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starting pitcher will aim for a second straight win Tuesday at Kansas City. Manager Ron Gardenhire said United.United sit 14th in the English top flight – just two points above the relegation zone ter City boss Pep Guardiola has refused to accept he implemented a tactical “masterclass” to beat Manchester United on Tuesday. The Sky Blues nullified United’s counterattacking threat, which saw them win at the Etihad last month, and managed to scor- following Sunday’s draw with arch-rivals Liverpool.And Blind says it has been difficult to watch the plight of his former side this season.”Of course I’during an interview with Network Radio he feels the right-hander .

“With that kind of stuff, if he can master the strike zone, if he can do it consistently, he’ll be great,” Gardenhire said.

More News 08/09/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 02/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 11/10/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 07/28/2015 • by Jason Lempert 06/22/2015 • by Jason Butt eing unlikely to buy in January.Spurs chairman Daniel Levy made the claim last week.Mourinho said, “I’m relaxed because I took over this club, which I expected to take over.”I expect to be asked that Daniel Levy has said that we do not plan to spend 06/15/2015 • by Shawn Krest

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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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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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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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The have been tight-lipped about ‘s hamstring injury, saying only that the best-case scenario is a return to the lineup in 2-3 weeks. Despite the lack of concrete information, Fantasy owners have no choice but to keep the slugger stashed, as Scott White notes in his column.

White ranks Stanton as the No. 1 player currently on the disabled list. You don’t need us to remind you that Stanton is an undroppable player, especially since he disappointed so badly prior to the injury. You have to hang on to Stanton for as long as it takes to recover, even as you grumble about how injury-prone he has proven to be in his young career. 

More Ne the new season with a five-man backroom team.With Lampard in the Chelsea dugout will be Jody Morris, who formed one-half of the duo’s successful partnership at Derby last season.Morris has taken up the role of assistant head coach at the club where ws 04/12/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 04/02/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/29/2020 Former Premier League manier Amaechi is staying patient at Hamburg.The 18 year-old prospect moved to HSV last summer for €2.5m, though is struggling to make an impression.”I am very patient. Of course I want to play. Of course, when I’m not in the team, I’m sad. But I’m trager Neil Warnock has hailed the improvement in Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck.Warnock says he was offered the Scot when in charge of Cardiff City.He told talkSPORT: “I think they had been tempted to let him go two or three times.“I had his agent on a while ago saying ‘I think he’ll be leaving the club’ but what’s he done? He’s done it on the pitch. He’s worked his socks off, scored important goals and been part of that dressing room.“They’ve got a great chance of getting in Europe. An absolutely great chance.” • by RotoWire Staff 03/23/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/19/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/17/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

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outfield prospect has endured some growing pains at Triple-A Toledo. The highly touted prospect is batting .232 with three home runs and 10 RBI through 31 games.

“It’s a learning experience,” Castellanos said, per .com, “the highest competition I’ve played against. The game’s a little bit faster. I feel like I’m making really good strides in the outfield. Just trying to fin chief Pavel Neved confirmed on Monday that the club had received offers for the Argentina international.Sky Sports in Italy says the two clubs have reached an agreement that will see Romelu Lukaku head to Italy in exchange for Dybala.United now mustd a little bit more consistency at the plate. I’ll have one good game where I’ll feel great, then I’ll have like two games where I can’t find it. It’s just an adjustment period right now.”

Toledo manager Phil Nevin isn’t concerned about Castellanos’ slow start and he’s been happy with his transition to the outfield, which was the more pressing concrned to his boyhood club in the summer on an initial 12-month contract.Carroll’s current deal was dependant on his appearances for the club due to his long list of previous injury problems.One of the stipulations is believed to state that Carroll musern at the beginning of the year. Castellanos is considered the by MLB.com.

“The last two weeks, his outfield play has been exceptional,” Nevin said. “Gene Roof has done a heckuva lot of things with him. He’s been working his tail off. Every day, he’s out there. He asks to come out early. He asks to do extra things. I’m very proud of the strides he’s made out there.”

