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The have officially placed on the 15-dayAl Gharafa have completed the signing of Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia.Kodjia arrived in Doha to undergo a medical and thrash out personal terms earlier this week to bring his stay at Villa to an end after three-and-a-half seasons.The @J_Kodjiapic.twitter.com/1PALoC4kkN— Al Gharafa SC (@ALGHARAFACLUB) January 19, 2020 disabled list, the club announced Sunday.

Forsythe will miss about six weeks due to plantar fasciitis. He was likely to start at third base with Chase Headley out. Instead, his injury opens up playing time for Alexi Amarista and Cody Ransu Suning.It broke on Sunday that Real had ended ntus.The Sun says Sarri is the Italian giants’ No 1 target after cooling their interest in ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte.Stamford Bridge chief Sarri, 60, is preparing his team for next Wednesday’s Europa League final against Arsenal but his future istalks with the Chinese giants over the sale of the Wales captain.And speaking with ESPN, agent Jonathan Barnett confirmed the reports.”They changed their minds when the player was given the go-ahead tosom in the Padres infield.

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right fielder posted the only hit of the game for the Mets in Saturday’s spring finale against the Orioles. The 1-for-2 day gives Byrd a .357/.393/.571 line to close out the Grapefre full of confidence ahead of today’s Copa del Rey final.Barca meet Valencia as they chase the Double.”This game is very important to us because it bringrry Winks is pleased with the support of England assistant coach Steve Holland.Winks is “a player we have very much been waiting for”, according to Holland. The midfielder told the London Evening Standard: “The whole game is about dealing with prs the opportunity of winning another double and bringing another trophy to the club, which is whauit League season.

Byrd, who secured a spot on the team’s 25-man roster Friday, could see regular playing time this season in a Mets outfiham will hand manager Mauricio Pochettino a bumper transfer kitty this summer.The Sun says Pochettino will be handed a £100million transfer kitty this summer at Tottenham.Spurs failed to spend a penny in the past two windows, but have still managed eld without many appealing options.

evy.Spurs have conceded 10 goals in heavy defeats

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Sometimes, I can get behind drafting a player I know I’m going to have to stash on the DL to begin the season, but I’m having a hard time doing it with . Unlike, say, Corey Hart, his injury doesn’t present him with a clear timetable and could impact his performance even after he returns.

He’s not even throwingtalks with Barcelona for Ivan Rakra Ferrer had held the position for the past two years. It’s the third time he’s left Betis – twice as coach.A rift between Serra Ferrer and the other vice president, José Miguel López Catalán, had become insurmountable. Their disagreement sparkeditic.Sport says United have approached Barca about a price for Croatia international and been informed they’re prepared to sell.However, Rakitic himself will need some persuading to leave Spain this summer.The 29 year off a mound yet, so I’m not holding my breath on him returning before May. And seeing as the shut has been delighted playing alongside Harry Maguire at the heart of Manchester United’s defence.The pair have been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice centre-back pairing this season.Speaking from the club’s warm-weather camp in Marbella, Lindelof saihim down midway through last season with an injury he probably could have come back from, I’m thinking they have no interest in rushing him.

Edwin Andersson is excited to make the move to Che

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

estigious individual prize in men’s football been

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starter , who lefdmits Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered ankle ligament damage.The England international limped off with an ankle injury in Liverpool’s 1-0 Club World Cup final victory over Flamengo on Saturday.”The ankle is what we probably expected,” said Klopp.t ool boss Jurgen Klopp.Maradona says the German coach is the one he follows most closely from Europe.Known for his own passionate displays on the touchline as highlighted in the Netflix series ‘Maradona in Mexico’ which documented his turbulent spell his start Tuesday against the Cardinals after getting hit in the right elbprove Inter Milan wrong after returning to Cagliari.The midfielder has moved to Sardinia on a season-long loan.He told TMW: “I’m happy to be back home. I made a choice, it was a little bit forced upon me, but in the end, I made this decision and I ow, underwent X-rays, reports Newsday. Hefner has a contusion of the right elbow and is considered day-to-day. He should be able to make his first start for the Mets in 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 .

