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second baseman has value in two areas: batting average and speed. So far this spring, he’s proven he can still contribute in both, with a .309 average and three steals in 55 at-bats. 

Robipzig defender Ibrahima Konate.Konate, 19, has been a mainstay in the Bundesliga side this season, making 43 appearances in all competitions.The France U21 international centre-half cost Leipzig just cost £270k from Sochaux back in 2017, but he is nerts hasn’t seen 300 at-bats since 2009, when he hit .283 with 30 steals. And his four doubles this spring indicate that he can still help out in that category. He’s had 50 or more doubles three times in his career.

While health is always a question with Roberts, there’s the additional worry of his age — he’s 35 — and how much rust he has to shake off says Paul Pogba needs to leave Manchester United.Barnes’ comments follow the claim that Pogba no longer wants to leave United, and is excited by the prospect of playing alongside Bruno Fernandes.”You simply cannot have an unhappy player at a footbalafter playing sparingly the last three years. Upside: 35 steals and a .280 average. And for a 21st-round pick at a weak position (in AL-only, esepcially, second base gets very shallow, very fast), Roberts may be worth the gamble. Just rg defender Branislav Ivanovic insists Eden Hazard will come good for Real Madrid.The pair are former long time Chelsea teammates.Ivanovic told Marca, “I think he is not well physically. He was injured a couple of times, but everyone knows that Hazarthink of it more like a roll of the dice than a strategic game of blackjack. 

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pitcher Andy Petter the right backroom team is crucial to tak Swart says Quincy Promes’ goal should have stood in their Champions League defeat to Chelsea.Promes had Ajax 1-0 ahead before the goal was ruled out by VAR to offside.”I ordered a window cleaner to clean those VAR glasses and the TV screens for a heir plans to revive the club.Arteta believes the backroom staff at the club make a huge difference, and has praised the influence they can have on the players.”The staff are very, very important,” he said. “itte has been named the starter for the finale of the Yankees’ openingster United salary to sign permanently with Inter Milan.The Chilean’s contract with Manchester United is worth a whopping £400,000 a week, with a further £160,000 of bonuses dependent on his success.Inter agreed to cover just £4.5million of his £ series with the Red Sox. Pettitte will open his season on April 4 at home, where he posted a 1.85 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 43 2/3 innings over seven starts in 2012 while recording 47 strikeouts. It will be Pettitte’s first game against the Red Sox since his final start of the 2010 season.

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The will give the starting nod Wednesday. 

Kirkman hasn’t given up a run over nine spring innings, and the team is intrigued by his performanrid this summer.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito.Currently sitting in fourth place, Getafe are a huge chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season.And Inda revealed: “Getafe, if they plce. The Rangers are “seriously considering” moving Kirkman to the major-league starting rotation according to .com.

The 26-y midfielder Paul Pogba has a posted a workout video as he continues to work his way back to fitness.Pogba has been absent since 26 December, with the World Cup winner undergoing ankle surgery ager played 22 times for Villa last term helping them defeat Derby win in the Championship play-off final.”Andre played the second half of season at Aston Villa in a team that was promoted,” Preston manager Alex Neil told the club website.”We are veryt the beginning of January.The Frenchman has featured in ear-old tossed 35 1/3 innings out of the Rangers’ bullpen last season. He’s started just 15 games in the minor leagues over the past two years. 

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and Shelby Miller took the mound for the in Tuesday’s Grapefruit League game against the Marlins. Kelly was hit hard after entering in the fifth after Miller threw four scoreless g named caretaker manager.Ferguson made an immediate impact in Everton’s 3-1 win against Chelsea last weekend allowing the club more time to find a replacement for Marco Silva, with Carlo Ancelotti and David Moyes in the frame.”We still call him Duncinnings. He cruised through his first two innings before running into trouble in the seventh when he allowed fourhe latter is in some o his breakthrough season at Southampton.Even though it took longer than he would have liked, Gunn revealed he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.“It didn’t start too well, as I wasn’t playing many games,” admitted Gunn to the Daily Echo.“When f the best goalscoring form of his life, and it has helped the Saints to recover after a poor start to the season.Long has also been an integral part of their success, and he is not worried about putting in the hard yards so Ing runs on six hits. Kelly, who is competing with Miller for the final rotation spot, allowed four runs on eight hits in three innings of a 5-4 victory. His ERA is 4.91 this spring.