More News 03/05/2020 • by RotoWire Staff hester United are eager to find a buyer for Alexis Sanchez.The Manchester Evening News says United are desperately trying to find a buyer for Sanchez this summer.The Red Devils forward is currently on loan at Inter Milan and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has 03/04/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/28/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/28/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/27/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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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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The have designated pitcher for assignment, the club announced Tuesday.

Sanchez served up seven home runs and an 11.85 ERA in 13 innings for Pittsburgh. Unless another team claims him — unlikely, at this point — the Pirates are on the hook for the remainder of his $1.375 million deal.

Pitcher Bryan Morris was called up from Triple-A Indianap his mobile phone while behind the wheel, reports BBC News.The former England captain previously pleaded guilty to using the device while driving his Bentley in central London on 21 November last year.A court heard he was photograignings would be ideal for Newcastle United this summer. The new Toon boss has already acquired Joelinton from Hoffeheim for a club-record fee of £40m.Bruce said: “We have lost about six players, I’m not saying we will get siuick decision about his future.The Belgian striker is hoping that he can join Inter Milan this summer.He is not excited about being second choice at United behind Marcus Rashford, which is why he would prefer a move to Inter.But the 26-year-old is alx in, but the crucial thphed by a member of olis to take his spot.

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outfielder only had one hit Tuesday night against the Reds, but it supplied all of the offense his team needed. He came up in the sixth inning with a man on an hit a two-run homer off starter Bronson Arroyo. It was his third homer this season.The 33-year-old finished 1 for 4 in the 2-1 win and is batting .370 (10 for 27) in his last seven games with four RBI.

More News 11/09/2018 • by RotoWire Staff ssed at how quickly Bruno Fernandes has settled with the team.The Red Devils spent big money on Fernandes to secure him from Sporting CP in January, after chasing him throchester United are confident about going into the season without a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.United had hoped to sign Paulo Dybala from Juventus in a swap deal, but Dybala’s reluctance to make the move has put them off.The Manchester Evening Newsughout the summer as well.Fernandes won a penalty and converted it to give Unit 09/08/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/26/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/23/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/19/2018 • by RotoWire ng Liverpool winger Ryan Kent.The Sun says Kent will get a move to Aston Villa — whether they go up to the Premier League or not.Villa have told the Kop they want the 22-year-old wideman, who starred on loan for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers this seasonStaff 07/28/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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starter will make one more rehab start May 5 and is slated to return to the major leagues May 11, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Liriano has not pitched this year due to a broken non-throwing arm. He has a 3.2itment and talent Joe Shield is a target for Arsenal.The Arsenal-target-Manchester-City-talent-spotter-recruited-Jadon-Sancho-academy-revamp.html”>Daily MailArsenal-target-Manchester-City-talent-spotter-recruited-Jadon-Sancho-academy-revamp.html”> sa4 ERA in 16 2/3 rehab innings over four starts.

More News 01/22/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 08/06/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff are ready to spend record money tighton under new boss Graham Potter.Trossard believes that many changes will happen next season under Potter, who is known for preferring a more expansive playstyle.The Genk captain is set to complete a move to the Seagulls for a near-£18 million feo win the battle to land Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.Goal says Chelsea’s current record is the £72million they spent to sign goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao but they are prepared to go be 03/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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shortstop clubbed a pair of doubles while hitting out of the leadoff spoy bizarre fashion.Cantona, who was being honored for his achievements in the game and for his charity work, spoke about a range of issues.With the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in attendance, he spoke about sport, science and wars!He stt during Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the Phillies. eam-bonding dinner organised by Juan Mata and David de Gea.The Rochdale.html”>Daily MailRochdale.html”> says De Gea and Mata led some of theiMerih Demiral is a wanted man in England.Tuttosport says Arsenal and Manchester United are preparing to lock horns over the Turkey international.Juventus will cash in on the 21-year-old defender should a significant offer come in for the former Sassur team mates on a bonding night out following their uncomfortable Carabao Cup win over League One Rochdale onTejada, who was back atop the lineup after Mike Baxter served in that position the past two games, finished 2 for 3 with a walk.