jaer reserved praise for midfielders Fred and Scot

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Mariners closer madestriker produced three assists for their 3-0 defeat of Southampton on Sunday.Klopp said, “Bobby is just exceptional, a very football smart person, I do not know a player like him, that is true.“But even a player like Bobby needs an address where his third straight scoreless appearance in Monday’s Cactreaking contract extension with Nike, according to the Daily Mail, reports, /.The US sportswear giant is facing competition to retain the Manchester City forward as one of its global ambassadors, with Sterling’s existing deal in its final year.Howeveus League game against the Rockies. He entered in the fifth and allowed one hit in the scoreless inning.lham wing-back Ryan Sessegnon retains hope of a move to Liverpool.Tottenham remain interested but Manchester United are the only club to have made initial contact with Fulham. However, Sessegnon’s ultimate dream is to join Liverpool.Sessegnon is a bo Wilhelmsen converted 29 of 34 save chances last season.

apped Alvaro Odriozola after defeat at Real Mallor

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White Sox reliever was held out of drills Tuesday because of elbow discomfort.inst Manchester City.The Clarets have been one of the most impressive sides in th Moggi says Fiorentina should bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to Italy.The Swedish is currently inviting controversy at LA Galaxy.Moggi, who signed Ibra for Juve, told Firenzeviola.it: “Zlatan has a biological physique that allows him to perform at hise Premier League this season, given their limited resources.But they were unable to hold off City’s attacking onslaught in the second half of their Premier League clash An MRI confirmed Thornton has inflammation and the left-hander will be held out of workouts for the time being. “He just said he didn’t feel right. We have so much time down here, it’s safer to slow him down and get him out of drills and make sure he’s comfortable before he continues on,” manager Robin Ventura told .com. “You’re concerned every time a guy has that. I’m not sure what level he’s at, but again, the beauty of being down here so early is that you can give him the time off and he can catch up and there’s’t join the rest of his Real Madrid teammates in the team’s pre-season preparations ahead of their tour in Canada.Instead, there was a total agreement between Real Madrid and Racing Santander for Zinedine Zidane’s son, while Keylor Navas is expected nothing wrong with it.”

Quote of the Day: Tyler Austin’s mom on signing autographs

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Toward the end of on the challenges of snagging a autograph, recounts what his mother told him regarding his obligations to sign things and body parts fo Galega says Celta are willing to offer €11m for the midfielder.Castillejo arrived from Villarreal only a year ago for €25m.The winger has struggled to fit into new Coach Marco Giampaolo’s 4-3-1-2 formation and was used as a makeshift striker durr fans. Here’s what she said:

“One day you’re going to be there, and I swear if I ever see you walk by anybody and not sign a thing for them, I will come and personally slap you right across the face.”

Fair eving Fulham.The Germany attacker joined on-loan from Borussia Dortmund for two seasons, however he is leaving after 12 months due to the Cottagers’ relegation.He told the club’s website, “It is difficult for the family because we have signed for two nough!

Now contrast that sentiment with what a Yankees employee regularly tells those fans seeking Jeter’s autograph outside the team’s minor-league complex in Florida, where’s he rehabbing his broken ankle …

“Single file! No chitchat! He doesn’t want to hear about your personal life, so don’t ask him about his!”

“If anyone from the back moves forward, we’re going to cut the session off!”

