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o return to Everton.The Telegraph says manager Mar

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In an ominous sign regarding his status, relief pitcher is scheduled to visit noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Venters, whose previously scheduled meeting wl U23 boss Neil Critchley is set to take charge of their Carabao Cup quarterfinal tie against Aston Villa next month.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has not completely made his mind up to miss the last-eight tie at Villa Park, which in an unprecedented move with Dr. cal Gross says Brighton must learn to cope without midfielder Dale Stephens.The 30-year-old will be suspended for next weekend’s derby clash against Crystal Palace, after he picked young midfielder Kyle Taylor.Taylor has just returned from his loan spell at Forest Green Rovers. Howe told the Daily Echo: “All options are available. Kyle, could stay with us, he could go out again on loan. We will wait and see.”The likes of youup his fifth yellow card of the season in Sunday’s draw with Wolves.SAndrews was postponed, appeared in just seven games during spring training as he was plagued by a sprained left elbow.

Venters was also placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with the move retroactive to last Wednesday.

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ester United face competition from Real Madrid and

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closer struck out two batters in a 1-2-3 seventh inning Wednesday in his return to Grapefruit LeagueBrighton striker Billy Arce has been jailed in Ecuador.The 21-year-old is considered one of the country’s brightest talents, returning to the South American nation this season with Barcelona SC.However, he will now be jailed for 20 days after being caught drink-driving.Arce signed a four-year contract with Albion last year. actiohe Champions League. The Frenchman won it three times during his first tenure as Real Madrid boss, and he’ll riticism of summer signing Tanguy Ndombele.The French midfielder was signed before Mourinho took over at Spurs midway through this season.But he has not been impressed by the effort shown from Ndombele in recent games, especially against Burnley at tbe looking to add to his collection this season. In order to do that, he will have to lead his side beyond Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City inn following a heavy workload in the World Baseball Classic. Including his WBC performance, Rodney has pitched 11 1/3 scoreless innings this spring, allowing just two hits and four walks while striking out 14 batters.

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ster United defender Marcos Rojo admits he had ple

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injured pitcher , recovering from Tommy John surgery last May, has progressed beyond throwing just his fastball.

He is getting game ready and finding ways to retire hitters, MASNSports.com reports on Saturday.

“I’ve started thicao in Portugal.Having taken part in the Under-20 World Cup, he wasn’t due at Los Angeles de San Rafael this week for training with Diego Simeone and will now go straight to Portugal to work with his new teammates.The plan is for the 19-year-old cenrowing some breaking balls, too, during my bullpen session,” Wada said through his interpreter. “The first few bullpens, it was more close to a rehab standpoint. Now, I’m feeling it’s going to be mores urged Iker Casillas to recognise the legacy he has given the game.Reina has urged the former Real Madrid goalkeeper to be calm and eat Brescia.Tomorrow marks the first time Atalanta and Brescia meet in Serie A since 2004.Balotelli is unlikely to feature and Gasperini said, “I don’t follow everything, but at the start of the year it seemed a good fit for him, Brescia and the natnjoy his life.The Porto No1 is recovering from a heart attack suffered last week and Reina said: “Iker has made past concentrated on how to get batters out. I’m going to start working on the command on my pitches and start thinking about my velocity. I feel like I’m on my next stage now. I’m not in a rush or anything, but I would like to keep on improving and getting closer to getting up to the big leagues.”

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Jason Bay, leadoff man?

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The 2012 were the worst offensive team in the American League last year, ranking dead last in runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. They are moving in the Safeco Field fences and have added some power upgrades this offseason, but are still without a leadoff man. And this week they are auditioning as a leadoff man.

Wait, what? Jason Bay?

Yes, Bay is hitting leadoff Wednesday and it’s legitimately being considered for the season, .

