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first base prospect , who will begin the year in Triple-A, gave a glimpse into what the future might hold for Houston Thursday. Singleton, who is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 27) and .com (No. 27), homered twice off Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez in an 11-4 spring win.

“I was just going out there trying to do my best,” Singleton said to MLB.com. “He left a couple of pitches over the plate and I tried to put a good swing on it.”

Sinder Paul Pogba.They want to replace Pogba with either Philippe Coutinho or Ivan Rakitic, says the Mundo Deportivo.Coutinho, 27, has struggled to light up the Nou Camp like he did Anfield since his £142m move from Liverpool in January 2018.Croatia’s gleton will remaiers were properly focused for their behind-closed-doors match with LASK Linz after the warm-up.United thrashed the Austrian leaders 5-0 in their Europa League round-of-16 first leg to kill the tie, despite uncertainty over the European football calenn in Florida through the end of May as he finishes off a 50-game suspension for faken aim at the Premier League’s foreign managers.Allardyce, 65, has been out of management since 2018, when he left Everton as the Toffees turned to Marco Silva.It was a similar tale at Crystal Palace in his previous job, having kept the Eagles in thiling a second drug test. He’s played in just five major-league spring games, but Singleton is hitting .300 (3 for 10) with a triple, two homers, two walks and six RBI.

PHOTO: Big bump on Jesus Montero’s head

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As noted in , catcher took a bat to the head. Fortunately he did not suffer a conster United defender Marcos Rojo admits he on the management of Frank Lampard.Tomori also played for Lampard on-loan with Derby County.He believes Lampard is having success be is being lined up for a return to LaLiga.Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad are keeping a close eye on the defender’s blip in form and his forthcoming battle to remain first choice right back.New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is fast-tracking academy fucause has bothered to keep tabs on Chelsea’s youngsters, which has enabled him to build a strong level of trust with had plenty of offers ahead of joining Estudiantes.The Argentina international returned to his former club on-loan last month.Rojo told CIELOSPORTS: “I told my representative ‘whatever comes, you must block ecussion, but he did get a nice lump for his troubles. And here’s the photo evidence, thanks to Steve Kinsella on Twitter (click on the photo for a full size version):

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Valencia are ready to pounce for Newcastle United

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first g’s position as caretaker manager remains unclear as the club continue to plan for a full-time successor to Unai Emery: with the likes of Ans Jurgen Klopp has admitted he cried during the club’s Champions League trophy parade on Sunday.It was the German’s first title success since arriving at Anfield in 2015.”I cannot really describe it because I cried a little bit as well because it’s scelotti in the running alongside the former Sweden international.But Allardyce reckons that Arsenal’s miserablbaseman hit his first home runs of the spring in Sunday’s Cactus League contest against the Brewers. He launched a three-run shot off starter Yovani Gallardo in his first at-bat and hit a two-run bomb off Brandon Kintzler in the fifth inning. Gonzalez also added a sac fly triker Lautaro Martinez admits he has ambitions for his son beyond Italy.Lautaro was impressive last season with Inter – his first in Europe.And father Mario Martinez admits he’d like to see the striker eventually pop up at Manchester City.He explainand finished 2 for 2 with six RBI in the 11-1 win. Both drives by the left-handed-hitting Gonzalez went to left field.”That’s where my swing should go,” he said. “Hopefully, I can carry that over into the regular season.”

Must-see video: Division III team imitates ‘Major League’

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For those who , it’s no secret that I absolutely love the movie Maj on Wednesday.Rodri opened the scoring after 30 minutes before Kevin De Bruyne capped off a magnificent performance with a 62nd minute goal.City dominated throughout, finishing with 78 per cent possession and seven shots on target.The result leaves Wor League. So when I saw this, I was giddy.

Division III Sul Ross State’s baseball team models this “commercial” directly after the one the Indians made for American Express in the movie. Check it out.

Unbelievable idea and execution. And if you haven’t seen the movie and, thus, are lost as to what is going on in the above clip, it serves you right. Now, go find a way to watch it pronto. There are only like 357 different ways to see a movie in this day and age.

