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Spring training injury update: Jonny Venters to see Dr. James Andrews

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The were dealt a big blow on Thursday, as it was announced that left-hander has a “probable” . Surgery is a possibility and could very well be career-ending. Suddenly, some minor bumps and bruises don’t seem so bad. Here’s the rest of Thursday’s injury news:

: RHP Fernando Rodriguez underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday. He will miss the entire 2013 season. (): LHP (elbow sprain) will visit Dr.enjamin Mendy during their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.Guardiola says the decision to take Benjamin Mendy off at half-time was not due to a recurrence of his injury.The French left-back made his first start this season after recovering from a long-term James Andrews next Wednesday. He had Tommy John surgery performed by Andrews back in 2006. (): Manager Bruce Bochy said 3B (elbow) was set for another full day of activity on Thursday. He’s hopeful Sandoval can play on Friday. (): 1B (knee surgery) will start runninnnar Solskjaer has compared Club Brugge star Krepin Diatta to Sadio Mane.The Senegalese winger is back from injury for their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday, with the scores at 1-1.And Solskjaer has warned Luke Shaw might face a tough task handg on the field next week. He’s hopeful of returning to the big leagues by mid-May. (): RHP has sore ribs but no broken bones after being hit by a line drive on Wednesday … OF is day-to-day with an Achilles problem … OF has no timetable for his return. He’s out with a glut strain. (): IF (plantar fasciitis) will be out for at least six weeks. He’ll spend the next three weeks in a boot. (): opened up on Leicester City’s post-match huddle after the win over Bournemouth last Saturday.The Foxes gathered in the middle of King Power Stadium, along with manager Brendan Rodgers, after moving up to third on the Premier League table.”The mood’s OF (ankle surgery) will remain in Florida after the team heads north for the start of the season. The Phils have not put a timetable on his return and he could be out until May. (): SS is likely to start the season on the seven-day concussion DL. (): 1B was scratched from Thursday’s game with mild back tightness. (): SS has a right shoulder contusion. He was hit by a pitch on Wednesday and X-rays were negative. ()

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Juventus refuse to budge on their price for Joao C

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manager Ron Washington said that and will see a fair amount of playing time this eunier.The Arsenal-hold-talks-PSG-right-Thomas-Meunier.html”>Daily Mail says Arsenal have held talks over a £20m move for Paris Saint-Germain defender MFormer Arsenal and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is launching a new academy.Anelka, 40, hasn’t played professionally since 2015, though has been involved in coaching and management.La Voix du Nord reports Anelka will launch an academy in April in partnership with US Tourcoing. The academy will be named NA39 and will be responsible for training young goal scorers.eunier.But the Gunners fear the move could fall through following their failure to qualify for thseason. Washington would not commit to specific roles, saying “both guys will play, but I am not announcing a platoon.” He added that he will find a way to get both players into the Ronaldo has been in Madeira, Portugal, to visit his mother as she recovered from a stroke suffered last week.Tuttosport says given the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, Ronaldo has informed Juve he doesn’t plan to return for the moment.The Portuguese grlineup. 

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ol are the best teams in the Premier League.Speaki

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Kyle McClellan announced on Monday that he will not opt out of his minor-league contract with the in order to rehab his strained rib cage muscle with the club. McClellan could have elected to become a free agent if he wasn’t added to the major-league roster by March 22. “For me, it doesn’t make any sense to take the out,” McClellan told .com. “Here, you’re in a structured environment with a medical staff that knows what it’s doing and an organization that believes in you. It’s just stressful for me because I was close. I w stunned at an angry tirade from Charlie Austin about manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.Austin, 30, unleashed a dressing room tirade about Hasenhuttl after he learned he was not going on tiallorosso.Mkhitaryan is on a season-long loan at Roma from Arsenal, but has struggled with injury.The midfielder was back for yesterday’s victory over Hellas Verona, however, and was asked about staying long-term in the post-match mixed zone.He toldhe club’s pre-season tour.He is training with the under-23 players as tas game-ready, that’s the hard part. I feel like I let them down. They gave me a chanad scouts posted at the Estadio Nuevo Arcangel in Cordova, where they checked on Chabot in action for Germany U21 against Spain. The defender was outstanding in the friendly, outshining Spain star Dani Olmo, of Dinamo Zagreb.Chabot only moved to Sampce. A lot of teams didn’t. I’m looking forward to giving them a return on their investment.”

