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The  optioned reliever to Double-A Midland Fridamidfielder Bruno Fernandes says he wants to play in England.Fernandes had offers from Tottenham rejected over the summer.Fernandes said: “Of course I’m happy. I hard insists eicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admits there’s frustration after their 1-1 draw with Norwich City.The Foxes fell behind on 26 minutes after Finland international Teemu Pukki applied a smart finish to Emiliano Buendía’s through-ball.It took just 1he doesn’t care about being famous. Woodward has the bore of the brunt of criticism from the United faithful over his recruitment decisions in recent seasons.But Woodward says he is committed to turning the club into a successful on and ofve the desire to play England, this is the league I want to play, there are other cluy, just a few hours after he was claimed off waivers. Stinson posted a 1.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 10 appearances with the Brewers this spring.

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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. 

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pitcher will begin the season in the minors, according to the Seattle Times.

The team will likely go wi striker Fernando Llorente has been appthe kids in their FA Cup tie with Everton.Midfielder Naby Keita became the eighth player to be added to the injured list, having sustained a groin problem in the 2-0 win over Sheffield United, which restored their 13-point lead at the top of the Premroached by Fiorentina.Sky Italia says the Spaniard has been offered the chance of joining Fiorentina as the Viola look to reinforce their attack.Now 34 years of age, Llorente is an experienced attacker who has pth Blake Beavan and Brandon Maurer to fill out the starting rotation. 

Ramirez, 22, had a nice debut for the teer Frank Lampard says it is only a “matter of time” before Jack Grealish wins an England call-up.Lampard will have the task of stopping the playmaker when Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.”I think he’s doing it,” Lampard said of Grealisam last season, tossing 59 innings with a 3.36 ERA and a 3.55 FIP. He will likely be one of the first pitchers called up if the team has an injury. 

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pitcher (elbow) was placed on the 60-day disabled list Sunday in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Feliz, whing hammered instico Madrid attacker has announced this week he will leave the Spanish giants at the end of the season.Barca are favourites to land Griezmann, with a willingness of meeting his €120m buyout clause.However, ZDF says Bayern sports chief Hasan Salihamide Holland.Dutch pundit Johan Derksen has accused Kuyt of undermining Feyenoord coach Jaap Stam, the former Manchester United defen for Newcastle United.The Mirror says the 58-year-old slapped in his resignation to Wednesday yesterday to speed a switch to St James’s Park, but Bruce’s imminent arrival is one of the most unpopular on Tyneside for years.Fans already at boiling poinder. Kuyt is the club’s U19 coach.Before going into Sunday’s clash with FC Twente, the heat was being o advanced to throwing from 60 feet in his rehab from Tommy John surgery last month, is expected to return in August.

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pitcher was hit hard in Saturday’s Cactus League game against the A’s. Lincecum, who made his fourth start of the spring, allowed a two-run home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the first and a run-scoring single to Eric Sogard in the second. He also gave up two er their Europa defender Jonny Evans has likened manager Brendan Rodgers to his former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.Leicester have shocked many with their performances this season and are on course to qualify for the Champions League for only the second timLeague defeat to Olympiakos.The Gunners fell to Olympiakos in extra-time, losing 2-1 at home and being dumped out of the competition on the away goals rule.Arteta said, “I’ve seen today the way they fight and the way we try to pla of Ireland international has attracted tentative enquiries from Juventus in recent days. However, they’re not alone.Tuttsport says Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are also keen on tempting Parrott away from London.Juve sports directy runs in the fourth before being pulled. He yielded five runs on six hits in three innings of a 12-5 loss. Lincecum struck out five and walked three and reached 80 pitches, which puts him in line for a full workload when he makes his season debut. He has allowed at least three runs in three of his four outings.

“I’m just letting batters get away and not finishing guys off,” Lincecum said. “It goes back to location. I’m not repeating my mechanics, but I don’t feel like I’m too far off.”

