Posey, Giants in serious talks on big deal

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The and superstar catcher are in serious discussions about a long-term deal, CBSSports.com has learned.

The details are unknown, but Posey and the Giants have been discussing a long deal,hford says he cannot afford to relax during the season.The 22-year-old admitted the biggest challenge, having made it to the highest level, is staying there and proving he is worthy of his place.He said: “It’s a massive privilege.“For me, I’ve be as reported here earlier this week. It is believed he had been seeking a deal to make him a Giant for life.

A 10-year deal would not be out of the question for a star of tve to Barcelona.Currently impressing in the Copa America, the Millonarios shot-stopper is being watched by Barca as they consider the youngster as a replacement for the wantaway Jasper Cillessen.”Of course I would like (to go to Barca), for all playehis caliber.

The sides have been treating opening day as a deadline to get a deal done. Posey, the 2012 MVP and a two-time world champion already, had a salary agreed-upon for $8 million for 2012 before the multiyear talks got going in recent weeks.

The Giants reached agreement with star pitcher Matt Cain on the eve of the 2012 season, inking him to an extension of $112.5 million overs free to leave the club.Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest are both interested in the Blades captain, who has struggled for regular playing time this season.”As far as I am concerned he is one of five strikers. The boys at the top of the pitch are five years that gave him $127.5 million over six years in total.

series reviewing recent books on the women’s footb

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The  designated pitcher Travis Blackley and first baseman for assignment Friday, as they begin to trim down their roster heading into the regular season..

Barton has been unable to live up to his former billing as a top prospect at the majors, and struggled in the spring as well. He batted .206 with 11 walks and only two extra-base hits in 48 plate appearances.

Barton left the clubhouse without commenting to the iverpool captain Sami Hyypia says Steven Gerrard could handle the manager’s job.Gerrard is already being linked with the Liverpool job (for the post-Klopp era) after just rmer Barcelona captain Carles Puyol admits he twice had offers to join Real Madrid during his career.The Spaniard has claimed that Los Blancos unsuccessfully approached him twice, in 2001/02 and 2004/05.”Real Madrid appointed [Jose Antonio] Camacho aone season as Rangers manager. Does Hyypia believe Gerrard could cope with the media. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that if Barton clears waivers, he cannot refuse a minor-league assignment, since this is the first time he has been designae Ireland U21 star signed a new long-term contract with the club earlier this season.And Howe has been delighted with Kilkenny’s improvement in training.He told the Daily Echo: “It’s a massive moment for him because I think it’s further evidence thatted for assignment. 

Everton Soares.UOL says the Toffees have been keep

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With Vernon Wells traded to the Yankees on Tuesday,  has no competition for the center field job in Anaheim. The let Torii Hunter walk this past offseason and moved rookie phenom Mike Trout to left field to openlled out of the running for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.O Jogo says City have given up on signing Fernandes.City have withdrawn themselves from the battle having disagreed with the Portugal’s clash at Anfield.The Reds were convincing 3-1 winners over their rivals thanks to a double from Mohamed Salah.”The intention was to be us – just be us. Our identity is intensity, and the intensity we put into the game was really incredible,” Klopp club over price. The report claims City have all up the spot in center for the 26-year-old. The club also traded away Kendrys Morales, alloowing Mark Trumbo to serve as full-time DH.Bourjos told the Los Angeles Times that he is looking forward to settling in as an every-day player.”Getting regular playing time will be huge,” Bourjos said Tuesday. “You ctory over Leicester City.The Foxes, despite taking the lead through Harvey Barnes, were beaten 2-1 in Lancashire after Jamie Vardy had a penalty saved and Burnley found the net through Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood.“I thought it was a deserved widon’t have the struggles in your mind of saying, ‘I’ve got to get a hit this at-bat or I might not play tomorrow.’ Knowing you’re in the lineup day in and day out, you can relax and play the game.”

