71.820.9953.22.24Eddie Cicotte, 191728-121.530ow with the news that Ciaran Clark is out for the rest of the season.The 30-year-old is also going to miss his country Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2020 playoff against Slovakia.He suffered a serious injury against Arsenal, hurting his ankle.Now it has.9123.92.14Hoyt Wilhelm, 195915-112.191.1285.51.81Ted Lyons, 194214-62.101.0702.51.92Tim Wakefield, 199516-82.951.1835.51.75Phil Niekro, 197420-132.381.1155.82.22Tom Candiotti, 199113-132.651.1556.32.29Jesse Haines, 192724-102.721.1642.71.16Dutch Leonard, 194517-72.131.1254.02.74Roger Wolff, 194520-102.121.0123.92.04Bob Purkey, 196223-52.811.1244.42.20Phil Niekro, 196923-132.561.0276.13.39R.A. Dickey, 201220-62.731.0538.94.26Joe Niekro, 198217-122.471.0674.32.03

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Report: Padres ownership could try to sign Chase Headley to extension


Signing third baseman to a contract extension “seems to be the goal set by the new owners” of the , to Bill Center of the U-T San Diego.

Headley, who made $3.475 million in 2012, is due for a big raise in arbritation after leading the National League with 115 RBI. He hit .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs in 699 plate appearances this season.

The Padres control Headley’s rights for two more seasons before the 28-year-old can become a free agent.

Center also points out that some over selling Sadio Mane.However, Mane might fancy a new challenge after he claims the Premier League title, with Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid ready to spend big in the summer.”That’s only any good if you bring in Timo Werner,” Nichol said of Mane’sin the Padres organization want to tchdays of the LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank seasons have been suspended due to the Coronavirus and this could have significant economic consequences.There have been 27 rounds played in the top tier and 31 in the second tier, meaning those divrade Headley while his value is at his highest, potentially in a -type deal.

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AL Cy Young Watch


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We continue our look this week at the races for individual awards, and this time up it’s the American League Cy Young race. In this one, three established, frontline aces lead a race that’s anything but decided.

Remember, these aren’t necessarily our picks, more a snapshot of where we believe the votes are likely to fall.


Yes, Weaver has the sparkling record, the no-hitter and the majors-leading 2.22 ERA. Those are the reasons he’s in front at the moment. has been the better pitcher this season, but Weaver has the numbers that figure to appeal to voters. With that said, Weaver is obviously having an excellent year.

Per , Price’s average opposing hitter this season has an OPS of .770, which means he’s faced some of the toughest lineups of any AL pitcher. That’s no surprise considering he toils in the AL East. Throw in his 15 wins and top 1ves that the hype that surrounded Phil Jones as a kid was justified.When Jones broke through in the Blackburn Rovers first team, he was touted as a future England star.He went on to transfer to Manchester United in 2011, and was seen by Sir Alex Ferg0 rankings in innings and strikeouts and third-best ERA in the AL, and it’s easy to see why Price will be high on many ballots. The reigning AL Cy Young winner and AL MVP is authoring another outstanding season. Win-loss record is a silly way to evaluate pitchers, but Weaver’s record right now gives him the edge over the more deserving Verlander. Verlander’s big edges in innings, K/BB ratio and strikeouts mean he’sre projected onto iconic buildings across Liverpool city centre on Friday night ahead of the kit going on sale on 18 July, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukToffees stars Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Seamus Coleman and Danielle Turner towered above Merse had the better 2012. The 23-year-old lefty’s first season as a starter is exceeding anyone’s hopes. He leads the AL in K/BB ratio, and he’s third in the league in WHIP and strikeouts. Old-line voters will also be drawn to Sale’s 14-3 record. The White Sox say they won’t pump the brakes on young Sale down the stretch, and that should help his Cy resume. Is any pitcher hotter than King Felix? He has a 1.71 ERA in the second half, and he just recently ended a stretch of six straight quality starts. Hernandez is also flashing the best control of his career, and his strong winning percentage (despite pitching for the last-place M’s) won’t hurt him with voters. It’s been a nifty renaissance for the 2007 NL Cy Young winner. Despite a long history of health concerns, Peavy’s on pace for a career-high 230.2 innings pitched. He also ranks in the top 10 in the AL for ERA, strikeouts, games started, K/BB ratio, and WHIP. Harrison’s ERA of 3.31 becomes even more impressive when you consider that his home park is in Arlington. On a park-adjusted basis, Harrison ranks eighth in the AL in ERA. He’s likely to wind up with the most wins on what should be the AL’s best team, and that will earn him traction with voters. The underrated Kuroda has been the fulcrum in the Yankee rotation this season: 150.0 IP, 3.24 fielder converted a penalty in the 2-0 victory over Greece last night, which secured Italy’s place at Euro 2020.Agent Joao Santos told Radio Sportiva, “He is doing well for the Nazionale and can take part in the Euros. He always converts his penaltERA, 3.22 K/BB ratio. In a season that’s seen much upheaval among Yankee starting pitchers, Kuroda has been the steady presence for the team that paces the brutal AL East.Wilson has slipped significantly in the second half, but the overall numbers remain strong. He’s a notable name on a contending team. Consistency? Diamond’s ERA has never been higher than 3.16 this season. He won’t have the innings to contend seriously for the award, but some down-ballot support is both likely and deserved.

