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Real cheers, real emotion and real players make this draft show better


SECAUCUS, N.J. — Darryl Strawberry was sitting in a high school classroom in Los Angeles when he found out the Mets drafted him first overall.

Dominic Smith was in front of a lively studio audience.

I don’t know if the Mets are making progress. But maybe the draft finally is.

I don’t know if Dominic Smith can save the Mets, or if his buddy J.P. Crawford can save the Phillies. But maybe they helped save the draft.

“This is what we hamier League title this season.Last season the Reds won the Champions League and finished second to Manchester City with the third-highest points total in Premier League history. “I’d say there are at least six teams in contention,” he told Sky Sportsd in mind,” commissioner Bud Selig said, in between announcing picks.

For years, baseball treated the draft as if no one cared about it, and few did. It didn’t get all that much better when the draft was first televised, or when it was moved to prime time.

Two years being sold.With 155 goals between them since their partnership was first struck up on Merseyside in 2017, the prolific pair would have no shortage of suitors were they to be made available for transfer.“Well Real Madrid already have Eden Hazard, tago, only one player agreed to show up, and he wasn’t an early pick. Producers had to beg the hand-picked “fans” to cheer each and every announcement.

Thursday night, there were real cheers. There was real emotion. There were real players.

“I can’t stop shaking,” Smith said a few moments after the Mets made him the 11th overall pick.

The baseball draft is never going to be the , or the . Too many things are different, from the relative anonymity of most of the players picked to the reality that most will spend several years in the minor leagues before they’re really heard from again.

But in a game where the youngest players are becoming the biggest stars, baseball needs young and enthusiastic personalities. It needs kids like Smith, who heard that MLB was inviting some prospects to come to New Jersey for the draft, and turned to his father and said, “Dad, I’m going to be in the studio.”

It needs kids like Clint Frazier, the outfielder from Georgia who the Indians took with the fifth pick.

“I’ve had a lot of people tell me I ceenager Bukayo Saka made history in the Manchester United-Arsenal rivalry.He was the youngest ever player to start a game between these historic rivals.The Gunners academy graduate started the clash at Old Trafford on Monday night, which ended in a 1ould become a fan favorite because of my red hair,” said Frazier, who also attended the draft. “I’m very confident. I think I’m outgoing.

“Hopefully, people like that.”

Of the nine prospects who agreed to attend the draft, Frazier was the first to be chosen. But eight of the nine went in the first round, helping make this draft show easily the best one baseball has put on yet.

Strawberry was the first pick overall in 1980. He said when he was pulled out of class and told the Mets had drafted him, he said, “Where’s that?”

Smith spent the day before the draft touring New York.

“New York looks more beautiful every time I see it,” he said.

The draft looks better as a show than it did before, too.

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United legend Roy Keane says Odion Ighalo has mad


starting pitcher dropped to 0-3 on the year by taking the loss Wednesday despite holding the Rays to three earned runs on seven hits and one walk in eight innings, striking out four. It was Koehler’s third straight quality start and his longest outing of the year.

Both starting pitchers completed at least eight innings while throwing less than 100 pitches in this quick game. Despite his ugly record, Koehler owns a 3.22 ERA in 36 1/3 innings with the Marlins this year. He’s scheduled to face the Phillies Monday in his next start.

More News 03/02/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 08/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/13/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/06/2019 • by RotoWire Staff ia have signed Danish midfielder Mikkel Krogh Damsgaard from FC Nordsjaelland.He will move to Samp at the end of the season, having agreed terms over a four-year contract this week.Samp announced: “UC Sampdoria have confireturn to the Premier League.Bale has been linked with Manchester United and former club Tottenham.”I think it would benefit him to come back and play regular football again li had Brescia ahead before Ciro Immobile netted twice – with a penalty converted in injury-time.“The team believed to the end,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.“We knew it would be difficult today, Brescia had prepared well and even gave up vacatiand play in a team at the top end of the Premier League,” Allardyce told talrmed the signing of midfiel 02/06/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 07/24/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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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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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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outfielder/first baseman hasn’t provided the same lift offensively offith victory over friendly opponents Inter Milan on Saturday.After coming off the bench to add plenty of passion and energy to the proceedings, the Brazil international was happy to take three points from a difficult fixture in sweltering conditions.M the bench in 2013 that he did last season. After 23 games, Moore is hitting a disappointing .145 with one home run.

“Tyler Moore is in a little bit of a funk, he had been kind of all year,” manager Davey Johnson said, per .com. “He hasn’t been himself. We are going to try to get him more at-bats to get him in a groove.”

Hitting coach Rick Eckstein said Moore is missing on too many fastballs, which he added is also a problem for Danny Espinosa, who is also off to a slow start.

