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VIDEO: Scott Miller discusses Yasiel Puig on Fantasy Baseball Today


| | | | National Baseball Columnist Scott Miliba.The Gunners are favourites to sign the young Frenchman, though negotiations are proving complicated.The Mirror says Gunners boss Unai Emery will have a transfer pot of £40million to spend this summer, plus anytut what he went through during the recent carjacking saga.Ozil and his Arsenal teammate Saed Kolasinac were victims of an incident that also involved his wife Amine.They were attacked by armed robbers and were lucky to escape with their lives.”My wifhing he makes on transfers.But Sainler dishes out his thoughts on what’s going on with the , including phenom mann’s form.Ahead of their meeting with Leganes, Griezmann came up and Valverde seemed fed up with the constant questions about the Frenchman.”Why are there so many questions that start with ‘are you worried about…’?” he asked.”In the end, I leave .

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


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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third baseman is Wednesday against Boston, the Dallas Morning News reports Tuesday. Beltre failed to talk his way into the lineup Tuesday. 

“I’m ready right now,” the third baseman said. Beltre said he knows how to manage playing on the hamstring. 

“It was a fight,” Washington said of having to deny Beltre’s request to play. “He’s ready to go, but we’re trying to give him one more day of rest.”

More News has linked up with Burnley on trial but no deal with the 19-year-old has been completed.The frontman has joined Steve Stone’s Under-23 side in Poland but has not signed for the club.Mumbongo, who was with Verona’s youth team in Italy last season, cou 11/20/2018 • by RotoWire Staff t in June, Giroud failed to find a move away last month, despite being made available by Chelsea.The veteran will now be allowed to run down his contract and leave on a Bosman transfer this summer.Le 10 Sport says the one formal offer he has in front 10/31/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2018 • by RotoWire Staff their pursuit of Christian Eriksen.The Dane will be out of contract in the summer with reports stating he is set to move to the Serie A club.”I think Antonio. He has said publicly [about Eriksen],” Mourinho said.”I think we coaches should all behave 09/28/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/27/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/24/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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n Laurent Koscielny.Koscielny left north London in


reliever is in lhn Terry at Aston Villa.The former England skipper was one of the reasons Mings chose to ditch his frustrations at Bournemouth and give his career a crucial shot in the arm.He admits the move will have proved to be just perfect if Aston Villa clamberine to get save opportunities with closer Ricao 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 cenafael Betancourt hitting the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

Brothers already has one save this year and has been utterly brilliant out of the Rockies’ bullpen. He owns a 0.36 ERA (1247 ERA+) and 25 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. Look for him to hold down the job until Betancourt returns, like has been on the coaching staff at Aston Villa since October, helping Dean Smith’s team beat the Rams to clinch promotion in the play-off final at Wembley.The Chelsea.html”>Daily Mail says Derby have been impressed by the former England captain and cly in just the requisite two weeks.

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first baseman , who entered Sunday with a .160 batting average, had a two-run home run in the fourth inning and an RBI singled in the fifth in an 11-6 loss to the Marlins.Davis finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and three RBI. He is hitting ophy-laden spell at Barcelona.The Argentina international spent three years on Merseyside before eight seasons with Barcelona and now plies his trade back in South America with Estudiantes, having left Hebei China Fortune last month. “I obviously hav.333 (5 for 15) with five RBI in his last four games.

More News 11/06/2018 • by RotoWire Staff Juventus hero Andrea Pirlo believes Inter Milan are a threat this season.Pirlo played for new Inter coach with Juve and Italy.“Juve remain the favourites, but Inter are getting closer,” said the midfield great when asked about this season’s Scudetto. “The Bianconeri still have something more.” 08/15/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 01/27/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/10/2016 • by RotoWire Staff on-Odoi is set for a playing return with Chelsea this week.The England international winger has been out of action since April after rupturing his Achilles tendon.Goal says he may be back in a Chelsea shirt as early as Friday.They state he could feat 06/25/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 06/22/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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starting pitcher turned in a stellar performance as he picked up his fifth win of the season Saturday night against the Angels. Norris (5-4) allowed just four hits and three walks while striking out six in six shutout innings in a 2-0 victory. Norris has allowed just two runs combined in his last three starts (19 innings). The right-hander is scheduled to make his next start Thursday at home against the Orioles. He is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in seven starts at home.