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hester United legend Gary Neville has questioned t

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pitcher eere are rumours that Depay may leave for a bigger and better project.The recent transfer window brought rumours of a possible move to Liverpool, but nothing materialised.However, Depay’s biography Simon Zwartkuis believes the player is very happy in ndured a rough performance as he served up a home run for the second straight start Sunday against the Cubs in Cactus League action. Milone, who made his fourth start of the spring, allowed a solo home run to Dave Sappelt in the second inning. He then gave up two more in the fourth and one more in the fifth. Milone allowed four runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings of work in a 12-6in Chelsea training yesterday after completing his loan with Wigan Athletic.The right-back, 19, headed back to Cobham this week following his stunning season with Paul Cook’s side and will be looking to make an impression before the summer break.Jame win. He also struck out two and did not issue a walk as his ERA se Lolley.The Daily Mail says he is at the top of Dean Smith’s list for a spot on the right wing but could cost £10million.Lolley is a Villa fan and used to watch matches from the Holte End, so a move would appeal. The 26-year-old has enjoyed the besits at 4.73 this spring.

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e believes the club can look to an Englishman to r

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Red Sox manager John Farrell told repat his new team are committed to winning the Champions League in the coming season.City already have a stranglehold over the Premier League, h.The England U21 striker was summoned back to the Emirates earlier this month because of a lack of playing time at Elland Road, initially with a view to going back out on loan to a Championship rival, though Mikel Arteta has since decided to keep himaving won the last two league titles.However, Champions League success has eluded Pep Guardiola’s team.And Rorters Sunday shortstop is experiencing “mild symptoms”o be in talks with LA FC in the US.“A lot’s been said about De Rossi, I know him and he’s opened his doors to coming here,” Boca sporting director but Nicolas Burdisso told Closs Continental.“[Him coming] would be the icing on the cake. I think D after being plunked in the head Thursday. He did some physical activity Saturday to gauge his readiness and he was still experiencing symptoms, so he was held out Sunday, according to the Boston Globe. Drew will have to pass an administered concussion test before returning to action.

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Tottenham midfielder Steffen Freund believes Luci

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Mariners outfielder received his first start of the Cactus League at first base on Sunday against the White Sox. He went 1 for 3 with a home run in the 11-7 loss. Morse has gone 8 for 26 (.308) with three homers and five RBI through nine spring games. “I just want it to be an option for us,” manager Eric Wedge told the Seattle Times of Morse playing first. “I mean, obviously, is having a real good spring. With Morse, we’ve been playing him in left field and right field, and he’s very comfortable at first base, too, so we just want to be as versatile as we can. He’s der Gerard Pique is confident of Lionel Messi’s commitment.It’s been another week of speculation regarding Messi’s future aord face a battle to keuy Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.AS says Madrid president Florentino Perez is keen to free up the wage bill before dipping back into the transfer market for new players. Players at the top of Madrid’s departure list are Mariano Díaz, Brahim Díazep hold of manager Javi Gracia.The Hornets will sign off for the Premier League campaign tomorrow ahead of preparing for an FA Cup final appearance against Manchester City.AS says Gracia’s success has brought him to the attentifter his online blow-up at Barca technical director Eric Abidal. News that he is refusing to consider anything beyond a rollingcomfortable regardless of where he plays. We just want to make sure his bat’s in the lineup.”

