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d coach Alex McLeish has likened Chelsea midfielde

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The Yankees tsos on loan.Zivkovic, 23, arrives on a six-month deal from Chinese club Changchun Yatai.Retsos, 21, will also remain until end of the season after arriving at Bramall Lane from Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.The Blades, eighth in the Premier Leagulineup might be lacking some firepower to begin the season as Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson recover from injuries, but I would still be hesitant to start starting pitcher Week 1 given his poor history against the Yankees and in Yankee Stadium.

I know benching Buchholz is a tough proposition given the stells assurances from the Egyptian FA over how Mohamed Salah will be managed if he is to be released for the Olympics this year.Ahram Online says Klopp will seek a ‘comprehensive file’ on Egypt’s training programme for the 2020 Olympics before he decidesar spring he had, but the Yankees have had his number. Buchholz is 2-5 with a 7.19 ERA and 1.86 WHIP in nine career starts against New York. He hasn’t had lower than a 5.06 ERA against the Yankees in any of the last three seasons, including when he went 0-2 with a 15.26 ERA in two starts against New York last year.

His numbers in new Yankee Stadium are ugly, too. Buchholz is 2-2 with a 6.14 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in four starts at new Yankee Stadium. The last time he pites striker Diogo Jota isn’t convinced by Manchester United defender Harry Maguire.Jota went home with the match ball the last time he faced Harry Maguire.The Portuguese, 22, banged in a hat-trick when Wolves beat Leicester 4-3 in January, with Maguirched there in 2012, he allowed eight runs on six hits (three homers) and two walks in 1 2/3 innings.

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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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yol GM Roger Guasch cannot guarantee keeping hold

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ace posted a solid line in his final spring start Wednesday, holding the Cubs to two earned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out four batters in five innings. He threw 37 of his 57 pitches for strikes, has laughed off Manchester United’s alleged £350,000-a-week offer.The 19-year-old has attracted interest from United and Barcelona after an outstanding season in Amsterdam.And although he scoffed at the reported wages he will earn next season, De Laccording to .com. Shields ended an uneven spring with a 6.75 ERA in 18 2/3 ir United defender Chris Smalling is reluctant to rush a decision over signing permanently with Roma.Despite repeated claims of a permanent deal being close to agreement, the clubs have not entered negotiations and Smalling is happy to wait until the nnings but should be good to go r-old is out of contract in the summer and has so far been unable to reach an agreement with his hometown club.”Of course it’s a concern,” he said. “I just hope that he looks at it as a football decision.”I’m sure there are people in his ear, and disfor the Royals’ opener.

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o Aguero stands alongside the club’s greats.Lee in

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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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cki striker Slobodan Tedic is on his way to Manche

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third baseman (rib cage) fielded 20 grounders and took some dry swings with a bat Thursday, the National Post reports. Lawrie, who said he feels fine, hasn’tg hold of Mikel Oyarzabal.There were genuine concerns inside La Real they would lose the youngster to Manchester City this week.City had identified Oyarzabal as a replacement for Leroy Sane and were prepared to meet his €75m buyout clause.However, played in a spring game sincen loan in Janufor a first trophy as the club’s manager.United host local rivals Manchester City tomorrow in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final, with Solskjaer desperate to take a step closer to a first trophy as boss.“You always want to win trophies aary for €1m with an option to buy for €25m = which has now been triggered.Can has played three games for BVB so far, scoring once.Former Liverpool player Can started only two league games for Serie A side Juventus since Maurizio Sar March 6.

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er believes the Premier League must be completed t

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starting pitcher allowed two runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings — his longest outing of the spring — in a 3-2 victory over St. Louis in Grapefruit League action Monday. Harvey struck out six and two of the hits he surrendered went for extra bases. He walked only one to improve his strikeout-to-walk ratio to 6-to-1 over 18 1/3 innings this spring.

“I was really ha lamented a missed opportunity for his side at the weekend.The Saints were level with Spurs thanks to a Danny Ings equaliser, as a result of a mistake from Hugo Lloris.They also had a man extra, as Serge Aurier had been sent off earlier in the game.Bppy about my curveball,” Harvey told ESPN.com. “Unfortunately, I gave up too many hits in my mind, but overall I’m hea Luton have remained stubborn over their demands of a £12m fee for the right-back.Aston Villa had a bid of about £7.5m rejected, but the Foxes are prepared to go all the way to sign the 21-yearreira has left Atletico to join Belenenses on a permanent contract.The 23-year-old Portuguese goalkeeper never played a minute for Diego Simeone’s first team, instead going out on a series of loans during his time under contract with Los Rojiblancos.-old.Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers hopes Justin will clthy and feeling good. … I’m starting to learn that a groundball is just as good. Going deep into a game is on my mind.”