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Baltimore utility option is trying to win a spot on the Orioles’ opening day roste it everything to get into the first team at the club.The backup shot stopper has struggled for game time, due to the excellent form of Alisson Becker.But rather than take an out through a loan move in January, Adrian is determined to stay and fight r, though he’s not currently on the 40-man. Jackson had a big game on Sunday in Grapefruit League competition against the Phillies. He ho Chelsea finally believe they will get a chance to show what they can do.The Blues have been famous for the young players their academy has produced.But most of those players have not gotten the chance to show what they can do, which may be set to chmered twice in the game and drove in four runs. Jackson went deep following in the first inning for a solo shot and added a three-run blast in the fifth. He finished 2 for 3 and ub Chelsea.In an interview with the Independent, Musonda, now 22, still thinks he can make the cut at the Bridge.He said “I know people will doubt me because, after a year-and-a-half, they don’t know if I’m still the same player.“But deep down, Iis batting .313 on the spring.

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The Mariners signed pitcher to a minor-league contract or Ademola Lookman – among several attacking targets.The Southampton-agree-14m-deal-Standard-Lunnar Solskjaer wants the club to quickly complete a deal for Harry Maguire.The Red Devils have not securedthe door to offering Nemanja Matic a new contract.Scott McTominay’s injury offers an opportunity for Serbia international Matic to impress.“Nemanja will stay,“ said Solskjaer. “He’s been working hard to get back in and now he’s here and he’s play a centre-back throughout the summer transfer window.They are still some way from meeting Leicester City’s valuation for their English defenderiege-star-Moussa-Djenepo.html”>Daily MailSouthampton-agree-14m-deal-Standard-Liege-star-Moussa-Djenepo.html”> says Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to brinn Friday. The deal also includes an invitation to spring training.

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John Buck says Johan Santana may have been tipping pitches in 2012


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During an appearance on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove show on Thursday night, new catcher told Kevin Burkhardt that lefsists the Blues haven’t offered a mooted €40m for the Brazil U17 captain.”There are no offers for Reinier from Everton or from England,” Braz is quoted by fkapress.com. “He is a watched player. (But) you can be sure the player has nothing to do witt-hander might have been tipping his pitches last season. Here’s the quote, courtesy of …

“Being on the other side — whether it’s Johan tipping his pitches or whatever — those little tiny things will help. I was just on the other side hitting off of him. Maybe we can tighten some of those things up.”

Buck, 32, played for the division-rival Marlins last season. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in four plate appearances against Santana in 2012, and the Marlins as a team only scored four runs in 12 2/3 innings against the two-time AL Cy Young winner. If Santana was was tipping pitches, Miami didn’t take advantage.

The 33-year-old Santana returned from major shoulder surgery last year, and his season can be split into two halves …


The 134-pitch no-hitter on June 1 — the highly celebrated first no-hitter in Mets history — was the only time all season that Santana threw more than 107 pitches in a game. It was also a career-high and the first time that he threw more than 120 pitches in a start since June 2010. Taking away the no-hitter, he averaged 90.3 pitches per start last season.

Given his surgically repaired left shoulder, it sure looks like all those stressful pitchey Promes can see Memphis Depay leaving Lyon in January.Depay has been linked with Tottenham, while OL chief Juninho has confirmed Manchester United boast first refusal on the attacker.Promes, meanwhile, believes it could be the right time for his Hols in the no-hitter impacted his performance down the stretch. Tipping pitches could be a separate problem, or they could be connected — that’s the hard part. A pitcher could tip his pitches in a million different ways, and it’s not a guarantee that opposing hitters would even pick it up. Someone with an untrained eye like me would have little chance of catching something.

Buck told Burkhardt to “consider it cleared up,” an indication that he and his new teammate have discussed the apparent pitch-tipping problem. Santana’s season ended in mid-August due to an ankle sprain and lower-back inflammation, which are much greater long-term concerns. The Mets owe the southpaw $25 million in 2013, then have to pay him the $5.5 million buyout of his $uardiola has dubbed Txiki Begiristain the most important man in his career.The pair also worked together at Barcelona before sports director Begiristain convinced Guardiola to move to City.Guardiola said, “He is the most important person in my career25 million club option after the season.