More News 01/21/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 04/11/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/09/2019 he Mirror says the Fre is seeking transfer assurances before penning a new deal with Crystal Palace.The Daily Express says Hodgson’s current deal runs out at the end of this season, and Palace want him to stay on after a successful two and a half years in charge, but the nch Champions see the £14million deal set to be struck between Spurs and Inter for the Denmark international as a bargain.Eriksen, 27, has rejected several contract offers from his club because he wants to experience another cu • by RotoWire Staff 04/09/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/03/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/01/2019 oping the inclusion of Pablo Dybala will persuade Manchester United to sell Paul Pogba.The Serie A giants were spurred on to offer Argentina international Dybala after Real Madrid included Gareth Bale in their bid for Pogba, according to Marca.A retu • by RotoWire Staff

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Cardinals promote top pitching prospect Michael Wacha


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,Ravel Morrison has left Ostersunds in Sweden.The former Manchester United and West Ham midfielder signed for OFK in January on a short-term deal.However, it’s now emerged Morrison has walked out on the club.A club representative admitted to SVT Sport: “We have no contact with him anymore.”He packed up his things when it was summer vacation and no-one speaks about him coming back.” the have made it official and announced that highly touted pitching prospect will be the starter in Thursday’s game against the Royhel Seri has plenty of suitors this summer.The all action central midfielder could not prevent his team getting relegated this season.However,Sky Sports News indicates the 27-year-old could be on the move, despite only signing for Fulham last summer.als.

The Cardinals initially appeared reluctant to call upon Wacha just yet. But with injuries to , and — not to mention — the options to add to the big-league club had grown thin.

Wacha, a 21-year-old right-hander, was drafted in the first round (19th overall) out of Texas A&M last June. Since then, he has dominated the minors. In 21 innings last season, ranging from Rookie ball to Double-A, Wacha had a 0.86 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 21 innings. In nine starts for Triple-A Memphis this season, Wacha is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings. Note that this comes in the notoriously hitd legend Gary Neville says Manchester City could rue not signing Harry Maguire.The England international signed for United instead, and City have now lost Aymeric Laporte to a long-term injury.The former Red Devils defender told Sky Sports: “I said ater-friendly Pacific Coast League, too.

Wacha was the 76th-ranked prospect in baseball by Baseball America this spring, but his outstanding performance in Triple-A means he’d have leapfrogged plenty of players since then ( ).

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outfielder got the Mariners off to a good start Monday against the Padres, as he clubbed a soleir support of coach Marcelino.Marcelino survived intense sack talk in January to lead VCF to Champions League qualification and the Copa.Alemany said, “It’s a bet of the club, of everything (in reference to the continuity of Marcelino). I am very hao home run to lead off the game. Bay ultimately went 1 for 4 in the game with a walk and two runs scored in a 9-0 win.

Bay is now hitting .245 on the season, witanta just weeks into his contract.The 34-year-old was a free agent after leaving Fenerbahce in the summer and put pen to paper on a one-year deal at the Serie A club on August 9.According to many reports in Italy, Skrtel has decided to end his currenh five home runs and 12 RBI in 102 at-bats. His .786 on-base plus slugging percentage is his best mark since 2009. 

Despite Bay providing an unexpected boost, the team is , as Bay has a big-time platoon split. Bay has a .954 on-base plus slugging percentage against left-rpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has won an England recall.The Sun reports the Liverpool star is finally back to full fitness after seeing last campaign wrecked by a knee ligament injury.And he has been drafted straight back into the Three Lihanded pitchers, but that number tumbles to .588 against righties.