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s transfer policy.During the summer transfer windo

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Brewers starting pitcher was unable to solve his control issues in his second start of the spring Thursday against the Diamondbacks. Ro has warned Liverpool’s unorthodox preparations could influence the start of their season.Roberto Firmino and Alisson are on holiday after winning Copa America with Brazil. Mohamed Salah is also on a break after being knocked out of the African Cup ogers, who walked three batters in his previous start, did so again To the signing of River Plate striker Rafael Borre.The 24 year-old helped River reach the Copa Libertadores final last month and his form has caught the eye of Atletico coach Diego Simeone.However, Radio Continental says Simeone will face competition hursday. He was able to last three innings this time out, thanks to Anderlecht great Jan Mulder says Manchester City ace Kevin de Bruyne is now Belgium’s best footballer.Mulder argues De Bruyne has surpassed Real Madrid star Eden Hazard in importance.He told HLN: “A metamorphosis has arisen in my mind. “Kevin De Bruyne is now better than Eden Hazard. I cannot give him a bigger compliment. It is very unimaginable how he now plays. “It seems like ‘gaming’.”five groundball outs. He surrenders two unearned runs in the outing, with no strikeouts.

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eportedly watched the 31-year-old in action for Ru

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Pirates starter was sharp against the Rays on Taiming Sadio Mane is set to leave them.The Reds all-but confirmed American giants Nike would be their kit supplier from next season after they beat current suppliers New Balance at the High Court last Friday.The Daily Star reports Mane could switch bhursday, allowiatici made the claim before the Champions League defeat of Lokomotiv Moscow.“Cristiano is the best player in the world, probably the best in history considering all the records he has achieved both on a personal and team level,” Paratici told Sky Sng just one hit (to the first batter he faced) and three walks over four shutout inninge brother of Marcus Rashford has hit out at claims his commitment to Manchester United is wavering.Rashford’s agent and brother Dwaine Maynard has seemingly hit out at rumours linking the forward with a move to Barcelona. Posting on his Instagram Stos. He struck out a batter.

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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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tition from England for Fluminense teen Miguel Sil

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Fresh off signing his seven-year, $175 million contract last Wednesday that made him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball, Mariners starter said it felt good to be back on the field with the team. He also dismissed outcry from his native Venezuelans who feel tskjaer admits he didn’t feel welcome at the cly are eyeing Athletic Bilbao defender Unai Nunez.AS says City are monitoring Nunez leading up to the summer market as they seek to strengthen their defensive options.Indeed, City management plan to buy two centre-halves and have Nunez on their radar.ub after Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013.After leaving his role as ­reserve coach in 2011 Solskjaer admits he felt unwelcome at Old Trafford after the ­legendary Scot had left.“I’d been there once sinchat playing for the country in the World Baseball Classic is more important thaBenfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes is on the brink of signing with Tottenham in an extended loan arrangement.Sky Sports says Fernandes is close to joining Tottenham on an 18-month loan deal, after choosing the club over London rivals West Ham.The 21n the major-league club. “Some guys say good things about me, some guys no,” Hernandez said. “You know, it’s a decision of my own and I just want to be here with my teammates and after this, they better understand.”

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l Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was pleased with th

