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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. 

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Remember how this time last year, was the young pitcher Fantasy owners were happy to stash for when the Athletics inevitably caorked his way into manager Nuno’s plans this season. The winger has enjoyed 16 appearances in the Premier League so far this term. Saiss has also been a regular in the Europa League, playing a significant role in Wolves’ qualification for the round olled him up.

He may not have the same hype this year, but he does have a major-league job.

The haven’t specified whether it’s in the starting rotation or th joined the battle for Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes.A Bola says Manchester United have requested a meeting with Sporting this week to thrash out a deal for Fernandes – as Tottenham enter the race.United are willing to splash around £70million foe bullpen, but with Alex White, Peacock’s remaining competition for a starting gig, getting knocked around this spring, Peacock at least has a shot to factor in Fantasy. His stuff may be a little mora, have hit out at comments by Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora criticising the lack of free-to-air access to matches amid the country’s coronavirus crisis, reports SportBusiness.The Italian government last week ordered all sporting events e hittable than the prospects hounds perceived it to be at this time a year ago, but much of his struggles at Triple-A Sacramento last year likely had to do with pitching in the hitter-friendly PCL.

His 14 stirkeouts in 14 2/3 innings this spring suggest his stuff is still good enough to make him worth a flier in AL-only leagues.

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. 

ding the UEFA Champions League final.The goalkeepe

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picther turned in a decent outing Friday against the Angels in Cactus League play.

Bonderman, who made his first start since Feb. 25, allowed an RBI double to Chris Iannetta and a second run on a ground ball out in the second inning. He allowed just two runs on five hits in four innings of work in an 8-5 victory. He struck out two and did not issue a walk to improve his ERA to 7.20 through four Cactus League appearances. 

“They’ve gotten better every outing,” Bonderman said. “I’m going to try to keep working and get quick outs and get in and out. I think my breaking ball has gotten a lot sharper, a lot better. Overall, I’m getting that feel back. I threw four or five [split-finger fastballs] and bunch of breaking balls, til the end of the season for West Ham winger Natha that have emerged stating that he will be leading his country for the upcoming Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.The Colossal Sports Management company issued a statement on Tuesday evening stating the City star will lead out his coun Holland.Holland, 21, featured against the U’s for his parent club when they were beaten 4-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup in September.He has since made two substitute appearances in the Prfour-seamers, two-seamers.”

Bonderman, wh leaving Arsenal on loan. The teenager started both of Arsenal’s Premier League games and has held his own.Unlike other Gunners youngsters, Willock has never left on loan and he doesn’t plan on doing so anytime soon.”My head was always about playing o signed a minor-league deal in January, told reporters after the game that he does not have time to work on his pitches as he continues to fight for a rotation spot this spring. 

“I need results,” Bonderman said. “It’s not like when you’re on the team for sure and you can go out there and work on stuff. It’s working out all right so far.”

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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in Wednesday’s 5-2 win over Everton.Regular subst

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Philadelphia outfielder finished 1 for 2 with a solo homer during the Phillies’ 4-3 win over the Yankees in a Grapefruit League matchup Tuesday. Brown connected off reliever Zach Nuding, sending his second home run this spring deep over the fence in center field. “That was a well-struck baseball … the ball went a long ways,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “He put a good swing on it: nice, short and compact, with balance at the plate. His swing is more fluid anke up the numbers.The Reds bolstered their squad with the astute signing of the Japanese international from Red Bull Salzburg.And Klopp believnel Messi.Radio Continental says Galaxy are in talks with Messi’s father and agent, Jorge Messi, about a shock move to the USA.Messi has less than 18 months to run on his current contract, which carries a break clause at the end of this season allowies the youngster has what it takes to push the regular starters for a position in the first eleven.”We will d compact. It’s more explosive.”nted to secure the Brazilian international for the long term.But it appears the defender does not want to stay in Portugal for much longer.A Bola suggests that Porto will now look to move Telles on in the summer so they can get a substantial fee.He i

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.

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Durineal Madrid president Florentino Perez insists James Rodriguez has a big future with the club.The Colombian playmaker went on a two-year loan to Bayern Munich and after potential moves to Atletico Madrid and Napoli failed to materialise, Zinedine Zidag a chat on ESPN.com, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he isn’t opposed to having starting pitcher prospect vie for a spot in the bullpen. “I’m not opposed to having somebody work out of the bullpen, especially to get big league experience,” Mozeliak said. “You can see some value having a young pitcher out of the bullpen. Shelby’s goal will ould be back by December after “perfect” surgery to his knee problem.Sane was the subject of intense transfer speculation in the summer after Bayern Munich made him their top target as he staing Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane to Manchester United during his time in charge.AS says he was thwarted in his ambition by Zinedine Zidane, who persuaded the Frenchman to stay at Real Madrid.The Portuguese had identified United’s back line as lled on signing a new contract.But an injury early in thetry to make the big leagues in whatever role he can. We certainly won’t tell him he can’t do that if it’s available to him.”

