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If this wasn’t ‘s final year of his contract…and if he wasn’t 37…and if he didn’t have a ready-made replacement in Rex Brothers — we’d be embracing him as a top closer option. With a 2.85 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 120 innings over the last two years, Betancourt has looked like one of the few pitchers immune to Colorado’s thin air.

Unfortunately, Betancourt is all but wearing a sign around his neck that says, “I will be traded in July.”

And with the ‘ trade partner likely being a team that doesn’t need a cgoalkeeper Dean Henderson on a season-long loan.England Under-21 international Henderson, 22, has agreed a new contract at Old Trafford until 2022.He played all 46 league games for Sheffield United last season as they won promotion to the Premier Lealoser (as it often is), he’ll prnited boss Steve Bruce insists they didn’t deserve defeat at home to Everton.Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s brace sandwiched Fabian Schar’s goal for the hosts.Bruce said: “I don’t think we deserved to get beaten today. It was important we didn’t lose the maobably be relegated to middle relief duty for the season’s final two months. 

That gives us four months of saves from Betancourt, which may come out to about 20-25 total. Is that g Chelsea youngsters get their chance this season.Mee saw up close the potential of Chelsea on Saturday in their 4-2 defeat.“They have all got fantastic academies (in the Premier League) and when you see the young lads coming through it definitely enough to use a RP slot on him? Only, if he’s slipping below his ADP of 179, meaning I need to see Betancourt in the 18 or 19th round before I click the “draft” button. 

r says new Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is repo

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catcher was behind the plate with A.J. Burnett on the mound for the first time this spring in Wednesday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Twinsjaer admits they’re likely underdogs in their FA Cup tie with Wolves.United return to the Black Country for the fourth time under Solskjaer, having drawn 1-1 at Molineux back in August.But the Red Devils were beaten 2-1 in last season’s FA Cup quarte. “We got to work on some things and throw some pitches in some counts that might happen during the seaclubs Manchester United and Inter Milan are favourites for this season’s Europa League.Inter have dropped into the competition after their Champions League group failur Philippe Coutinho must regret leaving Liverpool for Barcelona.The Brazilian playmaker forced through a £142m move to the LaLiga giants in January 2018 but struggled to live up to lofty expectations at the Catalan club.Petit said: “If I was Philippee.Vidic told TMW: “They are very important clubs for the competition, they certainson,” Burnett said. “He’s caught one of my bullpen (sessions), so us going out there and doing some different things, it was good.”Martin went 1 for 3 in the 7-4 loss and is batting just .158 (6 for 38) with three RBI through 15 spring games.

he goalkeeper has extended his deal at the Allianz

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The are attempting to reach a deal with starting pitcher on a contractThe Brazilian could not replicate the form from his first loan season at Toon during the 2018/19 campaign.He will not return to Chelsea, where the Chronicle claims he will be put on the market for a cut-price.Kennedy has only one year remaining on hi extension but realize the clock is ticking, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Monday. 

Wainwright has made it clearated during Saturday’s 2-1 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur at King Power Stadium.The Foxes fell behind on 29 minutes when Harry Kane converted, despite Wilfred Ndidi having a goal disallowed by VAR early on.Serge Aurier also had a strike ruled out in that come April 1 opening day he nite an indifferent performance, the Reds had the defensive solidity and clinical finishing to see off the challenge of Tottenham in the final on Saturday with a 2-0 victory.It allowed them to secure their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp and their sixo longer wants to discuss his contract. Wainwright, who starts opening day against Arizona, wants to concentrate on the season at that point. 

