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n midfielder Idrissa Gueye is on the verge of comp

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shortstop snapped out of his 3-for-33 funk with three RBI Friday night against the Reds.Kozma singled in a run in the fourth and doubled in two more in the sixth. He finished 2 for 4 with one run scored in a 9-2 victory. He is hittiak Steffen.The Manchester City goalkeeper was loaned to the Bundesliga side in order to gain first-team football with Ederson firmly ahead of him in the pecking order.He told DAZN: “I flew to the USA again for an international game. There I met witng .250/.305/.310 with one home run and 24 RBI in 59 games played.

More News 01/04/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/19/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 11/09/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 10/25/2018 was left upset with his players after their 2-2 draw with Europa League opponents Werder Bremen.Diego Perotti (penalty) and Edin Dzeko struck the goals for the Giallorosso as they reached the round of 32.“We achieved our objective, which is qualif • by RotoWire Staff 10/25/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2018 Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay admits the club’s ‘black boots’ law is a real thing.Coming through the ranks at Manchester United , young players are forbidden from wearing coloured boots until they reach the reserves. “I didn’t like the black boots,” recalls McTominay to the Mirror. “But you had to do it. You had to respect the rules.“I probably couldn’t tell you one player who liked wearing black boots, but it was the rule and something accustomed to every academy player.“If someone tried to come out in red boots it’s like ‘you’re no different to any of us so get your black boots back on until you’ve earned the right to wear coloured boots’.“You always wear black boots, you always turn up to meetings on time, you always go to school, everybody does the same thing.“There are no big egos, there’s no young kids coming in wearing jewellery and looking a bit flash, that’s not the case at this club.“If a young player was doing that, I’d certainly be one to say something, the same with other boys in the first-team and the manager as well.” • by RotoWire Staff

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VIDEO: Scott Miller discusses Yasiel Puig on Fantasy Baseball Today

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

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aming himself for last week’s 2-0 defeat at Sheffi

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relie winger Yannick Bolasie has made a Christmas plea to Portuguese football authorities after being sent off for Sporting CP last week.Bolasie was sent off in victory over Portimonense, with the resulting suspension to rule him out of the clash with Porver has been called up to the majors.

The team is looking for exto add to his squad this month.Guardiola has already ruled City out of the mid-season market, despite the issues that have emerged in the squad this season.”I took that decision, we couldn’t invest in summer, why do you have to invest in December?” hera bullpen help after their 16-inning game against the Mariners Wednesday. Brian Omogrosso was sent to Triple-A to clear space for Troncoso, and the tear admits they’re desperate to win the Carabao Cup.He remembers what a boost it was for Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra when they won the 2006 League Cup Final to lift their first trophy with United and begin Sir Alex Ferguson’s last glory run.He feelsm also placed Jake Peavy on the disabled list. Troncoso has yet to pitch in the majors for the White Sox this season and last pitched in the majors in 2011. 

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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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star Lucas Moura could’ve signed for Real Madrid.

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starting pitcher successfully Monday and thinks he should be able to make his scheduled start Thursday against the Twins.

Lohse was forced to miss his last scheduled start due to soreness in his elbow, but appears coout his desire to play in a Manchester United cup final, having missed out two FA Cups, an EFL Cup and Europa League final because of injury and selection,”It is a massive ambition for me,” said the Manchester United defender.”I was there for the Eurnfident in his ability to make his next start. 

More News ester United today.Pussetto longingly watched the Premier League as a child and dreamed of playing games at the famous stadium, where some of his fellow countrymen and heroes played before him. “It’s going to be an unbelievable feeling to go there 05/11/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 05/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 03/31/2018 • by RotoWire Staff ents Genk.The 4-0 rout sees Azzurri qualify for the round of 16.“We had a good Champions League group, played with courage and character. Considering the current state of affairs, we’ll hold on tight to that,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia.“It’ 07/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 07/26/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 07/23/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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striker Olivier Giroud after Thursday’s victory o

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The have optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, the club announced Tuesday.