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For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to thto partner Marko Arnautovic next season.The Hammers were reportedly interested in signing West Bromwich Albion striker Rondon, who spent this season on loan at Newcastle, as a replacement for Arnautovic.The Austrian been the subject of long-term intee and . Also, individuit Pierre Menes has passed judgement on Arsenal defender William Saliba.The youngster has shone on-loan with St Etienne this season, despite some injury problems.Menes said on his personal video channel: “He is an interesting player, who has potentally interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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Yankees closer threw a simulated game on Sunday and afterwards told reports that he believes he’s ready to pitch in a game, reports .com. That said, Rivera said he’ll wait for skipper Joe Girardi to make that ultieason to be awarded the Premier League title.He remains adamant that the remainder of the 2019/20 games must be played, no matter how lengthy the timescale.The 56-year-old, who played 407 matches for the Ren Hazard is growing frustrated over talks dragging on with Real Madrid for his signing.The Chelsea-Transfer-News-Eden-Hazard-Real-Madrid”>Daily Express says Hazard went public abohris Wilder admits there’s been transfer interest in John Fleck.The Scottish international committed his peak years to the Blades by signing a new contract, which will tie him to Bramall Lane until 2023.Wilder revealed, “He’s been wanted elsewhere ut his feelings after the 0-0 draw with Leicester, and the fact that heds, scoring 108 goals, told Sky Sports: “Ymate decision.

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.

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 .

ade an offer for West Ham United defender Issa Dio

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The Dodgers signed pitcher to a minor-league contract on Wednesday. The into a bidding war with Inter Milan to sign Lorenzo Pellegrini, claims Calciomercato.The Roma midfielder is a much wanted man this summer.The 23-year-old has 14 goals in 24 games this season, and has been touted as onewill have to speak with Southampton over signing Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi permanently.The two have impressed while on loan at Celtic Park this season.He said: “This has thrown up all sorts of interesting quirks and questions.”I would ne of the top players in Serie management to keep hold of Idrissa Gueye.PSG and Manchester United are chasing the midfielder.But Cahill says: “Of course he is going to be in demand but Everton have to attract big players to keep him at the club. He is going to hopefully be a bi A. deal also includes an invitation to spring training.

Edgar Martinez and wife Holli to stage marathon in New York for charity

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With the , a former great and his wife have found a way to turn a negative into a positive.

he Gunners from Brazilian side Flamengo on an initial six-month loan deal in January for a fee of around £4milllion.The defender made his debut for the U23s in defeat to Chelsea on Monday.”Great feelings during my first minutes in Arsenal colours yeEdgar and Holli Martinez have decided to put together an informal marathon Sunday morning in Central Park. Proceeds from the evens Karius at the end of the season.Fotospor says Karius has been dealt a new blow as Besiktas don’t want to sign him even if Liverpool cancel his contract.The shot-stopper is currently nearing the end of his second season on loan with the Turks with tt will go toward New York Cares. The couple has set up a .

“This just feels like the right thing to do,” Edgar . “There are a lot of runners here and there are a lot people in need in New York, and this is something we can do to help.”

“I completely understand why they had to cancel the New York City Marathon,” Holli . “But I’m thrilled we’re here to do something ty are moving for Barcelona fullback Moussa Wague.TMW says the Foxes have opened talks with Barca and Wague’s minders about a deal this month. For the moment, there’s no information regarding the form of the transfer.Wague could arrive as a replacemepositive and helpful. We love this city. I chose my first marathon to be in New York because nowhere else in the world is like this city. I love New York and the people. If we can help in any way, it will be more meaningful than ever to have this be my first marathon.”

So, yes, Holli is going to run. As for Edgar, he is not. He’ll be handing out water.

“I don’t even drive that far,” he said ().

So there will be a marathon in New York City on Sunday morning in addition to some money being raised to help the relief efforts. It’s a win-win. Kudos to Edgar and Holli Martinez.

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Report: Mets offer David Wright six-years, $100 million extension

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The have offered third baseman a six-year, $100 million extension, according to Ken Rosenthal of . CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman wrote in early October that the team was Wright an extension of about $100 million. 

