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Real cheers, real emotion and real players make this draft show better

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SECAUCUS, N.J. — Darryl Strawberry was sitting in a high school classroom in Los Angeles when he found out the Mets drafted him first overall.

Dominic Smith was in front of a lively studio audience.

I don’t know if the Mets are making progress. But maybe the draft finally is.

I don’t know if Dominic Smith can save the Mets, or if his buddy J.P. Crawford can save the Phillies. But maybe they helped save the draft.

“This is what we hamier League title this season.Last season the Reds won the Champions League and finished second to Manchester City with the third-highest points total in Premier League history. “I’d say there are at least six teams in contention,” he told Sky Sportsd in mind,” commissioner Bud Selig said, in between announcing picks.

For years, baseball treated the draft as if no one cared about it, and few did. It didn’t get all that much better when the draft was first televised, or when it was moved to prime time.

Two years being sold.With 155 goals between them since their partnership was first struck up on Merseyside in 2017, the prolific pair would have no shortage of suitors were they to be made available for transfer.“Well Real Madrid already have Eden Hazard, tago, only one player agreed to show up, and he wasn’t an early pick. Producers had to beg the hand-picked “fans” to cheer each and every announcement.

Thursday night, there were real cheers. There was real emotion. There were real players.

“I can’t stop shaking,” Smith said a few moments after the Mets made him the 11th overall pick.

The baseball draft is never going to be the , or the . Too many things are different, from the relative anonymity of most of the players picked to the reality that most will spend several years in the minor leagues before they’re really heard from again.

But in a game where the youngest players are becoming the biggest stars, baseball needs young and enthusiastic personalities. It needs kids like Smith, who heard that MLB was inviting some prospects to come to New Jersey for the draft, and turned to his father and said, “Dad, I’m going to be in the studio.”

It needs kids like Clint Frazier, the outfielder from Georgia who the Indians took with the fifth pick.

“I’ve had a lot of people tell me I ceenager Bukayo Saka made history in the Manchester United-Arsenal rivalry.He was the youngest ever player to start a game between these historic rivals.The Gunners academy graduate started the clash at Old Trafford on Monday night, which ended in a 1ould become a fan favorite because of my red hair,” said Frazier, who also attended the draft. “I’m very confident. I think I’m outgoing.

“Hopefully, people like that.”

Of the nine prospects who agreed to attend the draft, Frazier was the first to be chosen. But eight of the nine went in the first round, helping make this draft show easily the best one baseball has put on yet.

Strawberry was the first pick overall in 1980. He said when he was pulled out of class and told the Mets had drafted him, he said, “Where’s that?”

Smith spent the day before the draft touring New York.

“New York looks more beautiful every time I see it,” he said.

The draft looks better as a show than it did before, too.

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g that Spalletti has left the club after guiding t

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infielder finishan Fraser has assured Bournemouth he won’t agitate for a move away.The midfielder has been linked with Arsenal this summer.But he told The Scotsman: “I’ve got a year left with Bournemouth. If I’m there, I’ll give my all. If I’m somewhere else, I’lled 3 for 4 in Wedneswcastle United boss Rafa Benitez won’t rule out re-signing Kenedy from Chelsea.The Brazilian struggled to get into the starting line-up in the second half of the campaign and has now returned to Chelsea.However, Benitez is realistic when it comes to day’s loss to the Cubs.

All three hits were singles, and Keppinger somehow managed not to score or knock in a run. Still, any positivity from Keppinger, a .223/.229/.263 hitter on the season, is welcomed on the south sid mother of Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has talked up the prospect of moving to Barcelona.Barcelona are pushing to sign the defender this summer. And Cuatro went to the mother of De Ligt’s house today, asking her about her son.”It’s an enormous dece of Chicago.