Upon initial glance, this sounds ridiculous. Bay hit .165/.237/.299 for the Mets in 215 plate appearances last season. Even when he’s been glder, a target for Manchester City and Bayern Munich, has told Atletico chiefs that he intends to leave the club this summer, says Marca.With both City and Bayern willing to meet Rodrigo’s €70m buyout clause, it means Atletico have no say in prevenood, Bay is a power hitter and most people think power hitters should be iender Merih Demiral over the summer.The revelation was made by Juventus chief Fabio Paratici, who has overseen his signing.Paratici told Gazzetta dello Sport, “He is our player who has had the most deals on the market, don’t imagine how many. “The n the middle of the order.

If the Mariners get Good Jason Bay, however, this ideaidfielder Nicolo Zaniolo was delighted with victory over Napoli.Zaniolo rates the result as a six pointer.“We are very happy with this victory, it was a head-to-head we needed to win and we did it. We always said we were a team with great capabilit isn’t as off-the-wall as one might think. Due to a high-walk rate, Bay sports a career .363 on-base percentage with his .269 batting average. He’s not slow, either, as he’s stolen at least 10 bases in a season six times.

Bay, 34, was hitting .333/.440/.714 with a triple, two homers and four RBI in 25 plate appearances this spring entering Wednesday. So that has to factor into the Mariners’ consideration for him in the leadoff spot.

Still, doesn’t it just sound hilarious? Of all the things we thought we might hear regarding the Mariners this season, Jason Bay hitting leadoff had to be pretty low on the list.

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after their 2-0 defeat at Southampton.Saints had 2

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Orioles starter made his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday in a start against Tampa Bay. Chen gave up two hits in his first inning but no runs. He got stronger in his second frame and finished two innings with just the two hits and no waln on a permanent basis and insists the club must find the right man for the job.Interim boss Ferguson has beaten Chelsea and drawn with Manchester United since Marco Silva was fired.But the Scot believes he is simply holding the fort until the Toffeeks allowed. “Last year, I felt a little bit scary about pitching because of soreness in my knee,” said Chen, who made David de Gea an ultimatum over their contract stand-off.The Sun says De Gea has been given a week to decide his Manchester United future.The Spain keeper, 28, has been offered a new contract — and United want an answer before the end of the shad his shoulder and knee wrape he is.The midfielder is being linked with Manchester United.”He’s happy where he is, that’s number one,” Walsh told the Daily Express.“And I think he’s grateful that Leicester gave him a chance in the Premier League because he was playing for Norped in ice as he talked to reporters. “This year, I feel totally fine. I’m really lucky enough to be pitching again today.”

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Craig Kimbrel: Also good at golf

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Let’s not bury the lede: closer hit a hole-in-one at a recent charity golf tournament organized by Chipper Jones and Tim Hudson. :

Kimbrel, a man known for making quick work of the ninth, used his four-iron to make quick work of the par-3 No. 2 hole on the National Course, striking the ball 203 yards into the wind and directly into thehampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl wants his side to reflect on their most recent home defeat.The Saints were left disappointed after a clinical Chelsea ran away to a 4-1 win at their home stadium.Boss Hasenhuttl was gutted by the manner of the defeat, hole for his first-ever ace.

“I didn’t even know it was a hole-in-one at first,” a beaming Kimbrel said. “I thought it came up short and went into the sand.”

Going 200-plus w1 on Tuesday night to return to the top of the table.The first 45 minutes was inny is delighted seeing Frank Lampard in charge of Chelsea.The pair played together at Manchester City.”He is the man [for Chelsea], not only a great guy but someone who I learned so much from at a stage in my career,” Kompany said.”He was a bit older favour of Barcelona, thanks to a good early goal from Clement Lenglet in the 2nd minute. However, Real Valladolid found an equaliser thanks to a goal from Kiko Olivas inith a four-iron into menacing headwinds? Bagger Damn Vance! I declare Craig Kimbrel to be a professional athlete who is good at athletics.

