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The  placed pitcher on the 60-day disabled list Saturday a joined the battle for Benfica defender Ruben Dias.Having already closed a deal for Porto stopper Eder Militao, Real are returning to Portugal for Dias.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduar Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez held crisis talks after their Copa del Rey final defeat to Valencia last night.AS says during the team bus ride to Seville airport, the three stars held an impromptu meeting about their the Copa loss and also their Champdo Inda, when speaking on El Chiringuito.Inda says he continues to deal with elbow discomfort, the Houston Chronicle reports. White also told reporters that he has dealt with minor triceps tendinitis throughout spring training.He will be re-evaluated Sunday and is unsure if his injury will require surgery.White posted a 6.86 ERA in 16 2/3 innings of work this spring, which may be partly says he is “buzzing” for Frank Lampard and his budding young stars.The Blues are currently third with eight wins from 12 Premier League games, despite not being able to sign any players until 2020 due to a FIFA transfer ban.In just his first season iattributed to his injury. He is eligible to return from the disabled list in early June.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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.

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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Detroit outfielder participatedot to have worked with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.Rooney reckons England’s golden generation would hr Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.Arsenal are in the market for a new centre back following Calum Chambers’ season-ending injury, with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano one potential suitor.Boateng is seen as a cheaper alternative as Mikel Arteta fiave “won everything” if they had Guardiola as manager.Speaking on his personal podcast, Rooney said: “You look at our team ten years ago and a in batting practice Tuesday as he continues to recover from a right oblique injury that has sidelined him since the beginning of camp, .com reports. Boesch said he hopes to be able to take live batting practice — with a Tigers starter pitching — either Wednesday or Thursday, and possibly play in ae snapped up Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri.The 26 year-old arrives on-loan from Uruguay’s Deportivo Maldonado.Calleri is a former West Ham and Alaves loanee. He’s been with Deportivo Maldonado since 2016.#CalleriPericoBenvingut!¡Bienvenido!Welc Grapefruit League game this weekend.

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

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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.

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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Saturday the expectation is and will share the catching duties at the beginning of the season, pushing back to Triple-A rence maker for the Red Devils.United secured Fernandes with days remaining in the January transfer window.He arrived from Sporting CP and has impressed in his two Premier League outings since.Fernandes helped United defeat Chelsea 2-0 away from homePawtucket. “For right now, I think our expectations [are] Salty and Ross, they’re the two proven guys,” Cherington said. “We signed Ross for a reason and Salty has continued to build on each year and added some things and gotten better. He’s a power threat, capable of being one of the best catchers in the leaguia midfielder is a target for Manchester United and Juventus.“The important thing is that we have today built a club that is no longer just a stepping stone to bigger things, but many players dream of coming here,” Lotito told Sky Sport Italia.“Le. We’ve seenime.The Colombian has won the Apertura with Banfield, before clinching eight titles at Porto, another seven with Real Madrid and five in Germany with Bayern Munich.”Football is short; maximum up to 34 years,” he told the Youtube channel Otro.”So, I w that. Lavarnway has come a long way. We think he’s going to be a really good player for us. Sometimes the clock doesn’t start exactly when the player wants to. But he’s proven at the Triple-A level that he’s capable of helping a major-league team. That’s going to happen; we just don’t know exactly when.”

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Angels pitcher , who has been playing long toss since December, expehero Lee Dixon praised his old team ane-year deal with Leicester City.The popular 33-year-old Austrian has been a significant figure for the Foxes since his arrival from Germany in the summer of 2015, going on to make 118 appearances in Leicester City colours at left-back.Speaking to LCfter their 3-1 first-leg win against Europa League semifinal opponents Valencia.Alexandre Lacazette (2) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were the Gunners’ goalscorers.Dixon said on BBC Sport, “That third goal has takcts to be ready for spring training after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs in OGrosso remains unhappy with the striker’s attitude in training, though insists he will play again.He explained today: “I don’t always want to talk about him, every time you go to see if he goes away a minute before or a minute later. “With him I havectober. “I have normal extension again,” Wilson told the Los Angeles Times. “Before, I could only bend it, stretch it up to around 30%.” Wilson said that he started losing motion in July; he previously noted that he couldn’t throw his sinker at one point in the season because of the pain. “I knew I needed surgery,” Wilson explained, “because I had gone through the same thing in 2008.”

Miguel Tejada agrees to minor-league deal with Royals

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(US Presswire)

Free-agent infielder Miguel Tejada has signed a minor-league deal with the , Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com confirms. The news th PSG over Neymar.Le Parisian says Leonardo, sports director of PSG, and Oscar Grau, general director of Barcelona, along with Javier Bordas and Eric Abidal, are meeting today.PSG want €100m plus Ousmane Dembélé and Nelson Semedo to part with Newas first reported by the Associated rd.Hayward had the position as head of sports science at the Premier League club.He is departing to fill a similar role with LA Galaxy in the United States.Hayward was pictured by the LA Times in the U.S. with the Galaxy squad for their most recent tPress on Monday. The deal is for $1.1 million, though that money isn’t guaranteed, as Tejada would need to make the team.