This isn’t to pile on Jeter, who has no doubt endured countless absurd requests from fans. In fact, one wonders whether Tyler Austin’s mom will stick to her pledge if her son one day achieves stardom. I’m guessing they’d rather face that “problem” than not.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, indnited’s schedule. The Red Devils defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday to keep their top-four hopes alive.They will take on Club Brugge in the Europa League last-32 on Thursday, and Solskjaer can’t understand why his team couldn’t play Chelseividually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

Indians sign pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor-league deal

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The have signed pitcher to a minor-league deal, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. Matsuzaka can make up to $4 million. If he passes his pd United attacker Billy Sharp has issued a warning to Premier League heavyweights Chelsea.As the Blades picked up another win in the league, against Bournemouth, they moved themselves into fifth place.They are only two points away from Frank Lampard’hysical and makes the team, he will earn a base salary of $1.5 million, to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 

With the move, Matsuzaka will reunite with Terry Francona, his manager in Boston. The-32-year-old righty spent most of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He tossed 45 2/3 innings ws League qualification must be their target next season.Iwobi says they must do better next year if they are to play in Europe’s elite competition.He said, “Obviously we want to get back in to Champions League football.”We haven’t spoken about where ith the , with an 8.28 ERA and a City boss Pep Guardiola rejected the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho over the summer.Marca says the midfielder was told to pack his bags after Barcelona splashed £105m on Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.And Catalan chiefs believed Guardiola was5.94 FIP. Matsuzaka still managed to strikeout hitters at an acceptable rate but gave up 11 home runs in 45 2/3 innings.

The Red Sox paid a $51.1 million posting fee to have exclusive negotiating rights with Matsuzaka in November of 2006. They eventually signed him to a six-year, $52 million deal. In those six seasons, Dice-K had a 4.52 ERA over 668 1/3 innings with the team. 

There’s a chance Matsuzaka plays a role with the Indians this season. The club’s rotation is considered a weak spot. and have been useful pitchers, but they are coming off terrible seasons.

has been a decent starter over his career but will be converting back to the role after a season in the bullpen.

, acquired during the offseason, was considered one of the best pitching prospects in baseball prior to last season and should get a shot in the rotation this year. The fifth spot will go to , or .

If Dice-K performs well during spring training, he could force his way onto the roster.

The Marlins and Padres were among the other teams that showed interest in Matsuzaka. 

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ted amount of trophies this season.Kicking off wit

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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told ESPN.com Thursday that is does not have much confidence in incumbent closer , who has been dealing with elbow issues in the offseason. “Coming out of last season, looking with what Frankie has been dealing with in the offseason as far as his elbow is concerned, I don’t know that we could have a lot of confidence in where we are,” he said when asked about the team’s bullpen situation. “But to answer your question — not terribly comfortable,” Alderson said. “But I hope that Frankie over the next few weeks does something to dispel that discomfort.” Francisco isrged Richarlison to match Cristiano Ronaing addition is bolts around the neck, inspired by Roman god of the sky Jupiter.“Roman mythology and its influence on Roman identity played a huge part in the concept,” Pete Hoppins, Nike Football Apparel Senior Design Director, told the club’s offldo’s consistency to become a world-class forward.Ancelotti hailed the Brazil ace after he scored a fine strike to put Everton back in control of their clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday.He said: “I enjoye expected to be ready for the start of spring training after undergoing surgery in Deceiker has began the Premier League season with a flourish.Barnes is among those who are being assessed by England coaches and Southgate, per the Daily Mail.It is unclear if he will get a call-up for their coming qualifiers, or future squads.Barnes hasmber to remove bone spurs from his right elbow. Alderson mentioned as a possible option to compete with Francisco.

Repeal Day celebration: Baseball-themed beer ads

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Although the recent heavy-on-sound, light-on-fury Winter Meetings caused us to give it short shrift, — which, on the fifth of each December, commemorates the end of black-hearted Prohibition — ought to be a holy day of obligation for baseball fans the world over. After all, the day marks our democratic triumph over the meddlesome Protestants who for too long deprived us of wholesome, nutritious alcohol, which, in turn, deprived us of full enjoyment of this, our baseball.

One not need be a Sommelier of the Good Life to know that alcohol in general and beer in particular pair quite swimmingly with the sport that binds us. So let us now pay homage to the beer-baseball nexus — and, by extension, to Repeal Day — by revisiting what entrusted advertisers have taught us about the enjoyment of baseball and sudsy potions.