Peter Bourjos has batted .352 (19 for 54) with two homers, 10 RBI and three stolen bases through 20 Cactus League games. 

irmino has three goals this season but is still ti

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The are still deciding who will back up Erik Kratz at catcher to begin the season with Carlos Ruiz servdelighted with their 4-1 victory at Osasuna.Real went behind early on at El Sadar but rallied to produce an impressive comeback in the end.”They scored a goal from a set piece and came out with intensity,” Zidane said.”There was a tohe top-flight leagues in North America and Mexico respectively, have announced a new cross-league, annual cup competition that will debut this July, reports, /.The Leagues Cup will feature four teams from MLS and four from Liga MX. Chicago Fire, Housugh moment, 10 miing a 25-game suspension, according The Philadelam this season.On Friday, Moyes challenged Rice to use Sunday’s game at Manchester City to showcase his talents and continue “carrying” this team towards safety.”Declan is arguably the best holding midfield player in the country,” Moyes said. “The bephia Inquirer. was considered the favorite at the beginning of the spring, but has impressed the coaching staff with his defense, making it a tougher decision as the spring winds down.

“I’d love to make the big-league team and be a part of what they have going on here, but I just have to keep doing what I’m doing and let everything play out how it’s going to,” Lerud said.

Lerud is batting .235 this spring, while Quintero is hitting .296.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has three offers to r

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MLB.com reports starter pitched in a minor-league game on Monday. He allowed five runs on six hits over six innings of work. The right-hander also struck out eight and walked one while throwing 91 pitches. Kendrick is scheduled to pitch the home opener April 5 against the Royals, though the team has yet to officadar.The Daily Star says United have been keeping tabs on Rakitic throughout this summer but the Croatia international preferred to stay put at Barca.However, the Catalan giants are determined to bring Neymar back to the Nou Camp and are willing to sially announced his first regular season outg hold of Mikel Oyarzabal.There were genuine concerns inside La Real they would lose the youngplay this season.The Sun says he is optimistic over playing this season after having an operation on his injured knee.The City forward, 23, is refusing to set a time-frame on a recovery but surgery on his damaged anterior-cruciate ligament is understster to Manchester City this week.City had identified Oyarzabal as a replacement for Leroy Sane and were prepared to meet his €75m buyout clause.However, ing. “If it’s the fourth game, it’s the home opener and I’m excited about that,” Kendrick said. “I’ve never had that before. I’m looking forward to getting the season under way and I feel very confident.”

n derby favourites.The Nerazzurri face their city

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pitcher , who is expected to begin the season on the disabled list, made an appearance in a minor-league game against Class A West Virginia Friday.  Hughes pitched Friday night.Villa collected their first Premier League points of the season as goals from Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi gave them victory over Everton.Smith said, “I am more pleased to get the first points in the Premier League. Our performances have b three innings as he allowed three runs on six hits, including a home run. He also struck out three and did not rsenal’s board do not see Freddie Ljungberg as a realistic prospect for the permanent manager’s position.The Daily Mail says Arsenal chiefs do not have Ljungberg on their list of potential Unai Emery replacements. Instead, Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieirissue a walk. Hughes is just happy to be back on the mound as he continues to work his way back from a bulging disk in his upper back. 

“I feel great, which is goal ede is currently caretaker boss of the Gunners, a team he spent many years with as a player.And his former teammate Cole thinks he has what is takes to replace Unai Emery on a permanent basis.”Every club has to change. They’re in another transition pNo. 1,” Hughes told .com. “I got up to [57] pitches, so I was happy with that. I would have liked to go more than three innings, but it is what it is and hopefully the next one I’m a little bit better, a little bit cleaner out there.”

Spring training injury update: Bad news for Hanley Ramirez?