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Seemingly lost in the shuffle of the ‘ decision to keep Aroldis Chapman as their closer is the role for heading into the 2013 campaign. Signed to a lucrative three-year deal during the offseason with the anticipation he would be the team’s closer, Broxton will now serve as the setup man tar players.Marca says Boubakary Soumare, hn Terry at Aston Villa.The former England skipper was one of the reasons Mings chose to ditch his frustrations at Bournemouth and give his career a crucial shot in the arm.He admits the move will have proved to be just perfect if Aston Villa clamberVictor Osimhen and red an update on the fitness of Sergio Aguero and David Silva.The two City veterans are doubts for their highly anticipated clash with Leicester City on Saturday in the Premier League.And Guardiola is not sure if either will be prepared to take part Gabriel dos Santos Magalhaes, who is known simply as ‘Gabriel’, are all on Real’s radar.Casemiro is the only pure defensive-minded midfielder that Zinedine Zidane has at the moment and findio Chapman this year.

Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said the veteran right-hander will earn save opportunities in  days when Chapman is unavailable. Broxton notched a 2.48 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 25 games with the Reds after being obtained in a trade with Kansas City.

Cuban pitcher Yadier Pedroso dies in car accident

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Cuban pitcher Yadier Pedroso Gonzalez was killed in a car accident in Cuba, according to the director of sports for the territory of Artemisa, Cuba ().

According to reports, the car in which Pedroso was seated collided with a freight truck, and two others were killed in the accident, which happened about 10:30 p.m. local time Saturday.

Pedroso, 26, was one of the best pitchers in Cuba and just took part in the World Baned the differences he sees between Jurgen Klopp’s work at Liverpool. he doesn’t want to leave. Even better, nor does his manager. Problem is, the way this club is managed, the decision could be taken out of both men’s hands.No matter how it was parsed. Sliced. Nowhere in that long, honest and insightful interview To and Pep Guardiola with Manchester City.The top two will meet on Sunday at Anfield.And Capello told Sky Sports: “Klopp he made something magic for me. The atmosphere of Anfield is faseball Classic. , Pedroso’s best season was 2008-09, when he went 9-3 with a 1.91 ERA.He was 76-45 hing Hearts fullback Aaron Hickey.The Daily Mail says City are keeping tabs on Hickey at Hearts after the teenage fullback’s rapid rise to prominence over the last four months.City have forged a good relationship with Hearts and sent 21-year-old Ryotwith a 3.15 ERA in his career and competed in 10 international competitions.

Pedroso appeared in two games in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, allowing four hits and an earned run in 1 2/3 innings of action.

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Rangers’ Profar will join Netherlands for WBC finals if given the chance

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Last month, baseball’s top prospect the World Baseball Classic and instead focus on making the with a strong camp. Now that the Netherlands has with its walk-off win over Cuba, he might have a chance to do both. From :

In the wake of the Netherlands walk-off win over Cuba, which sends the Dutch to the World Baseball Classic finals that start Sunday, Profar said Monday he has been asked about possibly joining the team. And, he said, he’d like to go.

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“If they give me a chance, I will go,” Profar said, smiling widely. “They are doing a really great job.”

WBC rules allow for adjusting of rosters between rounds due to injuries. Several players have come up with minor injuries that could limit their availability for the finals.

GM Jon Daniels he will encourage the 20heir clash with Liverpool.The 20-year-old limped off after being caught by Francis Coquelin during the Blues’ 1-0 defeat by Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday.The extent of the blow was not known until scans revealed that it is a minor knock-year-old Profar to participate in the WBC if given the chance. Since the championship round runs from March 17-19, he’d oe Gunnar Solskjaer admits they’ve been hit by an injury crisis.Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial to miss Leicester clash on Saturday, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jesse Lingard doubtful.”The treatment room has been busy and still is,” Solskjaer said. “We nly miss about a week of camp.

Profar has gone 7 for 33 (.212) with seven walks and eight strikeouts in camp so far, and Baseball-Reference.com’s OppoQual stat indicates he’s faced mostly big-league-calibe hold onto Lucas Digne.The former Barcelona fullback has been a revelation for the Blues this season – and is being linked with a return to France.With Olympique Lyon preparing to sell Ferland Mendy to Real Madrid, they have identified Digne as a repr pitching. Unless someone gets hurt, Profar’s best chance to make the Rangers would be as a utility player.

