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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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ew contracts with the press.The Spurs manager is n

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manager Terry Francona said he lifted closer fro his loan at West Brom in January.Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is eager to increase his attacking options for the second half of the season.Sky Sports says there is a clause in Diangana’s loan agreement which allows him to return to the London Stadm Sunday’s loss against the Red Sox because he nce debut.The talented center back has never been called up by his country, given the embarrassment of riches at their disposal in that position.But he is one of the best in the Premier League in his role with City and would not be out of place at infelt a . Perez is listed as day to day.

Francona did not say who would repla move to Heerenveen.Halilovic had joined Standard in January on an 18-month deal, but managed just 14 appearances last season.He will now spend the current campaign with Heerenveen, who are 10th in the Eredivisie after five games.The Croatian was thece Perez in the closer’s role if he has to miss time, but Network analyst Peter Gammons suggests Bryan Shaw would be . Setup man Vinnie Pestano has been struggling since coming off the disabled list in mid-May.

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ia striker Mario Balotelli during yesterday’s Cham

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starting pitcher (oblique) will leave for the team’s spring complex in Florida Tuesday because he wants to get . He hopes to begin riding a stationary bike and be running on a water treadmill next week, but he won’t be able to throw .

More News 02/28/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/30/2020 ebic was missing for Eintracht FrAston Villa manager Dean Smith has confirmed a deal is close to RacingGenk striker Ally Samatta.The Tanzania international striker is expected to join Villa this weekend for a fee of €10m.With 23 goals in 38 games, 27-year-old Samatta was the top scorer in Belgium last season. “It’s very close,” said Smith. “The paperwork is done. He is a good player and a good character.”ankfurt in this week’s 1-1 draw for the first-leg of their Europa League semifinal.And Giroud is not going as far as saying Chelsea are now favourites to progress from our tie and make the final.”We need to finish the • by RotoWire Staff 11/26/2019 • by RotoWire Staff Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he’s happy where he is.Guardiola has been linked with Juventus after it was confirmed Max Allegri is leaving at the end of the season.But he said: “I’m not going to Juventus or to Italy. I have two more years here.”I’m not going to move, I’m satisfied here, I’m not going anywhere.”Next season I will be manager of Manchester City.” 11/21/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/06/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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more clinical against Manchester United.The Horne

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The might consider using recently-recalled infielder at third base until Kevin Youkilis returns from the disabled list, and that might be enough for Fantasy owners in AL-only formats to give him a look.

Adams does not have great power or speed, with 26 home runs and 29 at bats in 380 at-bats the minor-league level, but he should be able to hold his own at the plate. Adams seems like a gap hitter, though he did hit eight home runs in just 86 games at Double-A Trenton last season, so there is some potenti Klopp has decided against a winter training camp for his players.Klopp instead is set to reward his Liverpool stars with a week off.The Reds have a two week gap between their their home fixture with Southampton on February 1 and a trip to Norwich onal upside there.

Adams is a career. 290 hitter, who was batting .316 at Triple-A before the call-up. The team has yet to determine a timeline for Youkilis’ return to the field, so Adams might be worth a pickup off the waiver wire at least until Youkilis can get off the disabled list.ampions League bonuses in their new .The Espanyol boss is set to leave for Betis, which will have to cough up compensation to sign him.Betis will pay around €1m to Espanyol to ferry Rubi away on a three-year deal worth €1.4m-a-season.Rubi will succeed Quique Setien, who stepped dowcontract offers to Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Arsenal-news-Club-offer-Alexandre-Lacazette-Pierre-Emerick-Aubameyang-jackpot-deals.html”>Daily MailArsenal-news-Club-offer-Alexandre-Lacazet

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anuary – if allowed.Chelsea’s appeal against a two

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shortstop turned in his second straight three-hit performance on Monday night against the Twins. He singled in his first at-bat before doubling in the sixth inning.

The 31-year-old added another base hit in the eighth, raising his average to .277. Ramirez finished 3 for 4 in a 10-3 loss.

