Everton Soares.UOL says the Toffees have been keep

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of the running for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.O Jogo says City have given up on signing Fernandes.City have withdrawn themselves from the battle having disagreed with the Portugal’s clash at Anfield.The Reds were convincing 3-1 winners over their rivals thanks to a double from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

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

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. 

d ahead of Manchester United in the battle for Spo

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MLB.com reports catcher received the day off Wednesday because of the flu. Hundley, who is expected to be the team’s opening day catcher with ndro del Piero admits he was unhappy seeing Cristiano Ronaldo skip out on his teammates last week.Before the end of victory over AC Milan, Ronaldo left the stadium after being substituted on 55 minutes by coach Maurizio Sarri. The pair have since pubYasrnesto Valverde is looking forward to facing Arsenal on Sunday.The Gunners are this summer’s Joan Gamper Trophy opponents.Valverde said that his players are id as “childish”.Barca were leading the semifinal 2-1 before a late Atletico fight-back saw them lose 2-3.”We have much to improve and we are aware of it, but today we took a step beyond the defeat,” he said after the match.”We are aware that we have”excited to get back in contact with our stadium, with our fans. The players, the new ones wamani Grandal serving a 50-game suspension, is batting .432 (16 for 37) with two homers, seven doubles and eight RBI in 14 spring games.

American players philosophical about Team USA loss

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — When it comes to the World Baseball Classic, it seems that major-league players and managers are like any other fans.

The guys from countries like the Dominican Republic and Venezuela are passionate. The Americans are philosophical.

What does it mean that, for the third time in three WBC tournaments, Team USA won’t win it?

“That shows that maybe this isn’t as much of an American game as we’d like to think,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said Saturday.

Not only has Team USA never won the WBC, but twice in three tournaments the Americans haven’t even advanced to the four-team final round. Team USA made it to the semifinals in 2009, then lost to Japan.

This year, this resisting new contract talks with the Rossonero, where his deal runs to 2021.Gazzetta dello Sport says Juve are watching developments closely and would be willing to set up a swap arrangement for the youngster.Milan aren’t interested in a deal fore Americans survived a Game 1 loss to advance past the first round but lost to the Dominican Republic on Thursday and to Puerto Rico on Friday and exited the tournament in the second round.

“It hurts me to see it — not the elimination part but the fact that most of our best players didn’t play,” Baker said.

Team USA’s elimination will bring yawns from many and scorn fond goalkeeper Loris Karius back to Liverpool.Takvim says Besiktas will open talks to cancel Karius’ loan contract with Liverpool in January .The shot-stopper has kept clean sheets in three of his last four outings but that hasn’t stopped recently-insr the WBC from others. Some will complain about the way the tournament is set up. of the Rockies doesn’t buy the most common excuses.

“People talk about hitters’ timing being off and about pitchers not being ready,” Tulowitzki said. “But the thing that stood out to me was just that anybody can beat anybody on any given day. I know people talk about the guys who didn’t play, that we didn’t have all our best players. That might help. But at the end of the day, anything can happen.

“You can’t sit and make excuses. It’s just baseball, at the end of the day.”

Tulowitzki and Rockies teammate both expressed disappointment at Team USA’s elimination, although neither seemed as broken up as their Venezuelan teammates might have been over their country’s WBC losses.

“I’m disappointed, but I’m not disappointed in the players for losing,” Cuddyer said. “You see some of the Team USA guys getting crushed for not getting hits with runners in scoring position. Hey, it’s their 20th at-bat in four months.

“Three weeks into spring training, I know I’m not ready to play in front of 50,000 fans, in a playoff atmosphere.”

Cuddyer did have one suggestion for how to make Team USA better in future tournaments and how to get around the problem of starting pitchers not wanting to commit to the tournament.

“I would build a pitching staff with all relievers,” he said. “Then I’d pitch them one inning at a time.”

Perhaps Baker will be the one to decide in the future. He said Saturday that he wouldn’t mind managing Team USA, once his major-league managerial career is done.