Come with me, won’t you?

: 1889: E&J Burke (Guinness): Cap Anson and Buck Ewing : You can still enjoy beer even if you or your buddy is ! : $188,000:

: 1913: Hoster-Columbus: Connie Mack and John McGraw: There was no Eastern Hemisphere in 1913, and John McGraw conquered South America with nothing more than hard stares and a mighty will.  :

: 1945: All of beer: Gentlemen rooters of the base-ball: TheseSheyi Ojo is set to sign a new five-year contract with Liverpool.The Guardian says the Reds will immediately loan Ojo out after he commits his long-term future.The 21-year-old endured a tough loan spell with Stade de Reims this season.Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is a keen admirer of Ojo and the Scottish giants are one of many clubs interested in signing the Reds academy graduate. gentlemen are happy and fulfilled for no fewer than five reasons: 1) They are at a baseball game; 2) Beer is sold by the bucket-full; 3) The war is drawing to a close; 4) They live in a time and culture in which hot dogs are served on French porcelain dinnerware; and 5) Syphilis is now .   :

: 1950s: Schlitz: Revelry in general and as a guiding concept: “Schlitz” is not only a refreshing malt beverage but also a treacherously pronounced prefix. Also, the lady in the orange sundress is obviously testing the bounds of decency, perhaps as a consequence of both a rotten moral core and too much Schlitzing.    :

: 1959: Ortlieb’s: Pen-and-ink, lantern-jawed ballplayer and suburban temptress — quite possibly the cleat-chasing bimbo from the Schlitz ad (see the damnably similar hairstyle). : Ortlieb’s pursues a narrow demographic: the heteronormative “he-man” who drinks without ceasing before and after ballgames but not during them. In contrast to other potable liquids, Ortlieb’s is “wet.”    :

: 1962: Rheingold: Casey Stengel, you-know-who: So the floozy who favors hother in the first-half of Sunday’s defeat.The unbeaten Reds were seconds away from their first league defeat in 27 matches before Sadio Mane scored a header in the 94th minute to rescue all three points. “A lot of their players were arguing and youthe latest in orange-hued women’s fashions is as promiscuous with her men as she is with her domestic-swill loyalt for a new midfield addition next month.Milan coach Stefano Pioli is eager to add a box-to-box midfielder over the winter market and their search is leading to the Premier League.While Napoli ace Allan is a target, the Rossonero are also keen on sackies! It matters not to her — smoldering weekender vacantly reliving what might have been, sun-kissed major-leaguer, or pickled skipper clinging to his faculties — as long as they wear the uniform and have a full cooler, she’s a consenting adult. But don’t blame the Ol’ Perfesser: For he knows a good-time dame when he sees one. Plus, syphilis has been cured for nigh 20 years or more! : , of all places

: 1970s: Pabst: Gorman Thomas. That has to be Gorman Thomas, right?: It’s not certain whether Gorman Thomas will range deep into center in pursuit of a baseball or even a mug of beer, but it is certain that Gorman Thomas will range deep into center in pursuit of a snifter of beer. And who can blame him?  :

Note: Further investigation reveals subject to be totally Gorman Thomas …

And although what follows has nothing to do with baseball, no cursory discussion of beer advertisements would be complete without it …

As the history of history teaches us, the past is way creepier than the present.

In closing and in further honor of Repeal Day, please do raise a half-emptied Gorman Thomas snifter to Hall-of-Famer and Drinking ManTM Ed Delahanty, who in 1903 hastened the occasion of his death by getting crocked on train, threatening his fellow passengers with a razor, being given the bum’s rush off that train, and then . “The Good Life,” is what they call it.

Cheers to baseball!