Wainwright has allowed seven runs this spring over 21 innings for an ERA of 3.00 with 15 strikeouts. After his last start he proclaimed himself ready for the season. 

ield United on Monday.Lys Mousset’s first-half str

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The acquired outfielder from the Padres on Tuesday in exchange Inter Milan.The striker has been linked with Barcelona.“Lautaro Martinez will not leave Inter and he can’t wait to start work with Conte,” agent Beto Yaque told FCInterNews.“Obviously, being praised by the best player in the world is wonderful afor a player to be named later or cash considerations. Dore, 21, hit .242 iterday.Jose Mourinho was named new manager of Spurs this morning.Ardiles sn a free transfer.The versatile midfielder’s contract expires this summer and he can begin to discuss terms with foreign clubs next month.Clubs are lining up to sign the 31-year-old, who has had to settle for sporadic first-team appearances for the laid before the Portuguese’s appointment: “Mauricio put us in the elite of world football. “We owe him so many memories. Where to start? With him we learned to believe. Everybodn 33 at-bats between three stops in the minors last season.

artinez and Antonio Candreva decided the Champions

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Houston non-roster invitee was scratched from his latest start due to a strained gltspur signing Memphis Depay from Lyon.The Dutch forward took to social media to mention that he was set to leave Lyon with the season coming to an end.Reports suggested a move to Liverpool and the Premier League was a possibility.However, Sky Sports repor it has announced plans for a UK-based academy designed to create a pathway for British stude class signings can improve his squad.Klopp has often been asked why they did not spend more money in the summer transfer window.But given the quality of players at his disposal, Klopp knows that only the very best can take them to the next level.”Innts to play college football in the US, reports, /.Based at Barnet and Southgate College, the NFL Academy, which has also secured support from Nike – thuteal muscle, reports the Toronto Sun. “He’s been getting treatment and hopefully we get him back out there soon,” Astros manager Bo Porter told .com.

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 .

Tigers still have a question to answer about their closer’s role

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The have spent north of $300tenham and Ajax star Rafael Van der Vaart says Spurs should move for Hakim Ziyech.Van der Vaart sees the Ajax midfielder as a replacement for Christian Eriksen.”I hope Ziyech goes to Tottenham and I think it will happen,” he said. “I talked to (chair million over the last two years to bolster their roster and make a run at the world championship. They were swept by the Giants in the Fall Classic last year, but they remain an excellent club and the clear favorite in the AL Central. That’s why their passive approach to the closer’s role during the offseason was surprising.

The decision to let 34-year-old Jose Valverde walk as a free agent was understandable. While Valverde saved 35 games and pitched to a 3.78 ERA for Detroit in 2012, he struggled in September (5.02 ERA) and was completely unusable in the postseason (30.38 ERA). It’s no secret why the right-hander remains unemployed though spring training is well underway.

The decision to entrust the ninth inning to 22-year-old rookie is a little less understandable. The right-hander throws very hard — says he “touched 103 during the season and normally works at 97-100 mph” — but he also struggles to throw strikes. Last summer, he walked 26 in 53 innings (4.4 BB/9), the year before that 34 in 40 innings (7.7 BB/9). Rondon has never pitched in the big leagues, and he has a whopping eight innings at the Triple-A level. At least one scout has some concerns:

“He’s throwing 98 mph on March 1 and not missing any bats. Hitters see his fastball for some reason.”

— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1)

Manager Jim Leyland does have a veteran setup crew at his disposal, including former closer . The 39-year-old has not closed in two years now, and he does struggle against lefties (108 OPS+ in 2013), making him a less than ideal candidate ninth inning candidate. Righty , 35, has been rock solid for three seasons now (2.71 ERA), but he became alarmingly homer prone in 2012 — 14 homers allowed in 71 innings (1.8 HR/9), including eight allowed during a 15 1/3-inning stretch at midseason. That’s scary.

The Tigers got a little lucky in the postseason when 30-year-old did his best Billy Wagner impression. The lefty pitched to a 4.00 ERA during the regular season but replaced Valverde as closer in October, allowing only one run and striking out 13 in 10 1/3 innings. Young right-handers and both miss bats with impressive stuff, so perhaps one of them or Coke emerges as a ninth-inning option come April.