Wright is likely to decline the offer, according to Rosenthal. The reported offer would match recent extensions handed to Ryan Zimmerman and Evan Longoria. Wright is said to be looking for at least a seven-year deal and will likely command more money than Zimmerman and Longoria. Wright, who will be 30 next month, is the oldest of the three players but also has been theZazzarsenal manager Mikel Arteta has lauded Dani Ceballos for training like an ‘animal’.The Spaniard made his first start under Arteta in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Newcastle. And Arteta believes his countrymen was the best player on the park at the Emirates.”roni insists his ‘Black Friday’ headline isn’t racist.The newspaper has been criticised for the headline and featuring Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku and Roma defender Chris Smalling on the front page.Zazzaroni told Radio 24: “Someone pleas most productive over his career. His career slash line is .301/.381/.506 over nine seasons with the Mets. 

Wright is coming off a fantastic bounce-back year, in which he hit .306/.391/.492 in 670 plate appearances. He is under contract for next season at $16 milto Arsenal.Round is set to join Mikel Arteta’s backroom staff at Arsenal – and Allardyce outlined all the things he’ll bring to north London. Allardyce said on BT Sport: “A great coach. Really good coach, Steve, very detailed, very organised.”Likes tlion. If the team doesn’t think they can work out an extension, they could look to trade Wright and pitcher R.A. Dickey. But since both players are only under contract for one more season, the team wouldn’t receive huge offers on the trade market, according to Rosenthal. 

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Nieves expected to get Red Sox pitching coach job

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — The are expected to name Juan Nieves their new pitching coach, sources said.

Rick Peterson was seen as thecessor due to his work with Rangers rather than his name.Gerrard is tipped to replace Klopp when the German eventually decides to leave Liverpool. “With managers it’s all about timing, really,” said Anfield great Carragher. “Who knows when Jurgen favorite, but now indications are that Nieves is the first choice.

Nieves has been bullpen coach for the . Nieves, a former Brewers pitcher, once threw a no-hitter for Milwaukee.

The White Sox pitching staff has had a lot of success in recent years. Nieves is said to have had a seven-hour interview with the Red Sox.is defender Junior Firpo won’t rule out a move away this summer.Tnuary or February.Izquierdo has been recovering from a knee injury in his native Colombia.His representative Norman Capuozzo told Gol Caracol: “It’s good to give Jose a lot of support and that is what we are doing.”He is in a recovery phase. We hope he Spain U21 international is being linked with Liverpool and Barcelona.He is about to embark on a short break after being part of the Euro Under-21 Championship winning Spain team.“I

Peterson, who has known new Red Sox manager John Farrell for 25 years, was seen as the logical pick. Boston may want to expand beyond its Cleveland connection to add new ideas.

Baseball’s new playoff format gets rude welcome with infield fly chaos in Atlanta

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ATLANTA – The questionable call came out of left field, as the clutch-as-can-be remained alive while the great Braves star ‘ magical Hall-of-Fame career ended in a defeat. The game featured three Braves errors (one by Chipper), a debris delay courtesy of an unruly crowd, a quickly denied protest and a whole lot more controversy than hoped or bargained for.

The game surely lived up to its name as the first ever one-game, do-or-die wild-card playoff.

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The new format was intended to trigger excitement. But what baseball got instead was unwanted controversy.

A surprise infield fly call curtailed a late Braves rally, upsetting the Braves and especially their fans, some of whom put down their foam tomahawks long enough to hurl beer cans and half-filled airplane-style bottles onto left field to protest the call that aided the World Champion Cardinals, who reached the Division Series with their 6-3 victory.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez argued vehemently after the unexpected call came just as Cardinals rookie shortstop backed away from the ball after presumably thinking left fielder was about to catch it, letting it fall. Gonzalez immediately protested the call, but MLB VP Joe Torre quickly denUnited.The Daily Star says United are set to give on-loan forward Sanchez another chance to prove himself at the club.Sanchez joined Serie A club Inter Milan on a season-long loan during the summer after a nightmare 18 months at Old Trafford.Althoughied the protest, explaining that judgment calls can’t be overturned.