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DH in one of the two games at Phigrets over his time at Old Trafford.United’s cup double and second placed finish in 2016 the undisputed highlight of his five-and-half years at the club.Fellaini, now with Shandong Luneng, told the Daily Mail: “I played five and half years for Mancheladelphia this week, according to The Boston Globe. With the game being played at a National League park, Ortiz will take the field Wednesday or Thursday.Ortiz is hitting .341/.401/.618 in 123 at-bats. He is hitting .378 with three home runs and 12 RBI in his last 10 games played.

More News bout to enter the final year of his current deal.Belgian reporter Kristof Terreur says negotiations have progressed positively: “Liverpool and Divock Origi’s people had positive talks about a new contract just before the player went on holiday. There 11/16/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 10/01/2016 on fullback Wayne Bridge expects a busy summer at St Mary’s.Bridge believes manager Ralph Hasenhuttl will want to make his own mark on the squad.He told the Daily Echo: “He has got to try and do something. He needs to try and get players in that he • by RotoWire Staff 09/30/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/21/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/20/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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outfielder singled in the ninth inning of Sunday’s extra-inning game againstSG, Real Madrid, Brugge, GalatasarayGROUP B: Bayern, TOTTENHAM, Olympiakos, Red Star BelgradeGROUP C: MAN CITY, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zagreb, AtalantaGROUP D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, LokomotivGROUP E: LIVERPOOL, Napoli, Salzburg, Gen the Rangers as he came on as a pinch-hitter for Michael Saunders. Bay remained in the game and ended up going 2 for 3. 

Bay is now batting .245 after his performance. He singled twice and drove in a run in 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 Ceason.Abraham has shone in preseason for the Blues.Mourinho said, “You want a young striker – Tammy Abraham! He’s yours. He knows the club. He was made at the club, he was educated at the club.“He was on loan, he played already some matches in arabao Cup.“He’s not a million miles off. I knew what I was going to the 13th inning to win the game for the Mariners. 

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Wanderers supporter has received a four year ban f

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third baseman was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with back spasms, one day after leaving a game with the injury. Infielder Jose Igla return to England.Bergkamp quit Ajax last season after a string of rows with sporting director Marc Overmars – having laid the foundations for the enigmatic side that ended the Champions League dreams of Real Madrid and Juventus before being fellesias was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place.

Middlebrooks was initially listed as day to day with the injury, but appears to have suffered a setback prior to Friday’s game. 

was rewarded for his hard work and determination with a debut goal against Chelsea, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Wales international, signed from Swansea City this summer, came on as a substitute to score United’s final goal in the 4 More News 01/11/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/30/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 02/25/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 02/24/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 01/03/2018 • by RotoWire Staff preseason with Inter Milan.The former Sochaux midfielder arrived last week.”At the moment, it’s going very well. We’re training in the right way and will continue to do this,” the 17-year-old midfielder said to Inter TV. “Preparing yourselves is very 10/10/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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al – despite the empty stadium.The game will be pl

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starter took a beating Wednesday against the Dodgers, as he allowed six runs and didn’t make it out of the second .Lazaar is currently enjoying another spell in Italy – this time with second-tier side Cosenza – and has one more year left on his deal on Tyneside.The 28-year-old admits he is due to sit-down with the club’s hierarchy in the summer to discuss his fuinning.His final line: 1 2/3 innings, seven hits, six runs, four earned, two walks and two strikeouts. Peralta’s ERA is up to 6.45 and it’sf they can overturn their transfer ban.Chelsea remain hopeful of having their two-window FIFA transfer ban frozen while appealing to the Court of ArbitrPussetto today.Pussetto is in England today to undergo a Watford medical examination. The Argentine will move from Udinese in a permanent transfer.Pussetto, should he pass his medical, will sign a four and a half year contract with the Hornets. The 2ation for Sport (CAS), so are pushing ahead with tentative recruitment plans.And Stamford Bridge b starting to look like the Brewers’ top prospect just isn’t ready for the show.

