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infielder will start Friday against the Rangers.

Izturis has seen most of the playing time at third with Brett Lawrie on the disabled list. He’ll hit seventh against Rangers starter Nick Tepesch. Izturis is hitting .216/.250/.307 in 153 at-bats this season. 

More News 03/04/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 01/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff ing watched by United scouts leading up to the summer market.Sky Sports says United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is having senior scouts watch Collins, who is tied to Stoke to 2024.The highly-rated youngster has made 12 appearances for Stoke’s first- 11/03/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 06/18/2015 ghton defender Leon Balogun.The African side are involved in a friendly against Zimbabwe, which will be a good chance for Balogun to get 90 minutes under his belt.Balogun had a stop start season with the Seagulls, with his last game coming in the FA • by Micarrived in the summer from Manchester City, but insists Juve are determined to continue “crushing” their opponents.Discussing coach Maurizio Sarri, he said: “He wants to change Juventus, but it’s not simple and it takes time.“Sarri wants to propohael Hurcomb 05/30/2015 • by Marty Gitlin 05/24/2015 • by Shawn Krest

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outfielder is off to a slow start in June. Through four games, Jones is batting .118 (2 for 17) with no extra-base hits or RBI.

Jones also has seven strikeouts, which included a season-high four strikeouts Sunday against the Tigers. 

Before his skid, Jones hit .311 (37 for 119) with a .546 slugging percentage, .890 OPS, seven doubles, seven home runs and 17 RBI in 28 May games.

More News 12/11/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff oss Ralph Hasenhuttl admits defeat at Burnley wasn’t good enough.The manager was disappointed with the way his Southampton players reacted to conceding the opening goal in the 3-0 defeat at Burnley on the opening weekend of the Premier League season. 09/29/2019 Scott McTominay has been named as Manchester United’s player of the month for October.It is the second time in a row McTominay has won the award.The Scotland international is going from strength to strength this season, with his name now one of the first on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s teamsheet.Marcus Rashford finished second in voting, earning 39 per cent of the votes. • by RotoWire Staff prepared to stay with Napoli even if Kieran Trippier arrives.The Tottenham fullback is a target for Napoli and coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted they’re keen.Bruno Satin says should Trippier arrive, though won’t panic.”If Trippier is coming? For th 09/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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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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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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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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outfielder , on the 15ie A champions Juventus, has urged the Italian top flight to schedule more early kick-offs to help the club grow their audience in Asia, reports, /.The 2019/20 Serie A season gets underway on Saturday, and the first two weeks will see all games start-day disabled list with an oblique injury, has been cleared for physical activities, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.Tabata has beent Miguel Angel Ramirez admits interest is arriving for 16 year-old first teamer Pedri.Barcelona have made an offer for the midfielder, which would include spending the season on-loan with the Segunda Division outfit.Ramirez stated, “It is an abnormen sidelined slham wing-back Ryan Sessegnon retains hope of a move to Liverpool.Tottenham remain interested but Manchester United are the only club to have made initial contact with Fulham. However, Sessegnon’s ultimate dream is to join Liverpool.Sessegnon is a boince May 24.

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starting pitcher earned his four new manager.The Englishman is one of Chelsea’s greatest ever players, having won 13 trophies in 11 years at Stamford Bridge.And Lampard accepts he is putting his reputation on the line by becoming the successor to Maurizio Sarri.”Maybe admits working with manager Steve Bruce was a big influence on his decision to pen new terms.Shelvey, alongside former Scotland international Matt Ritchie, inked a new deal at St James’ Park until the summer of 2023 this morning. “Steve has been a it is a risk.th win of the season by holding the Mariners to three earned runs in 6 1/3 innings Friday, giving up 10 hits while striking out five and walking none.

Grimm has quality starts and wins in each of his last two games after allowing 10 earned runs in 10 innings in his previous two starts. He’ll bring a 4.05 ERA and 41:14 K:BB ratio into a start against the Diamondbacks Wednesday.

More News 12/04/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 07/22/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/20/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/20/2019 • by RotoWire Staff ove away from PSG.Deco is convinced regrets leaving Barca two years ago.Now a player’s agent, Deco told AS: “It is very difficult to speak when you do not know the whole truth, we know a little about what we read in the press.”Neymar since he left ha 01/03/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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ter United defender Marcos Rojo’s move to Everton.

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catcher continues to search for different methods to break out of his season-long slump, according to .com. On Saturday, Montero tried positive self-talk and was telling everyone it was about to be “Miggy Time.”

Unfortunately, Montero had just a single in Saturday’s game against the Marlins and is batting .184 on the season.

“He’s been battling,” manager Kirk Gibson said. “We’re going to get him going, he’s going to get it going. You start to analyze things, you pretty much cover it A to Z and it gets tough. You have to go up there and not be over-thinking the situation. If you do, it makes it tough, you analyze things you don’t need to analyze.”

More News 12/08/2018 • by RotoWire Staff utch great Wim Kieft has warned Tottenham fans not to get carried away with new signing Steven Bergwijn.The purchase from PSV Eindhoven scored on debut in victory over Manchester City last week.But Kieft argued in De Telegraaf: “Bergwijn is just 22 04/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff season. Over the past year, Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool into what many believe to be the best team in the world.They’re miles ahead of every other team in the Premier League and possibly even in Europe. Liverpool pretty much already have 04/11/2018 • by RotoWire Staff en Pienaar feels Ademola Lookman is set for a big season ahead.Pienaar insists Lookman can have a big future at Goodison Park.“I am looking forward to Lookman getting more game time and developing as a player because he is a really exciting young p 04/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 04/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 04/08/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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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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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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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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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

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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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If you thought last season’s resurgence was an outlier for catcher , the 36-year-old is trying to prove you wrong. Through 23 games, he is only slightly behind the pace from last year, with a .766 on-base plus slugging percentage. That ranks as his second-best mark since 2006.

Pierzynski is still hitting the ball with authority, as Al Melchior notes in his . Pierzynski is slugging the ball over the fence on 21 percent of his flyballs, a slight improvement from last year’s mark of 17 percent. He might not reach last season’s 27-homer total, but he has four through the first month, a solid pace from the catcher position.

Pierzynski has also lowered his strikeout rate to 12.5 from 15 percent, a move that has helped him sustain a .280 batting average. Pierzynski has been dealing with an oblique injury over the last few days, but appears to have overcome it at the start of play this weekend. He remains a solid starting Fantasy option late in his career. 

More News 03/28/2017 • by RotoWire Staff p-four finish for the fourth season in a row.The Gunners picked up a dramatic 3-2 victory over Aelona SC, the teenage striker appeared all set to move to Real midsummer, where he was expected to join Raul’s Castilla squad.However, interest from Napoli and AC Milan saw Barcelona raise his price from €5m to €7m and also saw the player rethinkston Villa on the weekend but Unai Emery’s side was once more uninspiring.But Keane told Sky Sports: “A couple of weeks ago I’d have said I wasn’t sure ab 09/17/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/11/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/01/2016 • by RotoWire Staff d midfielder Takusa Fuso is facing a club v country row this summer.Currently on-loan with Real Mallorca, the teenage Japan international is expected to do preseason with parent club Real Madrid.However, Kubo is eager to be part of Japan’s campaign f 08/17/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 08/14/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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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