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Despite — the Cubs’ incumbent closer — facing legal charges out of the the Dominican Republic, new Chicago relief pitcChelsea boss Frank Lampard has warned his kids not to relax.Lampard admits he constantly worries about a long winning streak leading to a decline in intensity on the training ground.He said: “I remember having good runs of form as a player and then slightly relaxing in training and my form turning and having to reassess myself.“The older I got, the more fearful I became of any good patches.“So that is something which I am always driving home to the players.“If I ever felt there was a lack of effort in training or during the game I would deliver a strong message, even if it’s not nice to hear.“That is something that has to come from the manager, so unfelsea winger Christian Pulisic is considering his future.Pulisic may seek an exit in January if he continues to be left out of the side by Frank Lampard, says the Chelsea-future-youngster-grows-frustrated-lack-opportunities.html”>Chelsea-future-youngortunately I do have to play the bad cop at times.“But I’m not a manager that is full of rollockings because if you do that on a reut the potential of the current team.The Azzurri have finished second over the last two seasons.“I can see more enthusiasm now compared to past pre-season camps. There are many fans and that’s pleasing, so we hope to have a great campaign and repaygular basis it just becomes white noise and has no effect.“Players respond in different ways to that sort of thing.“If there is a moment when a very tough approach might be needed then that’s what you do. If a firm b******ing is required to put people on edge, that’s good in a positive way.“But to do it consistently — who wants that every day?”her said Saturday he is not focused on being the primary option in the ninth inning. “The decision is not up to me but the coaches,” Fujikawa told .com. “My job is to get outs and as I do that, I’ll try to make it a tougher decision for the coaches to make.”

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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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Report: Dodgers acquire Skip Schumaker from Cardinals

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Tas donat the performance of Ravel Morrison for victory over Carabao Cup opponents Blackburn Rovers.Morrison produced a man of the match display in their 2-1 win against Blackburn in the Carabao Cup.“He’s not a million miles off. I knew what I was going to ed some of his memorabilia to a Scottish university that named a library after him.The former United boss, who achieved unprecedented success with the Red Devils, was at Glasgow Caledonian University this week for the dedication event.Their lhe have acquired utility man from the , . Schumaker must still pass a physical before the trade is finalized. In return, the Cardinals will receive minor-league shortstop Jake Lemmerman.

The 32-year-old Schumaker is a career .288/.345/.377 hitter across parts of eight major-league seasons. In 2012, he batted .276/.339/.368 in 107 games. He’s no one’s idea of a marquee addition, but Schumaker has solid on-base skills against right-handers and the ability to man all three outfield positions and second base. Schumaker is under contract for 2013 at $1.5 million and will then be eligible for free agency.

As for Lemmerman, the 23-year-old infielder was a 2010 fifth-rounder out of Duke. In parts of three minor-league seas move for RB Leipzig fullback Lukas Klostermann.BILD says Gunners scouts were in Italy over the past fortnight to follow Klostermann during the U21 Euros in action for Germany.It’s suggested Arsenal see the youngster as a replacement for Hector Belleons, he’s a career .285/.377/.448 hitter. He projects as no better than a major-league reserve.

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Free agent preview: Edwin Jackson

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has become one of baseball’s most tradeable players since being drafted by the Dodgers in 2001. Befod.Wood had been under the weather in the days leading up to the Magpies visit to Turf Moor, with a sickness bug.But his 58th minute header from Ashley Westwood’s pin-point far post corner got the Clarets back to rude health after three successive defre reaching free agency at the end of 2011, Jackson had been dealt six times, playing for six  major-league teams by the time he turned 28 years old.

The Dodgers sent him to the then Devil Rays in January 2006 when they acquired Danys Baez. The Rays sent him to the Tigers for Matt Joyce in December 2008. Just two days away from the one-year anniversary of that deal, the Tigers sent him to the Diamondbacks in a three-team trade that also included Curtis Granderson, Austin Jackson Clubs are queuing for Chelsea fullback Ahmed Baba Rahman.AS says the 25 year-old Ghana international will be offloaded by Chelsea this month.Inter Milan, Fiorentina and Ajax are all in contact with Chelsea for Baba.However, the defender would prefer to continue his career in Spain after spending last season in France with Stade de Reims.Baba is tied to Chelsea until 2020.and Ian Kennedy, among others. The next July, he was sent to the White Sox in a deal their first major tournament.They secured qualification to Euro2020 with a win over Liechtenstein.”I am very proud of what we have achieved. I didn’t really know what to do or think. There were tears in our eyes,” Pukki said.”This was all people in for Daniel Hudson at the trading deadline. One year later, the White Sox traded him to the Blue Jays, who flipped him to the Cardinals on the same day in a deal for Colby Rasmus.

Is your head spinning? Imagine how Jackson felt.

It’s no wonder Jackson was looking for a multiyear deal last offseason (if a team wanted to kick in a no-trade clause, all the better) after going 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA in 2011. However, he was greeted with a soft market, and ultimately turned down the ‘ offer of $27 million over three years to take a one-year, $11 million deal with the Nationals, his seventh major-league club.