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hel Seri has plenty of suitors this summer.The all

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White Sox relief pitcher is expected to miss at least a week of playing time due to a strained right adductor, the Chicago Sun-Times son of Everton hero Tim Cahill has signed for the Blues academy.The former Australian international has been back with the club for the past few weeks working on his coaching badges as he looks to secure a UEFA A-licence.The 39-year-old announced hi reports. The injury also forced Crain to withdraw from playing for Canada in the Worlain Lionel Messi has been slammed by CONMEBOL for comments after Argentina’s third-place Copa America playoff defeat of Chile.A furious Messi, who had been sent off, launched a second tirade at the body following his country’s victory over Chile.CONMd Baseball Classic as he looks to regain his strength for the start of the regular season. “I’m bummed about it but I have to get ready for the season,” he said. ” thinks Anthony Martial can become Manchester United’s version of Thierry Henry.Arsenal legend Henry dominated for a number of seasons as a forward who often drifted to the wide positions.And Red Devils legend Scholes sees a lot of Henry in young forHopefully be back out there within in a week.”

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Baltimore rotation candidate settno.Pochettino was is happy with how the team has recovered from their indifferent start to the season.But he is not happy about their porous defence, which has seen them fail to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League so far.Speaking about their evolution as a team, replaced in the Spurs dugout by Jose Mourinho last week.Foyth was signed by his compatriot two-and-a-half-years ago and couldn’t be more thankful for his guidance.He said: “We are very grateful to Mauricio and all his staff.”For me,led down nicely after allowing a solo homer to to open his outing Wednesday against Boston. Britton started the fourth inning and immediately served up the long home run. He was otherwise sharp and finished two full innings with the one run and two hits allowed. Britton dh.Nevin, 56, told how he narrowly avoided running over the tycoon with his car when he turned a corner while driving around the Isle of Arran.The ex-Scotland international player said he had to take evasive action and “just missed” colliding head-on id not walk a batter and struck out three in the performance. His ERA on the spring after two appearances is now at 3.00.

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.”

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Relief pitcher is making a comeback after having not pit says their derby defeat to Inter Milan was self-inflicted.Milan blew a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 on Sunday. Only once before had the Nerazzurri won the derby when trailing by at least two goals, in a 6-5 thriller in November 1949.Pioli said afterwards, “ched in the majors since 2010. Cordero has signed a minor league contract with the Angels and will be invited to spring led for a reality check from fans has they hit a form blip.Inter meet Cagliari today attempting to stay in touch with Serie A leaders Juventus.Conte said, “Our idea is always to go on the attack, even when we score the first goal. We must try to sctraining. He last pitchedArsenal boss Mikel Arteta has denied reports he is interested in bringing Manchester City central defender John Stones to North London.New Gunners boss Arteta coached Stones for three years at Manchester City, after joining the club at the same time as the England centre-back in the summer of 2016.Asked if there is any truth in his reported interest in Stones, Arteta said: “No, no truth at all.” with Seattle.

Ranking the 2013 Hall of Fame candidates: Nos. 37 through 31

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In advance of the BBWAA’s announcement of the 2013 Hall of Fame class, we at Eye On Baseball are going to commence ranking every one of (by the way, that’s ).

We’ll do this in daily installments, and the number of players in each “episode” will decrease as we get nearer to the top of the list. Once we hit the top 15, we will do one player per day.

As mentioned in , the JAWS ranking system () will play a prominent role in our ordering of these candidates, but there’s more to it than that. Your three hopelessly devoted EOB bloggers — Matt Snyder, the aforementioned Trent Rosecrans and dubious I — ranked each of these candidates according to a host of objective and subjective considerations, and we averaged those rankings to come up with the final order.

In this first go-round, we’ll count down numbers 37 through 31.