Santana is currently working out with the intention of in the World Baseball Classic. Because he finished the season hurt, the Classic must be willing to insure the remainder of his contract before he can participate.

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Oddsmakers: Angels now World Series favorites


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It will come as no surprise that the Angels’ splashy signing of Josh Hamilton — thee is happy with his current squad, he admitted that he’s not ruling anything out”Anything can happen in football,” he said when the question of winter transfers was brought up at his press conference on Friday.”When it’s time, we’ll see.”For now, I’m top talent on the market his offseason — hasanchester United teammate Eric Cantona.Firmino was in mercurial form setting up two goals in the Reds’ 3-1 win over Newcastle at Anfield on Saturday.”He’s one that drifts into that little area and he naturally does it, where it’s so difficult for def improved their odds of winning the World Series.

Here’s the bottom line, courtesy of …

Angels World Series Odds pre-Josh Hamilton: 12-1Angels World Series Odds post-Josh Hamilton: 15-2

That’s a jump. In fact, the Angels are now World Series favorites. Kevin Bradley, Sportsbook Manager for Bovada.lv, explains …

“There was no doubt that wherever Hamilton went that team would in turn see a significant move in their World Series odds, but not too many would have jumped to the favorites which has in fact happened to the Angels who have dropped from 12-1 to 15-2 putting them just ahead of the Dodgers who sit at 8-1.  This is two years in a row that the Angels have made a huge signing which has drastically affected their odds and I am just glad I do not have to sit in anticipation constantly monitoring these odds awaiting where Hamilton was going to end up.”

And now a smattering of other related odds …

Will the Angels and Dodgers meet in the 2013 World Series? Yes: 18-1      Angels 2013 Regular Season Win Total: Over/Under, 93½ Josh Hamilton – Batting Average in the 2013 Regular Season: Over/Under, .295      Josh Hamilton – Total Home Runs in the 2013 Regular Season: Over/Under, 33½ Josh Hamilton – Total RBI in the 2013 Regular Season: Over, 110½

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Blue Jays reliever was hit by a line drive in the right eye during a Dominican Winter League game last Saturday, and he will undergo surgery to repaic Bailly for “four to five months”, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.The defender suffered a knee injury in last week’s 1-0 win overchettino blanked questions about Christian Eriksen today.He refused to comment on speculation linking Eriksen with a move to Real Madrid, with Manchester United ending their interest in the midfielder as they believe he has his heart set on a move to Spurs in Shanghai.”Eric has had an operation and will be out for four to five months,” Solskjaer said. “Hopr broken orbital bones. Carreno is scheduled to undergo the procedure Tuesday. In 22 innings, Carreno went 0-2 with a 6.1ad as they navigate the Premier League.The newly promoted side got a famous win against Manchester City at the weekend, despite several first team members being out with injury.Byram believes that aside from quality coaching and preparation, the cama4 ERA with Toronto in 2012.

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Explaining the Hanson-Walden trade


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The looked at and saw $5 million they could better spend elsewhere.The looked, and saw a bargain.So when the Braves offered to trade them Hanson for hard-throwing reliever , the Angels jumped at the chance. .

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So which team is right about Hanson?It’s possible they both are, if the Braves are able to turn that monying for manager Mikel Arteta.The Spanish centre back became the first signing of Arteta, having worked with him at Manchester City.”When you build a good group and have a coaching philosophy like Mikel’s, I think he can completely change the final days of the summer market.Juve chief Fabio Paratici was in Barcelona last week for transfer talks over several players.Mundo Deportivo says Paratici made a serious attempt for Rakitic.The offer tabled was €23m cash plus midfielder FedericArsenal andey into the leadoff hitter they still need, and if Hanson is able to slot in behind and as the Angels’ third starter.The Angels had big needs in the rotation, with traded, ‘s option declined and very likely heading elsewhere as a free agent. They had big needs, but probably not the big money it would take to chase Greinke or a high-profile free agent replacement.Hanson is arbitration-eligible for the first time, and he’ll likely make somewhere around $4.5 million or $5 million in 2013.

That would be nothing, if Hanson had fulfilled the promise he showed as he shot through the Braves’ farm system and entered theager Jose Mourinho his full backing.Cole expressed the importance of Mourinho’s relationship with club chairman Levy if the team are to succeed under the Portuguese’s guidance. “I think the relationship with Daniel Levy is important,” Cole said. “If rotation as a 22-year-old rookie.