2013 ZiPS Projections for Tigers’ bullpen (via )PlayerIPERAWHIPRH Bruce Rondon455.601.78RH Joaquin Benoit583.721.16RH Octavio Dotel46 2/33.471.16RH Al Alburquerque34 2/33.891.41RH Brayan Villarreal66 1/33.531.34LH Phil Coke59 1/34.251.43LH 56 2/34.451.45

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski had an opportunity to not just replace Valverde this offseason but to improve his team’s closer situation. Forty-two-save man Rafael Soriano was the big free-agent reliever on the market, but others like Jonathan Broxton, Koji Uehara, Ryan Madson, Joakim Soria and former Tiger Kyle Farnsworth were available as well. Former Giants closer Brian Wilson remains unsigned, but he is recovering from Tommy John surgery like Madson and Soria. Able bodies were out there if Dombrowksi wanted to add someone from the outside.

Leyland has reportedly expressed interest in re-signing Valverde as a “,” but that seems unlikely. Closers have a tendency to come out of nowhere, and we really r, the Brazilian insists he never heard from Arsenal nor Everton last month amid claims of both English clubs making offers for hrgen Klopp admits Sadio Mane after being taken off for their 3-0 win at Burnley.In a moment during the second half, Mohamed Salah wasted an opportunity to pass to Mane when his team-mate was unmarked in front of goal.And asked if he knew why Mane wasim.He told Telefoot: “Contact with Arsenal? No. And with (Everton manager) Carlo Ancelotti? No.”(But) maybe, the Premier needn’t to look further than Coke in the postseason. The Tigers could very well have a lights-out closer already in house in Rondon or Alburquerque or whoever, but that guy hasn’t stepped forward just yet. The closer’s role is a question the team will have to answer during the regular season because they opted for a half-measure when it could have been handled over the winter.

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was delighted with Eric Bailly’s performance for v

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Nationals pitcher made his second stinto manager Frank Lampard.The Blues were humiliated 3-0 at home in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg by Bayern Munich this week.The loss has shown the levels behind the top European clubs Chelsea are at the moment.And Cascarino is not art of the Grapefruit League on Friday night against the Braves. He allowed two runs on five hits over three innings of work. The right-hander surrendered a solo homer to in the first before giving up his final damage the following frame. Zimmermann also struck out four while issuing no walks. “He threw some really good changeups to lefties and righties,” mr Chateauroux forward Haissem Hassan.The Watford Observer says multiple reports in France suggest that the Hornets have made an offer of around €2.5million for the 17-year-old, with the added incentive of a sell-on percentage.However, Barca are alsanager Davey Johnson said. maintain a first team pathway for their young players.The likes of Morgan Gibbs-White and Rúben Vinagre have proved a big hit in Wolves’ run to a seventh place finish in the Premier League this season.And Shi told CNBC: “Yeah we’ve spent a lot on t”Adding this pitch makes him that much tougher.”

lsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday.The Blues’ home

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Cardinals would-be second baseman has been cked youngster Mason Greenwood when he had a starting the season without Sadio Mane.The talented attacker will line-up for Senegal in the African Cup of Nations final on Friday, only 16 days before the Reds take on Manchester City in the Community Shield.And Klopp has bemoaned the fact that hisrow with Alexis Sanchez last season.Greenwood, who rescued a point for United against Everton on Sunday, is already showing his goal scoring prowess at 18 years of age.And according to the Athletic, when hdrawing praise from his will be hoping to make it two wins from two at the Emirates.Speaking before the game, Emery said: “It’s going to be a very physical match and we need that adaptation physically to be strong.”We need our game plan with our structure, with our tactics coaches for the work he’s done at second base in the offseason. “I could tell he did a lot of work, which shouldn’t surprise anybody because that’s who he is,” manager Mike Matheny told Fox Sports. “He looks smooth, he doesn’t look uncomfortable and that’s just the result of hard work. … A lot of things yet to be seen but so far he looks great.”