Before we unfurl things, a few notes on what you’ll find below. In addition to the obvious necessities (i.e., player’s ranking and name, positions played/role filled, teams toiled for, years played, notable traditional stats), we’ll also list the player’s year on the ballot (candidates fall off the BBWAA ballot after 15 years and/or if they fail to be named on five percent of ballots in any given year), player’s vote percentage from the previous year (when applicable), the player’s (bWAR) and rank among the 37 candidates, and his JAWS score and rank among candidates).

After a brief capsule of the player’s case (such as it is, in most instances), we’ll each give our official declarations on whether the player should be inducted (with our individual ranking of the playir 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands on Sunday evening.Two late goals made the result a little more flattering, but La Roja did need the Manchester United stopper to come up with a big save in the second half against Joannes Bjartalid when the score waser in parentheses, not unlike these parentheses right here).

So without further throat-clearing, let’s get to ranking the 2013 Hall of Fame eligibles. Starting at the bottom …

Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: .289/.348/.435; 1,316 H; 107 HR; 545 RBI; 647 RbWAR, rank among candidates: 8.3, 37thJAWS, ranks among candidates: 8.6, 37th

Obviously, Walker doesn’t have a serious case for Cooperstown. Still, he was a useful hitter in platoon-advantaged situations throughout his career, and he spent more than 8,000 innings at second base. Survey his career, and you’re likely to say something like “not all that bad” or “he remained employed for many years.”Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (37th); Rosecrans: No (37th); Perry: No (35th)Year on ballot:  1st Career stats: 80-109; 4.36 ERA; 1,548 2/3 IP; 1,038 K; 321 savesbWAR, rank among candidates: 9.6, 36th JAWS, ranks among candidates: 10.8, 36th

“Joe Table” is best remembered as a closer for the great Indians teams of the 1990s. In ’95, he turned in one of the great closer seasons of all time (1.13 ERA across 64 innings), but his career park-adjusted ERA is roughly league-average. That’s not impressive for a late-inning reliever. Mesa’s peak wasn’t long enough, and his career value doesn’t come close to passing muster. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (35th); Rosecrans: No (36th); Perry: No (37th)Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: .258/.312/.367; 1,904 H; 110 HR; 723 RBI; 935 R; 231 SBbWAR, rank among candidates: 16.4, 32ndJAWS, ranks among candidates: 15.9, 32ndClayton stuck around long enough to come within hailing distance of 2,000 hits, and he was long regarded as a plus defender at a critical position (although he never won a Gold Glove). Needless to say, though, the glove work wasn’t enough to make up for his weaknesses at the plate. Worth noting: Clayton ranks 16th all-time in games played at short. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (36th); Rosecrans: No (36th); Perry: No (33rd)Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: 68-63; 3.92 ERA; 1,114.0 IP; 895 K; 84 saves bWAR, rank among candidates: 13.3, 34thJAWS, ranks fter the defender changed his agent.The Germany international has failed to win back his first-team spot under new manager Mikel Arteta.And SBE Management has now confirmed the 27-year-old is their client.Mustafi has made just three Premier League apamong candidates: 13.8, 34thRighful heir to the Rick Honeycutt/Jesse Orosco title of Lefty Who Simply Will Not Stop Pitching, Stanton ranks second all-time in appearances (second to Orosco, natch). Stanton’s career ERA is 12 percent better than the league average on a park-adjusted basis. While that’s good, it’s not close to Cooperstown-grade run prevention. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (34th); Rosecrans: No (31st); Perry: No (36th)Year on ballot: 1st Career stats: .285/.347/.443; 1,982 H; 214 HR; 1,071 RBI; 870 R bWAR, rank among candidates: 16.2, 33rdJAWS, ranks among candidates: 15.7, 33rdThere’s a lot of “solid” to be found in Conine’s dossier, but the two-time All Star is far from a viable candidate for a plaque. Conine … persisted. Considering he wasn’t a major-league regular until age 27, Conine’s counting stats are fairly impressive in that context. Oddity: He ended his career in 22nd place on sac-flies list. Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (33rd); Rosecrans: No (32nd); Perry: No (34th)Year on ballot: 1stCareer stats: 148-112; 4.61 ERA; 2,153.0 IP; 1,407 KbWAR, rank among candidates: 17.5, 30thJAWS, ranks among candidates: 17.5, 30thSele’s a two-time All Star and has a top-five Cy Young finish to his credit. But if you’re going to pass BBWAA muster with fewer than 250 wins (let alone a success in the game.The younger brother of Newcastle star Sean is another bright prospect in the club’s academy.And Bruce believes the younger Longstaff is ready for the big time.Speaking about Longstaff with reporters, Bruce said: “He’s bright, h fewer than 150, as is the case with Sele), you need to have a Sandy Koufax- or Pedro Martinez-like peak. Suffice it to say, Sele didn’t come anywhere close to that.

Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (32nd); Rosecrans: No (34th); Perry: No (32nd)Year on ballot: 1st Career stats: 67-71; 3.45 ERA; 1,071 1/3 IP; 945 K; 325 Saves bWAR, rank among candidates: 17.2, 31st JAWS, ranks among candidates: 16.9, 31st

As relievers go, Hernandez had a darn fine, even underrated career: 131 ERA+, ninth all-time in games finished. The Cooperstown bar for relievers, however, is high (though Bruce Sutter’s election suggests it’s not as high as it should be). Based on established standards, Hernandez should probably receive more support than he’s going to get. In the final analysis, though, he, of course, doesn’t merit induction.

Would we vote for him? Snyder: No (31st); Rosecrans: No (33rd); Perry: No (29th)

Coming Tuesday: Nos. 30 through 26 …

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Homer Bailey’s amazing no-hitter velocity chart

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The most amazing thing about ‘s  for the over the than, you know, not giving up a hit? It might be the extent to which he got stronger as the game went on. Check out this velocity chart of his historic night, from :

You’ll note much less variance and a middle-inning peak as opposed to what happened on Friday night. 

So, did Bailey get progressively more amped up, or was it er United star Paul Pogba and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have come in for criticism from Matt Le Tissier.The Southampton legend, who is a pundit on Sky Sports, spoke about United’s weak start to the season.Pogba came in for particular criticism, wijust one of thosn Wan-Bissaka and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are happy to be together again at Manchester United.The pair first struck up a friendship during their time together at Crystal Palace, where Fosu-Mensah spent a season on loan in 2017/2018, and recently renewed e nicastle United.The Portos-Conceicao-vacant-managers-job.html”>Daily MailPortos-Conceicao-vacant-managers-job.html”> says Newcastle have sounded out Conceicao over their vacant manager’s job.Newcastle are on the hunt for a successor for Rafa Benitez afghts? Whatever the case (bet on the former), the underpinnings of Bailey’s no-no are almost as impressive as the no-no itself. 

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Cardinals move Lance Lynn to bullpen

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The surging Cardinals have moved the struggling to the bullpen and nager Jurgen Klopp has no transfer concerns as he continues preseason preparations.The Reds are set to defend their Champions League title, while they hope to break their Premier League hodoo next term as well.They have not made any significant movesreplaced him in the rotation with , .

The 25-year-old Lynn, who made the NL All-Star Team earlier this season, has a 3.93 ERA in 144.1 innings this season. However, he’s struggled badly of late (5.23 ERA in departure.El Ahly says Arsenal might be about to offload Elneny with the Egyptian midfielder’s agent in London for talks over his future.Elneny has never been a sure-fire starter during his time at Arsenal and has been pushed further to the fringes bthe second half, 6.56 ERA for August), which raises concerns that Lynn has hit a wall. The burly right-hander lasted just 2.0 innings in decision at the start of their game against Arsenal.The Blues had to come from 1-0 down against the Gunners away from home in the London derby on Sunday.Lampard had started the team in a 3-4-3 formation, but switched to a 4-3-3 for the second half.”Friday’s win over the . Lynn, however, insists that he’s not going through any kind of “dead arm” phase.

Kelly, age 23, has posted a 3.26 ERA in 77.1 innings at the major-league level this season. Of 14 appearances for , 12 have been starts.

Manager Mike Matheny tells Goold that the new arrangement will be reevaluated after each of Kelly’s starts.

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