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Tampa Bay designated catcher for assignment Sunday, reports the Tampa.Toni Rudiger struck both goals for the Blues at the Foxes.Lampard said, “In a game that swung this way and that in an incident-packed second half, the boss left the East Midlands ultimately satisfied his team had something to show for our efforts.”A Bay Times. The needed to clear up roster space on the 40-man. 

Vogt, 28, hit .296 this spring with a home run and four RBI over 27 at-bats. He did not get a baGomez was made an honorary citizen of Bergamo.Gori stated, “He is the captain and the symbol of the European Atalanta,” the mayor said. “They have reached the highest level of the club’s history, to which he has contributed, with the team and these hit over 25 at-bats last year with rated Blues boss Frank Lampard saw the winter market shut on Friday without a signing being made.Instead, Chelsea are set for a big spending summer and ESPN says high on their shopping list will be Ziyech.Ziyech is also being tracked by Manchester Unthe Rays. 

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reliever took the mound in a bian Delph feels good times are around the corner at Everton under manager Carlo Ancelotti.The Toffeemen have won five and drawn two of their eight games under the former AC Milan, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss, which has taken them to within firelief appearance Friday night against the Brewers.

Craide by World Cup winner Marcos Cafu.Alexander-Arnold has been tipped to claim the Ballon d’Or by the legendary Cafu.He said: “Obviously massive praise from a legend of the game, which is something that I’m really thankful for and I have to give thann yielded one hit and struck out one as he tossed a scoreless innings of work in a 7-2 victory. It was his first scoreless outing of the spring since Feb. 25 have been encouraged monitoring Sontje Hansen’s situation at Ajax.The 17 year-old striker is regarded among the most talented players of his generation and has Europe’s biggest clubs monitoring his progress.TMW says this interest includes from Juven. Crain is working his way back from a groin issue and should be ready for the season opener. Manager Robin Ventura would like to see him “let it go” on the mound.

“He’s been holding back a little bit in the way he pitches,” Ventura said. “It’s going to be cold when we’re at home. He’s got to be able to go out there and play.”

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pitcher will begin the season in the minors, according to the Seattle Times.

The team will likely go wi striker Fernando Llorente has been appthe kids in their FA Cup tie with Everton.Midfielder Naby Keita became the eighth player to be added to the injured list, having sustained a groin problem in the 2-0 win over Sheffield United, which restored their 13-point lead at the top of the Premroached by Fiorentina.Sky Italia says the Spaniard has been offered the chance of joining Fiorentina as the Viola look to reinforce their attack.Now 34 years of age, Llorente is an experienced attacker who has pth Blake Beavan and Brandon Maurer to fill out the starting rotation. 

Ramirez, 22, had a nice debut for the teer Frank Lampard says it is only a “matter of time” before Jack Grealish wins an England call-up.Lampard will have the task of stopping the playmaker when Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.”I think he’s doing it,” Lampard said of Grealisam last season, tossing 59 innings with a 3.36 ERA and a 3.55 FIP. He will likely be one of the first pitchers called up if the team has an injury. 

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.”

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MLB.com reports Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he’s still deciding whether or will be the team’s starting second baseman. “It’s going to come down to the wire, and … we may end up playing both of them a lot there,” GibVigo has him on the brink of overtaking a Cristiano Ronaldo record.Barcelona ran out 4-1 winners on Saturday evening at Camp Nou – and Messi scored three of the goals, all from dead-ball situations. This haul brought the Argentine level with Ronaldo bons said Tuesday. “They’re both having really good camps and they’re both proven big league players.” Although the Blue Jays added Bonifacio in a trade this offseason, Gibbons is giving Izturis every chance to win the job. “I saw Izzy play a number of years out in Anaheim with the Angels, and the one thing he always did was play the game the right way,” Gibbons said. “If you needed to do something on the field — get a runner over, bunt, big hit, have a great a bat, make a great play on defense — whatever it is, he always does the right thing. I’ve seen him do really well in the past, so we can expgn the Chelsea star.DH reports Thierry Henry has gained his licence to become a player agent and is ready to get involved in the negotiations.Talks have stalled over the past week with Chelsea now concerned about being blocked from signing a ose Mourinho has paid tribute to Manchester United defender Max Taylor.The 19-year-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2018 when Mourinho was in charge at Old Trafford and the Portuguese was devastated with the news.Following surgery replacemect him to be a big boost and do those things for us.”