But he hasn’t. His ERA has gone up every year (to 4.48 in 2012). His fastball velocity has declined every year, according to fangraphs.com. And while he is said to be healthy now, the concerns about his shoulder aren’t far enough in the past for comfort.

Still, $5 million isn’t much for a 26-year-old pitcher with double-digit wins in each of his four big-league seasons. And yes, whether the stat guys like it or not, wins do matter when it comes to determining what pitchers get paid.

If Hanson looked like a disappointment to the Braves, he still looked like a bargain to the Angels.

Walden was expendable, after falling behind , another hard-throwing reliever. The Angels signed and will still look to upgrade the bullpen, but for them, Walden seemed a small price to pay for a major-league starter.Hanson, a Southern California kid who grew up in Redlands and pitched at Riverside Community College, seems to be a nice fit.The Braves will add Walden to their impressive bullpen, assuming he can overcome some of the inconsistency issues that plagued him in Anaheim.But for them, Friday’s deal is more about shifting resources to where they’re more needed.Even without Hanson, the Braves have a rotation of , , and . They have and available for the fifth spot, with expected to return at midseason after recovering from elbow surgery.They could have kept Hanson, but they should be fine without him. He has more value to the Angels, who are suddenly short on starters, than to the Braves, who have plenty of them.

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Fielder has had hot summer in Motown, but not smokin’


SAN FRANCISCO — Most entertaining moment during Tuesday’s World Series workout day?For my money, it was a priceless 30-second exSerie A clubs.Seri, who two years ago was close to joining Barcelona, cost the West London side a club record £25million from Nice last summer.And the midfielder is keen to leave Craven Cottage following Fulham’s relegation to the Championship and hchange with .Folks were asking about manager Jim Leyland, wh City boss Pep Guardiola admits he’s a fan of Champions League opponents Atalanta.City host Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta on Tuesday night.“What I said about (Maurizio) Sarri I could team to a third consecutive title triumph.That’s according to Guardiola’s former No.2 Domenec Torrent – now in charge at New York City FC – who believes that the manager’s attitude will make it possible for City to defy even greater odds.”You know h say about Gasperini, I was lucky enough to meet him before,” saat Fielder has observed about him, how his first year in has gone with Leyland.So I couldn’t resist. I asked Fielder if Leyland’s influence has caused him to take up smoking during the summer.”No,” Fielder quickly replied, grinning. “But I have gotten him some electronic cigarettes.”And does the skipper use them?”Oh, he crushes ’em,” Fielder quipped.

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A-Rod struggling, but only with bat


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So what’s a guy to do after he was pulled from a playoff game because of his terminal struggles? , if the New York Post is to be believed (and often it is not).

We are told , after being lifted fstriker Jose Antonio Reyes has lost his life in a car crash.Sevilla posted a brief statement announcing the sad news on Twitter on Saturday.”We couldn’t be confirming worse news,” it read.”Beloved Sevilla star Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a trafficrom Game 1 of the igning Sepp van den Berg with Virgil van Dijk.The Reds beat Bayern Munich to the 17-year-old’s signature, signing him from PEC Zwolle in a £1.3m deal.Van’t Schip, who handed van den Berg his senior debut at Zwolle, believes it in incorrect to comparALCS, placed two female fans in his tractor beam and worked it as follows:

“I watched him flirt with two admittedly very cute young women nearby,’’ the witness said. … 

“Alex was holding a pen and wrote a note on a ball which was thrown at the women by a ball boy,” the witness explained.

“The girls, who had already caught two balls, seemed bemused at first and tried to hand the ball to another fan, but other fans noticed the note on it and yelled at them to read it.

“The note asked them to write their phone numbers on the ball and throw it back,” the witness said.

“One of the girls, with darker blond hair, wroto Paulo.Juanfran made the move over the summer.He told Marca: “I was playing a lot but I had a problem, so I didn’t get involved as much. Patience is a virtue and my time will come again. I’ll be an important player because that’s what I’ve come heree . . . on the ball and threw it back at A-Rod, who gave her a big smile.”

“They exchanged a few glances after that.”

Were those glances “smoldering,” perchance?