Gonzalez suggested afterward he doubted the call was correct, saying, “I thought the shortstop went a long, long, long way out.” Gonzalez also wondered how routine the play was considering the conditions, including crowd noise (and Kozma did indeed miss the ball).

The call was a killer, as it removed the batter, rookie , from first base, and instead of the bases being loaded with one out in the eighth inning, the Braves were left with runners at second and third and two out. The rally later died completely when Cardinals closer struck out with the bases loaded.

The call was crucial, but the Braves handled defeat professionally. They mostly focused on errors by three of their sure-handed infielders and their own missed opportunities, not the umpire’s possible error.

“Ultimately, when we look back at the loss,” a melancholy Jones said, “we need to look in the mirror.”

Left field umpire Sam Holbrook maintained that the other five umpires all agreed that his call was correct, and he felt reassured after watching the replay. Maybe so, but the infield fly rule was installed to protect the baserunners, and it’s a bit difficult to imagine Kozma was about to let that ball that was halfway between him and Holliday purposely drop to fool either of the two baserunners. He did appear to be camping under it before he inexplicably pulled away.

The call seemed pretty iffy here. So credit goes to the Braves for handling the difficult defeat as well as they did. When that observation was made to the Braves’ Michael Bourn, he pointed out that reporters missed the “cooling off period” when Braves players weren’t nearly so cool.

Jones, as honest as could be right ’til the very end, called the play a “gray area,” appearing to give the umpires significant rope when everyone in the stands was sure they were wrong (no surprise there). There was a 19-minute debris delay to clear the field of garbage while the Cards filede announced plans for a new stadium.The Milan giants want to demolish the San Siro and build a new ground next to the site.”We’ll have a new San Siro next to the old one, in the same area as the concession,” Diavolo patron Paolo Scaroni told ANSA.“ toward the dugout in their own “cooling off” time (for the fans).

The Braves’ talk, at least by the time the reporters got into the clubhouse, was mostly about how their own mistakes killed them.

“The one call isn’t the thing that determined the whole thing,” Bourn said.

Like Jones, Bourn opted for the mirror. “That wasn’t us out there tonight,” he said. “We pride ourselves on playing the game right. Tonight, we just didn’t have it going.”

Even starting pitcher , unbeatable as a starter going back to last year, wasn’t quite himself. The Braves had won 23 straight starts of his, but he took the loss, allowing five runs, two of them earned. He had allowed only 11 runs in 12 starts this year.

Medlen wasn’t as perfect as usual, but he wasn’t to blame, either. Jones made a throwing error that led to two unearned runs in a three-run fourth inning. Second baseman and Simmons both made errors, a shock considering the Braves led the National League in defense for 162 games. The Cardinals, a team of capitalizers, didn’t miss their chance to take advantage.

The Cardinals are making a habit of winning the close ones. Last year they survived four elimination games in the playoffs after reaching the postseason by one game with a late run, before finally winning the World Series in seven games. This year, they won the second wild-card spot, finishing six games behind tNelson Oliveira has cut ties with Norwich City.Norwich have announced the departure of striker Oliveira.He has joined Greek side AEK Athens on a permanent deal.The 27-year-old netted 20 goals in 70 appearances for the Canaries.he Braves while losing five of six to in the regular season.

Matt Holliday — who homered, singled, and was on base four times including once on the Jones error that could have been a double-play ball — chalked up their success to extended experience in “high intensity, winner-take-all” type games.

Of course, Holliday concluded, “I think it’s taking years off my life.”

To say nothing about how the Braves feel.

Jones felt responsible. “Unfortunately, the three errors cost us the ballgame, mine probably being the biggest.”

There was a lot of lamenting in Atlanta’s clubhouse. Some fans and observers may cry that it isn’t fair that the Braves, six games better than the Cardinals during the regular season, are out after one game. And Gonzalez wondered if the system might be “tweaked” next year. The answer is no, by the way.

Many of the Braves seemed a bit stunned that it was truly the end.

“It hasn’t even sunk in that our season’s over and Chipper’s career is over,” said , the surprise starter at catcher whose two-run home run gave the Braves a brief 2-0 lead.