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g his football under manager Eddie Howe.Ake, 24, h

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pitcher , who won in his first major-league start Wedne forged a successful coaching career at Coventry City’s academy later in his career is impressed at how der Adrian Mariappa thinks that his side were unlucky against Burnley.The Hornets had chances during the home defeat to the Clarets, but they were not clinical enough when they got in front of goal.Eventually, Burnley got three goals and condemned thNorwich are already keeping one eye on the future with the purchase of McCallum, who signed for City from the Sky Blues in January before being losday against the Athletics, might not be guaranteed another start. Manager Ron Washington about naming Wolf one of his starters for Monday’s doublmier League title this season.Last season the Reds won the Champions League and finished second to Manchester City with the third-highest points total in Premier League history. “I’d say there are at least six teams in contention,” he told Sky Sportseheader at Arizona.

“We’ll make a decision on that as we move forward,” Washington said, per The Dallas Morning News.

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o wear the captain’s armband last month.In Kazakhs

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manager Don Mattingly said starting pitcher , who will be available out of the bullpen through Tuesday, will return to the s 2-2 draw with Villarreal on Sunday as he packed his bags for France.The Costa Rica captain is now undergoing a medical ahead of signing a three-year deal with PSG.The Ligue 1 champs are coughing up €15m to Real for Kble of winning silverware under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.He believes that he can win more silverware for his club and that silverware is within reach for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.Lingard told the Mirror: “There’s always that hunger and eylor.PSG keeper Alphonse Areorotation Saturday against the Cardinals, accordingBrighton goalkeeper Christian Walton is on his way to Blackburn Rovers.Sky Sports says Walton has joined Blackburn on a season-long loan.He underwent a successful medical today and agreed terms on his move.After spending the last two seasons at Wigan, the 23-year-old will replace David Raya at Ewood Park.Raya has left Rovers for Brentford. to .com. Lilly is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in two starts this season.

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Angel Gomes says Manchester United’s players are d

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infielder had two hits Wednesday against the Angels for his foReleased Newcastle United defender Stefan O’Connor isn’t short of offers.The Evening Chronicle says the 22-year-old defender was released by Newcastle this week but is reported to already have interest from the EFL.Walsall, Blackpool, Coventry and Fleetwood are said to be battling to sign the free agent.O’Connor joined the Magpies from Arsenal in 2017.urth multi-hit game since April 30. Johnson is batting been revealed.Real have already had one offer for the World Cup winner turned down by United, withs were in crisis talks yesterday.The Telegraph says the squad were ordered to attend a meeting on Saturday for crisis talks.Panicked Etihad chiefs sent out WhatsApp and text messages within an hour of finding out about the two years Champions League coach Zinedine Zidane eager to see a deal done.However, TMW says PSG and former club Juventus are also prepared to bid for Pogba this summer.All three.423 (11 for 26) in his last 10 games (eight starts), raising his average from .118 to .302.

But Johnson has just a double, home run and an RBI in that 10-game stretch.

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e Gunners have already opened talks with Feyenoord

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catcher found his stroke Thursday, going 3 for 5 in a 6-3 win over the Giants.

McCann hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to left center in the second inning, to open the scoring for Atlanta. He finished with three RBI and one run scored while striking out once.

McCann has four hits over his last two games since going 0 for 4 in his first game following their friendly in Boston last week has hurt their Europa League final preparation.Chelsea have lost Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the Baku clash against Arsenal after he suffered an Achilles injury against New England Revolution.Sarri said, “We finished this return from shoulder surgery. 

More News 10/10/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/27/2019 n Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored and saw red in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.Jordan Ayew’s deflected equaliser earned Palace a point at home against Arsenal.But it was goalscorer Aubameyang’s sending off by the video assistant referee (VAR • by RotoWire Staff 09/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/21/2019 • by RotoWire Staff hevrolet.The Daily Mail says United are leaving no stone unturned as they look for a shirt sponsor to replace Chevrolet at the end of next season.The US car manufacturer signed a deal worth £450m with the Red Devils in 2014 but are reportedly unwill 09/19/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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Now middle infielders offer offense — and strikeouts

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Time was, the middle of the infield was a place for guys who could catch the ball and not hurt a club too much with the bat.