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Some injury-related news and notes from around the Cactus League and Grapefruit League (and the World Baseball Classic) …

: As CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller reported, is . Pujols, who underwent knee surgery this offseason, played the field on Tuesday for the first time this spring. … RP experienced further discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow and is limited to long toss. He’ll open the season on the DL. (Alden Gonzalez via Twitter): RHP (shoulder) is slated to make an appearance in a minor-league game on Wednesday. He’s not likely to be ready for opening day. (Gregor Chisolm via Twitter): 3B (tailbone) is hoping to be back in the lineup on Thursday. () : 3B (quad) will not be ready for opening day. ()   … SP has been shut down after feeling soreness in his surgically repaired elbow. () : OF (calf) on Tuesday was able to run on a treadmill and take batting practice. It still appears he’ll open the regular season on s plans.The South Korean’s father has revealed he was ‘trying to find a new home in January’ but Bruce believes you can’t write-off anyone in the squad.”I’m never going to rule out anyone. [Javier[ Manquillo, [Federico] Fernandez, [Ciaran] Clark havethe disabled list. (Jack Magruder via Twitter): CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler reports SS . He’ll be examined by team doctors on Wednesday. … RHP (elbow) is slated to throw 45 pitches in a minor-league game on Wednesday. will be dispatched to catch him. () … GM Ned Colletti said he thinks OF (elbow surgery) will be reagement are fast-tracking Joe White through their youth teams.The 16-year-old midfielder has quickly rose through the ranks from the youth team and made his reserves debut against West Ham United.White has been training with the first team but Under-ady by opening day. (): 3B has been laid up with nerve irritation in his elbow, but he said he’s improving and believes he’ll be ready for opening day. () : Although RHP said he has lost 10 pounds in a span of two days, he still hopes to make his next scheduled start on Saturday. () : Ace is still sidelined with neck stiffness. After a Tuesday workout, his status still isn’t known. If a Thursday bullpen session goes well, then he could return to game action on Saturday. If Darvish sufferis young teammates fly out to Qatar to join Liverpool’s Club World Cup squad.Sixteen-year-old Elliott was the youngest and most impressive member of the Reds’ youngest ever side which featured in the 5-0 Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat at Villa Parks a setback or shows no progress, his status for opening day could be in doubt. () : DH , who has been severely limited by his healing Achilles this spring, was able to take 50 swings on Tuesday. He’s still likely to open the season on the DL. () … SS (concussion) is headed to Pittsburgh for additional testing. There’s no timetable for his return. () : LHP (shoulder surgery) was battered in his fourth start of the spring. It’s looking less and less likely that Danks will be ready for the start of the regular season. (: SS/Cap’n underwent an MRI and X-ray on his mending ankle. CBSSports.com’s Scott Miller reports . Jeter’s day-to-day. … RHP (back) pitched a pain-free simulated game on Monday and could appear in a minor-league game this weekend. ()

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d Roy Keane says Marcus Rashford says he should us

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outfielder returned to the lineup in Saturday’s contesta is not happy with the Premier League.The Hammers star is not pleased with how the Premier League reacted to the coronavirus epidemic.The league was continuing to schedule matches until Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta got a positive test.While the Gunners against the Mariners in Cactus League play. Blackmon, who has been out since March 1 with a right knee infection, slapp has not been in the past four matchday squads for United.The Red Devils also have Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly anChelsea U18s have progressed to the FA Youth Cup fourth round with a win over Huddersfield Town on Wednesday.First team coaching staff Jody Morris and Joe Edwards were in the stands as Ed Brand’s side claimed a 4-0 victory.Armando Broja scored a stunning hat-trick at Kingsmeadow, with Myles Peart-Harris also chipping in with a goal.The Blues will face Bradford in the next round.d Axel Tuanzebe for the central defensive positions.But Solskjaer denied that it meant Jones’ United career ed a pair of doubles in his first game back. He went 2 for 4 in a 5-2 victory. Blackmon is hitting .667 (6 for 9) with two RBI this spring.

paid tribute to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola

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All you single-season owners out there, listen up.

You’ve been told the are going to turn loose this year, that the days of them limiting his innings are over, and technically, that may be true. But Strasburg recently suggested to the Washington Post that they may limit him in other ways.

“You look at some of the top pitchers in the game, they go at least 110 [pitches] evenchester City boss Pep Guardiola was effusive in his praise for Phil Foden after Sunday’s EFL Cup final win over Aston Villa on Sunday.Foden, 19, set-up Sergio Aguero to score the opener in the 2-1 win at Wembley.Speaking after the game, Guardiola sary time out,” he said. “I’m going to be prepared for it. I’m not saying that they’re going to let me do it.”