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Ham United are considering a move for Maxi Gomez

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A’s pitcher turned in a solid start in Friday’s Cactus League game against the Giants. He worked two scorelesdelighted with their 4-1 victory at Osasd ahead of Sunday’s final round.Arsenal will replace Spurs as fourth place finishers if they win at Burnley, visitors Everton beat Spurs and there is a goal-difference swing of eight between the north London clubs.But, even so, Dier isn’t counting anuna.Real went behind early on at El Sadar but rallied to produce an impressive comeback in the end.”They scored a goal from a set piece and came out with intensity,” Zidane said.”There was a tough moment, 10 mis innings, giving up just one hit while striking out two. “I waited two weeks to throw 22 pitches,” Parker said. “I’m fine with that. I felt my mechanics were good today. I wanted to throw quality strikes and use the least amount of pitches as I could. I wanted to get ahead and I did a good job of that. I begged for it but it’s too early for that. Maybe I can argue for an eighth or ninth inning down .Antonio Conte coveted Kane when in charge at Chelsea. “He was wasting his time,” said Mourinho. “As managers we must have this feeling of what is possible and what is not. When you try to buy Kane it’s just an impossible mission.”Mourinho does not ethe road.”

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.The 19-year-old wh

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Yankees ace , who is rehabnclude Alexandre Lacazette in the upcoming Euro2020 qualifiers.The Arsenal forward has not played for Les Bleus since scoring twice against Germany in 2017.Deschamps picked Sevilla forward Wissam Ben Yedder over Lacazette for the qualifiers against Tbing from October elbow surgery, threw live batting practice Monday and reported no problems. “It was fine,”tein made his 250th appearance for Spurs last week.Mourinho said, “The first thing is that he’s a fantastic goalkeeper. Everyone can see that, and we don’t need to say it. I remember when I was working for a TV channel, BeIn, on a Champions League nighrms.The French striker has just completed arguably his best season in a Real shirt, despite the team’s dismal campaign.Okdiario says Zidane has recommended Benzema be rewarded for his form with an improved deal.Tied to Real until 2021, Real are pre Sabathia said, per the New York Post.”The slider was not as sharp as I wanted it to be but it felt pretty good for the first time.” Sabathia said he will throw another batting practice Thursday and progress to a simulated or exhibition game after that.

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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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joined Dutch side SC Cambuur on loan until the en

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The Dodgers signed relieveken about his love for the club as a new contract looms nearer. he youngster was embraced by Samuel Eto’o after the striker scored his hat-trick goal against ts.The Argentine wants a move to the Premier League and hopes Real Betis will let him leave.Manchester United have shown an interest in the former PSG man.HoweverOS Football’s chief executive Bob Ratcliffe admits the energy company considered buying Newcastle United, before completing its takeover of Nice.Ligue 1 club Nice were bought by chemicals firm INEOS, founded by billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, for £88.77m, Sky Sports says Lo Celso prefers Spurs due to the presence of compatriot Mauricio PochManchester United in January 2014.Speaking of the moment, Hudson-Odoi told the official Chelr to a minor-league contract on Wednesday.

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The Lineup: Lannan does Strasburg impression; NL wild card race getting crowded