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The Lineup: Pitching rules the day


In a day that saw seven of the 12 games decided by just one run, pitching was paramount, so which pitchers performed the best? Bumgarner recorded his first career complete game and gave San Francisco its fourth shutout in as many games. Bumgarner gave up just one hit — a single to in the sixth — and struck out eight to win his 10th game of the season. The 5-0 San Francisco victory, coupled with the ‘ loss to the , gave the Giants sole possession of the National League West lead. In a fantastic matchup with Boston’s , King Felix wore the crown. Hernandez allowed five hits in his shutout victory, while striking out 13 . Morales allowed just three hits in seven shutout innings, striking out seven. The Tiger right-hander was headed back to his home after Thursday’s victory in Tampa for the funeral of his younger brother, Alex. Alex Scherzer, 24, died last Thursday. In six innings, Scherzer allowed two runs on four hits and stuck out seven, giving him 114 on the season, one more than teammate for the American League lead.

With out after pitching in four of the last five games, Joe Girardi was forced to mix and match with his bullpen to protect a 3-1 lead. Right-hander , who recorded the final out of the eighth inning came in for the ninth. He gave up a leadoff single and was yanked for . Rapada got exactly what he wanted, a comebacker to the mound with the catcher running. But Rapada threw the ball into center field. That brought in , who served up a three-run homer to for a Yankee loss. Thanks to a error, Myers was saddled with only one earned run, but that doesn’t excuse his entire outting. Myers gave up six runs on four hits. With a 3-1 lead in the ninth, Myers gave up a leadoff double and then following the error by Johnson (which was a perfect double play ball that could have ended the game), he gave up a hit and hit with bases loaded to tie the game. After a strikeout, Amarista hit his first career homered remain open to selling Alexis Sanchez this summer.Sanchez has shone for Chile at the Copa America, scoring twice.The Manchester Evening News says United have been open to offloading the forward for much of the summer.But finding a buyer has proven to give a 7-3 lead. Sure, he threw six scoreless on Thursday, but that was after giving up five runs to the first six batters. In the end, those five runs were all Pittsburgh needed. Kendrick gave up a three-run homer to and a solo homer to . The Phillies’ rotation has a 5.13 ERA in 30 games since Roy Halladay’s injury and the team is 1-17 in that span when it scores fewer than six runs. Justin Verlander vs. — pretty much exactly what we all want to see. Verlander has won his last three starts and is 8-4 with a 2.52 ERA. Meanwhile, Price is coming off a four-hit performance against the Phillies to pick up his 10th win of the season. He’s 25-16 with a 2.79 ERA in e final has taken the club to a new level.Spurs’ only silverware this century was the League Cup in 2008 under Juande Ramos — who was sacked eight months later.Yet Poch, 47, said: “Look at the effect of being in the Champions League final.“Do y53 carer appearances at Tropicana Field. Who would have thought that at the end of June that and would have a combined 4-9 record? Lee has allowed five earned runs in each of his last two starts and has a 5.10 ERA over his last seven. Johnson, on the other hand, was great in his last outing, a no-decision with just two hits over seven innings. 7:10 p.m. ET ‘s streak of five straight starts without giving up an earned run came to an end in his last outing, but the struggling Dodgers could be just what he’s looking for. Dickey didn’t seem to have the same control he’s had this season in the loss to the Yankees. 10:10 p.m. ET writes that Omar Vizquel’s amazing career should be remembered, but not in Cooperstown. According to Jaffe’s JAWS system, not only does Vizquel’s case come up short — it comes up well short. And it’s not just his bat that falls shorut, Jaffe says the advanced metrics don’t show that he was an elite fielder, either. Don Zimmer said he’s been overwhelmed by requests for the ‘ Zim Bear promotional bear to be given out on Friday. Among those requesting Zimmer to send him one of the stuffed teddy bears with his face is former Yankees manager Joe Torre. [] New Astros owner Jim Crane is considering scrapping the train above the left-field wall at Minute Maid Park. The team could also scrap Tal’s Hill in center field. A poll on the Houonvinced that things will change in this respect, particularly when United’s injured players are available again for action.“We need to win, no matter,” he declared. “Actually, I want to win games until everyone is ready as we’ve got a lot of injston Chronicle’s website has fans overwhelmingly supporting the train. [] Kauffman Stadium will host the All-Star Game in just a couple of weeks, and it’ll be the second game held at what was originally known as Royal Stadium. In 1973, the opened their new stadium and now it’s the sixth-oldest stadium in the big leagues. looks back at photos from the 1973 game. Rawlings announced an all-time list of Gold Glove Negro Leagues players. []For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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 .