But as offensive production numbers have increased across the board, it is an area that is helping fuel the record strikeout numbers we’re seeing today in Major League Baseball.

Three of the National League’s top four in strikeouts last season were second basemen. The ’ led the league at 189, the ’ was third at 169 and the ’ was fourth at 168.

Uggla (43) and Weeks (39) are right back at it again this season, ranking second and fourth in strikeouts in the season’s first few weeks.

“I remember Billy Ripken when I was in Baltimore, we didn’t care what he hit as long as he was doing the little things offensively to help us,” said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, who was an executive with the Orioles for nine seasons bCity manager Daniel Farke admits that his side are going down unless they improve quickly.He was disappointed at how they capitulated in a 3-0 defeat to Wolves at the weekend in the Premier League.The Canaries are bottom of the table and seven pointseginning in 1986. “Today, it’s the mentality that everybody at Arsenal on Thursday ahead of moving to Juventus.After eleven years at the club, Aaron Ramsey had his final day at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground on Thursday.Ramsey will officially become a Juventus player on July 1, having signed a pre-y is viewed by offensive stats.

“Does anybody grade how many times a guy battles? Does anybody grade how many times he moves the runners?”

Executives have had to change along with the game, but Melvin still picks his battles. Milwaukee utility infielder , who played third base in the absence of earlier this season, is one.

“Everybody rips him because he doesn’t walk and he swings at the first pitch,” Melvin says. “The league average when you put the first pitch in play is .320. Maybe the first pitch is the best pitch to hit.”

Last season, 20 of the 30 major league clubs endured 100 or more strikeouts from their second base position.

And 23 ofa is being scouted regularly by Manchester United.FCInterNews reports he put in a fine performance as Verona drew 1-1 with Inter Milan last weekend. With a United scout apparently present, the report says the club will join the race for the defender the 30 clubs watched their shortstop position strike out 100 or more times.

“In our era, when I first came up, the scout who signed me said if I hit .250 and played good defense, I’ll be in the big leagues for a long time,” former Tigers shortstop and current Diamondbacks coach Alan Trammell says. “That was 1976.

“I was at the early wave of the start of a little bit more offense. Obviously it’s been taken, by middle infielders, to a different level.”

And, along with the extraordinarily more prolific offensive numbers of recent generations have come soaring strikeout totals.

Be careful what you wish for.

Or, you take what you get.

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f the season.The 20-year-old defender has been wit

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starting pitcher prospect tossed five shutout innings, leading Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre to a win Sunday over Gwinnett. He didn’t allow a hit, walked four batters and struck out three.

“I felt like I battled early on. It was a tough day today and the weather hasn’t been the best, but I was able to make pitches when I needed to and my defense had my back,” Betances said, per .com. “My changeup kept me in the game the whole time. I was able to throw it early in the count and behind in the count.”

After posting a 13.60 ERA in his first three starts, Betances has managed a 1.76 ERA in his last three starts, lowering his ERA to 6.00. Betances is 2-2 with a .213 opponents’ batting average in six starts. He has 25 strikeouts to 16 walks in 24 innings.

Betances, who was once a prized prospect in the Yankees’ system, is trying to return to form in 2013. 

“My last year was not a good year,” he said. “For me, it’s about getting that consistency and being able to get to where I was a couple years ago. It’s just a matter of trying not to be too aggressive, staying closed and getting that front extension that will allow me to work down in the zone and throw strikes early on. Then I can mix in the off-speed pitches.”

More News 03/08/2020 • by RotoWire Staff son.Mundo Deportivo says Thiago Silva has let it be known Barca would be his priority should they come in for him this summer. The veteran defender is off contract in June.And his dream at 35 is to close out his career at Barca.Interestingly, his arr 03/05/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/03/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/21/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/17/2020 n the Italian last week.The Sun says Spurs considered the Napoli boss, 60, for the vacancy but the word from Italy was that his club would need a big payout and also keep him until the new year.That left the door wide open for Jose Mourinho to step i • by RotoWire Staff to sign England Under-21 left-back Ryan Sessegnon for £25m.The deal will see Spurs midfielder Josh Onomah moving the other way.The fee for Sessegnon, 19, who scored two goals in 35 Premier League appearances last season for relegated Fulham, could r 02/11/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

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Phillies place Roy Halladay on disabled list

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starting pitcher has been placed on the disabled list, the club announced Monday afternoon.