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Another big night, as the and continued to impress, the moved to within a game of the and the National League wild-card race is starting to get absurdly exciting. There was much ado about the shutdown this past weekend. Inserted into his rotation spot has been John Lannan and Wednesday was Strasburg’s former turn. Lannan went out and threw 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball, allowing five hits and one walk. And the Nationals won their 89th game of the season. They got good pitching from and the bullpen along with some timely hitting and brought home the 3-2 victory. The win gave the Padres a three-game sweep of the and moved San Diego to within 6.5 games of the second wild-card spot. They host the for three games this weekend, too. Do you believe? The rookie went eight shutout innings against the , only allowing six hits while also striking out six. If we can remove that sweep to these very Angels last week, the A’s have won 15 in a row. Alas, we can’t do that, but 15 of 18 ain’t too shabby. Griffin, by the way, is now 6-0 with a 1.80 ERA. He cruised into the fifth after four shutout innings and the had a 2-0 lead. He would only get one more out while coughing up eight runs, six of which were earned. They were surging coming into the series, butstriker Harry Kane is named in England’s initial 27-man squad for the inaugural Nations League finals despite his fitness being “an unknown”.Kane has not played since injuring his left ankle in the first leg of Spurs’ Champions League quarter-final v have now lost three straight to the A’s are find themselves 3.5 games out. Of course that’s doable, but they have thus far missed a huge opportunity this week to make up some serious ground. Both the Braves and Nationals have won more games in Citi Field than the Mets since the All-Star break. I’m not kidding. The Mets have won four games at home. The Nationals have won six games in Citi Field and the Braves have taken five. The Cardinals and are reeling, but both still in pretty good position to take a playoff spot. The Cardinals hold the second wild-card spot, while the Dodgers only trail by a game. They’ve just both been playing so poorly — along with the — that they’ve allowed four new teams into legitimate contention (, , and Padres). Well, now the Dodgers and Cardinals get to face each other for four games, so someone has to win. If recent play is any indicator, they’ll split. It’ll be (14-7, 4.04) against (1-2, 3.86 with Dodgers) Thursday. The Orioles just keep getting it done, Wednesday night behind the impressive ninth inning of rookie . The O’s will look to sweep the Thursday. It’s (8-10, 3.33) of the Rays against — probably, not official yet — (12-9, 4.06) of the Orioles. The Tigers are again within one game of the White Sox in the AL Central. It — much like the NL wild card — feels like no one really wants to run with this thing. The two clubs square off again Thursday, and a Tigers win means a tie atop the division. We get a marquee pitching matchup, too, as it’s (13-8, 2.91) against (16-6, 2.88). • Injured designated hitter David Ortincia. The Gunners headed into the tie having lost their last three Premier League matches.But Unai Emery’s side bounced back in the Europa League semi-final first leg, clinching an important 3-1 victory at the Emirates.He said: “I hope that third goaz knows what he’d be looking for in players if he were a general manager. “We need more bad [bleepity bleepers].” Love it. Simple and to the point. with Ortiz’s views on the Red Sox, his contract situation and the blockbuster trade from late August. • USA Today’s Jorge L. Ortiz cold-called Manny Ramirez and got an interview with him. If interested in Ramirez and what he’s up to now, .  • Finally. ()• that Senator George Mitchell was told that agents Sam and Seth Levinson played a role in getting steroids for their clientsk, yet neglected to name the Levinson brothers in the actual report. You might recall that the Levinson brothers are the agents for Melky Cabrera, among others. • Fountain Valley (Calif.) high scttacking midfielder Dowell, 21, go out on loan again. Huddersfield and Wigan vying for his signature.Sheffield United are also keen on the Everton youngster returning to Bramall Lane but are understood to be lining up other deals before making a decihool had its baseball equipment stolen, but thanks to donations by the Angles, Major League Baseball and the local community, the school has ended up with more equipment than it previously had. ()For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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Chipper on Strasburg: In October, ‘he wins every start’