Perez was called up to be the 26th man for Monday’s doubleheader against Arizonepresent La Roja.Fati, 16, has risen to stardom after a superb start to the season in Barcelona’s first team and there areo big for him.United go into Sunday’s encounter in 12 place, 15 points behind Premier League leaders and arch rivals Liverpool , and just two points above the relegation zone. “No, I’ve never felt it’s too big for me,” said Solskjaer. “I’m confiden rumours that he will be called up to the senior Spain squad in October.”Right now, we don’t have any plans for Ansu Fati becausa. He allowed three runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings. Expect him to be the first starter up if the Rangers suffer a blow to their rotation.

More News 03/09/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/04/2020 • by RotoWire Staff re outplayed by Chelsea in the Europa League final.The Blues smashed their London rivals 4-1 in Baku.Speaking to BT Sport, Emery said: “First is congratulations to Chelsea. In the first half we played with good opportunities to take a good result. We 02/27/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 12/13/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 11/04/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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Gareth Bale is insisting the Welshman not lose an

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outfielder singled in the ninth inning of Sunday’s extra-inning game againstSG, Real Madrid, Brugge, GalatasarayGROUP B: Bayern, TOTTENHAM, Olympiakos, Red Star BelgradeGROUP C: MAN CITY, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zagreb, AtalantaGROUP D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, LokomotivGROUP E: LIVERPOOL, Napoli, Salzburg, Gen the Rangers as he came on as a pinch-hitter for Michael Saunders. Bay remained in the game and ended up going 2 for 3. 

Bay is now batting .245 after his performance. He singled twice and drove in a run in the performance of Ravel Morrison for victory over Carabao Cup opponents Blackburn Rovers.Morrison produced a man of the match display in their 2-1 win against Blackburn in the Ceason.Abraham has shone in preseason for the Blues.Mourinho said, “You want a young striker – Tammy Abraham! He’s yours. He knows the club. He was made at the club, he was educated at the club.“He was on loan, he played already some matches in arabao Cup.“He’s not a million miles off. I knew what I was going to the 13th inning to win the game for the Mariners. 

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Davide Zappacosta signed a new one-year contract w

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second baseman might need to go to the disabled list because of his right rib injury, according to .com.

Utley iwill have an MRI Thursday when the team returns to Philadelphia. Utley suffered the injury during batti Dortmund want to get a jump on arch-rivals Bayern Munich in the race to land Parrott.Dortmund have been boosted by the successful signing of England international Jadon Sancho from Manchester City two years ago, and are looking to potentially repeatng practice Tuesday.

“It definitely scared me a little bit,” he said Wednesday. “My first swing I took in BP, I felt something. My second swing, I felt it again. My third swing, I felt it again. After the fourth swing, I realized something wasn’t right. That’s when I told Charlie [Manuel] I have some pain in my side. He told me to go see [head athletic trainer] Scott [Sheridan]. He took me out of the game.”

If Utley has a strained oblique, that could require a DL trip, andtervention from Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk led to their winner at Newcastle United on Saturday.Trent Alexander-Arnold was due to take an 86th minute free-kick on the right flank of the pitch, only for Van Dijk to demand a change.He was seen g the team should know Thursday. He said he felt OK Wednesday, but not much better than he did the day before. Utley has missed 256 games over the last three seasons.

“You want to be careful with these things, because they could linger and get worse if you try to play through it,” Utley said. “I think we caught it early enough, but it’s hard to know until we have some imaging on it.”

