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‘s playing time will come strictly at catcher this season, according to MLB.com. 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.”

pions League victory.Lorenzo Insigne came off the

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

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

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

Real Madrid have set their price for Dani Ceballos

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catcher missed Saturday’s Cactus League game due to a stiff lower back, something he woke up with on Friday, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I think it might be sleeping funny or something, maybe a little dehydrated from that 107 in Tempe (on Thl boss Jurgen Klopp says there’s no doubting his players’ motivation levels.The Reds are European champions and sit eight points clear at the top of the table.Klopp says the sheer size and legend of the club means his players will always stay hungry:ursday when temperatures climbed into the mid 90s in the Sox game against the Angels),” he said. “But [tre a 52-year-old Bundesliga record as he inspired Borussia Dieves that his Manchester City side “dignify” football with their style of play.The two-time Premier League defending champions failed to defeat Tottenham at home during the second game of the season, despite having a lionshare of possession and goalortmund to victory over Cologne.His goal in the 3-1 away win was the 15th league strike of his fledgling career, beating a record which has stood since 1967.Aged just 19 years 151 days, Sanchainer] Herm [Schneider] is kicking my butt in there so we should be back shortly.”Flowers is expected to start behind the plate for the White Sox on opening day, with Hector Gimenez as his backup. He hopes to return to the lineup shortly.

ited from Saudi Arabia is cooling.A report suggest

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The Chicago Cubs continued shaping their roster for the upcoming season and announced the following moves Monday: pit Paulo Fonseca’s Roma) to Serie A, but for now the impact of Inter Milan pair Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku has been decidedly different.The Chilean, on-loan from Manchester United, is struggling a lot, between the bench and injuries that are keepchers , and and second baseman were optioned to Triple-A Iowa; pcardi to leave.Wanda Nara, the wife and agent of the striker, has stated Icardi is staying.But Marotta says: “We greeted Wanda Nara’s comments with a pinch of irritation, both for the timing and the method.“I can also categorically deny that someitcher was optioned to lix Passlack this summer.Bild says Passlack has been released by the German club.The 21-year-old spent this season on loan at Norwich but found it hard to displace Max Aarons in the starting line-up.However, the Norwich Evening News says manager DaniDouble-A Tennessee and pitcher was assigned to the team’s minor-league camp.

t of playing for Spain at Euro 2020.The midfielder

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Astros outfield prospect made his first spring start Wednesday against the Blue Jays and didn’t waste it by belting two homers. His first was a three-run, opposite-field homer in the fourth inning. His second was a two-run blast in the fifth inning. Springer, who was a 2011 first-round pick, is in his second spring training with the Astros. “As of right now, it’s all been good,” Springer told .com. “You’re getting quality reps, quality swings and other offensive reps every single day over and over. As a player, that’s good. You definitely want to get your legs underneath you after a long offseason. As for going from last year to this year, the atmosphere here has completely changed. Bo Porter and all the other new coaches have done a fantastic job so far of establishing that the old Astros are the old Astros. This is a new year, and that’s a great way of thinking. And that doesn’t just go for cked – then vice-chairman Ed Woodward also must go.Parker does not think sacki not having to sell his best players at Liverpool.Klopp stands on the verge of ending the club’s 30-year wait for a top-flight title, with the Reds following up last season’s Champions League success with a near flawless Premier League campaign in 20ng Solskjaer would be in the best interests of the club right now.However, he says if Woodward was to go as well, then he would support the decision.“I just think it doesthe big-league team.of the summer market.Tuttosport says Barca have already struck personal terms with Martinez’s agent, Beto Yaque, for next season and now must decide whether to negotiate a fee with the Nerazzurri.Barca can cut Inter out of the deal by simply meeting It’s an attitude the organization as a whole is taking.”

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

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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.

pard is happy seeing the academy staff getting the

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Seattle pitching prospect , who was named the No. 5 prospect in .com’s Top 100, is participating in spring training with the Mariners and doesn’t want the accolades he’s received to get to his head. “It’s a great feeling, Wilder says Ravel Morrison could see action against Chelsea.Morrison produced a man-of-the-match performance on his full Sheffield United debut in midweek, setting up one of the goals in a 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Blackburn.Wilder says the 26-year-olbut at the same time, you can’t really look into the top prospects too much, you know,” Walker said. “Just going to have to go about doing your own business, and don’t worry about that too much. Just keep working towards the ultimate goal.” Pitching coach Carl Willis loves Walker’s potential. “I exphey could’ve nicked a draw in defeat to Liverpool.Shaw claimed they were in the game until Mohamed Salah’s second for the hosts in injury-time.He said, “Very disappointed. We didn’t really deserve that – especially 2-0.”When it was 1-0 it was victory over Aston Villa.Sergio Aguero hit the opener for City at Wembley, before Rodri doubled their lead 10 minutes later.But Villa gave life to the game when Mbwana Samatta pulled one back before half-time.Dean Smith’s side pushed all game for an really ect him to compete for a spot on the club,” the coach said. “He is still young from an experience standpoint, but you can’t disregard the stuff that you see.”