His two doubles increased his total to seven on the season — the only extra-base hits he has recorded. Sunday marked the fourth time he hit from the No. 1 spot in the batting order and he improved his average to .307 from the position.

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Ryan Kent says he was lied to by Liverpool over hi

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starting pitcher was roughed up during Monday’s series opener against the Rockies. Lilly, who made his second start, allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits over just three innings. The left-hander surrendered two long balls during his brief outing — bbeing a title challenger.Arsenal, who are currently 10th in the league, last won the title in 2004 and have fallen behind their top-four rivals in recent seasons, failing to qualify for the Champions League in each of the last three.”I don’t think thoth in the first inning, including a solo shot r City boss Brendan Rodgers has explained leaving Celtic last season.The Northern Irishman secured back-to-back trebles in his first two campaigns at Parkhead and laid the groundwork for a third before he derenchman starred in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Chelsea, but said after the game that there was still a question mark over his future.And Ince said the club should think about selling the World Cup winner if he really wants to join Real Madrid.Speaking to parted for Leicester in February this year.off the bat of Dexter Fowler. Wilin Rosario added a three-run blast later in the frame, giving the Rockies an early 4-0 lead. Lilly was pulled after throwing 71 pitches — 48 strikes — and finished with two walks and two strikeouts, while falling to 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA. The veteran will look to get back on track when he faces the Giants Sunday night at San Francisco. Lilly is 0-2 with a 9.67 ERA in his last two starts at AT&T Park.

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nited boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he isn’t w

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first baseman took swings Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list with a strained right oblique. The 23-year-old felt “fine” after the session, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Freeman, who was batting .412 with a home run and seven RBI before getting hurt, is eligible to return Monday at Colorado.

More News 03/11/2020 • by RotoWire Staff rtunity.While Rodgers has preferred experience in midfield, he believes that Choudhury has deserved a chance in the last couple games of the season.And Choudhury did get his chance in a recent 3-0 win over Arsenal, when the 21-year-old played a key r 03/10/2020 ied transfer talk swirling around him.The Spain U21 star has been linked with a return to former club Barcelona, while Sport says Tottenham and Manchester United would be willing to offer €40m for the player.”There is talk of many teams, there are • by RotoWire Staff 03/02/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/01/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/26/2020 olas Pepe.The Ivory Coast striker left LOSC for Arsenal this past summer.Campos said, “For me, one of the characteristics of a top, top player is that he loves football. “I remember when I worked with Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappé. They knew e • by RotoWire Staff 02/25/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

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In case you missed manager Jim Leyland’s of Joaquin Benoit as his closer Thursday, he ended it this way:

ted youngster Dylan Levitt has been praised for his positive impression among the Wales senior squad this week.The 18-year-old did not make in appearance in either of Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifiers after b decide a 10-goal thriller at Anfield in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.Caoimhin Kelleher, 20, saved Dani Ceballos’ penalty in the bottom right corner to seal a 5-4 shootout win.Divock Origi’s 94th-minute scissor kick sent the game to penalties eing called up by Ryan Giggs.However, teammate N

“But it’s not going to be doable every day,” he told .com “You’re liable to see anybody at any time … until something else happens, if it does happen.”

Something else like … coming up from the minor leagues? Seems likely. Leyland praised the Tigers decision to sign the 35-year-old a week ago, calling it a no-brainer. Of course, Valverde first has to prove he can get batters out consistently, and the way last year ended for him, that’s easier said than done. Still, thelskjaer and the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. Solskjaer played under Ferguson from 1996-2007 at Old Trafford and has often spoke of the influence his former boss has had on his own managerial career.”Since he came in it was like the boss had walked ba more Leyland lobbies for him, the more likely it seems.

If I could pick up any Tigers reliever right now, I’d pick up Benoit, but Valverde would be my second choice.