“They have to get back on the fastball,” Eckstein said. “You can’t be in between. …. When you are facing guys as tough as Kershaw, you are not going to get too many pitches that are over the heart of the plate. The breaking stuff, when it’s down in the zone, it has late sharp bite on it. It’s pretty good. You have to get on the fastball. Anytime you are sitting in between, you are late on the heater and early in the off speed. You have to get back on the heater.”

holiday during the Premier League’shis week.Fernandes is being linked with Manchester United amid reports of an offer being prepared to be table in days.However, after seeing the midfielder score twice in victory at Vitoria Setubal yesterday, Silas remained hopeful of Fernandes stayin winter break.Just two wins in their last seven in all competitions, suggests the winter break arrived at just the right time for Rodgers.“I went skiing for the first time during the winter break,” revealed the re More News 10/07/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/22/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/14/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/11/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/07/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/06/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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closer (biceps) is scheduled to play long toss Sunday, according to The Boston Herald. If all goes well, theresent run of results to an end.The Hammers have only two points from their past five Premier League games, which has seen them slip in the table.They have not won in the league since September. And Pellegrw with the squad.Napoli’s players refused to return to ritiro after their Champions League draw with Salzburg last week, which has led to threats to fines and even the potential dismissal of coach Carlo Ancelotti.Gazzetta dello Sport Dries Mertens isini knows they must correct the slide.Speakin Bailey .

Bailey would then be lined up for a simulated game or lcaught at the top of the Premier League table.He wrote for BBC Sport: “It is only the start of October, but Liverpool’s eight-point lead at the top of the table already looks ominous for Manchester City.”Yes, City’s injuries have hurt them – they havive batting practice before the team decides if he needs a rehab assignment.

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rk with son Giovani Simeone.The striker is a star


general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. shot down a Venezuelan media report that claimed the Phillies had signed veteran pitcher , calling it “,” according to Comcn defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Indiana.The striker bagged his fourth goal of pre-season with a confident spot-kick dispatched emphatically into the top corner at Notre Dame Stadium.He told “(Jordan Henderson) Hendo was walking buast SportsNet Philadelphia on Saturday. However, Amaro did reveal that the team will take a look at Zambrano, who recently signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic LeZinedine Zidane defended his players after their 0-0 draw with Real Betis.Despite the result, Zidane Leverkusen midfielder Charles Aranguiz has revealed contact with Atletico Madrid.Chile international Aranguiz is considering his future in Germany ahead of the summer market.Fernando Felicevich told Fox Sports: “We are waiting for some offers from Esuggested that Real Madrid performed with perfect rhythm and intensity but simply failed to convert their chances.Joel Robles was in fine form, makinague.

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third baseman/outfielder was dropped to sixth in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the Dodgers. Didi Gregorius took his usual spot in the two-hole. Prado is batting .296 (8 for 27) with a solo home run in his last six games but has struck out six times during that span.

More News 02/12/2020 s determined to make a big impression at Liverpool this season.The Liverpool man missed out on last year’s title race and wants to play a key par first win as Brighton manager.The Seagulls sealed an impressive 3-0 away win over Watford thanks to goals from Florin Andone, Neal Maupay and an own goal from Abdoulaye Doucoure.Potter said: “Of course we are very happy with the result and the perfot in this campaign to make up for it.The 26-year-old told “It’s on me to try to bring • by RotoWire Staff 11/06/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/15/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 07/18/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 07/16/2019 • by RotoWire Staff esentatives of Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonahan Tah.BILD says the Gunners are ‘already getting serious’ about bringing Tah to England this summer.Tah’s contract carries a €40m buyout clause and it’s suggested he feels it is time to make a move.How 07/10/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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starter , who left Friday’s start against the Angels, could have his next scheduled start in jeopardy, according to .com.Gonzalez left his start early with a blister on his right thumb. He ripped his blister in his last inning of work, according to managembargo until their dispute with the English Football League is resolved.The club issued a claim against the EFL after being charged over the sale of Hillsborough to owner Dejphon Chansiri.The £60m sale helped them post a pre-tax profit of £2.5m iner Buck Showalter. Because the Orioles have Monday off, the team could push Gonzalez back in the rotation if his thumb does not heal in time. He is scheduled to start Thursday at home against Kansas City.Gonzalez, who picked up his second loss of nuary or February.Izquierdo has been recovering from a knee injury in his native Colombia.His representative Norman Capuozzo told Gol Caracol: “It’s good to give Jose a lot of support and that is what we are doing.”He is in a recovery phase. We hope the season Friday, has allowed 10 runs in his last 17 1/3 innings of work. He has a 4.58 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP through six starts.