More News 11/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/01/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/03/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 07/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/22/2018 • by RotoWire Staff ent for the Hornets in the transfer market, with Pearson not ruling out any new additions following the FA Cup defeat at Tranmere Rovers.When asked if the club would be making any further signings during the window, Pearson said: “We may do. “And tha 06/20/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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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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n Sessegnon.The Fulham full back had a disappointi

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ouo Pintus hs called for Nicolas Nkoulou to be banned.The defender turned down team selection last month as he tried to force through a move to Roma.“Nkoulou deserves a very long ban, as he was unprofessional and unreliable, both terrible things,” Graziani tolas moved to Inter Milan.Pintus returns to Italy, where he had already worked at Juventus.Inter coach Antonio Conte made the move after learning Pintus was being isolated at Real Madrid by Zinedine Zidane.Pintus is known for his tough trainitfielder will not be able to return until Friday at the earliest, after a setback in his hamstring while rebles team.The longest streak of games unbeaten in English football history is 49, which Wenger achieved as Arsenal boss over a two-season period 16 years ago.And the Frenchman thinks that this year, Liverpool are on course to repeat his heroics. “Thabbing in the minor leagues, The Washington Post reports Saturday.

Werth is to determine what is wrong with the hamstring. He has been out since May 2 with the injury, and this is the second specialist he is seeing this weekend. 

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is more critical of his performance than himself.

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outfielder turned in a productive day at the plate Sunday against the Marlins. Van Slyke, who made his first start of the year at first base, collected two hits in the 5-3 win. He belted a solo home run off of starter Tom Koehler in the second inning before adding a run-scoring single in the seventh. Van Slyke finished 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored.

More News 06/26/2018 • by RotoWire Staff s comments on Leroy Sane.The German giants had thought they were close to signing the winger from Manchester City earlier in the transfer window.However, the askinghizkid Islam Feruz has been without a club for two years, it has been revealed.The Sun says Feruz was plucked away from Celtic, aged 15, to be another star at the club’s Cobham academy.But such promise didn’t translate into success for the striker as price from City was deemed excessive, which meant a transfer was not possible.Bayern 01/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/15/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/09/2017 • by RotoWire Snderland captain Lee Cattermole has signed with VVV Venlo for 12 months.The midfielder has won the deal after successful preseason trials.Cattermole said: “I am very happy that after so many seasons in England I can now work in the Netherlands at a btaff 07/31/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/08/2017 • 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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ne Zidane insists he’ll never change his playing p

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The  Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Barton could split time at first base with Nate Freimann Dijk has warned teammates not to get carried away after yesterday’sinac this summer, it has been revealed.New Schalke coach David Wagner was eager to find a new left-back signing and his search led to former S04 star Kolasinac, says BILD.The defender welcomed the approach and was keen on a return.However, it was qus victory over Manchester City.Van Dijk has warned Manchester City can still come back in the title race as he insisted they must accept VAR decisions.He said: “They are the champi as Josh Reddick’s wrist injury forces Brandon Moss to the outfield. Barton is a .dmits Joao Moutinho sometimes has him in awe.Moutinho slid a signature slide-rule free-kick across the edge of the box for Ruben Neves to open the scoring in the 41st minute against Villa.Wolves went on to claim a 2-1 victory and centre-half Coady ha249/.360/.371 hitter in 484 career games.

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meroon international is considering his future in

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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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s victory in Baku.Cesc watched his former Chelsea

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After driving in two runs his last time out, shortstop continues his productivity at the platt forward plans to introduce safe-standing areas at their Audi Field stadium, reports, /.”It truly should have been done in the original design. Our supporters have asked us for it, and we needed to get it done,” observed the club’s Chief Business Ofe as he unleashed his first home run of the season Saturday night at Philadelphia.Valaika took starter Cole Hamels deep for a solo home run in the third inning. It was his only hit of the night as he finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 2-0 victory.Valaika has recorded a hit in each of his last f plan more major spending.United spent £140million in the summer bringing in defenders Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as well as winger Daniel James.But United were languishing in 12th spot heading into their 1-1 draw with table toppers Liverpoour games, hitting .308 with a double, a homer and th could make a move to United this summer.The French forward is one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s favourites as they look to sign a new central striking option this summer.Ben Yedder has also been linked with Barcelona as he considers his options this sumree RBI over that span. He is hitting .250/.286/.404 with one home run and nine RBI in 52 at-bats.