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Report: R.A. Dickey willing to accept a two-year extension

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k on loan until the end of the season.Lossl, 30, joined the Toffees from Town in the summer but has not played for the Premier League side this season.The Denmark international made 69 league appearances in two seasons with the Terriers.Willock, 22,

pitcher is willing to take a two-year extension, to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

Dickey and third baemanja Matic are resuming light training.While neither player should be ready for their next game on Thursday, they could be involved at the weekend or next week.Metro says both players are ready to return to training with the whole group this week.Sseman were said to be a “package deal” earlier this offseason. With Wright now in the fold, the Mets can turn their attention to the Cy Young winner. 

Coming together on a contract could be difficult. While Dickey is coming off a great season, he’s also 38-years-old. Making things even more tricky is that Dickey’s main pitch is the knuckleball. Normal aging curves don’t normally apply to knuckleball pitchers, as the pitch doesn’t put nearly as much stress on the arm. Still, the Mets want to proceed with caution and only give Dickey a two-year extension, as CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman in October. With Dickey willing to accept a deal for two years, both sides will now have to come up with an acceptable value for the deal. Rubin mentions that people with the Mets are “confident” a deal will be reached.

In 223 2/3 innings last season, Dickey had a 2.73 ERA and a 3.27 FIP with the team. He won the Cy Young awaon.The Brazilian winger has been one of the brightest spots of the Chelsea attack, despite many fans assuming he would be sold in the summer.The veteran has played a key role as the Blues race up the table to fight for a top four position.And Nevin ird in a landslide, receiving 27 out of a possible 32 first-place votes.

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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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Grading Monday’s LDS action: Orioles pitchers come up huge

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We only had two games Monday, as opposed to the four games Sunday, and one was a blowout. Still, there was plenty of drama in the later game and we’re here to dole out some red ink.

: I already said starting pitcher was the hero for the Orioles in Game 2, but the entire pitching staff got it done for Monday. Chen left with one out in the seventh and a runner on first base. struck out the only batter he faced, and then induced an inning-ending fly out with runners on second and third in a one-run game. Matusz then got three more big outs in the eighth before worked a perfect ninth. Johnson’s outing was especially important considering his disastrous ninth inning Sunday night in Game 1. The Orioles really needed this one, and they got it, due mostly to their pitching staff.

With starting pitcher needing to be pulled due to a shoulder injury after just two innings — and the facing a 1-0 deficit in the series — the defending champs were put in a tough spot. The offense was easily the biggest reason for the win, but the bullpen deserves some credit here for workiners this summer.City are facing the prospect of a two year UEFA Champions League ban, unless they can successfully overturn the verdict on appeal.And it means some of their stars, such as Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, may want tg seven innings. In those seven innings, they allowed eight hits, one walk and three runs while striking out eight.

He definitely wasn’t awful and the New York offense was mostly to blame for the ‘ loss. But, it was Pettitte who coughed up an early 1-0 lead during a two-out rally in the second inning. In all, he went seven innings and gave up three runs. That’s good for a 3.86 ERA on a cold night, and cold nights are pretty conducive to good pitching. All in all, it feels like a good C, no?

The defects summer signing Rodri to improve upon his early displays.Rodri has shone in victories at West Ham and in the Community Shield against Liverpool.”Rodrigo has to play better, so does everyone,” Guardiola said. “He has potential as a young player, hense played by the Orioles, and Yankees. Balls were being booted, going through the legs of solid defenders like and , being air-mailed by and play was just generally pretty sloppy on defense in several big spots for all three of these teams. I’m not sure if it was the weather in Baltimore, but that game was especially baffling through the middle innings.

We’ll give this to the entire pitching staff. The entire team pretty much played like it was content to go home with a split, having already won Game 1, but the pitching was awful. could only last three innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits. The bullpen wasn’t much better, coughing up six moessed for victory over Bordeaux on the weekend.He has now played 13 Ligue 1 games in 2019 and ASSE have won 11 of those matches. That’s a 33 points from 39 available when he has been on the pitch.Also in those 13 games, St Etienne have only conceded re earned runs on six hits. They collectively allowed four home runs, three doubles and a triple.

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