Jordan Zimmermann, a fellow National, averaged 96.5 pitewcastle United attacker Lomano LuaLua admits he would puncture Sir Bobby Robson’s tyres after learning he wasn’t selected.While appearing on Sky Sports’ Soccer AM on Saturday morning, LuaLua revealed he used to puncture the former Englandrid coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed snubbing Gareth Bale for their defeat of Atletico Madrid.Bale didn’t make the squad for the 1-0 win.And Zidane later explained, “He was available but when I had to choose I went for someone else.”He’s here, he’sd and Barcelches in his 32 starts last year, when he was as far removed from Tommy John surgery as Strasburg is now. He ended up with less than 200 innings. Why would the Nationals treat their golden boy with any less care?

I’m not saying Strasburg won’t be a Fantasy ace this year, but those thinking he’ll emerge as the top starting pitcher might want to think again.

ding the UEFA Champions League final.The goalkeepe

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picther turned in a decent outing Friday against the Angels in Cactus League play.

Bonderman, who made his first start since Feb. 25, allowed an RBI double to Chris Iannetta and a second run on a ground ball out in the second inning. He allowed just two runs on five hits in four innings of work in an 8-5 victory. He struck out two and did not issue a walk to improve his ERA to 7.20 through four Cactus League appearances. 

“They’ve gotten better every outing,” Bonderman said. “I’m going to try to keep working and get quick outs and get in and out. I think my breaking ball has gotten a lot sharper, a lot better. Overall, I’m getting that feel back. I threw four or five [split-finger fastballs] and bunch of breaking balls, til the end of the season for West Ham winger Natha that have emerged stating that he will be leading his country for the upcoming Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.The Colossal Sports Management company issued a statement on Tuesday evening stating the City star will lead out his coun Holland.Holland, 21, featured against the U’s for his parent club when they were beaten 4-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup in September.He has since made two substitute appearances in the Prfour-seamers, two-seamers.”

Bonderman, wh leaving Arsenal on loan. The teenager started both of Arsenal’s Premier League games and has held his own.Unlike other Gunners youngsters, Willock has never left on loan and he doesn’t plan on doing so anytime soon.”My head was always about playing o signed a minor-league deal in January, told reporters after the game that he does not have time to work on his pitches as he continues to fight for a rotation spot this spring. 

“I need results,” Bonderman said. “It’s not like when you’re on the team for sure and you can go out there and work on stuff. It’s working out all right so far.”

ship Queens Park Rangers are keen to re-sign Burnl

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Orioles starting pitcher threw a side session Tuesday and reported no problems with the groin issue that pushed his most recent start back. Bundy is expected to throw Thursday as well, and told prospect is the younger brother of PSG and France star Kylian Mbappe.AS says Ethan impressed at the International Champions Cup Futures tournament last month, playing for PSG’s youth side in front of scouts from the Rea up during his first Liverpool training session.The Scotsman has been a revelation since signing from Hull City in 2017, taking his game to the top-level in two seasons.But it didn’t all start rosy for the 25-year-old when he arrived at Melwood.”The l Madrid set-up.Real lub is lucky to have a player like Arnaut Danjuma.The 22-year-old is one of the most promising talents in the Cherries squad, and Howe is not afraid to lavish praise on his starlet.The Netherlands international played 61 minutes during his first comphave long .com that he hopes to return to game action by Saturday.

Carl Crawford suffers setback; opening day in question

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left fielder has been shut down for a week due to nerve irritation that stems from offseason Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, manager Don Mattingly told reporters on Friday (). And though it has been expected that Crawford would be the opening-day starter in left for the Dodgers, Mattingly told reporters that is now a question mark.

“I think it challenges opening day a little bit,” Mattingly said (), “[but] I don’t think it’s out of the question.”

And it’s not just opening day that is in question. At this point, it appears opening the season on the disabled list is possible, too.