Maybe it’s just the baseball enthusiast within me talking, but I find more impressive than even a hole-in-one. Still, both sound fun, impossible.

(Wink of CBS eye: )

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nnections with Chelsea run deep. The 20-year-old h

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According to ESPN, Red Sox pitcher participated in the team’s fthe Premier League. But now, according to Chronicle Live; of the January market kicking off.AS says Brahim is a target for Espanyol, while Mariano has interest from Italy.Striker Mariano, who was brought back from Lyon for a fee of €21.5 million in August 2018, has managed just 244 minutes in the calendarhis efforts are now being noticed by La Liga giants Valencia.The Spanish club are looking to bring in reinforcements for next season following their Copa del Rey victory over Barcelona, and thirst round of live batting practice Saturday morning in front of manager John Farrell, general manager Ben Cherington and most of the staff. According to Triple-A Pawtucket catcher Dan Butler, Bard looked sharp. “His changeup looked really good,” Butler said. “It had good tilt on it, good break, and he had real good command of it, too. The slider had good bite on it, and he was able to keep the same arm slot. He was very consiss 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 Prtent. He looks more confident out there. He’s let things go that are in the past, and he’s moved on, it looks like. He’s just out there pitching.”

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ust go for Europe next season.The former Villarrea

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Oakland reliever will not pitch for Team Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, reports .com Tuesday. Instead, Figueroa will concentrate on winning one of the m drivin.The Serie A club could be looking to add to their attacking options in the January transfer window.Maupay, who has found his scoring boots in the Premier League, is rated at £40 million.He took some time to get going after his move from Championshneeds to communicate more with the fans.The Swede was reacting to the recent attack on Woodward’s family home by an angry fans’ group, with the club vowing to ban those involved from Old Trafford for life.Djordjic said, “He could have prevented this ig and fined £75,000 after a drink driving incident earlier in the year.The 25-year-old was over three times the legal alcohol limit when he was caught at the West End of London on February 18.While Berahino had three years left on his contraopen bullpen spots for the A’s.

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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 …

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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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Michael Bourn, Kyle Lohse head up ‘all-unsigned’ team

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Monday is Jan. 28. Pitchers and catchers report to big-league camps from Feb. 10-13, depending upon the team. So that means we are basically two weeks away. And yet there are still a decent amount of name players looking for work. Just for fun, let’s make an “All-Star team” of the guys still sitting there on the open market.

Please note this does not include arbitration-eligible players who still haven’t agreed upon a contract and I’ve also excluded players like and who have reportedly signed contracts but have yet to see the club officially announce the signing. These are just guys who we know are still looking.

Without further ado …

He’s 32 years old, has decent power and can still be helpful in terms of throwing out would-be basestealers. The would be a good fit due to needing a veteran catcher who can defend well.

He’s only 29 and in 2011 hit .306 with a .378 on-base percentage for the Rays. Last season, however, Kotchman was awful for the (.229/.280/.333). Given that he lacks power as a first baseman, it’s not too surprising he’s lasted this long on the market, and it’s likely he’ll have to settle for a minor-league deal.

He was recently getting looks from the and , so odds are Theriot will find work within the next two weeks, even if it’s not on a big-league deal. He’s 33 and hit .270/.316/.321 last season. Possibly of note: Theriot was a member of the World Series champions in each of the past two seasons.

The hold up here is whether or not Rolen will retire. He’ll turn 38 the first week of the season and hit .245/.318/.398 last year for the . The have recently popped up in the rumor mill for Rolen, but, again, he may decide to retire.

A torn ACL ended Gonzalez’s 2012 campaign with the after just 24 games. He’s 35 but could still be a decent power source and makes sense as a backup with the Brewers, who seem open to bringing him back.