The Lineup: In praise of the … Orioles?


fans can be forgiven if they expect things to fall apart at any moment, so let them celebrate while they may … – Not only has Showalter and his steady, old-school hand guided the upstart O’s to a 15-9 start, but Showalter also notched his 1,000th career victory on Tuesday night, when Baltimore topped the loathed Yankees for the first time in 2012. Showalter becomes the 58th manager in major-league history to reach that benchmark. There’s a sia Dortmund attacker Jadon Sancho.The Mirror says their biggest competitor for Sancho’s signature could be Paris Saihe Merseyside derby against Everton on Wednesday after being sent off in the 2-1 win over Brighton.The Brazilian was given his marching orders by referee Martin Atkinson in the second half for handling outside the box.Adrian came on his replacement ant Germain.Borussia Dortmund are ready to sell, United are going all out to get him but PSG are also in the mix.There is a feeling at olid chance he’ll be in the top 50 on the all-time wins list by the end of the season. – While is understandably hogging the Dodger-related bandwidth these days, Ethier deserves some notice. In Tuesday night’s hotly fought 7-6 win over the Rockies, Ethier went 2-for-3 with a homer, two walks and three RBI. He’s now hitting .289/.354/.578 on the season. That’s not “Kemp-ian,” but it’s still darn good. – When does a middling 1-for-4 night earn you a spot within “3 Up”? When, prior to that one hit, you were 0-for-29 onnk admits Southampton hero James Beattie could join him at Hillsborough.Monk has worked with Beattie at his previous clubs Swansea City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Birmingham City.Beattie, who enjoyed two spells as a player at Bramall Lane, is c the season. Yes, Johnson, before his eighth-inning double against the Yankees, was 0-for-29 in 2012. But no more! Everything’s coming up Orioles … – The Tribe’s reputed ace has now turned in subpar outings in three of his five starts this season. On Tuesday, he gave up seven runs on eight hits in just 4.2 innings of work. He also managed just 54 strikes in 105 pitches, and at one point he issued a bases-loaded walk to Paul Konerko. Jimenez has more walks than strikeouts on the season, which is not advisable for someone charged with preventing runs.  – Texas hitters staked Feliz to an early 5-0 lead, but the young right-hander couldn’t hang on to it. In the third, Feliz walked a pair and gave up a pair homers. In the sixth, he walked his fifth and sixth batters of the night, and then he was done. They’ll talk about the errors by and in the seventh, but if Feliz does his job, then those mishaps are of little consequence.   – Take it away, Larry Stone of the Seattle Times …

