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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. 

aiola has taken aim at former Manchester United ma

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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. 

nal boss Unai Emery is delighted with Kieran Tiern

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The will likely make a decision regarding  Thursday. Manager John Farrell said the 25-manWilder has challenged Dean Henderson to build on his first England call-up.Wilder claimed Henderson’s call-up by Gareth Southgate was recognition of the on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper’s progress with the Blades. “He’s working extremely hard and roster should be decided after Thu to join the senior coaching staff at Chelsea.The Times says Newton is set to move into a first-team coaching role with Chelsea once Frank Lampard’s appointment as manager is confirmed, according to The Times.The former midfielder, 47, made 165 leagursday afternoon’s game. Bradley’s hot spring has oValencia are ready to pounce for Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez.Goal says Valencia could capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding Newcastle by making a move for Perez.The Spanish striker is open to returning to his homeland this summer.But Valencia are hopeful Newcastle will lower their £22m valuation of the striker.Perez is also being linked with Tottenham this summer.ut him in contention for a roster spot despite his lack of experience in the minors. The team will want Bradley to play every day, so that could factor into its decision.

Spring training injury update: Freese homers in return to lineup

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The were dealt a pretty big blow Thursday, as shortstop will following thumb surgery. He originally hurt himself diving for a ball during the World Baseball Classic earlier this week. Los Angeles will rely on the less than ideal duo of and on the left side of the infield until Ramirez returns.

Here are the rest of Thursday’s injury updates:

: RHP (elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session, his third of the spring. He’ll do it again Sunday. (): 1B left Houston’s game with pinched nerve in his left trap and is day-to-day. (): 3B (tailbone) returned to the lineup and hit a home run. He missed about a week with the injury. (): SS (elbow) will begin throwing this weekend. Manager Kirk Gibson believes he’ll be ready by mid-April. (): 2B was scratched from the lineup with back tightness. (): RHP (root canal) is expected to pitch on Friday as scheduled. (): 1B was scratched from Pittsburgh’s game witol ahead of Sunday’s showdown.The United boss has come out fighting on the eve of their big clash with Liverpool – and said their time in the title wilderness won’t be as long as their Anfield rivals, who last won in 1989/1990.Solskjaer defiantly sh some kind of allergic reaction. (): OF (hamstring) hit in a minor league game and will do the same Friday. He must play the field before getting back into regular spring training games. (): OF (back spasms) took part in a workout, but hek.The Frenchman has been named new coach of St Etienne.Saint Etienne announced on Friday afternoon that Ghislain Printant had been fired – and just a half-hour later Puel’s appointment was confirmed.ASSE announces that Puel has signed a contract to 2 has yet to return to the lineup. He’s been out sl under pressure after a poor week.Pochettino spoke to the media today after Tuesday’s Carabao Cup shock at Colchester.He insisted: “The most difficult was the first season. A few seasons were tough in some periods. I am so relaxed. I become more relince March 16. (): SS (concussion) has been cleared to resume baseball activity. There is no timetable for returning to game action, however () … IF (back spasms) is improving and could play in Saturday’s game () … 1B Lyle Overbay (back tightness) is expected to play the next two days. (): RHP (groin) isn’t getting any better. “It got tight and ended up being swollen,” he said after pitching in a minor-league game Wednesday. ()

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 .

says Chelsea boss Frank Lampard needs to stick wi

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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.

old, who joined the Gunners in 2015, has confirmed

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Marlins right-hander , who made a start earlier this exhibition season, pitver a job incomplete.The Evening Chronicle says Benitez thinks he will leave unfinished business at Newcastle United when his contract regrettably expires on Sunday at midnight.It’s understood that while he hasReal Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno insists Gareth Bale is valued by management.It’s been suggested the two parties are preparing to part in the New Year.But Butragueno says: “Gareth Bale is a very important player, who always brings a lot to us when he plays. “The coach spoke a lot about this topic on Tuesday, so do not insist. “Big games are coming up and we need everyone.” come to the conclusion he can not work ched the ninth inning of Wednesday’s exhibition game at the NatNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is happy to still be in the hat after their FA Cup replay win over Oxford United.Newcastle now meet West Brom in the fifth round.Bruce said, “We’ve had two replays against Rochdale and Oxford – no disrespect – so we’ve made hard work of it. “But I think the team deserve to be in the fifth round. “Let’s see how we do at West Brom.”ionals. He didn’t allow a run, but he did surrender a hit and a walk.

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.”

