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general manager Doiel Paulista is eager to stis prepared to join Manchester United – if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains in charge.Reports on Tuesday night claimed that United are closing in on a £76m deal for Haaland – but will loan him back to Red Bull Salzburg for the remainder of the season.TVep up plans of turning out for Spain.The Brazilian has publicly declared he wishes to play for La Roja ahead of next year’s Euros.And El Larguero says Gabriel has already held talks with the Spanish Federation about what isug Melvin said during a radio interview Monday newly acquired infielder will according to .com. Francisco, who was designated for assignment Thursday, was acquired from Aa deal for Watford attacker Dodi Lukebakio.Lukebakio superb season on-loan with Fortuna Dusseldorf has attracted interest from Germany and across the continent.BILD says Wagner is a big fan of Lukebakio and talks with his minders are already underwaytlanta Monday.

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tes for “giving up too soon” in their title battle

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starting pitcher (7-3) earned his first career win over the Dodgers Sunday afternoon. De La Rosa, who entered Sunday 0-8 against the Dodgers, surrendered two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five in seven innings of a 7-2 victory.De La Rosa has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his last six starts. He is scheduled to start Friday at home against San Diego. He limited the Padres to two hits in six scoreless innings in his previous meeting April 14.

More News 06/15/2019 • by RotoWire Staff Rakitic, according to the Daily Record.The Red Devils want to sign the World Cup finalist for a fee of around £30m.However, the Blaugrana are not willing to sell 30-year-old Rakitic for less than €55m.There is still hope of a deal getting done as 05/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/05/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/15/2018 er Nicolas Pepe.Sky Italia says Arsenal have made a fresh move for the Ivory Coast international in the last 24 hours.Napoli were regarded as favourites to land Pepe, with Lille president Gerard Lopez admitting a deal was likely.However, it’s emerged • by RotoWire Staff e suffered a snub from Antoine Griezmann.The wantaway Atletico Madrid attacker has seen hopes of joining Barcelona stall.France Football says United spied their chance and made their approach, which was immediately rejected by Griezmann.Instead, the 08/18/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/15/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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ing owner Mike Gordon suffered a scare on his priv

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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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d at Sheffield United.The Reds now have six wins f

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pitcher , who was recently activated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque, will be brought up to make a spot start for the injured Chris Capuano Monday against San Diego, according to .com.Fife was sent on the DL with right shoulder bursitis after his last spot start in the majors. He permitted four runs and seven hits over 4 2/3 innings against the Orioles April 21.

More News 08/17/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/09/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/06/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/01/2018 • by RotoWire Staff legend Steve Nicol insists Lille striker Nicolas Pepe isn’t worth pursuing as a transfer target.Nicol isn’t convinced the 24-year-old Frenchman is cut out to play for Liverpool in the top flight.Speaking on ESPN, Nicol said: “I really don’t ts.The Argentine wants a move to the Premier League and hopes Real Betis will let him leave.Manchester United have shown an interest in the former PSG man.However, Sky Sports says Lo Celso prefers Spurs due to the presence of compatriot Mauricio Pochget this 07/05/2018 • by RotoWire Staff have a bright future ahead.The defender has moved on from the club where he has spent most of his career.However, Jenkinson is not bitter about the exit.Instead, he has positive things to say about the club and their manager Unai Emery.The 27-year-o 05/29/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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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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Twins activate Trevor Plouffe … then put him back on DL

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On Wednesday, the activated third baseman from the seven-day concusson the move again.After spending last season with Leeds United, Baker is now ready to move to Germany for a fresh loan arrangement.BILD says Baker is set to move to Fortuna Dusseldorf and has already left London to join their preseason training camp.ion DL. Later that same night, Plouffe strained his calf during pre-game warmups. Now, he has been placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 29. In other words, the time between injuries for Plouffe can be best measured in hours.

Manchester United.Sky Sports says Longstaff wants the chance to speak to United to discuss a potential move.Should St James’ Park bigwigs be unwilling to open that door though, Longstaff will respect their decision.United would subsequently have to aAs a direct result, , who was farmed out to make room for Plouffe on the active roster, was promptlcuppered a move to Manchester United.Haaland went on to praise United manage Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and insisted he joined Dortmund because it was the right move for his career.”Ole has been very important for me in getting to where I am today,” Haalany recalled.

This season, the 26-year-old Plouffe is batting .254/333/.425. He’s coming off a 2012 campaign in which he tallied 24 homers in 119 games.