More News 10/03/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/15/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/14/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/08/2016 • by RotoWire Staff oze Perez will need some time to adapt to the club.The £30 million summer signing was out of the team for their 3-1 win against Bournemouth at the weekend.He has struggled since the start ofest Ham boss David Moyes admits he’s a fan of Nottingham Forest midfielder Matty Cash.Reports are suggesting the Hammers had made a £12m bid.But Moyes said as far as he was aware they had only made enquiries and no bids had been tabled.“Can you co the season. But Rodgers is confident the former Newcastle 09/04/2016 n is attracting interest from rival Premier League clubs following an impressive start to his loan at Cardiff City.The 20-year-old made his league debut up against Nottingham Forest and, though Cardiff lost 1-0, acquitted himself well against the thr • by RotoWire Staff

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n the next 72 hours.L’Equipe says Arsenal and ASSE

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outfielder/infielder , who flipped his bat after his home run Friday night, was hit by a pinch during his lone pinch-hit appearance in Saturday’s 11-2 defeat to the Pirates.Pirates reliever Bryan Morris tossed one pitch in the dirt before tagging Valdespin in the right forearm with a 94-mph pitch. Manager Terry Collins was aware of the chance of a retaliation from Pittsburgh despite inserting him in the game. “He plays with a little excitement and a little flair, and once in a while somebody’s going to be a little disturbed by it,” Collins said. “If nothing else, he grew by it. And that’s the most beneficial thing that could have happened.”Valdespin is hitting 242/.286/.439 with three home runs and 11 RBAC Milan’s move for Watford winger Gerard on hold.The wing-back has impressed at St. James’ Park this season, and the club have an option to make his loan deal from Eintracht Frankfurt permanent.But Willems insists he is only focused on performing on the pitch.He told the Chronicle: “It is Deulofeu is on hold.Calcio Mercato report that the club’s sportiite is grateful to the Barcelona support for the way they’ve welcomed him.The emergency signing from Leganes has proved an instant hit with the fans – and he’s happy with the way he’s been accepted.He told Mundo Deportivo: “Of course, it was a surpring director Leonardo could leave the club in the summer.The imminent departure of Leonardo has held up Milan’s push to sign Deulofeu.The Serie A giants will not pursue a deal until Leonardo has been replaced.I in 66 at-bats.

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atic victory at Aston Villa.Sadio Mane was the her

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starter worked in and out of trouble Thursday night against the Angels, walking six batters and allowing four hits drid should stand by coach Zinedine Zidane.The Frenchman is under huge pressure after a poor start to the season and this week’s 3-0 humbling at Champions League opponents PSG.But Karanka, a former Real defender and also assistant coach to Jose Mouriin five innings but surrendering just two runs (one earne Mestre has eased talk of challenging Real Madrid for Manchester United star Paul Pogba.Pogba has been tipped to replace Ivan Rakitic in the Barcelona midfield.”Everyone likes Pogba,” Mestre said. “But not every player that we like comes to Barcelonad) in a no-decision. He struck out justliani is now working for little Monza.And he says: “Inter won the Treble in 2010, and the following year Milan won the Scudetto. Since then, there have been eight years of Juventus domination.“I hope the city of Milan can return to its golden era one and allowed a solo home run in the game.

Harrell is 3-3 with a 4.76 ERA, 1.76 WHIP and 28 walks in 44 1/3 innings this season.

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ision about Antoine Griezmann’s best role.Asked wh

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The have from designated hitter/first baseman this season after the Orioles decided not to bring him back, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Monday. 

Entering Monday against Oakland, Reynolds is hitting PSG have opened talks with Everton for Idrissa Gueye.Foot Mercato says PSG are reviving their January interest in the talented midfielder.However for now, they’re yet to make a formally offer for Gueye.PSG pushed hard for Gueye in January, but the deal fell through due to Everton’s €60m asking price.If they offer €30-35m Everton would be prepared to sell..296 with nine homers and 26 RBI over 27 games. 

Reynolds made his fourth start at third base Monday against the A’s. He wanted to return to the Orioles in the offseason but says they never made him an offer. 

“Never got an offer, never got to negotiate anything,” Reynolds said. “I had a lot of friends over there. The guys on that team were awesome. We were coming off a playoff run, and I thought we could do it again.”