For now, he watches along with the rest of us. He sees the passion that players from other counteak.Chelsea now have a fortnight off after their 2-2 draw at Leicester City.Lampard said, “Being a footballer is a fortunate job. You do what you love. Sometimes you get home after lunchtime. But it’s also taxing with the pressure, taxing on the playries show.

“Some of it is over-emotion,” Baker said. “Some of it is close to clowning.”

But those teams are still playing, and Team USA isn’t.

Maybe this isn’t as much of an American game as we’d like to think.

Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre has resigned

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For the second straight season, will serve as the Indians’ starting pitcher for opening day when Cleveland travels to Toronto on April 2. Masterson, who finished 11-15 with a 4.93 ERA in 34 starts last season, made his Cactus Leaga fee for Denis Suarez.Sport says they have agreed a €15m deal which will see Denis leave the Camp Nou this month.Denis had various offers on the table but limited his options by opting to stay in LaLiga. After failing to agree personal terms with ue debut Monday and fired two pethe appeal against their transfer ban was successful.Now Lampard will spend the next few weeks workiped his son joining Manchester UnitedThe Juventus striker is on the verge of joining Everton.”I did stop his transfer at the time, his mother wanted to send him to Manchester [United],” Biorou Jean Kean told Omnisport.”I said no because I wanted him ng with director Marina Granovskaia and owner Roman Abramovich to settle on who they should be going for.He said: “I have ideas of players in my minrfect innings against Oakland. The right-hander fanned one batter as he focused on keeping the ball low in the strike zone.

mi Hyypia says the European champions must not res

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Scott White  and puts as the only relief pitcher in his “Elitesays he’s quickly felt comfortable on the south coast.Potter yesterday signed a new six-year contract just months into his time with the Seagulls.He praised the backing from the chairman Tony Bloom, deputy chairmahester United for Romelu Lukaku.Tuttosport says Juve have stepped up their pursuit of Lukaku and are set to offer Dybala in return – but want a decision from the Premier Leaguel for Rapid Vienna prospect Benjamin Kanuric.Calciomercato.com says the Gunners are favourites to land the 16 year-old ahead of the January market. Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma are also in contact, though Arsenal are leading the race for the midfie club within seven days.Inter Milan were believed to be leading the race fn and chief executive Paul Barber and” tier. His “Near Elite” guys include , , Fernando Rodney, Mariano Rivera, Joe Nathan and Rafael Soriano.

eir standard for victory at Bournemouth.Wolves led

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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.”

Liverpool goalkeeper Daniel Atherton has joined Ma

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Blue Jays manager Alex Alex Anthopoulos said on Wednesday that will be stretched out during the spring just in case the club needs another starter. If the right-hander does not make the 25-man roster as a reliever, he will be sesto Valverde expects a tough challenge against Valladolid.Barca meet Valladolid on Tuesday night.”They have had a good run and against the top teams have gotten some good results,” Valverde said.”And takingacy and powerful winger has drawn a lot of interest from around Europe for his performances this season.And The Telegraph suggests that Wolves know they are in for a tough summer when it comes to keeping Gazidis insists Elliott Management’s ambitions are as big as any fan.Gazidis was speaking after the release of Milan’s financial results for 2018-19, which saw them record losses of €146m.”Elliot wants to take this club back to the top of Italian Traore.Many clubs want wide attackers, while t into account last year’s game which was coent to the rotation in Triple-A.

Miguel Tejada agrees to minor-league deal with Royals

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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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Mets manager expects pitcher Matt Harvey to be in 2013 rotation

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manager Terry Collins expects 23-year-ol the Blues yesterday.The Toffees downed Frank Lampard’s men at Goodison Park after Richarlison’s opener and a brace from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with caretaker manager Ferguson seen celebrating each goal wildly along the touchline. Cole said: “The fird starting pitcher to be in the 2013 Mets rotation, according to SNY.tv’s .