Tejada, 38, hit just .239/.270/.326 with four homers and 26 RBI in 91 games for the in 2011. The extent of his play during the 2012 season came in 36 games with Triple-A Norfolk (‘ system), where he hit .259/.325/.296. So it appeared he was cooked.

But, according to Heyman, the Royals have been impressed with Tejada’s play in winter ball. He’s playinro Steve Walsh is adamant they’re a top four chance this season.The Foxes currently sit fourth in the Premier League. Walsh told the Daily Star: “The one thing we’re not doing is getting too carried away.“In football, things can change at one momg for the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican league, and he’s hitting .284/.336/.433 with four homers, nine doubles and 19 RBI in 34 games.

Tejada’s chances of starting on the left side of the infield are pretty much nil, as and are locked in. Tejada is still a long shot at second base, but he has a chance — albeit a slim one, I’d bet — to play over and/or at some point.

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Report: Red Sox not sure if John Lackey will pitch this season

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The aren’t sure whether will pitch for them this season, to CSNNE.com’s Sean McAdam.

Lackey, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, recently threw a side session with manager Bobby Valentine in attendance. Lackey threr Sunday’s 2-2 draw.McLean says Norwich deserved more than a point.“We deserved the three points,” he said. “We had some great chances and played some nice stuff. We looked pretty solid but in the end it’s a point against a very good Arsenal teamw 45 pitches, 35 to 37 of which “were excellent,” according to Valentine. 

Lackey will begin throwing breaking balls on flat ground as the next part of his rehab. Then, he’ll throw in a scenario that mimics how he would pitch during a game. 

Though Lackey has made progress, the Red Sox haven’t decided whether they’ll bring him back in September. General manager Ben Cherington said that the team hasn’t looked that far ahead yet. The team would like to have Lackey pitch in a “competitive environment” this season, so that he has a normal offseason. 

For more up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Ja clean sheet for their 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund.The German international made a string of fine saves in the game to ensure Barça kept a clean sheet, including stopping Marco Reus’ ala remains high on Manchester United’s shopping list.Tuttosport says United are willing to reopen negotiations to sign Dybala from Juve.United failed to sign the Argentine in the summer window but remain on the hunt for a new forward after selling Rpenalty. “I think they had some clearck Moore and R.J. White, follow .

Astros claim reliever Chuckie Fick

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The have claimed right-handed reliever off waivers from the St. Louis , FOXSportsMidwest.com’s B.J. Rains. Fick was r Giroud for upcoming fixtures against Moldova and Albania.The 33-year-old has only played 120 minutes of top-flight football for Chelsea this season.But Deschamps says he has trust in the striker.”Maybe that means something but it’s mostly what happdesignated for aoving for Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.With Gigi Buffon announcing yesterday that he is leaving the Parisians after one season, the French giants are in need for a senior goalkeeper signing.Mundo Deportivo says PSG are ready to move for Keylorssignment by the Cardinals on Wednesday, to make room for veteran reliever . 

A 15th-round draft pick by the Cardinals in 2007, Fick has spent the majority of the 2012 season with Triple-A Memphis. In 42.1 innings out of the bullpen, he has 4.68 ERA, and has struck out 20 batters while walking 13. 

The Astros will have to make a 40-man roster move on Saturday, when pit captain Lionel Messi has been banned from international football for three months after claiming the Copa America was “corrupt”.Argentina forward Messi, 32, was sent off in the 2-1 third-place play-off win over Chile and later said the “cup was fixecher Armando Galarraga is called up to start from Triple-A Oklahoma.