More News 04/09/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 07/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff Australia youth international Con Ouzounidis has signed a new deal with Everton to 2020.Ouzounidis was part of David Unsworth’s Under-23s squad that won a Premier League 2 and Premier League Cup double in 2018-19.The 19-year-old is targeting more sil07/21/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 05/19/2019 • by RotoWire Staff s also pleased Petr Cech has returned as technical advisor.”It’s great to see him here,” Luiz told the club’s website.”He’s someone who knows what it means to be at Chelsea and understands the DNA of this club. We are working well so far, everyone is 05/09/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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ise as much as £100m from the sale of their fring

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reliever threw 26 pitches in a bullpen session on Saturday and told .com that his left groin strain was . “It wasn’t anywhere close to what I felt in Detroit [throwing on Tuesday],” Coke said.The left-hander could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo later in the week, depending on how he feels Sunday.

More News 02/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 12/14/2016 • by RotoWire Staff n regular contact with Gabriel Martinelli.Martinelli has been one of the bright spots for the Gunners this season following his arrival from Ituano over the summer.”I have been in contact with him over text and you can see he is so hungry to do well, wen net 22 times and included in the team of the season.Indeed, at just 22, he has already been linked with a £7 million move to Arsenal.The forward had failed trials at Cardiff and Aston Villa before moving to Hereford as a teenager. He was subsequ 10/05/2016 als admits no serious offers from LaLiga were fielded last summer.The Spain international joined the Irons from Villarreal last year.He told Marca: “Last season was not entirely good in LaLiga either personally or collectively. “West Ham was behind m • by RotoWire Staff 09/23/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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needed a late equaliser from Lucas Moura to draw 1

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The afforded outfielder a rest Sunday as he was not included in the starting lineup against Toronto’s R.A. Dickey. Gardner had played in every inning of every game this season prior to Sunday.

Gardner sits with a four-game hitting streak. He’s gone 4 for 15 (.267) over that stretch with a homer. Garner is batting .253 this year with just one stolen base. He’s been caught twice. 

More News 03/31/2020 • by RotoWire Staff ummer market.Fotbolldirekt.se says Leeds had scouts in the standlless stalemate with suitors Everton at Selhurst Park.The visitors were reduced to 10 men following Morgan Schneiderlin’s second-half dismissal but created the better chances to secure an opening-day victory – only for both sides to have to settle fos for OSK’s clash with GIF Sundsvall on the weekend.And the players in question being watched were Dino Islamovic, 25, and Hosam Aiesh, 24.”It is true that Leeds was in place today,” Nic 12/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 11/07/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/23/2019 have confirmed plans to install two new tiers of seats closer to their London Stadium pitch in time for the 2020-21 season, reports SkySports.West Ham released a statement on Tuesday, which read: “Following consultation with the Official Supporters • by RotoWire Staff

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ham is a fan of his team.Beckham told Pochettino h

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Despite a left-hander on the hill Wednesday, manager Bob Melvin opted to keep out of is staying in contact with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.Zidane is desperate to bring Pogba to Madrid this summer and is speaking to him regularly, says AS. Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, declared on Friday that “everyone” inside United knows the starting lineup agked the former Arsenal star’s first goal for the Bianconeri.He told TMW: “I am very happy to have scored my first goal and it was even more important to bring these three points home. “DiManchester United, according to reports.Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League has thrown the Gabon international’s future into question.Despite his impressive record since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, Aubameyang could be sofferences between Serie A and Premier League? I think it will tainst the Red Sox. Melvin said he wants Wells, who was recently acquired from the Blue Jays in a trade, to work on his swing in batting practice before he puts him in the lineup.

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erested in Leicester City striker Islam Slimani.Th

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With Monday’s series opener against the Rockies being postponed due to inclement weather, second baseman  is expected to return for Tuesday’s doubleheader.Uggla told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution there is no reason why he shouldn’t play in both games Tuesday. He sat out Sunday due to a calf strain.