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.

2015 All-Star Game headed to Cincinnati

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The 2015 All-Star Game will be played in Cincinnati, reports . Commissioner Bud Selig will be in the Queen City this week and is expected to make the announcement.

The last hosted the Midsummer Classic in 1988, back when they played in Riverfrlerin is playing with painkillers.The Gunners right-back has suffered a tear in his right groin, which has made crossing the ball a hard task for the Spaniard.Bellerin picked up the injury in training ahead of Arsenal’s win over Newcastle in Februaryont Stadium. They also hosted the event in 1938, 1953, and 1970. The NL won three of those four games. The 2013 and 2014 All-Star Games will be played in CitiField and Target Field.

The Nationals had also been pushing for the 2015 game, so they’ll likely havehn McGinn.Bruce signed McGinn for Aston Villa for a knockdown £2m.”I wish I could find a few more of him,” admitted Bruce of McGinn. “He has to be one of my best ever signings because he has a determination to do well.“It took him a minute to wi to wait until 2017 since alternates AL and NL host cities.

For more baseball news, rumors an emotional farewell to Tottenham.Perez was let go by Spurs on Monday, along with manager Mauricio Pochettino and the rest of his coaching staff.He wrote on Twitter: “#COYS. Thank you from our heart to our players , staff, and special thanks to you and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

Cashman: Yankees ‘have more work to do’

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The are still looking to make moves, to George A. King III of the New York Post. 

General manager Brian Cashman admitted the team is looking for a right-handed hitting outfielder and another player who can fill the DH role. He doesn’t feel as if he has to move quickly, though, saying a number of impact players have signed in January in recent seasons. 

The team had contacted outfielder earlier in the offseason, but the 32-year-old outfielder is likely seeking a two-year deal. The Yankees are not likely to give him that type of deal, according to King. King also mentioned that if the team wants outfielder back, they probably can’t wait until January. Ibanez has drawn interest from the Rangers and could make a decision soon about where he will play. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Watford have sent summer signing Filip Stuparevic to the Czech Republic.The striker was signed from Vozdovac at the end of last season.And the Hornets have sent him on-loan to the top flight in thetough to handle.Matic was coached by his father as a junior player.He recalled to Blic: “Mum and Dad took me to training and matches. My dad was a coach for three years and I hated it! It was a nightmare. It was very difficult with him, because even Czech Republic. His transfer to Pribrabeyond the Bundesliga outfit.Nagelsmann has been linked with Barcelona as an eventual successor to Ernesto Valverde.And he told ZDF: “I have said many times, Barcelona is a beautiful city, a beautiful club. “But this is not the only club that is attrm is now official.Stuparevic, 19, is a Serbia U21 international.Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

Rumor roundtable: What happens to Jurickson Profar?

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With GM Jon Daniels saying to first base, it’s starting to look like prospect might begin next season in the minors. Is this the right move? Is he a candidate to be traded?

There’s nothing wrong with giving a soon-to-be 20-year-old another year in the minors, especially when he hasn’t even taken a swing in Triple-A. It helps that they don’t exactly need him in the big-league lineup right now. Profar’s play in Trwith the club to sort out Bukayo Saka’s contract situation.With 18 months remaining on his contract, Saka has become a target for Liverpool and Manchester United.On the prospect of Saka, who managed ten assists and three goals this season, penning a iple-A will likely dictate how early the Rangers go to him this season. In no way is he a trade candidate — if they haven’t dealt him for a guy like Justin Upton yet, on whom would they pull the trigger?

I can’t see it happening. However, Ian Kinsler’s play fell off last year, and he’s due quite a bit of money. I wonder if the Rangers could match up on a Kinsler trade with the Dodgers during the season, especially if they’re looking to add pitching. We know that Kinsler’s contract won’t faze the Dodgers’ pocketbook.