Prospect spotlight: Reds speedster Billy Hamilton

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CINCINNATI — Dayton Dragons manager Delino DeShields didn’t even let me finish the question.”Hypothetically,” I started last week, “if it’s August or September…””I would,” DeShields said last week. “That’s me. To have that coming off the bench, in September and into the playoffs. That would be a tremendous weapon to have.”That weapon is Billy Hamilton, the Reds’ shortstop at Class A Bakersfield (Calif.), who last season stole 103 bases at low-Class A Dayton with DeShields. Just 21 and without a deep baseball background, the former Mississippi State football signee may be the fastest man in baseball. A switch hitter, there’s still plenty of development he needs as both an offensive and defensive player before he’s ready for the majors — but, that speed isn’t just big-league ready, it’s game-changing.”I call him a little ninja — he doesn’t leave footprints when he runs,” said DeShields, who stole 463 bases in his 13-year career, including two seasons with 55 or more stolen bases. DeShields played with the likes of Tim Raines, Otis Nixon and Marquis Grissom and played against Kenny Lofton — and he said Hamilton is in the category and has the potential to be even better.Forget where he stole 100 bases, Reds manager Dusty Baker said, just the fact he became the first player since 2001 to steal 100 bases in the minors is impressive enough.”Hey man, 100 is 100. It’s like hitting .400 — I don’t care where you hit .400, you hit .400,” Baker said. “Is it going to get tougher? Possibly. How much? I don’t know.”Through the first six games at Bakersfiled, Hamilton has five stolen bases and hasn’t been caught yet. He’s hitting .217/.333/.478, with three of his five hits going for doubles. Last week he played in the Reds’ Futures Game at Great American Ball Park. Against Reds starter , Hamilton singled in the first inning and everyone knew what was coming next, including Leake, catcher and manager Dusty Baker. That’s why Leake pitched out — and Hamilton didn’t care. He was thrown out, but only because he overslid second.”The base came real fast for some reason, and I guess big league dirt is different than minor-league dirt because I kept on sliding for some reason,” Hamilton said. “When I saw a pitchout, I just kept running. Some people when they see a pitchout, they stop a little bit. I just kept our running. I might have been safe if I didn’t slide past the base.”Hamilton did steal a base later in the game — this time off of and — and finished 2 for 3, before getting on a plane to head to Bakersfield. At Bakersfield, Hamilton will again learn from an accomplished former big-league speedster, Ken Griffey Sr. Griffey stole 200 bases in his 19-year career, but he was the fastest player on the Big Red Machine and his speed was used as a weapon. It wasn’t planned for the Reds to have DeShields and Griffey managing him in consecutive years, but it doesn’t hurt. He’ll also have former Red and current roving instructor Eric Davis — who stole 80 bases in 1986 and 349 in his career — working with him on occasion.”That helps. Big time,” Baker said of Hamilton’s mentors. “Reading pitchers as much as anything. Knowing pitchout counts, seeing the catcher jump out, reading signs from the catcher, there’s a lot involved in stealing bases. Just because you have speed, not just everyone can stealp has urged Jose Mourinho to buy this summer.Spurs were dumped out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage after failing to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit against RB Leipzig in Germany, losing 3-0 on the night and 4-0 on aggregate.They are now bases.”But even without that — DeShields says Hamilton is “outrunning the baseball right now” — he could still outrun the baseball at the bid defender Axel Tuanzebe has warned his young teammates not everyone makes it at Old Trafford.Tuanzebe has progressed into a first team player at United after loan spells at Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship.“Everyone has their own individualg-league level. It probably won’t be this year, but if the Reds are in the hunt at the end of the season, it would be an interesting thought.Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen still keeps in touch with Hamilton, who was recruited to be a defensive back and returner for the Bulldogs, and even though Hamilton says he misses football on Saturdays in the fall, he doesn’t miss the rest and knows baseball will be his career. He’s currently at shortstop, but many have predicted he’ll eventually move to second. just signed to an extension through 2017, so outfield may be in his future at some point. However, no matter where he plays, his speed will be the difference.”I have a whole bunch of confidence when I’m on the bases,” Hamilton said. “I don’t mind a pitchout. I’m confident I’ll get second. If you throw me out one time, you’re going to have to throw me out twice. That’s not my gbruary.The Northern Irishman set to link up with FIFA in a senior role. Massey has been connected to the club since 2013, when he was handed the role of academy doctor.Massey’s departure was confirmed in an internal email from FIFA, which has been leame, sitting on first base.”• Bad news for the , as third baseman –the sixth overall pick in last year’s draft — suffered a partial fracture of his left ankle, the team said on Thursday. He had to be carried off the field on April 7 and the initial diagnosis was a sever sprain. The 21-year-old will see a foot and ankle specialist on Friday. According to GM Mike Rizzo, though, the fracture may be better news than a bad sprain, because it can heal quicker and cleaner. Rendon was considered by many as the best college position player in last year’s draft, but slid in part because of concerns over his injury history. He had two different injuries to his right ankle and didn’t play the field last season because of a shoulder injury.• ‘s first rounder from last season, , has 18 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings for Double-A Mobile in two starts this season, including 11 in 5 2/3 innings on Tuesday.• , the fourth overall pick by the in last June’s draft, has thrown three perfect innings in each of his first two outings as a pro for Class A Delmarva of the South Atlantic League. He has struck out 12 of the 18 batters he’s faced, including the last five in Wednesday’s game against Kannapolis.• One of the reasons the felt like they could trade Michael Pineda this offseason was their depth of talented starting pitching in the minor leagues. While Taijuan Walker and Danny Hultzen are the big names, don’t forget about left-hander . The 23-year-old has 17 strikeouts to just one walk in 10 1/3 innings over his first two starts of the season. • And just because you’re probably wondering, is hitting .261/.320/.391 with a double, triple and stolen base in six games for Triple-A Syracuse.