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relief pitcher ‘s up by Real Madrid for a January move to Spain.Real president Florentino Perez is a big fan of Van de Beek and saw him as an ideal – and cheaper – midfield alternative to Manchester United ace Paul Pogba.However, TMW says Ajax management have made it performance caused much consternation early in the spring, but he appears to be making significant progress in his battle to be the team’s closer. Rondon had arguably his finest appearance yet Thursday in Grapefruit League action against the Mets. Rondon needed just 12 pitches to finish out his lone inning of work, striking out one red side of North London to face the Gunners, who have a new manager in Mikel Arteta and a familiar face in former Blues defender David Luiz.Azpilicueta said: Lukaku has offered him to Juventus.Federico Pastorello met with Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici yesterday to offer him the Belgium international, says TMW. Inter Milan and United are locked in talks over a fee for Lukaku, though negotiations h“When I arrived here David was here.“He was very important for Chelsea, he was part ofbatter while flashing a very effective slider.

“Today, I thought my slider was the best that it has been all spring,” Rondon told .com. “I felt very confident with that pitch, and the catcher gave me the pitch I wanted to throw and it made it even better.”

Rondon lowered his ERA to 4.05 in seven spring outings, with 10 strikeouts and five walks in 6 2/3 innings. Rondon is the team’s No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com and the No. 95 overall prospect in the league, according to Baseball America, coming off a 1.53 ERA over three minor league levels in 2012. 

Baseball America releases Top 100 prospects list

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Many outlets release prospect rankings nowadays, but Baseball America still seems to be the list with the most prestige. Tuesday, the outlet . 

Just as has been the case with pretty much every outlet, infielder was ranked as the top prospect. pitcher checked in at number two, followed by outfielder Oscar Taveras, outfielder Wil Myers and pitcher Jose Fernandez, respectively. 

The rest of the top 10, in order: (P, STL); Gerrit Cole (P, PIT); Xander Bogaerts (SS, BOS), Migud Luiz is pleased with his new two-year contract.And the Brazilian is adamant Chelsea can compete on all fronts next season – despite their transfer ban.He told the Chelsea magazine: “The new contract means a lot as well. I’m glad to be here, so happel Sano (3B, MIN),ng his old club fail to land Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane.Bayern have pursued a deal for Sane all summer, but it now appears off after the winger’s ACL injury.Hitzfeld is convinced City were ready to sell Sane before he broke down in the Commu Byron Buxton (OF, MIN). 

Also, here is a breakdown in graphic form of how many prospects each team has in the top 100:

The Cardinals have been by Baseball America, which is reflected here in the club being tih.Sky Sports says Arsenal are looking to specifically sign left-footed players in January.Arteta is keen to get players in who can support his forward line and that he wants a left-footer to help Pierre_Emerick Aubameyang and co.Bayer Leverkusen ace ed for the most entrants in the top 100 and also having two of the top 10. 

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nderson to Marko Arnautovic.Moyes managed to get A

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With the Brewers scrambling to find a first baseman for opening day ( and are out with injuries), Brewers first base prospect earned an extended look during Milwaukee’s Cactus League opener against Oakland on Saturday. Morrielighted to score the match-winning penalty against Crawley Town last night.The 18-year-old arrived from Manchester City earlier this week and made his debut at The People’s Pension Stadium in the 1-0 win, scoring a skilful spot-kick six minutes froms served as the designated hitter and went 0 for 3 with a strikeout while slotting ninth in the batting order. He was the only Brewers player to log all nine innings. “You have idfielderr last night’s defeat to Manchester City.Kroos was surprisingly dropped for the Champions League round 16 first-leg defeat – and also was ignored by Real coach Zinedine Zidane for the entire game. The German was not even asked to warm-up through the is on his way to Barca this summer.”I like him. He’s a great, young player and Barça, of course, need more players if they are to win the Champions League. They are dominating LaLiga but yeah, he’s a signing for the future,” Deco told Sporboth [views],” manager Ron Roenicke told .com about Morris’ readiness. “That’s why we need to see him.”

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.”