“I think we want to put everybody into a position to succeed,” manager Eric Wedge told the Seattle Times Tuesday. “Obviously, I like him better against left-handers, but I like the way he competes against righthanders. He’s getting better and better with that.”

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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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halobah sees his future with Chelsea.Chalobah is c


reliever threw 20 pitches in live batting practice Tuesday, and hopes to be back from shoulder tendinitis when the team begins a three-game series against the Pirates Fridayout the future of Patrick Cutrone.The Italian sat out of Sunday’s loss to Liverpool, with reports in Italy claiming he is close to joining Fiorentina.But Nuno has refused to confirm the rumours.”It was something we decided. We decided to have Matt Do.

Gorzelanny has been on the DL since May 11, but has been rehabbing. It is not clear whether he will need a minor-league rehab assignment. The team has not pushed his recovery hard, given the early point in the season iCity, it has been revealed.According to Tommy Widdrington, former Coventry head of recruitment, the former Crystal Palace fullback almost joined on a free transfer and a deal was close to being completed. He told BristolLive: ”There’s some there than which the injury occurred.

“If this came up in August or September it’d be a different story, but we’re just dealing with it now and I’ll go back out and be ready to go,” Gorzelanny . “It went well. I feel good.”

More News 08/21/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 03/28/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 02/03/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/09/2016 • by RotoWire Staff alks with Real Madrid.The midfielder has spent the past year on-loan with Cruzeiro, but is currently in limbo.For the moment, he is training in Madrid, but away from the club’s Valdebebas facilities, “due to bureaucratic problems”. He is not allowed 07/04/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 03/28/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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general manager Brian Cashman said Monday injured shortstop is scheduled to returrvey Elliott.Elliott, 16, completed the move to Anfield on Sunday after allowing his contract at Craven Cotta Neymar retains hope of returning to Barcelona.That’s according to Marcelo Bechler, the Brazilian journalist who first broke the news that PSG were ready to sell the attacker.Real Madrid are also in contact with PSG,But Bechler told El Larguero: willing to send away as many as TWELVE youngsters on-loan this month.Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe are receiving the most admiring glances as Mikel Arteta looks to narrow down his squad.The Athletic reports Nketiah, who left Leeds after just tw”PSGge to run down.As he is under the age of 24, Fulham are entitled to a fee for his development, which will now be determined by the Professionn to Charlotte this week to meet with Dr. Robert Anderson for a , according to the New York Post. Jeter still isn’t expected back until after the All-Star break.

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sted in signing Bordeaux forward Francois Kamano.T


starter lasted fewer than six frames for the third straight outing on Wednesday night against the Cubs. He allowed three runs on seven hits over five innrtinelli.There are a number of talented youngsters who are cories were brilliant against Chelsea but were eventually defeated in a thrilling 3-2 contest.Farke’s side have received plaudits for their performances, but the German would much rather see points on the board.Farke said: “We are always playing for poming through the ranks at the Emirates Stadium, with the likes of Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock also beginning to establish themselves in the first-team.Van Persie hosted a Twitter Q&A onings of work in a 6-3 loss. Garland surrendered a solo home run to David DeJesus in the first before his counterpart — Jeff Samardzija — launched a two-run homer off the right-hander the following frame. He cruised after that and was done after throwing 93 pitches, 58 for strikes. The 33-year-eds won the trophy for the first time on Saturday against Flamengo thanks to an extra-time winner from Roberto Firmino.”We were so determined to win this,” said Robertson.”A week before Christmas, coming away from your families and it’s a tough time old also struck out four and walked one while taking his fourth loss. His next start is scheduled for Monday against the Diamondbacks. When Garland faced Arizona on April 28, he allowed four runs (three earned) over six innings in the loss.