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.

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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Yankees claim catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from Giants

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The announced Monday that they have claimed catcher off waivers from the .

Whiteside, who will likely compete with and forson Champions League ban, it has been claimed.The Citizens have been banned from the Champions League for two years and hit with a £25million fine by Uefa.City have been found guilty of seriously misleading European football’s governing body and bre a backup role in 2013, had one hit and one walk in 14 plate appearances for the Giants in 2012. He hit .224/.296/.303 in 229 plate appearances with Triple-A Fresno.

Whiteside was expendable in San Francisco after the emergence of Hector Sanchez, who hit .280/.295/.390 in 227 plate appearances at the age of 22.

The Yankees are still expected to search for of the drop zone on goal difference, thanks to a recent run of one loss in seven games at Vicarage Road.Speaking on Saturday’s test against Leicester City, Hughes tolg to secure a move to a club in the coming weeks.And it appears the Turkish outfit are in pole position to sign the 32-year-old, who last played in the Super Lig in 2016-2017 for Besiktas.Babel scored five goals for Fulham in 16 league games, but coud the club website: “Going into the last nine, every game is huge now. We’ll look t a regular starter at catcher, with 2012 starter a free agent this offseason.

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Cardinals move Lance Lynn to bullpen

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

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

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

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

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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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Report: Phillies are ‘going to unload’

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The are “going to unload,” according to a source with knowledge of Philadelphia’s plans over the next 24 hours,  CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury. 

The Phillies are actively trying to trade , especially to the , but Philadelphia’s asking price has yet to be met, wrote Salisbury. 

is all but sure to be dealt, and the remain the most interested, along with the Giants and . 

The are the top suitor for , but the , with injury concerns of their own, and might be interested as well. 

The Phillies want a major-league ready utiled as an early favourite for the Brighton job after the dismissal of Chris Hughton today.Potter is as short as 1/8 with Betfair and 1/3 with Sky Bet, having guided Swansea to 10th in the Championship despite tightening financial constraints at the Weity man, or a prospect who projects to be a middle reliever, in return for Blanton, .com’s Britt Ghiroli. There’s concern in Baltimore over how much of an upgrade Blanton would be in Baltimore, as his numbers against the AL East over his career aren’t very good. 

About and a potential trade to the , Salisbury wrote that Texas is not on Lee’s list of 21 teams he can block trades to. 

If Lee is dealt to the Rangers, Texas will have to send Mike Olt and more back to Philadelphia. Salisbury speculates that the Phillies could ask for reliever to be included in the deal, as well. 

The Phillies are trying to avoid paying luxury s Jurgen Klopp will refuse to let any of their first team squad players leavandball was undeserved.Osasuna equalised late on for a 2-2 draw against Barcelona when Roberto Torres converted a penalty after a Pique handball, a spotkick that the defender doesn’t think should have been awarded.”I hit it with my hand, but we alwaye this month.Xherdan Shaqiri is the latest to be linked with a move away, with Roma suggested to hold an interest in taking the Swiss international on loan, with a view to a tax, and trading Victorino and Blanton would save them “roughly $6 million,” Salisbury . 

It’s no secret, he added, that the Reds want , and that could be on the move, too. But not to the ,  CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. 

Bud Selig says baseball will expand replay, but gives no timetable

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When it comes to expanding instant replay, MLB commissioner Bud Selig can’t seem to make up his mind.

After — — saying there won’t be expanded instant replay in baseball, Selig seems to have changed his mind.

“We’re now going to add it on trapped balls in the outfield and as I call them bullets down the right and left field line,” Selig said on “The Mike Lupica Show” on ESPN Friday (via Sports Xchange).

Wait, what? We’ve been hearing for years that more replay wasn’t doable and Selig himself even said “no one” wants more a few weeks ago. All of a sudden, this bombshell on a radio show?

It’s worth noting that no timetable was given as to when this would be implemented. Also, to under Frank Lampard’s stewardship following his £40 million move from Real Madrid.Kovacic drew mixed reactions from the Stamford Bridge faithful last season, but he is hoping that the arrival of Lampard will see him add goals to his game to make hi be fair to Selig, he has said in the past that he would consider expanding replay when the technology was available. So maybe what he said Friday means will eventually do this, but not any time soon.

Still, it really seemed like it would be years before we heard Selig say something like this. Replay could actually be used oeicester will face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup semi-finals after beating Everton on penalties.The Foxes blew a two-goal lead as Everton fought back with goals from Tom Davies and Leighton Baines.But Kasper Schmeichel was immense in nto the France squad.Bakayoko last appeared for France in March 2017 in a defeat against Spain.He said, “It will happen through the field, and big performances. And especially by being regular over the next six months and a season. “At one point, I dthe shootout, sn catch/no-catch situations in the outfield in the very near future.

Dare we dream that one day we’ll be able to review egregious mistakes on out/safe calls on the bases?

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