Did he make the right choice? An American League executive who spoke with CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman thinks so, the 29-year-old would sign a four-year, $55 million deal. While Heyman wrote the prediction might be a bit high, he agrees that Jackson has set himself up for a nice payday.

The casual fan might not see the sense in that sentiment, after Jackson’s record dropped to 10-11 in 2012 while his ERA rose to 4.03. However, Jackson posted the best strikeout rate of his career this season, punching out 7.97 batters per nine innings, while his walk rate essentially held steady. His WHIP fell from 1.44 to 1.22, also a personal best over a full season. Will those gains be enough to earn the multiyear deal Jackson wants?

He’s interested in signing a multiyear deal with the Nationals, but it might not make sense for the team to lock him up to an expensive, multiyear contract. already has , and leading a strong rotation.

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While Jackson represents an improvement at the back end of the rotation, it probably isn’t large enough to spur the Nationals to commit a lot of money to the free agent.

However, the Blue Jays might be in the picture as a potential destination. CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler that had nine scouts at Jackson’s last three starts of the season. With all the injuries the Blue Jays suffered in the rotation, they’re definitely searching for stability at starting pitcher, something Jackson should be able to provide after making at least 31 starts in each of the past six seasons.

He’s not just an innings eater either. Jackson has posted a 14.0 WAR over the past four seasons, good for 23rd in the league. While it isn’t at ‘s level, it does beat out the WARs of , , and other mid-level free-agent pitchers over that same timespan.

Greinke is going to be the prize of the market, but there’s only one Greinke. Once he signs his contract, teams like the , , and , among others, should turn to Jackson as the best option left if they don’t land the top prize. So if Jackson can wait until a few pitcher-seeking teams lose out on Greinke, he should finally cash in on the deal he wants — a deal that will top the Pirates’ offer from one year ago, and maybe, just maybe, allow him to settle down in a new home for at least a few years with the same team. Should be a nice change of pace.

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Barry Zito gets it done for Giants in Game 5: Quick hits

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ST. LOUIS — The Giants are at it again. For the fourth time this postseason, ed Declan Rice could leave the club this summer.20-year-old Rice has made 34 appearances this season and is a target for Manchester United and Manchester City.”It’s impossible, I cannot know the future,” Pellegrini told reporters. “He is, of course, staved off elimination, beating the 5-0 in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series to send the series back to AT&T Park.

Once again the Giants’ season came down to . And unlike his start in Game 4 of the National League Division Series in Cincinnati where the Giants won in spite of Zito, this time they won because of Zito. Zito went 7 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and no runs, while striking out six and walking just one. In addition, he also drove in a run himself with a beautiful push bunt in the Giants’ four-run fourth.

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In his first full season in the majors, had an outstanding season. However, his postseason has been a little less impressive. Lynn was used out of the bullpen in the wild card game and the NLDS, before starting Games 1 and Game 5 of the NLCS. In both of those games, Lynn cruised througious plans for the club this summer.Not only does the Saints boss want to add players to help his team push up the table, but he also wants to adjust the backroom staff.Southampton are giving the Austrian boss a very wide reign as he looks to reshapeh the first three innings before giving up four runs in the fourth. On Friday, Lynn’s own throwing error — a throw off the second base bag — in the fourth inning allowed the Giants’ first run to score. With a good throw, the Cardinals turn two and get out of the inning. With his throw, the Giants went on to score four (unearned) runs and he didn’t finish the inning. And then there’s also… 

Bruce Bochy made a bold move, intentionally walking to load the bases with one out in the second, but Zito got Lynn to bounce into a double play, ending what would be the Cardinals’ best shot at scoring off of the left-hander. 

led off the eighth with a solo home run. Until that point, the Cardinals and their potent offense was still in grand slam range and Znstantly upgrade his game.Arteta is particularly excited by Martinelli’s potential. The Brazilian, a £6m signing from Ituano FC in the summer, has scored 10 goals already this season, including two in his last three Premier League appearances. It isito was still on the mound, so a comeback wasn’t inconceivable. But with another late home run, Sandoval killed the hopes of the Busch Stadium faithful who came to the ballpark expecting to celebrate a trip to the World Series.

The series heads back to San Francisco with of the Giants taking on the Cardinals’ at AT&T Park on Sunday.

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