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Brewers ma admits it’s been a disappointing end to the season.While they finished LaLiga champions, Barca lost their Champions League semifinal to Liverpool and the Copa del Rey final on Saturday to Valencia.Ter Stegen admitted: “I am disappointed, as are all nager Ron Roenicke indicated Thursday he is leaning toward outfielder batting leadoff and second baseman hitting second to begin the season. “And then we’ll see how it goes,” Roenicke said, per .com. “[Aoki] can do a lot of different things. He sees a lot of pitches, which is realter the sacking of Unai Emery.The Arsenals-executives-met-DINNER-PARTY-decide-clubs-permanent-manager.html”>Daily MailArsenals-executives-met-DINNER-PARTY-decide-clubs-permanent-manager.html”> says Arsenal’s management selection commer Charlie Austin has explained why he left Southampton.The veteran centre-forward moved down to the Championship to help the Baggies with their promotion ambitions.Many were surprised at the move and his willingness to leave the Premier League to puittee met for dinly important for me. He’ll walk. He stole a lot of bases last year. All of those things are important in the leadoff spot, but the biggest thing, really, is getting on base.”

Todd Helton arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence

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Long-time Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The Rockies have confirmed the arrest with the :

We were extremely disappointed to learn that Tncia are chasing West Ham striker Javier Hernandez.He is an £8million target for La Liga side Valencia.The Mexico striker will be allowed to leave Manuel Pellegrini’s squad this summer for the right price, says The Sun.And Valencia are willing to taodd was arrested this morning. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization. We know that he clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decision, the harm that could have been inflicted on others and the embarrassment his mistake has caused to himself, his family, the Colorado Rockies organization and to Majora “step back”.Gnabry, 24, was voted Player of the Year for Bayern Munich last season and has realised his full potential in the Bundesliga after struggling in English football.Kovac said: “It is hard for young players, he was young when he went to League Baseball.

Todd is taking full accountability for his actions with his family, his fans and the organization. The man we have grown to know has strong values that are grounded in his family and hard work. Todd clearly understands the severity of the situation.

Helton has now released the following statement himself:

“Last evening I exercised poor judgment and was charged with drinking and driving after driving to a gas station near my house. I am very sorry and embarrassed by my actions. I hold myself to a high standard and take my responsibility as a public figure very seriously. My entire career I have worked to set a positive example for my family and in our community and I fell far short of this standard.

I sincerely ask my family, the Colorado Rockies Organization, Major League Baseball and the community to accept my apology. I make no excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions. I humbly ask your forgiveness.”

Aside from these two statements, there are no further details at this time.

Helton, 39, has played for the Rockies since 1997 and avoided off-field trouble his entire career. He hit .238/.343/.400 with seven homers and 37 RBI in just 69 games last season. He plans on returning to the Rockies for his 17th season in 2013.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Ae the Premier League title sewn up.This time last season, City had long since secured the Premier League and were ready to be presented with it.However, the destination of this year’s crown is still up in the air with two games to go.City have 92 poilso, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

ll chief Stuart Webber.Dyer says Webber’s influenc

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The A’s designated catcher for assignment on Wednesday, the same day they acquired n from the Mariners. Kottaras avoided arbitration with Oakland on Monday by agreeing to a one-year, $1 milliorprised him this season.Juventus lead the table one point ahead of Lazio and Inter Milan.”The real surprise is that Juventus have 10 points less than in previous years, and that’s why their rivals are much closer,” Caon for him to consider a loan move next season.Foden expects to see more action next term.He told the Daily Mail: “There is always talk about mmanager Pep Guardiola has refused to be drawn on links with Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.Rodri starred in his debut season for Atleti after joining from Villarreal last summer.The Spaniard was highly complimentary of the defensive midfielder, whoe not playing enough but I don’t listen.“I am only 18 but people are trying to judge me now. I don’t needpello told Sky Italia.“They hadn contract.

Photo of the day, Part II: Pete Rose, ‘The Battler’

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We already had a , so I guess we’ll call this Part II.

Being that it’s Hall of Fame season — or rather, the time of the year we scream at each other about who should be enshrined into Cooperstown’s crown jewel — we’re bound to see the name Pete Rose pop up a few times.

No, Rose still isn’t in the Hall of Fame nor is he on the ballot. That doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon. But he is the all-time leader in hits and has a vast, loyal following who like to bring his name up in nearly any Hall of Fame argument.

So with all that said, check out this beauty of a picture. It is an :

That’s awesome in about 4,256 different ways. Count ’em!