Halladay has been dealing with shoulder soreness and reports Armando Broja spoke about making his debut for the club.He is now the eighth player from the club’s academy to play their first game in the senior team for Fying together for Real Madrid.The two wingers, both 18 years of age, are seen as the future of Brazilian football and have both completed big money moves to Los Blancos in the past year.”[Vinicius and Rodrygo] are two young players who have lots of prank Lampard this season.It shows the club’s new found commitment to youth, and Broja is theindicate . General manager Ruben Amaro has, however, told reporters Halladay’s issues are not related to the shoulder injury that took its toll on him last season.

Halladay turns 36 next week andan Dijk hailed the performance of Roberto Firmino for victory over Newcastle United.Named as a substitute, Firmino was called on 10 minutes before the break when Divock Origi was forced off with an injury.With the score 1-1, the No.9 almost immediate went 11-8 with a 4.49 ERA last season after finishing in the top five of Cy Young voting for six consecutive seasons. In seven starts this season, Halladay is 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 34 1/3 innings.

Halladay joins John Lannan on the DL, so the Phillies are looking for another rotation replacement to slot behind , , and — who replaced Lannan.

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test preseason friendly.The Eagles were ahead unti

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starting pitcher prospe football as part of a new club takeover.Dutch agent Rob Jansen is in advanced talks to buy a League One club, with several of his clients involved – including Kuyt.Speaking on Jaïr in goed Gezelschap, to be aired on Dutch TV ton has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo had a word with him during defeat to Juventus on the weekend.The former PSV Eindhoven star scored on debut in the 4-3 defeat.He told TUDN: “After my goal at Juve, Ronaldo approached me to compliment me. He said I was wight, Jansen confirmct had his best start for Class A Potomac Friday, which resulted in his first win. Cole, who is considered the Nationals’ by .com, Wilder says Ravel Morrison could see action against Chelsea.Morrison produced a man-of-the-match performance on his full Sheffield United debut in midweek, setting up one of the goals in a 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Blackburn.Wilder says the 26-year-oltossed six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out nine.

Cole is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA and .264 opponents’ batting average in six starts. He has struck out 34 batters and walked just six. His 34 strikeouts put him in the top 10 in the Carolina League.

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ich midfielder Philippe Coutinho has hinted he’s r

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designated hitter had another monster performance on Tuesday night in Toronto. Ortiz drove in four more runs for Boston in a 9-7 loss. 

Ortiz went 2 for 5 with a double and his third home run of the season. He went deep in the fourth inning off starter Brandon Morrow for a solo shot. Ortiz added a bases-clearing double in the seventh inning to give the Red Sox a short-lived 7-6 lead. 

Ortiz has 15 RBI on the year and has driven in at least one run in eight of his nine games. He’s batting .500 at this point after 36 at-bats with six doubles and eight runs scored. 

More News 11/16/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 1n’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.The German stopper gifted Karim Benzema a goal when he threw the ball straight at the striker before later spilling Gareth Bale’s long range effort.However, Alisson insists the loss cannot just be put 0/01/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/30/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2016 • by RotoWire StafChampionship Huddersfield have signed Chelsea midfielder Trevoh Chalobah on a season-long loan.The 20-year-old joins the Terriers on the back of a full season of experience in the Championship with Ipswich Town.f ited boss Jose Mourinho is ready for talks with Newcastle United.The Mirror says Mourinho is ready to talk to Newcastle’s potential new owner if multi-billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan comes calling.Advisors representing the Sheikh insis 09/21/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/20/2016 • by RotoWire Staff