Once one of the most promising young players in baseball, it’s a shame what injuries have done to Sizemore. He actually averaged 160 games per season from 2005-08, but since then his career has been decimated. Now he’s held positive talks with shareholders about his transfer plans.Gazzetta dello Sport says Ancelotti has held ‘reassuring’ talks with shareholders to map out the Blues’ transfer plans.The Blues are yet to make a major signing this month but the club’s recovering from September knee surgery and will likely begin the season unsigned. It’s hard to know where he’ll end up, because it could be dicatated by in-season needs in May or even June. And, yes, I know he plays center. I moved him to left to save his legs.

He’s 30, a premier defensive center fielder, good base stealer and proven leadoff man. But whatever team signs him will have to forfeit a draft pick, and his agent, Scott Boras, has a gigantic asking price. There’s no obvious fit, but watch the , and Mariners.

He hasn’t played outfield since 2011, but I needed a body to throw out here. Lee hit .264/.332/.365 with nine homers and 77 RBI last season. He’s 36 and really hasn’t been mentioned much in rumors this offseason.

The choice here was between Thome and . I’m fine with either option, but Thome is still my choice by a nose. He may retire, but he hasn’t ruled out a return and still seeks that elusive championship ring.

He’s 34 and is coming off a season where he went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. It’s amazing he’s still on the market. At this point, the best guess is he gets a one-year deal (Brewers? Mariners?) and tries to make another go at free agency next year, much like Edwin Jackson did last offseason.

The 36-year-old right-hander may be forced into retirement after a 5.20 ERA and 1.37 WHIP last season with the Yankees. I guess I was good luck for Freddy. Just a few hours after posting this, he signed a minor-league deal with the Padres.

Considering he’s left handed, not old (turns 32 in June) and had decent success with the Orioles late in the season (3.63 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and then two serviceable playoff starts), it’s a bit surprising Saunders hasn’t picked up a one-year deal yet.

K-Rod’s only 31 and has 294 career saves. He set up for the Brewers most of last season, putting together a 4.38 ERA and 1.33 WHIP with 72 strikeouts in 72 innings.

“Fear the Beard” seems to now be the catch phrase of prospective suitors. Wilson is 30 and was one of baseball’s best closers in 2010, but he took a step backward in 2011 and had season-ending surgery in 2012. He’s certainly worth a look on a cheap, one-year deal but still remains unsigned. The Mets continue to be connected with Wilson in rumors.

He’s 34 and was a perfect 49 for 49 in save chances in 2011, but he completely melted down in the playoffs last season and now it seems no one wants him.

Again, just for fun, here’s how our batting order shakes out:

1. Bourn, CF2. Sizemore, LF3. Rolen, 3B4. Thome, DH5. Lee, RF6. Gonzalez, SS7. Theriot, 2B8. Kotchman, 1B9. en Klopp.Klopp has the Reds inch was presented to local media on Monday.“I thank the club, President Ferrero and Carlo Osti for the great opportunity they’ve given me,” Di Francesco said.“I wanted to get back on track after my experience at Roma, and I’m convinced that this ito the Champions League and playing for the Premier League title tomorrow.Premier League winner Ranieri stated: “Klopp is doing a wonderful job because he has players who espouse his philosophy. And then you see a bubblyShoppach, CSP: Lohse

Obviously that’s not very good, but it isn’t quite as awful as one might expect, considering these are free agents and camp is two weeks away.

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concern during this international break.The St Mar

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MLB.com reports Mets shortstop said he worked this offreporting Barcelona to FIFA over the non-payment of Louie Barry’s compensation fee.The Birmingham Mail says Albion are still waiting for Barcelona to pay up the £230,000 owed for teenage star Barry – and are planning to raise the issue with FIFA.Theseason on base stealing with former teammate and current Blue Jays shortstop . Teive Solly March a central role.For the draw with Burnley, Potter believes the contribution made by versatile March was a hint of what he should be offering on a more regular basis.He said: “When he has too much time to think, I’m not sure it’s the jada said he would like to run more this year andays Liverpool are delighted about the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.The midfielder, who missed almost all of last season with injury, seems to be hitting his straps after a double in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Genk.Speaking after the victory, Milne stick as the Mets’ leadoff hitter.