Harvey is on the verge of being this year, having thrown 157 1/3 innings as of Sept. 11.

Harvey made his Mets debut on July 26, striking out 11 batters in 5 1/3 innings while picking up a win on the road against the . He is 3-4 in eight starts with the big league club, posting a 3.04 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings.

Ranked No. 34 in Baseball America’s list, Harvey went 7-5 in 20 starts at the Triple-A level this year, with a 3.68 ERA, 1.32 Wb.The Manchester United goalkeeper will return to the Blades for their Premier League campaign.Wilder said, “Dean made it clear to us that he has a very strong interest in coming back to Bramall Lane, and Manchester United are happy to go along with HIP and 112 strikeouts in 110 innings.

For ng.David McGoldrick had put the Blades into the lead early in the match but his header was cancelled out when George Puscas converted a spot-kick just before the half-time break. But Sharp popped up in extra-time to grab the winner.”He’s been brilliamore up-to-the-minute news and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow .

Will Middlebrooks to miss rest of season with broken wrist

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Boston feared the worst when rookie third baseman took an pitch off the wrist in the ninth inning on Friday night. That was later confirmed, and Middlebrooks now believes he’ll miss the rest of the season.

The 23-year-old Middlebrooks is hitting .288/.325/.509 on the season with 15 home runs in y Cahill over the summer.Cahill left Stamford Bridge at the end of his contract in the summer before Crystal Palace snapped him up on a free transfer. “I think the problem for Arsenal, going back to the Wenger regime, has always been recruitment,” Co286 plate appearances.

On Saturday, he said he believes he’ll likely miss the rest of the season, but there is a small chance he could return in the final weeks of the season.

“I want to play, but I have to do the right thing,” he on Saturday.

In late June, the traded away longtime third baseman in large part because of Middlebrooks’s early success.

“He had a terrific run with us. He’s a terrific player,” manager Bobby Valentine said (). “I don’t think he’ll be back this year. He might for a short stint, I don’t know. I couldn’t be happier or more proud of everything he did, developing into the player he is right now and contributing to our team. It’s a damn shame.”

The Sox called up infielder Danny Valencia to replace Middlebrooks on the active rosteer the season will resume in Italy.Serie A is suspended due to the coronavirus crisis.“We’ll se reach 100 Premier League wins is a group achievement.While the Spaniard will get all the plaudits for his success in this area, he believes the coaching staff and all the players deserve credit.Guardiola, who has won two Premier League titles with Ce if we play again from this season or the next. To be honest, I think it’ll be impossible to finish the season, as we need at least 20-30 days of trainir. Boston acquired Valencia from the Twins last week in exchange for minor-league outfielder Jeremias Pineda. Middlebrooks became the 10th Boston player currently on the disabled list.

Middlebrooks’s injury also means that every lineup regular save for and soon will have spent time on the DL in 2012.

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He’s no Greinke, but Liriano could be just what the White Sox need

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execute a trade to get . (US Presswire)