Roger Clemens to return to Astros in ‘active role’

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By the sounds of it, Roger Clemens will not be pitching for the again. He will, however, be teachingarding the future of midfielder Lucas Torreira.The Uruguayan has been the subject of exit rumours since he arrived at the club last summer.Reports have emerged from Italy suggesting he could go back to Serie A on an initial loan and eventually a perm pitching in some capacity for the Astros. as saying this about Clemens’ anticipated return to the organization: “We’ve got the whole calendar mapped out, and we’re going to sort of figure out what makes sense. But the idea is to plug him in in spring training, plug him in throughout the season and just have him get a lot more involved with our pitchers.”

The “throughout the season” part of Luhnow’s comments suggests that this ishampton last weekend.Reid told the Liverpool Echo: “He’s shown a desire, he’s looking to hit forward passes, he’s good with or without the ball and he’s notched against Southampton at the back stick.”I think his form has been terrific and it just sho going to be something more than the usual “spring-training instructor” gig that so many franchise stalwarts dip their toes into from time to time. And, yes, the Astros already have a pitching coach.

Regardless of what you think of Clemens, his greatness is unassailable. And while greatness doesn’t necessarily iman.The 19-year-old centre-back becomes manager Steve Cooper’s second summer recruit to the Liberty Stadium.Wilmot began his career at Stevenage, earning a call-up for England Under-19s after impressing in League Two.Premier League Watford paid £1.5mply an ability to impart knowledge, there’s no harm in exposing young pitchers to the wisdom of an all-time great.

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My plea to mainstream on-base percentage instead of batting average

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Earlier Friday, . Here’s what I had to say about on-base percentage:

“Unlike batting average, on-base percentage doesn’t ignore working the count to earn a walk, stepping into an inside pitch or being such a terrifying hitter that one gets pitched around and/or intentionally walked often. There are four players with more than 2,000 career walks: Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. And we’re supposed to ignore that and concentrate on batting average? In its purest form, OBP is basically measuring the amount of times a hitter does not make an out. With only 27 precious outs in a regulation game, this stat is paramount. That this isn’t mainstreamed as more important than batting average makes very little sense to me.”

I feel so strongly about this I’d like to elaborate.

Before I do, though, let me make one thing clear: Batting average is, and always will be, important. I’m not saying it’s not important and, in fact, I hate it when some sabermatricians act like stats that they don’t like aren’t even remotely useful. I’m simply saying on-base percentage is more important than average.

In a regulation, nine-inning game, each team has 27 outs within which to score the runs needed to win. If the home team leads through the top of the ninth, it only has 24 outs, but the point remains that outs are precious — that is, avoiding making outs is precious.

And if avoiding making outs is precious, wouldn’t the better rate-stat measure be the one that measures the amount of times a batter doesn’t make an out? I don’t see how anyone being honest with himself could come to any other logical conclusion.

And yet, since close to baseball’s inception, batting average has been hailed as more mainstream and more important than on-base percentage. Walks (and hit-by-pitches, for that matter) are ignored in batting average.

Say works a 12-pitch walk to load the bases, bringing to the plate. As far as OBP is concerned, Cabrera gets a score of 1.000 for the plate appearance. As far as batting average is concerned, Cabrera did nothing, quite literally. The plate appearance is ignored. It doesn’t count. His average is .—.

Putting aside the more substantive part of the plate appearance — getting on base with a walk — what about the toll that a 12-pitch plate appearance takes out of a pitcher, not to mention the high-stress pitches that are to follow against Fielder with the bases juiced? That greatly helped the team, and yet it’s totally ignored by the mainstream rate stat.

Now, we need to resist the urge to say something of a Neanderthal nature, such as “a real man would swing the bat and drive in the runs himself.” Not only does such macho chest-thumping reek of a prepubescent level of maturity, but it ignores, yes, batting average (see, I told you it was important). Cabrera led the AL with a .330 batting average in 2012. So if, in this scenario, Cabrera swings the bat like a manormer club AS Monaco on a season-long loan, Bakayoko has confirmed PSG have made attempts to sign him in the past.”A big club where I refused to sign? Paris,” he revealed to Canal+.The France international is set to cut ties with Chelsea after a diff, he has a 67 percent chance of making an out. In taking the walk, he made a dangerous situation even more dangerous for the pitcher.

Yet many broadcasts still show the standard line of batting average, home runs and RBI when a player comes to the plate. Tune into any radio show, and hear callers say something like “he’s a .260 hitter!” without any other context, as if batting average alone defines a player.