Headley’s $10.3 million is tops as arbitration numbers are exchanged

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sees himself as a or a spell on the sidelines with a hip injury. The club have not provided a timeline for Maguire’s return. Maguire missed Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg loss to Manchester City.Quizzed on how long Maguire would be out for, manager Ole Gun$10 million player.The think the right number is closer to $7 million.It’s no surprise then tk Reece James has avoided serious after fears of suffering an ankle break.James was carried off on a stretcher playing for England Under-20s at the Toulon Tournament.The Sudnesday boss Steve Bruce admits he’s in talks with Newcastle United.An angry Wednesday fan confronted Bruce on the touchline during his side’s 3-1 friendly win against Lincoln at Sincil Bank on Saturday.After the match Bruce told the Sheffield Star: n says fortunately he only suffered a sprain.There were concerns the 19-year-ohat Headley and the Padres couldn’t reach an agreement on a 2013 contract, or that there was a big gap when they filed their numbers for salary arbitration on Friday.Headley filed at $10.3 million, according to figures obtained by CBSSports.com. The Padres countered at $7.075 million. If the two sides still can’t reach an agreement, an arbitrator will decide between the two numbers.All the numbers exchanged Friday:

, : player $3 million, team $2.3 million

, : player $1.1 million, team $750,000

, : player $3.4 million, team $2.4 million

, : player $5.8 million, team $4.75 million

, Red Sox: player $2.375 million, team $2.325 million

, : player $4.7 million, team $3.65 million

, : player $2.6 million, team $1.7 million

, Reds: player $8 million, team $6.75 million

, : player $3.7 million, team $2.825 million

, Rockies: player $5.15 million, team $4.25 million

, : player $3.75 million, team $2.4 million

, Padres: player $3.75 million, team $2.875 million

, : player $8.25 million, team $5.7 million

Chase Headley, Padres: player $10.3 million, team $7.075 million

, Reds: player $1.65 million, team $1.05 million

, Rockies: player $1 million, team $800,000

, Angels: player $1.4 million, team $975,000

, Orioles: player $7.1 million, team $5.7 million

, : player $1.2 million, team $750,000

, Reds: player $4.7 million, team $4.15 million

, Reds: player $3.5 million, team $2.65 million

, : player $3.4 million, team $2.65 million

, Cardinals: player $5.5 million, team $4.5 million

, Mets: player $3.4 million, team $2.55 million

, : player $6.5 million, team $5.05 million

, Orioles: player $3.2 million, team $1.8 million

, : player $2.7 million, team $2.1 million

, Diamondbacks: player $2.8 million, team $1.8 million

, : player $7.05 million, team $6.65 million

, Padres: player $5.55 million, team $4.905 million

, : player $3.55 million, team $2.85 million

, Giants: player $4.5 million, team $2.675 million

, Cardinals: player $1.3 million, team $900,000

, : player $7.4 million, team $6.05 million

, Reds: player $1.05 million, team $750,000

, Pirates: player $3.6 million, team $3 million

, : player $5.8 million, team $4.6 million

Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell are being tracked by

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Right-hander , who will attempt to wig Manchester City on Sunday.As second-place Liverpool play Wolves at Anfield, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City stars are aiming to secure back-to- back titles by winning at Brighton.But Gross says: “They have not won it yet. “They have to play onen a job with the Twins this spring after missing all of 2012 because of surgery to repair a torn shoulder capsule, is more likely to make the team as a reliever, according to 1500 ESPN Twin Cities, but the Twins would prefer to see him as a starter. “He has done both,” general manager Terry Ryan said. “And I would tell you starter not for sale.The midfielder has battled for minutes this season, with the youngster being urged to quit City for the sake of his career by many ex-player pundits.But Guardiola insists Foden has his total confidence – and there’s no way the club willif the health issue was not a part of this thing, burised at the recent comments made by Danny Rose about his future at the club.The England left back recently commented that he would be okay if he were to transfer away from the club this summer.”It’s not about regular first-team football. I know my at he’s not been healthy. So we have to keep that option open.”

Rangers GM says team would welcome Josh Hamilton back in Texas

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While there seemed to be some bad blood between the Rangers and Josh Hamilton near the end of the season, the team hasn’t ruled out bringing back the free-agent outfielder, general manager Jon Daniels .

Daniels said he’s maintained Tosun is interesting former club Eintracht Frankfurt.However, Sabah says Besiktas officials are due in England this week for talks with Everton for Tosun.Besiktas coach Abdullah Avci wants to see his attack strengthened and has recommended Tosun’s ada “dialogue” with Hamilton’s agent, Mike Moye, and the team “would welcome Josh Hamilton back.”

“I think he wants to be here and I think those are two big elements, but like any deal or situation, there are a numb Greenwood has been named in the England U21 squad – at 17.Manchester City star Phil Foden features along with Wolves’ highly-rated star Morgan Gibbs-White, Tottenham’s Oliver Skipp and Arsenal duo Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock.”I’m really excited by er of other factors involved,” Daniels . “We’ve just chosen not to comment on it. But we’ve been consistent all along: We’d like to have Josh back.”