If the White Sox were sure that could hold up and could stay healthy, if they were sure that John Danks could come back strong, if they were sure that could pitch the way he did Saturday night in rather than the way he has pitched for the last three months . . . Then they wouldn’t need to trade for another pitcher.But the only thing they can be sure of is that this surprising team deserved a boost from the front office, and deserved a shot at taking this all the way to October.Thus, Francisco Liriano.Liriano, , obviously isn’t Zack Greinke, who the White Sox spent Friday trying hard to trade for. But they couldgend Gaizka Mendieta hopes the club can retain the services of Ferran Torres, but admits offers are likely to come.Torres started his footballing career with Valencia’s youth set-up at the age of six.He made his first-team debut against Real Zaragozan’t get Zack Greinke.They could get Francisco Liriano, and he could help.Look, the White Sox are well aware of how up and down Liriano could be. They scored seven runs off him and knocked hadrid.Okdiario says Real president Florentino Perez sees Kane as a replacement for veteran Karim Benzema.Florentino has long been a big fan of Kane and pushed hard for the striker last season.Just last Friday, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino recogniseim out in the third inning the last time they faced him.But they’ve also seen him at his best, in a no-hitter last year and in a seven-inning, one-run, four-hit performance this June. Now they can turn him over to outstanding pitching coach Don Cooper and see what he can do.Realistically, the White Sox’s hopes depend a lot more on Sale and Peavy than they do on Liriano. But it sure would have been a shame to let this promising season slip away because they didn’t add a pitcher when they had a chance.”We had to have it,” a White Sox person admitted shortly after the deal was announced.Remember, as outstanding as Sale has been, he’s already pitched 53 more innings than he did all of last year, with two monnto the stands and confronting his own fans last night.Shortly Norwich City won their FA Cup shootout, Dier jumped over a barrier and raced up the stands, with footage showing a supporter getting involved in a spat with his brother, PatrickThe Englanths still to go in the season.As outstanding as Peavy has been, he’s already made more starts than he’s made in any season since 2008.And as much as the White Sox have kept hoping that Danks would return, he still hasn’t pitched in a game since May 19, and his return remains uncertain.The White Sox were going for it all with their strong run at Greinke, and there’s no shame in going for it and falling short.What would have been a shame would have been to let Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline pass without acquiring another starter, without giving this group its best chance at a storybook season.It was just last winter that general manager Ken Williams was talking rebuilding. It was just this spring that scouts were looking at the White Sox and predicting 100 losses.They’re better than that, obviously. They’re good enough to deserve the front office’s best effort, too.

They’re getting that effort. The White Sox desperately needed a third baseman, and Williams came up with . The bullpen was full of kids, so he went and got .

And now Liriano.Greinke would have been a dream addition. They tried.Liriano is more of an uncertainty — just like the entire team he’s about to join.There’s no guarantee he’ll do well. But it would have been a mistake for the White Sox not to take the chance that he will.

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.

3 to Watch: The ‘Difference makers?’ edition

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will join the on Monday.

Will he make a difference?Chase Utley may join the Wednesday.Will he make a difference?Trevor Bauer is expected to make his big-league debut for the on Thursday.Will he make a difference?

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It’s a big week for debuts, and that doesn’t even include the possibility that the call up Anthony Rizzo on Tuesday, as some have speculated. Of course, that’s the Cubs, and we know he can’t make a difference this year.Youkilis could, even though his work this year for the suggested he’s not the same player he once was. Utley could, even though he’s not the same player he once was, either.And Bauer?In a season where two of the hottest stories in baseball have been 19-year-old and 20-year-old , perhaps the next big story will be the 21-ystoph Freund is happy for Erling Haaland over his move to Borussia Dortmund.Haaland chose to join BVB after Manchester United pulled out of talks over agents and adviser demands.Meanwhile, Freund said: “It is incredible how Erling grew up with us andear-old right-hander who would be the first player from the 2011 draft to reach the big leagues.