And thougshiri has increased his stake in the club to 77.2 percent.Moshiri, who became the club’s majority shareholder when he invested in 49.9 percent of shares in February 2016, increased the stake to 68.6 percent this past September.Now he has an even deeph I’m certain Rose’s fans don’t care what I think, I’ll just mention this to head off the accusations at the pass is move from Sampdoria almost didn’t happen.Praet faced a race against the clock to agree a deal for Brendan Rodgers side in time on deadline day.The midfielder revealed he signed “just in time” but could not return home and collect his boots, evenstriker Timo Werner.Sport1 says both have made proposals to Werner ahead of the summer market — but he is waiting to see whether Liverpool make a move.Werner is understood to be a target for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they look to rejuvenate their squ: Yes, I absolutely think Rose should be in the Hall of Fame.

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Lance Berkman not likely to be available for World Series

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While the right now are far more concerned abester City at Meadow Park on Friday to send the Gunners into the quarter-final of the PL International Cup.With Tribalfootball in attendance, Balogun played a central role in winning Arsenal a first half penalty, before making it 2-0 with a stunning out with the Giants on Monday night, here’s a worry to file away: Hobbled slugger almost certainly won’t be available for the World Series should St. Louis make it that far. 

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Berkman’s Sunday test of his injured knee did not yield the desired results. Strauss writes: 

Berkman still experiences pain in a knee that has required two procedures this season. Sunday’s feedback caused Berkman to set aside any remaining optimism about his availability for the World Series. Though the switch-hitter is encouraged by his swing, Berkman recognizes that carrying a player unable to run the bases for himself is a luxury too pricey to carry with Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani, but the deal did not materialise.A report in The Athletic indicates that United transfer guru Matt Judge engaged in talks with the Uruguayan a few years ago.But it appears the Uruguay international was hon a postseason roster.

That likely means the Cardinals’ current roster would not be changed in advance of the World Series. That, in turn, means outfielders and would likely each remain on the roster. 

Berkman ymar is desperate to quit PSG this summer, though has seen negotiations about a dream return to Barcelona stall.Rather than sit on his hands, Neymar’s father has made contact with Juve. Indeed, Neymar Snr is due in Turin in the coming days.That’s accthis season hit a productive .259/.381/.444 across 97 plate appearances. In 2011, he hit 31 homers. He’s a career .317/.417/.532 hitter in the postseason. 

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Max Scherzer leaves start with shoulder fatigue, MRI shows no structural damage

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Tigers right-handed starting pitcher  lasted only two innings in a pivotal start against the  on Tuesday night in . The Tigers said the reason for his abbreviated start is right-shoulder fatigue. Scherzer had an MRI and the Tigers have announced it came back showing no structural damage. After a few days of rest, he’ll be evaluated again.

After the second inning, Scherzer immediately headed down to the clubhouse and was replaced the next inning by . Scherzer’s velocity was noticably down on the last few pitches he threw in the second inning.

Scherzer, 28, is 16-6 with a 3.78 ERA and 224 strikeouts in 178 2/3 innings this season.

The Tigers appear to have dodged a bullet here, as performance this season has identified Scherzer as their clear No. 2 starter behind  — and they helsea boss Maurizio Sarri will be their next coach.Juventus players have been told to expect Sarri to be appointed as their next manager, reports the Daily Mail.The news comes as Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck was spotted meeting with Juve counterpart are desperately trying to sticon to attend the Champions League final on Saturday.The goalkeeper, who is now halfway through a two-year loan at Besiktas, made two key errors in last year’s Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid on his last appearance for Liverpool.Jurgen Klk around in the playoff race. The Tigers entered the night down three games to the White Sox in the AL Central and 5 1/2 out of the final wild-card spot with just 16 games left to play.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow over Liverpool on Sunday.The Hornets handed Jurgen Klopp’s side their first loss of the Premier League season with a 3-0 drubbing at Vicarage Road.Pearson used last Thursday as a yoga and swimming day rather than usual training, which Deeney says he on Twitter, subscribe to the and .