After the season, Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan criticized Hamilton’s decision to quit smokeless tobacco during the season. Hamilton, who tried to quit Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer offered some sympathy to Tottenham counterpart Hugo Lloris after last night’s defeat.Bayern thrashed their Champions League opponents 7-2 in London last night.”What more can one say? He (Serge Gnabry) has done everything superbly,” said Neuer. “I’m a little sorry for Hugo Lloris. He could do nothing and conceded seven home goals. “It’s bitter.”smokeless tobacco in late June, blamed his struggles at the plate on what he initially called a “discipline” issue and then later revealed was his attempt at quitting tobacco. He also missed five games in September for blurred vision and balance issues, which he blamed on caffeine.

Hamilton, 31, hit just .259/.323/.510 with 16 homers in the second half of the season after hitting .308/.380/.635 with 27 home runs in the first half.

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Orioles’ Brian Matusz will begin spring training as a starter

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manager Buck Showalter revealed that pitcher will begin spring training as a starting pitcher in an effort to get him innings, to MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko.

However, Matusz could eventually be shifted back to the bullpen for regular-season play.

Matusz was removed from the Orioles rotation this season after going 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 84 2/3 innings over 16 starts.

He found success in the bullpen, allowing just two earned runs in 13 1/3 innings over 18 appearances, good for a 1.35 ERA to go along with a 0.60 WHIP and 19 strikeouts.

For more up-to-the-minutlian attacker Richarlison.As the Blues managed an impressive 2-0 win over Burnley last week, the Brazilian had to play through the pain barrier.In fact, he has been nursing the injury since their impressive 4-0 win over Manchester y Rose has hit back at Ruud Gullit after last night’s Champions League triumph over Ajax. Gullit singled out Rose, Dele Alli and Victor Wanyama as not technicallsays Callum Hudson-Odoi must follow the example set by Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling to reach his potential.Hudson-Odoi made his first start for the Blues since April during Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie with Grimsby after recovering from a y good enough after the first leg 1-0 loss in north London.And Rose says he found those cUnited last month.Ae news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

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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Report: Dan Haren ‘should’ be back with Angels on July 22

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should be getting Haren back soon. (Getty Images)

The first disabled-list trip in Dan Haren’s career doesn’t appear it’ll lalympique Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele insists he’s not agreed terms with any rival club.PSG, Manchester United and Manchester City have been linked with Ndombele.But he says, “If I know what I’m going to do next season? No, I do not know yet. It ist very long. He last pitched July 3 and — assuming there are no setbacks — the Angels will reportedly get him back on July 22.

Haren ths place at Barcelona.Rafinha’s future is unclear, particularly due to his injury history and the arrival of Frenkie de Jong, but the 26-year-old is remaining calm.”I have a contract with Barcelona,” he stated.”Last year, in this very situation, I starew a bullpen session Saturday and his back injury seemed t Sandler is set to move to Anderlecht.HLN says Anderlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany is ready to take the Dutch youngster on-loan for the new season.Sandler moved to City last year from PEC Zwolle and worked closely with Kompany when they were too create no issues, meaning he’s ready to make a minor-league rehab start Monday or Tuesday, . DiGiovanna said Haren “should” return to the Angels’ rotation on July 22.

Haren, 31, is 6-8 with a 4.86 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 86 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings. Of course, once he was placed on the DL, Haren admitted he’d been dealing with the pain in his back for much of the season. It makes sense, as Haren has never been on the disabled list and was pitching much worse this season than he normally does. So getting him back healthy should provide a significant boost to the Angels.

o preseason friendlies in Norway.Ole Gunnar Solskj

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Mets farm hand won the Triple-A Hoelder is on-loan with the Sardin him withdrawing from England’s squad for the upcoming Euro2020 qualifiers.The £60million summer signing withdrew from the squad for the games against Bulgaria and Kosovo on Tuesday due to the back problem.According to the Daily Mail, Wan-Bissaka waians from Inter Milan.Nainggolan said he doesn’t want to think about what’s next for him personally and is focused on ‘finishing the League’ with Cagliari.“I’m not M Beppe Marotta admits rumours about Luciano Spalletti’s future have been frustrating.Former Juventus coach Antoio Conte continues to be linked with Spalletti’s job. “The rumours about Spalletti’s future aren’t helpful,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italthinking about anything, now I just think about finime Run Derby on Monday night. He beat out , who is in the White Sox organization, in the final round. Pascucci is batting .229 with 13 home runs and 51 RBI in 86 games for Triple-A Buffalo this season.