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Padres, Luke Gregerson avoid arbitration

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The have signed to a one-year, $3.2 million contract according to CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler.

Gregerson, 28, posted a career year for the Padres in 2012.a B to Nottingham Forest.The Championship side had to spend a long time getting the deal over the line.But BBC reports that he is now officially a Forest player on a deal that takes him to 2022.The 21-year-old went through the ranks at Arsenal before He allowed a career low 2.39 ERA (153 ERA+) over 71.2 innings and struck out 72 batters against 21 walks. Over his four years in San Diego, the righty has allowed a 2.92nger Andros Townsend is up for the Puskas “best goal” award.There are a total of ten nominees from the men’s and women’s game in the past year.Townsend’s goal against Manchester City in December 22 is among those nominated for the prestigious Puskas ERA in 280.2 innings, a sharp 126 ERA+.

Gregerson earned $1.55 million in his first arbitration season last year. He will be arbitration-eligible for a final time after the 2013 season and wilster United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has paid tribute to fallen former Cardiff City midfielder Peter Whittingham.The 35-year-old passed away after suffering a head injury last week.Solskjaer worked with Whittingham at Cardiff.He said: “I was deepl be eligible for free agency after 2014.

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Bobby Valentine fanning the flames in one-sided feud with Kevin Youkilis

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With the heading to Boston this coming week, it was rather obvious ‘ return to Boston would be a huge topic of conversation from the and Boston media outlets. Notable in the situation is the seeming friction between Youkilis and manager Bobby Valentine.

Youkilis, for his part, seems to have moved on.

as played down a head injury suffered by Gonzalo Higuain during their 1-1 with Lecce.Higuain played the last few minutes with a bandaged head after a collision with goalkeeper Gabriel.“Gonzalo is having stitches, then they’ll decide whether to take”I got nothing about any of that stuff. I’m over all the Boston thing this year. There’s a lot of great past history, but this year I’m focused on the White Sox.” ()

Valentine, on the flip-side, either can’t or doesn’t want to take the high road. When asked about the aforementioned “fric.Although the signings of Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos (loan), William Saliba, Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney and David Luiz cost well in excess of £100m, much of that outlay will be paid by way of instalments over the course of their contracts.Mtion” between himself and Youkilis, here is what Valentine came with:

“I think that’s a joke,” Valentine said (). “I wasn’t here last year. There was no friction in spring training. So I think that’s a joke. But I’ll take all that. I think the comment that I made early, he made a big issue out of and I don’t think he ever wanted to get over it.”

Valentine is referencing when — back in April — he told a local TV station that he didn’t think this season as much as he used to be.

The White Sox visit the Red Sox for a four-game series, so there will surely be more to come. As I’ve often urhas asked Leicester City to cut short his loan spell at Monaco in order for him to join Manchester United.The Foxes want £4m from United to sign the Algerian on loan.United are desperate to sign a forward after a serious injury to Marcus Rashford.Thged Ozzie Guillen, maybe it would behoove Valentine to work the words “no comment” into his vocabulary. That is, unless he really wants to publicly go inflame Youkilis.

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Top 5 trade-deadline deals that didn’t work since 2007: No. 1 — Braves acquire Mark Teixeira

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The acquiring from the for high-level prospects ranks as the CBSSports.com Rumors blog’s wo hopes to start for Watford in tonight’s FA Cup replay with Tranmere Rovers.Pedro was one of several players drafted in for the original third-round tie and the 18-year-old former Fluminense forward looks set to be involved again.”I was very happy worst trade-deadline deal since 2007. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, it was ranked as the in our series earlier on Wednesday, making it a great deal for the Rangers and a nightmare for the Braves.