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re unable to flex their muscles throughout the cla

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outfielder homered in the first inning off Hiroki Kuroda Wednesday versus the Yankees. It was Markakis’ fourth HR of the season. 

The No. 3 hitter, who sometimes leads off, went 1 for 4 and is batting .292. Markakis has hit in nine of his last 10 games and has five multiple-hit games over that span with six RBI. He has 23 RBI and 26 runs scored on the season. 

More News 03/18/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 11/04/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/21/2019 • by RotoWire Staff coach Zinedine Zidane’s outburst on Sunday.The Welshman has fallen out of favour since Zidane’s return as manager wit for Watford in their FA Cup defeat at Tranmere Rovers.The 21-year-old was introduced at half-time in the third round replay with the Hornets trailing and bagged an equaliser that forced the game to go beyond 90 minutes. Tranmere eventually won via th the Frenchman saying the forward was ‘very close’ to leaving over the weekend.That remark prompted Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett to 09/19/2019 • by RotoWire Staff ays Premier League duo Bournemouth and Norwich plus the Championship’s top two Leeds and West Brom are all keen on prising the 23 year-old away from the London Stadium. Cullen has caught the eye this term during his second season on loan at Champions 09/16/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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confident his team will finish the season strongly

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From April 22 to May 8, the ‘ hit .188 (9 for 48), filling those who predicted his imminent demise with glee. But since then, he’s batting .341 (14 for 41) with four home runs in 10 games.

In the biz, we call that “weathering the storm.” Or at least we should. Basically, when a guy overdue for a cold streak comes out of that cold streak with numbers nearly as impressive as when he went in, his breakthrough seems all the more credible.

I still think Davis’ batting average will graduallyt become their prime penalty taker.Gabriel Jesus followed recent examples from Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling in missing from 12 yards for City on Wednesday night as they recorded a narrow 1-0 win away to Sheffield United in the Premier League.And fall to about the .280 range over the next four-plus months, but he’ll have so many bursts of productivity during that time that you’ll hardly care. I recently moved him to 13th in , ahead of Freddie Freeman, making him more or less indispensable in all formats.

More News 03/18/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/21/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/20/2020 • by RotoWire Staff be at the Wanda Metropolitano tonight to see former clubs Liverpool and Atletico Madrid do battle.Atletico will host the Reds in the first-leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Tuesday evening.El Niño, who is loved by supporters from bot 09/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/19/2019 • by RotoWire Staff uper agent Mino Raiola insists Everton management are delighted with Moise Kean.Raiola placed the former Juventus striker at Everton this summer, with the youngster battling for form so far this season.But his agent insisted to Le Repubblica: “:I wou 08/09/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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nte wants a reunion with his former Juventus midfi

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infielder went 2 for 5 with two RBI in a spot starteguilon isn’t short of offers as he prepares to leave this summer.The youngster has been told by coach Zinedine Zidane he has no place for him in next season’s squad.But despite Zidane’s opinion, ABC says some of Europe’s biggest clubs are queuing to Saturday against St. Louis.

Bianchi singandre Lacazette is set to hold talks with the club about his future.The Gunners attacker has been a key member of the team that narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot.But after losing the Europa League final to Chelsea, Metro reports that Lacled with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the ttenham manager Redknapp has revealed how he would have loved a chance to stand in the Anfield dugout as the Reds’ manager.”If I had one club I’d loved to have managed it would have been Liverpool. I loved them,” he told the Liverpool-City.html”>Live10th to give the Brewers the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run. Bianchi was getting a rare start as the Brewers chose to rest the slumping Rickie Weeks. Bianchi also scored a run.

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sted in signing Bordeaux forward Francois Kamano.T

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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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or League Soccer (MLS) franchise has climbed 30 pe

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catcher is scheduled to fly to New York to have his Thursday, the Daily News reports. The team is hoping d’Arnaud will be cleared to ditch his walking boot and start a rehab assignment after his checkup. He entered the season as the No. 23 prospect in baseball according to Baseball America, but City manager Brendan Rodgers has defended midfielder James Maddison.Maddison, 23, has been filmed drinking alcohol and partying in Dubai whilst on midseason break.But Rodgers says he sees nothing wrong with the incident, claiming Maddison was ‘stitcfractured a bone in his right foot back in April.