Bauer, who is 11-1 with a 2.23 ERA in two minor-league stops this year, would join a Diamondbacks team that has already made up more than half of what was once an 11 1/2-game deficit to the first-place in the National League West. The Diamondbacks swept the Cubs over the weekend to move to within 5 1/2 games of the Dodgers, the closest they’ve been since the first week of May.The Diamondbacks still haven’t said for sure that Bauer is starting on Thursday, but there’s plenty of evidence, and also The Diamondbacks need a starter to take the spot vacated when Joe Saunders was hurt, and they pulled Bauer after 2 2/3 innings on Sunday to set him up for the Wednesday game in Atlanta.Bauer has star potential, beyond just his ability on the mound ().But it’s hard to know if any rookie pitcher can impact the National League West race — just as it’s hard to know if Youkilis and Utley can put the White Sox and Phillies into the playoffs.The Youkilis deal made perfect sense for the White Sox, whose third baseman have had by far the worst offensive production in baseball. And while Youkilis wasn’t doing all that well with the Red Sox, there’s at least a chance that he’ll benefit from a move to a team that absolutely needs him and wants him.The White Sox moved back into first place in the American League Central on Sunday, so it would be silly to ask if they have a chance to win it. Of course they do.At the same time, the Sox are about to enter a difficult stretch of their schedule. Beginning with Thursday’s game at Yankee Stadium, they’ll play 17 of the next 20 games against the , , , Red Sox and .This is also a crucial point for the Phillies, whiring Unai Emery’s replacement.Emery was relieved of his duties on Friday morning following a run of seven games without a win. Freddie Ljungberg is currently in charge as interim manager.Kroenke said, “Our process is already underway. “It’s going tho were swept by the in a doubleheader on Sunday, to fall nine games behind the first-place .The Phillies have known for a while that they needclub returned to the top-flight after beating Derby in the Championship play-offs last month.”I think we just need to take it the same way we did last year,” McGinn said.”We took it on a week by week basis and ended up doing well. Obviously, by the sed to find a way to stay afloat while waiting for Utley, Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay to come back from the disabled list.At this point, they’re on the edge of not staying afloat. Already, the computers at coolstandings have reduced their chance at the playoffs to 7.6 percent (barely better than the ).Some will say that Utley, with his questionable knees, isn’t good enough anymore to make a difference. But his knees weren’t good last year, either, and his presence in the lineup was enough for the Phillies to go 66-37 in the games he played.If the Phillies were to win at that rate for the rest of this season, they’d end up with 97 wins.Is that realistic?It almost certainly isn’t, but it’s very realistic to think that Utley could make a difference.On to 3 to Watch: Here’s a White Sox question that could be more important than whether Youkilis will help them: Will stay healthy? He can be a dominating pitcher when he does, and his 2.74 ERA this year (and a 1.91 mark this month) show it. Peavy will be the starter in Youkilis’ debut, in starts for the Twins, who will wonder if his improved results (2.67 ERA in five starts since reentering the starting rotation) will cause someone to want to trade for him. Utley will join Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, and he could then make his big-league season debut in If so, it’ll be a challenging first day back, with (2.19 ERA, .195 opponents batting average) starting for the Pirates. If there’s a concern about Bauer, it’s that his walk totals in the minor leagues have been high. So maybe it’ll help him to debut against an aggressive Atlanta team, in It’s an interesting game for the Braves, too, because they’ll see if can repeat his strong performance last Friday in Boston, in what was his first game back from the minor leagues.

Jose Bautista vaults into top 3 for AL OF All-Star voting

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While ‘s place on the American League All-Star team seems secure, the rest of the voting for the AL outfield is getting tight. outfielder has moved ahead of the ‘ for third in AL outfield voting, accordingh midfielder Emerson Hyndman on loan for the remainder of the season.The United States international, 23, will join United once the MLS secondary transfer window opens on July 9.Frank De Boer’s side have the option to sign Hyndman for an undisclosed to results released by Major League Baseball on Monday. outfielder also moved ahead of Cruz.Even though Bautista is currently among the top three in the outfield, his record number of All-Star votes seems to be in jeopardy. Hamilton has received 5,414,880 votes, closing in on the 7,454,753 votes Bautilost Diego Costa for the remainder of the season.The centre-forward has suffered a herniated cervical disc injury and there’s fears it’s severity could leave him sidelined until April – effectively ending his campaign.In a statement this morning, Atlsta received last season. The second base spot is also getting interesting with the Rangers’ leading the ‘ by just more than 15,000 votes. Cano has started the last two All-Star Games. In-stad winger Daniel Podence is attracting interest from Arsenal.Podence fired eight goals and nine assists for Olympiacos last season, and has netted two for the Greek side already this term.The left winger was a handful for Tottenham as they blew a 2-0 lium voting concludes on Friday, while voting on .com continues through June 28. The All-Star teams will be announced on July 1. Here’s the rest of the current voting results:

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