2007 Texas Rangers Mark Teixeira and reliever Ron Mahay. Catcher , shortstop  and pitchers , Neftali Feliz, and Beau Jones. It’s pretty simple: For one year of Teixeira’s services — the Braves traded him to the at the 2008 non-waiver trade deadline — the Braves gutted their farm system. All five of the prospects Atlanta traded were in its top 20, with Saltalamacchia and An their shootout win at Tottenham.The Canaries now face a quarter-final at home to either Derby County or Manchester United, depending on who wins that fixture tonight.Farke said, “We’re looking forward to being one of the last eight teams and we wadrus ranked No. 1 and 2. Five years later, Andrus, Harrison and Feliz are all part of the two-time AL champions’ core, while Saltalamacchia has become the starter in .While Teixeira hit the cover off the ball after he was acquired by Atlanta in the summer of 2007, posting a 1.020 OPS in 54 games, with 17 home runs and 56 RBI, the Braves failed to make the playoffs. They were forced to trade him a year later, as he was approaching free agency. Andrus, 23,  is Texas’ All-Star shortstop. He accumulated 4.9 WAR in 2011, and is having his best season offensively in 2012. Harrison, 26, has won 26 games over the past two years, with two and a half months left to go in 2012. His 12 wins and 2.9 WAR are tops on the team this year. Feliz, 24, was absolutely dominant over the past two years out of the Rangers bullpen. He’s being converted to a starter, and is dealing with elbow issues, but his ceiling remains awfully high.

Jones, 25, is with the organization. He’s a career minor leaguer at this point. Saltalamacchia, a 27-year-old late bloomer, seems to have found a home behind the plate in Boston. His .772 OPS this season is the best of his career and he’s hit 17 home runs.

Mahay last pitched in the majors in 2010. He left Atlanta as a free agent after the 2007 season. 

Teixeira, 32, after a brief stop with the Angels, signed a monster eight-year, $180 million cidfielder became the Foxes record signing after joining from Monaco on Monday.Tielemans said: “I believe that we have the talent in our squad to achieve something special and for any player, that’s an exciting thing to be a part of. I really can’t waontract with the New York in December 2008. While his production is down this season, he remains one of the game’s premier, power-hitting first basemen.

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Oakland A’s score for the first time since Tuesday

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For the first time since Tuesday night, the Oakland have a run on the board. They were apparently tired of not being able to score, because they wasted no time. led off the game against Luke Hochevar of the Royals with a triple. The next batter was , whves of Gabriel Martinelli.The association wants Martinelli to snub his native Brazil and pledge his international allegiance to Italy, according to Goal.It has emerged that Martinelli is eligible to play for the Azzurri because his father holds an Ito grounded out to shortstop, plating Weeks. And with that, the A’s had their first run in 19 innings. UPDATE: See Yoenis Cespedes scoring run number two here on the right.Now the task shifts to breaking that pesky nine-game losing streak — . Earlier Saturday, A’s three-hole hitter wasn’t averse to asking for help from the outside …

@ champ, how about a Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo wants to keep hold of Adama Traore.Traore was their record signing last summer but played a bit-part role.“Not all the players who come have to have immediate success, immediately reach their highest point,” Santo said.“I still believe a lot of us will become better. It’s about time, trust and confidence.”little love for the struggling A’s? Help us out!

— josh Reddick (@joshreddick16) [Insert joke on if Reddick smells what The Rock is cookin’]The A’s offensive futility for this season hasn’t been just a recent thing. As Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com pointed out on Twitter earlier Saturday, the A’s were shut out 10 times in their first 53 games, which ties for the most ever at this point in the seas midfielder Yusuf Yazici is aware of rumours linking him with Manchester United.The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has been linked with a possible move to Old Trafford at the end of the season.”The league is not over yet,” he told Taka.”We still haon since 1918. Of course, the team they tied was the 2005 Astros, who went to the World Series. So maybe the sky isn’t falling after all? For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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