More News 03/20/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 11/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff celona defender Gerard Pique admits he could retire before the end of his current contract.Pique is tied to Barca until 2022.He told Mundo Deportivo: “My last team will be Barça, I have no intention of wearing another shirt. “If I see that I lose im 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/15/2019 • by RotoWire Staff er Fred has liked an Instagram post claiming he is a better player than teammate Jesse Lingard.The £52million signing last summer has not been picked in a single matchday squad so far this season.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has preferred Lingard, S 09/15/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/12/2019 • 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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r Mikel Arteta is facing frustration from his boar

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starting pitcher moved to 3-2 on the season by holding the Brewers to one earned run on 10 hits in seven innings of work Wednesday night. He struck out six with no walks.

Holland is in the midst of a fantastic season, owning a 2.54 ERA and 43:10 K:BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings. He’ll face the A’s in Oakland next week.

More News 03/02/2020 orata suffered a meltdown AFTER being sent off in victory at Real Mallorca.Morata saw red after being booked twice in a minute for clashing with Mallorca players, the second following an altercation with Salva Sevilla.In the mixed zone after the 2-0 • by RotoWire Staff 02/24/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/31/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 11/02/2019 • by RotoWire Staff ident they’ll keep hold of Jack Clarke.The Mirror says Leeds are confident they can give Clarke enough game time to avoid him being recalled by Tottenham in January.The £10million winger has only made two appearances for Leeds in the EFL Cup and has 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff rgen Klopp is frustrated with the lack of time he has with his full squad before the Premier League kickoff.The likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are yet to return to training and Klopp is worried about the effect of a packed sum 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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In his column Tuesday, Scott White set says Gunners players will return to training for the first time on Tuesday since being placed on self-isolation after the positive coronavirus test recorded by manager Mikel Arteta.The news that the Gunners boss had tested positive for COVID-19 was about ranking his top disabled list stashes, and he ranks first baseman No. 12. Hart has been disappointing already, in the sense that his recovery from knee surgery has already taken longer than expected; he is not eligible to return until May 30, when he comes off the 60-day DL.

However, Hart is also one of the most tino Perez to Santiago Bernabeu in terms of their influence on Los Blancos.Amancio spent over a decade playing for Real Madrid in the 1960s and 1970s and was part of the side that lifted the 1966 European Cup.”What am I going to say about Don Santiagdependable power hitters in the league over the last few years, and he should avoid the physical pounding of an outfielder when he returns. Hart has hit at least 20 home runs in five of the last six years, and he has hit at least .268 in as many seasons as well.

The top of the Brewers first choice at right back, and Semedo may want to move on to seek regular first team football.Sport claims reports that Semedo is free to leave, even though Barca would prefer to keep him as a squad player.He has been linked to Manchester United, a’ order is playing at a high level, but their No. 4 hitters are putting up a collective .524 on-base plus slugging percentage. Hart should fill that role and put up solid numbers right away, so don’t think about cutting him loose as he recovers. 

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Here we go again with first baseman . This guy is really prone to slow starts.

After another disappointing April, LaRoche is now a career .214 hitter during March/April games. The good news is that LaRoche usually heats up as we get deeper into the summer. LaRoche’s slash line in the first half — .244/.323/.436/.759 — pales in comparison to his slash line in the second half — .293/.353/.533/.886.

I get why Fantasy owners have been . First base is such a deep position that you don’t have to endure prolonged slumps at the position because you can usually find a viable replacement on your bench or waivers. But if you can afford to be patient with LaRoche, then the payoff should be huge down the road.

Just some other numbers to keep in mind. LaRoche has a , which is lower than his career .307 mark, per FanGraphs.com. You look at his batted ball and plate-discipline numbers and nothing really jumps out, so it seems the hits haven’t been falling for the veteran first baseman. But once they do, then LaRoche might be a player you keep in your lineup.

More News 03/18/2016 • by RotoWire Staff r United vice-chairman Ed Woodward is dithering over a deal for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.O Jogo says Woodward is hesitating on a deal to bring Fernandes to the club.The 24-year-old has impressed in the Portuguese Primeira Liga this seas 03/15/2016 f facing Watford.Palace sit in 12th place, nine points clear of Watford who have escaped the dreaded bottom three on goal difference alone. But Hodgson is all too aware that a run of results can have a iele Rugani.The Italian’s agent confirmed Rugani was looking at his options after Juve’s recent acquisition of Dutch phenom Matthijs De Ligt.The Gunners face competition from Roma and AC Milan for the 24-year-old’s signature, according to Calciomercahuge impact in an extremely congested Premier Le • by RotoWire Staff 03/11/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 03/10/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 03/07/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 03/07/2016 • by RotoWire Staff