There’s some manufactured outrage that followed A-Rod while he was doing all of this as the were losing. But it sounds … concocted. I’m not going to suggest this very New York Post-y source doesn’t exist in any meaningful sense of the word “exist,” but I won’t object if you infer that. 

And, yes, the Post has a pic of the two women in question. It’s not immediately, clear, however, whether either qualifies as “.”

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Yu Darvish on schedule to start Sunday for Rangers


starter Thursday and is on schedule to make his next start Sunday after being scratched with a stiff neck prior to his last sch Cakir.Sabah reports Liverpool have offered €15m to Trabzonspor for Cakir.They say that Liverpool were looking to sign Cakir in January, but his club rejected the offer.It’s claimed Trabzonspor’s hierarchy decided to turn down the bid as they want eduled start Tuesday, the club announced via Twitter.

Although Darvish’s numbers haven’t been those of the ace the Rangers hoped for — a 3.90 ERA despite a 3.30 FIP — he has pitched like an androppable form.Greenwood has scored seven goals for United in all competitions this season – a record bettered only by Marcus Rashford.”He’s making it hard for me to leave him out,” the United boss said. “I remember when I came to the club and I kepce over his last seven starts: 50.2 innings, 60 strikeouts, 14 walks and a .445 opponent OPS, all leading to a 2.13 ERA.

Darvish will throw a bullpen session on Friday to ultimately determine his availability for Sunday. The one blemish on the Rangers’ roster all season has been the lack of the traditional shutdown ace pitcher. Losing Darvish just as he started to look like one would be a terrible blow, but Thursday’s session gives optimism that he will be able to keep on helping the Rangers down the stretch and into the postseason.

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Report: Orioles to activate Jake Arrieta on Friday


The Orioles are  pitcher Jake Arrieta on Friday, Dan Connolly of the  Sun reported Thursday.

Arrieta started 18 games for the Orioles this season, posting a 6.13 ERA despite a roughly average 4.06 FIP. The issue was an inability to strand runners — 41.8% of baserunners came around to score off Arrieta against a career average of 32.8% and a league mark of 27.7%. 

His role with the Orioles for the rest ofrton striker Richarlison will attract offers this summer, says his agent.The 22-year-old netted 13 goals in the Premier League for the Toffees this season, making him the joint top scorer at the club, and has been linked with the likes of Inter Milan the season will be flexible — he could start.The Foxes are among the best teams in the league this season, climbing to third in the table and looking like a serious bet for a Champions League spot.And winger Gray believes they are now confident of beating anyone at any stadium under Brendan Ro if needed, perhaps depending on the al Palace teammate Wilfried Zaha is working to control his temper.The Ivorian, a constant target for opposition fans and players, was fouled six times during Saturday’s goalless draw with Watford.”I think most games it is like that,” said McArthur. “health of (elbow), but he will be used out of the bullpen initially.

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Orioles moves: Brian Matusz recalled, Ryan Flaherty activated


The made four rosteril says Redfearn spent a brief period at the club earlier this season as he assisted Under 23s coach Ben Dawson.Dawson has now moved into a new academy role as head of coaching and it is Redfearn who we understand is in line to take over the Under 23 moves Friday, most notably recalling pitcher , who will work as a reliever for the team.

Matusz, who is 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in 16 starts for the Orioles this year, was sent down to Triple-A on July 1. He was moved to the minor-league bullpen ten days ago in preparation for his role in Baltimore.

The Orioles also activated utilityman from the disabled list Friday, starting him at second base in Friday night’s game. Flaherty has hit .205/.242/.308 in 128 plate apperances with the Orioles this season.

To balance thal legend Charlie Nicholas does not believe Granit Xhaka will play this weekend despite apologising for his behaviour in the draw with Crystal Palace.Xhaka released a statement on Thursday explaining why he reacted furiously to being booed by the cluose moves, the Orioles have optioned pitcher to Double-A and designated pitcher for assignment.

Hunter is 4-8 with a 5.95 ERA and 1.44 in 23 appearances (20 starts) this year. He allowed eight earned runs in three innings against the Rangers on Aug. 22, equal to the most runs he’s allowed in any start this year.

Romero, who was acquired from the Indians earlier this month, allowed three earned runs in four innings of work for the Orioles. Romero pitched eight innings for the earlier this season, allowing nine earned runs. He has a 9.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP in 2012.

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