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WASHINGTON — The rotation features the guy leading the National League in ERA. It’s not .The Nationals have the guy who is tied for the National League lead in wins. Again, not Stephen Strasburg.So how much of an issue is it really that if (or should that be when?) the Nationals get to the playoffs, Strasburg won’t be in their rotation?Big issue, says.”Having that big right arm going in the first game of every series is big,” said Jones, whose face Strasburg Tuesday night. “Strasburg does things no one else can. Speaking strictly on repertoire, he has three pitches no one else in the game has.”That’s what wins in the postseason. He wins every start. He starts Game 1 and one other game, and you’re checking those off [as wins].”Jones said he respects the Nationals’ decision to shut Strasburg down before the playoffs. But it’s clear from listening to Jones that he doesn’t really agree with it, and that he doesn’t believe Strasburg agrees with it, either.”He wants to pitn the dressing room during and after their 2-2 draw with Norwich City.The Gunners played their first game since the sacking of manager Uani Emery.It was another draw, with the Gunners dropping two more points in the race for the top four.Leno mentionch,” Jones said. “I know he wants to pitch. Everybody knows he wants to pitch. He wants that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”They were careful with him before, and what happened? He still blew out. . . . What’s 20 or 30 more innings going to dos season.The Liverpool Echo says this week at Melwood, on their return from securing a place in the knockout stages, there was one thing on the minds of a host of Liverpool’s players – recruiting Minamino.Indeed, senior stars urged their manager to r?”At this point, though, the should-they-or-shouldn’t-they debate is old, and pointless. Whether frustrated after their 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.Abraham struck twice for the draw.”We are all disappointed with this draw,” he said.”We’re Chelsea and no team should be able to come here and play better than us, and Sheffield United were bettethey should or shouldn’t, they’re going to, and the more significant question is how much it will hurt the Nationals’ chance of advancing to the World Series and possibly winning it.The Nationals argue that a rotation of Gonzalez, Zimmermann, and will be formidable.”We feel they stack up with any of the rotations that will be in the playoffs,” general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday. “Go by the numbers. They stack up. You’re taking one of the top five or six starters in baseball out [Strasburg], but they stack up well.”Jones’ contention is that Strasburg isn’t just one of the top five or six starters. His contention is that Strasburg is unique, because of the combination of pitches he throws.”I likened him to a combination of and Kerry Wood in his prime, but he’s better than that,” Jones said. “It’s the 90-91 [mph] split/change. It’s a devastating pitch, and no one else has that.”From a standpoint of repertoire, he stands alone.”That’s a problem for the Braves on Tuesday night. It’s an issue for the Braves and the rest of the National League East for years to come.It’s not, for this year anyway, an issue for Nationals opponents in October.At least one of those potential opponents thinks it could make a difference.

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Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter to try to pitch through injury

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right-hander Chris Carpenter has been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome but will still try to pitch this season and wait until the offseason to have surgery, .According , thoracic outlet syndrome is “a rare condition that involves pain in the neck and shoulder, numbness and tingling of the fingers and a weak grip. The thoracic outlet is the area between the rib cage and collar bone.”I’m no doctor, but that doesn’t sound conducive to pitching.Carpenter threw a bullpen session — 40 pitches at about “85 percent” — on Friday, .Carpenter didn’t want to talk about his diagnosis with the Post-Dispatch, according to the report, but he did see Dr. Gregory Pearl, a specialist in the condition. Carpenter said he felt good, but there are days he doesn’t feel as good.”There’s a lot of ‘I don’t knows’ with what’s going on. We’ve done basically all we can do to figure it out,” Carpenter . “Some days [the shoulder] doesn’t cooperate. Hopefully, we can get it to cooperate more often.”, Kenny Rogers and are some of the notable players who have suffered from thoracic outlet syndrome and returned to pitch afterward. right-hander was diagnosed with thtes to sign Athletico Paranaense midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.Chelsea and Arsenal are being linked with the young Brazilian, who is also regarded highly by Atletico Madrid. Indeed, the Madrid giants have first option on Guimaraes.eve Cook admits that he played through the pain barrier near the end of the season.The central defender had an abscess in his groin, which caused him to spend six nights in a hospital.But there were still several games of the season remaining, which However, by his own ade condition last August and missed the rest of the season.