“Opening day would be great,” Mattingly said (). “But if it’s 10 days into it, if it’s 15 days into it, if it’s 20 days into it, I want him to be healthy when he starts.”

Crawford, 31, hit .282/.306/.479 with 10 doubles, two triples, three homers, 19 RBI, 23 runs and five steals in 31 games last yime with Besiktas.Karius moved to Istanbul on a two-year loan deal last summer, following his 2018 Champions League Final nightmare and the Reds’ big-money purchase of Alisson.”This season, through my agent, two clubs in the UK, three clubs from Germear. He has been a major disappointment since signing a gigantic contract with the Red Sox before the 2011 season. Before that, he was a four-time All-Star and finished seventh in AL MVP voting in 2010.

Also of note here is that the Dodgers — after spending all that money in the past eight months — have a bit of a void when it comes to outfield depth. Theye their home form.Chelsea seek a first Premier League win at Stamford Bridge since early December when Burnley visit SW6 on Saturday afternoon.”We’re striving to get into the top four and I think that will be a big achievement if we can do it but if could play in left, otherwise it’s , who hit .232/.276/.293 last season.

Also: Crawford is owed $107.7 million in the remaining five years on his contract.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , a Frenchman is attracting the interest of Manuel Pellegrini as he looks to build a team that can qualify for Europe next season.According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Hammers want to sign the central midfielder for roughly €4 to €5million.The 30-ynd .

Astros’ Porter has Parcells and passion, but it may not help

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(AP)

JUPITER, Fla. — It happened again Monday.

It’s happened every day since spring training began.

Someone, unprompted, predicts the will lose 120 games.

Monday, it was a veteran scout. Sometimes, it’s a player, or a manager, or a general manager.

Everyone is talking about the Astros, and the only topic is how bad everyone is convinced they’re going to be.

“We will outperform the expectations,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said with some confidence, and also with a smile.

For now, some of the focus is on new manager Bo Porter’s passion, and on his high-profile friends.

Monday’s game trip to play the Cardinals gave Luhnow a chance to reconnect with his St. Louis past, but it also gave Porter another chance to get together with Bill Parcells.

And it gave Parcells a chance to remind people that in the first season of what became a Hall of Fame coaching career, his New York Giants finished 3-12-1.

“I almost got fired,” Parcells said. “Sometimes the situation won’t let you win.”

Parcells and Porter met several years back through mutual friends. The two have become close enough that last month, Parcells spent a day with Porter, talking about coaching and about what it takes to win.

“I know he wants it bad,” said Parcells, a longtime baseball fan who was close with ex-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. “That inspires me to give it everything I have to help him.”

But sometimes the situation won’t let you win.

Parcells knows that. Porter will likely learn, as only a manager with an overmatched team learns.

Dave Trembley learned. In Trembley’s two full seasons managing in Baltimore, the Orioles lost 93 and 98 games. By the end, when he was fired in the middle of the 2010 season, Trembley looked beaten down.

And he never lost 100 games in a season. Many believe Porter’s Astros will go way past that — and even threaten the 1962 Mets’ modern-day record of 120.

Trembley’s Orioles couldn’t compete in the American League East. It’s hard to see how Porter’s Astros will be able to compete in the American League West.

“The AL West now is what the AL East was then,” Trembley said.

Trembley and Porter have been close since 1995, when Porter played for a Class A team that Trembley managed in the Cubs organization. He played three seasons for Trembley in the minors, and came away saying that if he ever got a chance to manage in the major leagues, Trembley would be on hiter United aftew Real Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy has been ruled out for a month after picking up a thigh injury in pre-season.The latest blow for Los Blancos comes just days after Marco Asensio suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament which will keep him on thr snubbing them at the beginning of the January market.The former RB Salzburg hotshot has revealed Borussia Dortmund blew United out of the race for his signature by going all out to convince him to play in the Bundesliga – and claims staff.

Now Trembley is a Porter believer.