Mariners now in an 0-for-30 stretch with runners in scoring position

— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) The M’s lost to the Rays, 3-1. : takes on in , which means two of the NL’s best hurlers will be toiling for your entertainment. Halladay has been given only one run of support in each of his last two starts, so there figures to be little margin for error on both sides. 7:10 p.m. ET: Can keep his improbable success going? Lynn ranks fifth in the NL in ERA, and in his “worst” outing of the season, he gave up one run over 5.1 innings. On Wednesday he’ll be opposing the , who have, by a comfortable margin, baseball’s worst offense. Opposing Lynn will be , who’s been outstanding since his return from the DL. 8:15 p.m. ET : , a core member of the best rotation in baseball, takes on , who’s barged to an incredible start this season. This -Nats tilt also provides the opportunity to feast eyes upon and , two of the most dynamic young stars in the game today. 7:05 p.m. ET. • : While things on the field aren’t going so swimmingly for the ‘ , things off the field are going just fine. Pujols and wife Dee Dee are expecting their fifth child, the couple has announced. [] • : The , in commemoration of their trip to , dressed up like cowboys. Amazin’ Avenue has done the Lord’s work of . Please enjoy. And ‘s ensemble is not to be missed. • : The New York Times has , a power forward for the St. John’s University hoops team and a signee of the Cincinnati . Garrett can play basketball next season with the Reds’ contractual blessing, and he still harbors hopes of playing in the . The Reds, meanwhile, shelled out $1 million to sign him even though he was a 22nd-round pick with mixed sporting loyalties. Why? Here’s why: “The Reds discovered him in May at an arranged tryout in front of 22 scouts at the College of Southern Nevada; he had played his senior basketball season in Henderson, Nev. He had not pitched a game in almost a year and had resumed throwing just three weeks before the tryout. Yet his pitches were clocked in the mid-90s.” • : As you may have noticed, defensive shifts — all 31 flavors of defensive shifts — are sweeping the baseball nation. What’s the best defense against this defense? The occasional “keep ’em honest” bunt attempt. As the Kansas City Star reports, shift victims and are . • : Maury Brown of BizofBaseball.com runs down a partial listing of . For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Adrian Beltre leaves game with hamstring injury


third baseman was forced to leave Saturday’s game against the with a left hamstring injury (). Beltre led off the second ith West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere.Wilshere was seen as a coup when loaned from Arsenal for the 2016-17 campaign, but grabbed just two assists and failed to score in 27 games.Howe told The Sun: “I’ve heard a couple of people say Jack didn’t do wenning with a double and pulled up lame as he got to second base. He was replaced by . Beltre told reporters his hamstring doesn’t feel as bad as it did last season, when he hit the disabled list, and hopes to only miss four games (). The Rangers didn’t miss Beltre Saturday afternoon, the Tigers, but the second half ofly against New England Revolution on Wednesday night.Loftus-Cheek came on as a substitute only to injure his achilles, which will require surgery.Sarri was angry that his side had to be play the friendly in the first ploan spell with Leeds United.The centre-back has joined the promotion hopefuls for the 2019/20 campaign.White, 21, said: “I’ve learnt so many things from going out on loan, such as playing against different players every week, who are usually big andlace, with the Europa League fin the double-header is Saturday night. And losing Beltre for a few games would obviously hurt. Beltre, 33, hit .296/.331/.561 with 32 homers and 105 RBI last season, winning the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. He upped his 2012 average to .304 by going 2-for-2 Saturday before his injury. For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Cubs, Red Sox complete Theo Epstein compensation saga


Finally, after five months, the Red Sox and Cubs compensation for Theo Epstein has been finalized, as the Cubs acquired minor-league first baseman Jair Bogaerts from the Red Sox to complete the process.

In the end, the Cubs got Epstein, their president of baseball operations, and Bogaerts, while the Red Sox received right-hander right-hander Aaron Kurcz.

Bogaerts, 19, is the twin brother of Red Sox minor-league shortstop . The two are natives of Aruba. Xander Bogaerts is ranked the second-best prospect in the Red Sox system by Baseball America. Jair Bogaerts was not ranked by the publication. In to the idea of joinauricio Pochettino was furious with Heung-min Son’s dismissal in their draw with Everton.The 1-1 draw was overshadowed by Andre Gomes’ horrific injury in the second half – after he was challenged by Son and collided with Serge Aurier. Son originally ing Bayern Munich.The Denmark international is expected to leave Spurs when his contract expires at the end of the season, but the club could offload him in January.And Bundesliga champions Bayern have reportedly approached Erikse two minor-league seasons, Bogarts has hit .227/.320/.321 in 372 plate appearances over two seasons in the Dominican Summer League. Last season he hit .288/.387/.404 with two homers. He caught in 2010, but not in 2011.

The announcement comes the same day Carpenter is slated to have elbow surgery to replace a bone spur.

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer told the Chicago Tribune the team didn’t know about Carpenter’s elbow injury.

“We just found out about that,” . “It’s obviously something you never want to happen. In any trade, you want both sides to feel good. That’s not a great thing to have happen, (either) for Chris or the Red Sox.

“It’s something we just learned about and are looking into it. I wouldn’t read anything into that.”

While this does close the bookry highly rated and is seen as someone who could flourish in the Premier League.He has previously been linked with moves to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.The Independent suggests that Carlo Ancelotti’s team will attempt to sign the Brazilian in the s on the compensation saga for Epstein, Chicago still owes San Diego a player as compensation for signing Hoyer.