More News 10/04/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 09/01/2015 • by Jason Lempert 08/19/2015 • by Sean D’Oliveira 08/18/2015 • by Jason Lempert i says he’s ready to go anywhere for his next job.Ranieri leaves with yesterday’s defeat of Parma his final game as Roma finish outside the Champions League qualifying places.“I experienced some beautiful emotions tonight, but those weren’t tears i 08/08/2015 • by Marty Gitlin to Newcastle United.According to The Sun, the 27-year-old has been a target for Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez in the past.Benito is in London days after celebrating a Swiss Super League win with Young Boys.However, he is out of contract this summer af 06/29/2015 ndered ‘pointless’ after the loss to Watford on Sunday.Shaw has implored United to find some consistency in their game, with the defeat to the Hornets dropping them to eighth on the Premier League table.”We need to be better and we know we need to be • by Marty Gitlin

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and Manchester United winger Jordi Cruyff has been

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The recorded just two hits during their loss at Tampa Bay Monday — both by second baseman Robinson Cano — but one of those hits extended the team’s power run to begin the season. With Cano’s solo shot off Matt Moore in the fourth inning, New York has now homered in all nine of its road games this year, matching the team’s longest streak since 2000.

Callum Wilson was happy to score in victory over Southampton.With England manager Gareth Southgate in attendance, the former Coventry forward struck his fourth goal in three Premier League fixtures.He notchited have requested Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes wait before they enter negotiations.United and Tottenham are both keen to sign Fernandes this summer, with the Portugal international one of Europe’s most in-demand players.And the Telegraph ed a double against Everton in a 3-1 victorThe Yankees pace the American League with 28 home runs through 18 games and are just one off the lead, held by Atlanta (29). And that total is with sluggers Curtis Granderson,gning Pablo Mari soon after the Spaniard’s played for the U23’s in a loss to Chelsea on Monday.Mari is available for selection for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Olympiakos. Arteta didn’t confirm he would feature, but the 37-year-old was happ Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list.

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l defender Virgil Van Dijk singled out his Reds co

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second of Ireland international has attracted tentative enquiries from Juventus in recent days. However, they’re not alone.Tuttsport says Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are also keen on tempting Parrott away from London.Juve sports direct bing Manchester United ace Paul Pogba.Pogba has been on Real’s radar for much of the year, where coach Zinedine Zidane is determined to work with him in Madrid. The pair were snapped in October meeting in Dubai.However, Mundo Deportivo says Perez doesaseman entered Monday’s game against CC Sabathia and the Yankees having gone 0 for 3 in his career against the ace of the New York staff. He was 3 for 6 by night’s end in th the reasons why they are having such an impressive season.Despite early season struggles, Wolves are firmly in the conversation for a Europa League or even Champions League spot.They have also had to content with Europa League matches this season.Ane Rays’ win. 

Roberts went 3 for 4 in the game and 3 for 3 off Sabathia with two home runs. He took the starter deep for a solo shot in the first inning and added another solo blast in the third. The 3-for-4 effort brings Roberts’ average up to .308. 

The 32-year-old, who was batting just .233 after a game against Oakland on April 20, has gone 5 for 9 in his last two contests with three RBI and four runs scored. 

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tenham for Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.Gazzetta

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outfielder has been unable to get his bat going through the first two-plus weeks of the season.

Brantley went 1 for 4 out of the lr League.The striker arrived from Hull City, where he has spent the past six seasons.Bowen managed 54 goals in 131 matches for the club, and will want to do even better for the Hammers.He is fully confident of the club surviving the drop this season,eadoff spot Thursday in a 6-3 loss to the Red Sox. Brantley’s lone hit was a single, a recurring theme for him, as he has just one extra-base hit in 46 at bats.

Brantley is batting .261 with just one double. He has driven in two runs and scored five more, while walking five times and striking out eight. He has a solid .358 on-base percentage, but his on-base plus slugging is a subpar .641. Brantley is coming of a .750 OPS last season, with a career-high 47 extra-base hits. 

lorentino Perez intends to support the son of Jose Antonio Reyes, it has been revealed.Former Real and Arsenal striker Reyes lost his life in a car accident last week, leaving behind his 11 year-old son Jose Antonio Reyes Lopez.Speaking on El ChiringMore News d that he would like to go back to Burnley one day.Heaton is happy at Villa, where he has more chances to play regularly.He left Burnley last summer after spending six years at the club, and he admits that a return as a coach appeals to him, but only 03/22/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/29/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/21/2019 • by RotoWire Staff