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Johnny Cueto to return to Reds rotation Monday


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The will get their ace back next week. Johnny Cueto, who has been on the disabled list since the middle of April with lat/oblique issues, will start Monday against the Mets, .

Cueto, 27, finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting last season and was 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 1.04 WHIP before hitting the DL this season. So his return is obviously good news for the Reds, but it also leaves them with a dilemma.

There has been an ongoing debate in the blogosphere on vs. , as to who should be sent to the minors upon Cueto’s return.

Leake, 25, has made 85 career starts, including 30 last season as the Reds won 97 games and the NL Central. He’s 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA and 1.49 WHIP this season.

Cingrani, 23, has been excellent since being recalled to take Cueto’s rotation spot. The left-hander is 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and a whopping 37 strikeouts in 28 innings.

Each player has minor-league options remriker Wahid Faghir.The Vejle prospect has drawn comparisons with Swedish great Zlatan Ibrahimovic.BT says Leicester aren’t the only English club keen on Faghir, though their strongest competition comes from Ajax.The Denmark U17 international has scoraining on his current contract.

re-back Kalidou Koulibaly.The experienced defender has been a target for Premier League sides in the past.But Napoli have a £100 million release clause that has deterred suitors in the past.Chelsea-latest-gossip” target=”_blank”>90min now reports th

Fay reports that the Reds have yet to make a decision on who will be sent down and we know the Reds won’t activate Cueto until absolutely necessary, so the Leake vs. Cingrani debate will likely continue until Monday, unless a current Reds’ starter suffers an injury inayer of the Year award.The Dutchman beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after helping the Reds claim their sixth Champions League crown last season.”I need to think my team-mates; without them I wouldn’t have achieved what I’ve achieved over the the meantime.

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ealed Luke Shaw has a new nickname.Shaw, 23, won t


manager Don Mattingly said he could take a page out of former skipper Tony La Russa’eason.Last term, the Partenopei finished runners-up in Serie A, but were a full 11 points off the Scudetto winners.“The previous season we were very close to Juventus, this year, however, we were further away,” said Fabian. “We are growing and I ths playbook and use shortstop from the disabled list, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Gordon has spent the past two games in the two-spot, which is Ellis’ usual posi masked robbers broke into his £4million north London home while his family were sleeping.Rosenthal was attacked by the raiders who were looking to steal designer watches from his £4m property, reports the Daily Mail.It is believzard can leave Chelsea with one last gift.Many at the club recognise that Hazard will be moving on to Real Madrid this summer, as he only has a year left on his contract.But Loftus-Cheek, who has only recently made his way into the first team, hopes ed the thugs broke tion with Carl Crawford at leadoff.

Mattingly said the move would be spearheaded by his preference to alternate between left-handed and right-handed batters at the top of the lineup. Gordon recorded his fourth steal in eight games Sunday against the Marlins.

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ne promise to Frank Lampard as he prepares to take


third baseman hit 20 home runs in 567 plate appearances in 2012. This season, he has yet to hit his first after 79 plate appearances.

Hitting .208/.278/.250, Freese has really struggled at home where he’s season.Lichtsteiner, who joined the Gunners on a free from Juventus last year, has started only 19 times in all competitions this season and has become frustrated with a lack of game time.”I see it being quite difficult to stay but we are going to s4 for 25. The Cardinals kick off a 10-game homestand Friday against the Rockies.

More News 10/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 10/03/2019 ex Oxlade-Chamberlain is backing former teammate Philippe Coutinho for success with Bayern Munich.Barcelona midfielder Coutinho joined Bayern Munich on a season-long loan on Monday, with the German club having the option to sign him permanently there • by RotoWire Staff 10/03/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/04/2019 coach Peter Krawietz on victory at Chelsea.Trent Alexander-Arnold thumped home the opener after a well-worked free-kick that involved Mohamed Salah rolling the ball into the path of the young defender.The Reds extended their advantage when Alexander • by RotoWire Staff 09/02/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/01/2019 • by RotoWire Staff