More News 07/12/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/30/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/29/2018 • bn his decision to sign with Chelsea.Ziyech will move to London at the end of the season for a fee rising to €44m.The 26-year-old, who has agreed a five-year contract with the Blues, was speaking to Ajax TV.”Happy, proud, I am excited and I cannot wy RotoWire Staff 06/25/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/24/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/23/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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ys Claudio Bravo could yet stay next season.Bravo


infielder went 3 for 4 with two doubles in Wednesday’s win over Cincinnati.Carpenter scored a run and knocked another one in. He’s getting at-bats at third base with David Freese in a tough slump, but with the way he’s hitting — .283/.349/.475 following his latest effort — he’s all but guaranteed to keep getting everyday at-bats.

More News key to Arsenal signing Dani Ceballos.The Arsenal-news-Dani-Ceballos-midfield-anarchist-cause-havoc-against-Tottenham.html”>Daily MailArsenal-news-Dani-Ceballos-midfield-anarchist-cause-havoc-against-Tottenham.html”> says Unai Emery’s side were only 04/09/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/06/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/02/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/01/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/01/2020 • by RotoWire Staff e by watching videos of former United hero Patrice Evra has recalled the day he was “betrayed” by Ed Woodward.Evra was primed to leave the club in 2014 after a dismal season under David Moyes.The former France international, who confirmed his retirement on Monday, had finished er Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.Gilmour is the talk of the town after a man-of-the-match performance in Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Liverpool.Fabregas publicly praised the Scottish midfielder after his perfor 02/28/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

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


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

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Leeds is planning a swoop for Liverpool duo Harry


outfield prospect was named the top hitter in the South Atlantic Leagu Jermaine Pennant has urged Jude Bellingham to think c midfielder as new club captain.Emery announced the decision today.The manager explained: “First, he is mature and he has experience and we are all living all the time under pressure, under criticism as coaches, as players, as a club,” our head coaarefully about potentially moving to Manchester United.Bellingham’s impressive performances at such a young age have grabbed the attention of Premier League clubs, with United believed to be e snapped in apparent Manchester United gear ahead of his move from Crystal Palace being confirmed.United will announce the signing of the 21-year-old from Crystal Palace on Friday.Wan-Bissaka completed his medical on Thursday, and he is now set to beyeine (Class A) for his performance from April 15-21. Williams hit .419 (13 for 31) with four home runs and 10 RBI. 

Williams’ slash line through 18 games is .303/.618/.952. He has seven home runs, 15 runs and 17 RBI. The 2012 second-round pick is considered the Rangers’ 25th-best prospect by Baseball America.

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PHOTO: Josh Rutledge really needs to go home


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The were supposed to have a home game against the Monday night, but, once again,in the dressing room for over 40 minutes after their 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.The result put Liverpool to within six wins of their first League Championship in 30 years.City have accumulated the two highest points totals (100 and 98) in Englis snow intervened. So the game was postponed until Tuesday, when the two clubs will square off in a doubleheader. And youngster was bored and hanging out in the clubhouse long after the game was called (click on the photo for a full-sizedzerland midfielder Xhaka fears his Arsenal career is now over after being stripped of the captaincy following his bitter fall-out with Gunners fans.It now seems certain that he will be sold in the next transfer window with Germany the most likely des version).

I gotta get me one of these vacuums!

— Josh Rutledge (@joshrutledge)

Somewhat funny. Nothing wrong with the exploring the still relatively new office and its contents.

Veteran had some words of advice, though:

Dude, go home! RT @: I gotta get me one of these vacuums!

— Michael Cuddyer (@mcuddy3)

I’ll now brace for the ever-predictable yet also ill be stronger for his blunder on the weekend.Manchester United sent goalkeeper O’Hara on loan to League One Burton Albion last month but the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international committed a mistake in their 2-1 weekend win at Gillingham.”Thatinevitable “must be a slow news day” comments.

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i for a big season.The Spaniard, 29, reckons the 1


reliever (hamstring) said he was pleased with how his mound session went Monday. Hanrahan threw 30 fastballs.

“It felt good,” he said, per “I had been throwing for four or five days, future with the club.Real Madrid are at risk of Champions League elimination following defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and a draw re the latest club to show an interest in Adam Lallana.The Liverpool midfielder will become a free agent at the end of the season, and all signs are pointing towards the European champions letting him walk for nothing.Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Wwith Club Brugge in their opening two matches in Group A. And a weekend loss to Real Mallorca has brought about rumours J keeping my arm in shape and doing stuff in the training room, strengthening. It’s really been getting better. Today, I did some running and cutting and everything’s pretty good.”

Hanrahan said he might only need before activation.

“I hope I can go down there and throw one ament with West Brom for Nathan Ferguson.The Sun says reports claim a fitness issue picked up in the 19-year-old’s medical is holding up the £10million deal.Ferguson himself is having second thoughts as well.The Baggies’ board are keen to cash in on nd feel good,” he said. “If I need another one, I’ll take two (outings). We’ve kind of been going day-by-day. We’ll evaluate it tomorrow.”  

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and Manchester United winger Jordi Cruyff has been


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

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