“He’s competitive, but he’s got a plan,” Trembley said. “He’s got a striker Marcus Rashford admits they need to find a way to win consistently.Rashford says they need to learn to win when not playing well.He explained, “The consistency in the performance and the consistency in the games you win are two completely difvision. You want these guys play. They play with passion.”

For now, they do. The Astros are thrilled with the way their spring has gone. They don’t think they’re going to lose 120 games, even if everyone else seems to think so.

For now, they have Porter’s passion.

“It’s hard to be around me and not have passion,” Porter said Monday.

We’ll check back on that once the season starts. We’ll check back on that in June or July.

Everyone else thinks it’s going to be bad by then, real bad.

Passion won’t be enough.

Sometimes the situation won’t let you win.

Last October’s Bronx hero Raul Ibanez on Granderson: ‘It’s terrible’

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PEORIA, Ariz. — Echoes from his October homer pinch-hitting for Alex Rodriguez still reverberating in the distances to be Manager of the Year.The Sheffield United boss took the gong last week ahead of bigger Premier League names.McMenemy wrote for the Daily Echo: “Saints supporters of a certain age will remember that he signed for us as a schoolboy around the te, was watching his old team in the ’ clubhouse here Sunday when went down.

“I knew the spot it hit him, that was not a good spot,” Ibanez said. “It’s terrible. I feel for him. He’s a great player. A great guy. A great human being.

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“I wish him the best.”

Ibanez was watching in the Seattle clubhouse just before the Marinerloney from Portsmouth.The 18-year-old managed 26 goals in the academy for Pompey last term.Such form has alerted top clubs to the availability of the teenage winger.The Sunsays Chelsea have the most accelerated interest in signing him.While they haves-Padres Cactus League game Sunday afternoon.

Granderson is expected to be out until May. It would be too much to suggest that his injury probably causes the to re-think their decision to let Ibanez walk after last season, because with andPersie says a move into coaching is unlikely.Van Persie will hang up his boots today after his final game for Feyenoord against ADO Den Haag.“Becoming a trainer means stress. If you do it like Pep Guardiola, you are busy day and night,” Van Persie , they’re already lefty-heavy in the outfield.

But, regardless, there suddenly is a big gap in the Yankees’ outfield now.

“I had a great time there,” said Ibanez, who signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal over the winter to return to Seattle, the place where he started his career. “I wish them the best. Or second-best. I wish us the best.”

Ibanez called his game-tying homer against the Orioles in Game 3 of last season’s AL Division Series while batting for A-Rod “the best moment of my professional career.”

Then he crushed the game-winning home run in the 12th inning.

“That was awesome,” Ibanez said. “Just to be a part of something like that, for that organization, it was a humbling experience.”

As for coming home to play for the Mariners at 40, giving Seattle an extra bat and veteran in the clubhouse, so far, so good.

“Great,” Ibanez said. “I’m loving it. It’s a great group of guys. I like our team. I like or talent, the way guys are going about their business.

“Very professional, hard-working kids.”

nderson to Marko Arnautovic.Moyes managed to get A

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With the Brewers scrambling to find a first baseman for opening day ( and are out with injuries), Brewers first base prospect earned an extended look during Milwaukee’s Cactus League opener against Oakland on Saturday. Morrielighted to score the match-winning penalty against Crawley Town last night.The 18-year-old arrived from Manchester City earlier this week and made his debut at The People’s Pension Stadium in the 1-0 win, scoring a skilful spot-kick six minutes froms served as the designated hitter and went 0 for 3 with a strikeout while slotting ninth in the batting order. He was the only Brewers player to log all nine innings. “You have idfielderr last night’s defeat to Manchester City.Kroos was surprisingly dropped for the Champions League round 16 first-leg defeat – and also was ignored by Real coach Zinedine Zidane for the entire game. The German was not even asked to warm-up through the is on his way to Barca this summer.”I like him. He’s a great, young player and Barça, of course, need more players if they are to win the Champions League. They are dominating LaLiga but yeah, he’s a signing for the future,” Deco told Sporboth [views],” manager Ron Roenicke told .com about Morris’ readiness. “That’s why we need to see him.”