For moreseyside club.Iwobi was seen as a floundering talent at Arsenal, but he has been impressive since arriving at Everton.It is especially the case since Carlo Ancelotti took over as manager. The 23-year-old spoke about what has changed.”This is a whole d baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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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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The Lineup: R.A. and CC are A-OK

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The ‘ winning streak reached 10, while the ‘ streak stopped at six. And then there’s the ‘ knuckleballer, who just continues to amaze…

What can we say? The Mets’ knuckleballer threw his second consecutive one-hitter on Monday, becoming the first National League pitcher to accomplish the feat since Jim Tobin of the did so. The ‘ Dave Steib in 1988 was the last pitcher to throw back-to-back one-hitters. Over his last six starts, Dickey’s allowed just three runs — two earned — with 21 hits, five walks and 63 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings. Braves rookie dominated early, holding the Yankees without a hit through four innings, but it was Cabathia that was steady in earning his 185th win of his career, and ninth of the season. Sabathia struck out 10 and allowed two runs on seven hits as the Yankees won their 10th straight game. Some will downplay the cycle, (rightly) pointing out that two homers, a double and a triple is more productive than a single, double, triple and home run — but who cares? The cycle is fun — and Hill topped his off with his eight home of the season.

It’s one thing to give up 12 earned runs on 15 hits in 6 1/3 innings — it’s another to do that to the . Thank goodness for , who threw 2 2/3 scoreless to help speed up the end of the g Nketiah helped rescue a point for Leeds against Preston on Tuesday night.The 20-year-old has yet to start a league game this season, having been limited to 11 substitute appearances.Nketiah’s goal against promotion rivals Preston was his third of thame. It didn’t end up costing his team the game, but Myers certainly made it interesting on Monday. Entering Houston’s game with with a seven-run lead in the ninth inning, Myers allowed five runs on eight hits in just Cristiano Ronaldo is adamant Juventus can win the Champions League this season.Ronaldo insists he joined Juve to win the European title“To play at Juventus gives me the chance to win it again,” he told Canal 11. “We know it’s difficult, it depend2/us Rashford believes they are performing below their potential.The Red Devils are fifth in the Premier League, facing an FA Cup replay with Wolves, and almost out of the EFL Cup after a 3-1 home first leg defeat to Manchester City.They are through to3 of an inning, leaving the bases loaded for , who finished with a five-pitch save, getting to pop up to end the game. After yapping so much last week, everyone was getting a little excited about the possibilities in the rematch. Well, that was a dud. Neither factored in the decision, in part because both were just plain bad, with both starters giving up seven runs. Latos allowed his runs on eight hits in four innings, while Lowe surrendered 11 hits in five innings. One pitcher is 10-2 and has 23 strikeouts over his last two starts — and the other is . The ‘ has been outstanding this season, but so has Verlander. While Verlander starts are always must-see, this one has us even more excited. I recent poll of players named lefty as the game’s most overrated pitcher. A couple of years ago, lefty would likely have worn that crown. If that poll was taken again today, neither probably would make it again — as Wilson is 7-4 with an AL-best 2.30 ERA. Zito hasn’t been rated highly in years, so he may actually be underrated now. He’s 5-4 with a 3.61 ERA through 13 starts this season. outfielder is expected to return to the Rangers’ lineup for Tuesday’s game after appearing as a defensive replacement in Monday’s game against the . Hamilton was hospitalized over the weekend with a virus and lost about 10 pounds, but he took batting practice on Monday and deemed himself ready. He’ll face the player he was traded for after the 2007 season — . Volquez and Daniel Ray Herrera were sent to Cincinnati in return for Hamilton. Both Hamilton and Volquez were All-Stars in 2008, but have seen their careers go in opposite directions since then. Hamilton has never faced Volquez. Sure, throwing a perfect game is pretty cool — but is cooler than a real-life samurai sword? For his perfect game, Mizuno gave Cain a sword to commemorate the feat. [] Former Expo Warren Cromartie is still fighting to bring Major League Baseball back to Montreal. [] I’m not sure who is disliked more in St. Louis, or Tony Rasmus. ‘ father isn’t going to win any fans after talking about the Cardinals and Rasmus’ time in St. Louis. [] is listed as the . He’s the highest-paid baseball player and listed below several football and basketball players. But before you go saying this is telling about the health of the game, please note the top two spots are held by boxers. catcher was the second baseball player on the list at No. 29. .For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

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