I agree with R.J. that he’s probably not going to be dealt. Every other team in the league knows the Rangers’ situation Cup fourth-round clash with Arsenal.Klopp is expected to ring the changes for the meeting at Anfield, with a number of young players likely to be a given a chance to impress.”Tonight we select a team to win,” Klopp wrote in the matchday programme. ” and has likely called asking if they would part with Profar. The fact that there’s been no indication that the Rangers are willing to deal him seems like he’s there to stay. Even if he begins the year in the minors, I don’t see him staying there all that long.

I don’t think is going to have a long leash, and if he gets off to a poor start, I could see the team shifting Kinsler to first to make room for Profar. Also, it’s not like is a beacon of health. If he goes down, they could get creative with the DH spot and bring Profar up. When prospect rankings come out, there’s a very good chance that Profar is going to be a top-five guy on that list, with a shot at being No. 1. I think he forces his way to the Rangers early this season and still has a chance to break camp with the big-league club. 

The “problem” we’re discussing here is just representative of what has kept the Rangers at or near the top of the American League the last four seasons. Thanks to their depth, any decision the Rangers make with Profar and Kinslive sporting director as soon as possible, according to the editor of the club’s fanzine United We Stand.Ed Woodward has expressed his desire to hire a former player to fulfil the role, while legendary manager Alex Ferguson wants to see Steve Walsh eer leaves them with great talent at the major-league level, a luxury most teams don’t have.

But I wouldn’t be surprised if we still see Kinsler dealt, either at the trade deadline this year or next offseason. He had by far his worst offensive season in 2012, hitting just .256/.326/.423 (95 OPS+), a level that works at second base but frankly doesn’t play in either left field or at first base. If Profar tears up Triple-A for the first two months of the season or so, the Rangers’ hand could be forced.

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

Indians, Mariners in the mix for outfielder Jason Bay

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The and have shown interest in outfielder , to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. Bay will likely receive a guaranteed deal.

The Indians might be the favorite for Bay, to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman mentions the as a third team that is in on Bay. 

Injuries ruined Bay’s career with the . After signing a four-year, $66 million deal with the team, Bay hit .234/.318/.369 during the first three years of his deal. The Mets parted wayderson Arroyo is attracting interest from across Europe.The 19-year-old full-back is currently representing Colombia at the UnArne Slot admits they were lucky to avoid defeat to Europa League opponents Manchester United last night.At the final whistle, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer complained about Marcus Rashford being denied a penalty.And Slot said, “We have chased Mder-20 World Cup in Poland with plenty of clubs monitoring his progressGoal reports the attacking right-back is being watches with him before his contract ended, ee points against Roma this weekend.Matuidi recognises Roma will be a tough opponent at the Olimpico.”This is going to be a very difficult game, because Roma are a great team who play very attacking football, a bit like us,” the midfielder told Sky Sbut will still pay a chunk of Bay’s $18.1 million salary next season. 

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Mariners gunning for Josh Hamilton

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The have emerged as serious contenders for free-agent outfielder , . Our Insiders have previously noted the Mariners’ interest in Hamilton.

The M’s are very much angling to improve their offense, and plucking an MVP-caliber bat from a division rival would be a bold step toward that end. As Baker writes, though, much depends upon Hamilton’s incumbent team, the , and their designs on right-hander :

But the Rango Giampaolo is full of praise foCole says he can’t see a weakness in Frank Lampard’s first team.Chelsea signed off for the international break with victory over Crystal Palace.And Cole told BT Sport: “I think they’re quietly chipping away at it.“Frank won’t thank us for this, I tr AC Milan’s new management team.The former Sampdoria coach was signed by Milan directors Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban.Giampalo said, “I was struck by their seriousness, competence and passion. Maldini and Boban ers also remain engaged in a two-pronged battle with the Dodgers for the services of startingeat of CFR Cluj.Lazio won 1-0 thanks to Joaquin Correa’s goal to keep their qualifying hopes alive.“We have one last chance,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.“With a bit of luck, Celtic will compete in Romania and we’ll go for it in France.“Tonig pitcher Zack Greinke and would not be able to land both him and Hamilton.

Yahoo! reported that Hamilton’s agent, Michael Moye, met with Rangers GM Jon Daniels here at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and told him he would have an opportunity to match any offer sent Hamilton’s way. But if the Rangers decide to sign Greinke, they would not have enough left over to match any Hamilton offer as well.

The 31-year-old Hamilton is coming off a season in which he hit .285/.354/.577 with 43 home runs and 31 doubles, so his appeal is obvious.

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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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