We received tons of comments and Twitter feedback the last few weeks about how “wilted” or “collapsed” down the stretch. You see, he hit .289 in September. Putting aside that this is far from a poor batting average, Trout had a .400 on-base percentage in September. That was higher than his .399 mark for the whole season. Not to mention that as a leadoff man, Trout’s job is clearly to get on base an excited to be moving to Real Madrid.The departing Santos star admits playing alongside Vinicius Junior is an ambition he’s long had.Rodrygo said, “Since I was little, when he played for Flamengo and I played for Santos, people dreamed that we could d score.

Here’s another example, in trivia form: Name the winners of each batting title. It’s pretty easy, right? The two MVPs, Miguel Cabrera and , were the batting champions.

Now name the two league leaders in OBP. I’ll wait while you look it up and then act as if you knew off the top of your head.

It was (.416) in the AL and * (.474) in the NL.

* Votto was 26 plate appearances short of qualifying to technically win the batting title or OBP title (if there were one, which I’d love!). But giving him an out for each of those PAs knocks him down to .449, easily taking the crown.

Votto had Posey by a .474-.408 edeld United owner Kevin McCabe has questioned new owner Prince Abdullah’s suitability to run the club, reports BBC Sport.McCabe was forced to sell his 50% stake in the Premier League side because of a high-court ruling, and says he regrets selling 50%ge in OBP, so he made an out roughly 6.6 percent fewer times per plate appearance than Posey did, but Posey is the “batting champion.” That makes no sense.

To reiterate, batting average is important, it’s just far less important than OBP. I like the triple-slash line, so you can see average, OBP and slugging percentage (power). My overall point here, though, is that the overwhelming majority of the time people choose just one of the rate stats, it’s batting average. Knowing everything I just wrote above, that simply defies all reason and logic.

I understand it’s tough to shake generations of tradition. Hell, I still remember my high school batting averages from my three years playing varsity and have no freaking clue what my OBPs were. Batting average is what we were all raised on, and I know it’ll be a tough habit to break. But we have to realize not all traditions are best. Lots of things have evolved in baseball over the years for the better. I believe this is one that should do so as well.

Maybe one day I’ll see OBP on my TV screen when a batter comes to the plate instead of batting average. Maybe the triple-slash line will take over. Either would be fine, but the days of displaying batting average alone need to go the way of the cookie-cutter stadiums from the 1970s.

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World Series ratings might be lowest ever, but does it really matter?

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(Getty IManchester United captain Nemanja Vidic feels Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is ready to leave Lazio for a bigger stage.The Serb has been linked with United, along with the likes Real Madrid and PSG.Vidic told TMW of his countryman: “He has quality and has mages)

After hearing throughout the World Series how bad the ratings were, is it really any surprise this year’s Series likely will be the lowest-rated in history?

There are reports that this series will mark a new low for the World Series, . Although there was a spike for the final game, the first two games were seen by fewer people than any other World Series game in history.

There will be plenty of people who use this as a signal of doom for baseball and its biggest stage. You can find those histrionics and overreactions other places. As for me? I just don’t care. It’s not that big of a deal. Why not? Well, ratings are down everywhere, especially as we move to a post-TV world, where people get their entertainment on other devices than the television. Ratings are less important now than they’ve ever been; ratings are an antiquated measurement for popularity — like album sales or box-office receipts. 

Actually, the game is doing just fine.

Major League Baseball just signed an eight-year TV deal with Fox and Turner for an average of $800 million a year to broadcast postseason games. That’s in addition to the ESPN deal that will pay approximately $700 million a year from 2014-21, nearly double what it was paying before.

The Dodgers are banking on the possibility of local TV rights package worth as much as $4 billion, while Angels and Rangers have already signed deals worth more than $1 billion each.

According to Forbes, the average Major League baseball team’s value rose 16 percent to an all-time high of $605 million in 2012. Revenue for the 30 teams was an average of $212 million in 2011. The Dodgers were sold for more than $2 billion. The Astros were sold for more than $135 million more than what Forbes had estimated the team’s estimated.