“I don’t know if I’m sad or pissed,” Ross also said. “I don’t even know what emotion I have.”

The Braves fans weren’t nearly so conflicted. They figured the garbage they threw reflected the call that ended a very nice season.

 

Report: Justin Upton to see hand specialist, disabled list stint possible

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Diamondbacks right fielder is not in the lineup for ‘s game against the Tuesday night due to a lingering thumb injury. And here’s the bad news: Upton is headed to a hand specialist and a stint on the disabled list is “not out of the question,” according to manager Kirk Gibson (). Obviously any time missed by Upton hurts, because he’s a star. The 24-year-old ild admits he has a ‘tough decision’ to make regarding his future at Liverpool .Wilson has thrived while on loan at Bournemouth, scoring six goals in 23 games in his debut Premier League season.His loan spell is drawing to an end though and he’d face toer has hailed the leadership of veteran striker Billy Sharp.The striker, who celebrated his 34th birthday last week, scored in victory over Bournemouth yesterday.”He hasn’t played as much as he would have liked. Off the pitch, he’s been a fantastifinished fourth in MVP voting in a crowded NL field last season. Then again, the D-Backs have gotten out to a 7-3 start with Upton hitting just .212/.350/.273. Further, Arizona can plug in Gerardo Parra, who is swinging a hot bat right now, into Upton’s spot in right field. Obviouslhe’s working on a return to management.Allegri says he wants to be in a job for next season.He explained, “In September I need to come back. If I don’t I’ll get too used to being on holiday and I’ll never work again!“I still have three more monthy losing him long-term would be a huge blow, but if the D-Backs had to tread water without Upton for a few weeks, they could likely do so.So the situation certainly bears watching, but a DL stint for Upton wouldn’t be a crippling blow at this juncture.

No evidence Yankees will release Joba, but his season likely over

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The Yankees have no real expectation that will pitch again this yeer Rob Green has revealed how Cesar Azpilicueta couldn’t handle Callum Hudson-Odoi during training sessions. Green admits the academy graduate made his experienced teammates looks silly in training last season.”We had Willian, Pedro and obviously Edear, due to his freak ankle injury, despite a couple slightly more encouraging public comments the past couple days. His gruesome injury is severe enough that one person familiar with the case wondered aloud whether Chamberlain’s absence could extend into the 2013 season, as well, though the Yankees haven’t suggested anything like that publicly.Chamberlain will need to remain in a cast for six weeks then a boot for another six after suffering an open dislocation of his right ankle at the kids’ place Rebounderz while jumping on the trampoline and misstepping. Chamberlain had surgery Thursday, but several complications remain, including his rehab from Tommy John surgery last summer being affected by his inability to throw in coming weeks. Another concern is that his right ankle is his push-off ankle.The Yankees had previously spoken about Chamberlain returning this summer, but realistically, that was always a long shot. There are a lot of unknowns with such a rare injury for a baseball player, but there seems be little to no thought that this year is possible — though, they won’t rule it out. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said by lon D’Or.The Dutchman was integral to Liverpool’s Champions League final triumph, which included beating Lionel Messi’s Barcelona in the semi-finals. And Barnes thinks van Dijk has done enough this season to be crowned as the world’s best player.Askephone, “If everything goes e Roma legend, now a free agent, is on the verge of a switch to Argentine giants Boca Juniors.“De Rossi will definitely arrive in the next few days, he has the desire to wear the Boca shirt,” Angelici said in a Press conference.“[Nicolas] Burdissright, it’s possible.”Agents wonder whether the Yankees might consider releasing Chamberlain to save a good portion of the $1.8-million salary of his non-guaranteed contract. But Yankees people have said privately and publicly that Chamberlain’s health is their foremost concern, suggesting a release isn’t on their radar.”That’s not something we’re contemplating at this point,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. They would need to release Chamberlain by March 30 to recover a significant portion of his contract.”We’re behind him. We’re going to take care of him, we’ll get him back. But right now he’s going through a hard time,” manager Joe Girardi told writers in Tampa.”I just feel bad for him as an individual, as a member of our family,” Cashman added. “We care a great deal about him and we’re just right now going to be there (for him).”