Even as the World Series ratings were down, ratings for many individual teams are up- and not just the big-market teams at er Louis Saha believes they should’ve pushed harder for Sporting CP ace Bruno Fernandes.Saha believes they should have done more than monitored the 24-year-old and show have signed him“Bruno Fernandes is a player of great technical quality who coulthe top of the standings. For instance, the lowly Royals, who finished 72-90, recorded their best ratings in history. And they’re not the only ones. Baseball is a regional sport, with fans supporting their team for 162 s on target for Brazil in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Senegal in Singapore.The Liverpool striker opened the scoring after just eight minutes when he latched onto a pass from Manchester City rival Gabriel Jesus before chipping the ball past Alfred Gomis games over the course of six months. That’s where the money — and the viewership — comes in.

And if you want to step away from TV money, attendance at Major League Baseball games is at its highest level since 2008. A total of 74.86 million fans went to big league parks this season.

So, yeah, the World Series isn’t the — and it will never be, because it’s not a fair comparison. Football is the country’s most popular sport and the Super Bowl is a singular event, the World Series is anything from four to seven games played over nine days. Few people can host seven parties over nine days. No, the media creation that is the Super Bowl, which is always held on a weekend, will get the ratings, even if people are more interested in the commercials than the game. The Super Bowl brings in nonsports fans, the World Series celebrates baseball fans.

The ratings are down, but the ratings are Fox’s problem. It would only be baseball’s problem if it was having trouble selling rights to the World Series — and with Fox just re-signing its contract, that doesn’t seem to be the case. It seems baseball’s doing just fine.

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Report: Red Sox will begin serious negotiations with David Ortiz next week

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The will begin serious contract talks with designated hitter  at “some point next week,” according to Joe McDonald.

The 36-year-old Ortiz was on his way to another solid season but was limited to jys it’s too soon to compare Tammy Abraham with Blues heros Didier Drogba and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.However, the West Ham youth coach says Abraham is well on his way.He tl Madrid teammate Eden Hazard.Like the Belgian, Rodrygo is another new addition for Real this summer.The former Santos starlet told Marca: “Hazard! He is a player that I always followed. I had him as the screen photo of my mobile. So imagine. And nowold 888sport: “Tammy right now doesn’t compare to Hasselbaink and Drogba becaust 90 games due to injury. Ocastle United insiders insist there’s been no contact with former AC Milan coach Rino Gattuso.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle have not made any moves to speak to Gattuso – despite reports in Italy touting him as a replacement for Rafa Benitez.Gartiz hit .318/.415/.611 in 383 plate appearances with the Red Sox. 

Ortiz has wanted a multi-year contract from the Red Sox since last offseason but had to settle for arbitration. He made $14.6 million this season. 

The Red Sox also plan to start negotiations with outfielder . Ross hit .267/.326/.481 in 528 plate appearances with the team this season. 

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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 .

Nick Markakis has broken thumb, out six weeks

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right fielder has a broken left thumb and will be out of action for about six weeks, the Oriolesites. The Guinea international has struggled to tie down a place in Klopp’s XI since joining in the summer of 2018.But Keita has nothing but respect for the way Klopp deals with his players.”I don’t think he has any particular favourites or he has pi announced Saturday night.

Markakis immediately left Saturday night’s game against the after being struck by an errant fastball in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The pitch appeared to hit Markakis in the area of his left thumb. He immediately jogged toward the Orioles dugout to meet with the club’s athletic trainer, and it didn’t take long before Markakis was sent down to the clubhouse.

replaced Markakis in the lineup.

A few innings later, Markakis appeared in the dugout with either a heavy wrap or soft cast around his thumb. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was shown on the Orioles’ broadcast hugging Markakis, as if to console him, so it was rather obvious the news was bad.

Markakis, 28, is hitting .298/.363/.471 with 13 houbstitution incident in the Carabao Cup final last season.Former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri attempted to substitute the Spaniard after it seemed he had suffered an injury, with Willy Caballero ready to come on.But Kepa refused to come off and Chelsea mers, s victory over Barcelona this week has cost them £5 MILLION!The Mirror says a clause in Philippe Coutinho’s arrangement in January 2018 stated that the Reds would be owed the fee should the Spanish giants win the Champions League this season. The Pr54 RBI and 59 runs in 471 plate appearances this season. He missed several weeks in the first half after having surgery to remove a broken hamate bone in his right wrist.

Missing six weeks could end Markakis’ season, unless the Orioles make the World Series and he recovers on — or ahead of — schedule.

The news comes on the same night when the Orioles won and pulled into a first-place tie with the Yankees.

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