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Dodgers facing pitching crunch before Sunday’s roster deadline

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The have acquired a lot of players and spent a whole bunch of money over the last 12 months, especially on the pitching side. They have a logjam of arms to clear before Sunday’s 3 p.m. ET roster deadline, when all 30 clubs must have their 25-man opening day rosters finalized.

We can fit all of Los Angeles’ big-league-ready pitchers into four caggling with his massive summer price-tag.Previous Gunners boss Unai Emery approved the £72million purchase of Pepe from Lille last summer, but the Ivory Coast international has so far scored just three goals in 21 Premier League appearances for the tegories:

: LHP , RHP , RHP , RHP , LHP , RHP , RHP , LHP

This is the easiest group. These guys will all make the team because they’re either really good or because the team paid a lot of money to acquire/retain them in the not-too-distant past. As easy as it gets.

: LHP

Elbert resumed throwing this week after on his elbow. He’ll begin the year on the DL and appears to be a few weeks from returning.

: RHP , LHP , RHP

In another year, these three would have been fighting for a bullpen spot during spring training. Because the Dodgers are so loaded, they’ll instead go to the minors and serve as depth players who will help cover for the inevitable injury.

: LHP , RHP , LHP , RHP , RHP , RHP

Assuming the Dodgers carry a typical 12-man pitching staff — five starters and seven relievers — four of these guys will make the team while two others will be left on the outside looking in.

Gregg is on a minor-league contract. Though he hasn’t been particularly effective in recent years (92 ERA+ from 2011-12), he allowed just one run on three hits and no walks in 10 1/3 inning this spring. Guerrier had a rough spring (6.48 ERA) after missing most of last season with an elbow issue, but he’s owed $4.75 million in 2013. Belisario is out of minor-league options — meaning he can’t be sent to Triple-A without clearing waivers — and pitched to a 150 ERA+ in 2012.

Capuano, Harang and Lilly are where it gets really interesting. All three are starters who lost their rotation spots due to the club’s spending spree. Capuano, 34, finished the spring strong after a rough start (7.20 ERA overall). As a lefty, he could move into the bullpen to complement Howell. At the same time, he has trade value because he’s relatively affordable ($6 million in 2013) and was solid last summer (102 ERA+).

Harang, 34, has also had a rough spring overall (8.20 ERA), but like Capuano he is coming off a solid year (105 ERA+) and is affordable ($7 million). He doesn’t have Capuano’s injury history (which includes two Tommy John surgeries), but teams do value left-handedness, which Harang can’t offer. He also doesn’t have much experience pitching out of the bullpen.

Lilly, 37, has pitched to a 14.00 ERA this spring and was limited to just eight starts (122 ERA+) last summer due to shoulder problems. Between that and his salary ($12 millioty to break down deep-lying opponents after Sunday’s 2-0 defat to Watford. The result means United have won only once in their 17 games in which they have enjoyed the majority of possession.”We were sloppy, we gave the ball away numerous times especin), he lags cn touch.Mihajlovic was diagnosed with leukaemia in July, so spent all of pre-season and most of the campaign so far in hospital undergoing two courses of chemotherapy.“Don’t worry, the boss can make himself heard even when he’s not physically preseonsiderably behind Capuano and Harang in the trade-value department. There is room for all three guys in the bullpen, but it will cost the team elsewhere.

The Dodgers haven’t made any indications about their pitching plans, but my guess is they will trade either Capuano or Harang (Mets? Rockies?) before Sunday’s deadline and somehow cut ties with Guerrier. That could mean a trade, a release or a trip through waivers. Belisario, Gregg, Lilly and either Harang or Capuano would join the other eight guys on the opening day staff. Injuries (Lilly’s shoulder? Guerrier’s elbow?) could change things, obviously.

That is all just a guess on my part. It seems like the Dodgers have so much pitching depth — both starters and relievers — that sticking both Capuano and Harang in the bullpen would be a waste. Some team will surely give up a prospect for one of those guys. They’re probably stuck with Lilly given his salary and recent injury history, and Belisario was too effective last summer to cut loose. I suppose Gregg could go in favor of Guerrier if the team doesn’t think the scouting reports back up the spring performance. Something has to give, though. Los Angeles simply has too many arms for too few spots right now.

22-year-old completed a big money move from Brentf

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reliever earned his third save of the spring with a cl Azzurri were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage which included finalists Liverpool and were dumped out of the Europa League in the last eight by Arsenal, who will face Chelsea in Baku.Ancelotti said, “It is a small consolation ean ninth inning Thursday against the Marlins.

Boggs has a 1.13 ERA in eight spring innings and remains in line to close for the Cardinals until Jason Motte returns from injury. Motte is exp has confirmed the club are weighing up loan options for Emile Smith Rowe, Eddie Nketiah and Tyreece John-Jules.A’s No1.Martinez is currently backup for Bernd Leno.But he wrote for arsenal.com: “I made a promise to my dad that I would make it. I intend to keep that promise.”I’m the No 2 for now, but it won’t stay that way. My aim is to be No 1 and I’ll keep worsked about exciting midfielder Smith Rowe, Arteta said: “We are assessing the situation with three of them [young players]. “We are evaluected to open the season on the disabled list, and there isn’t a hard timetable for his return. The injury is denoted as a “strain” for now, suggesting it won’t keep Motte out for long.

to run down his contract next season.The Blues tur

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closer worked the third inning of the team’s final Cactus League game Saturday, pitching a scoreless inning while striking out one and allowing one hit and one walk. He ended the spring w his mobile phone while behind the wheel, reports BBC News.The former England captain previouslyto offload Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan.Last night, Mason Greenwood underlined his huge potential with the only goal at Old Trafford as United secured a 1-0 win against Astana in Thursday’s Group L opener.Put to Solskjaer that you pleaded guilty to usinnt.Pires has revealed he chose to move to Arsenal over Juventus.He recalled to Tutto Juve, “Juve approached me in 2000 after the European Championship. Arsenal and Real Madrid were also after me.“It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I g the device while driving his Bentley in central London on 21 November last year.A court heard he was photographed by a member of ith a 5.87 ERA in 7 2/3 innings and was not scored upon in his final three appearances.

Pochettino says “the fans are right to criticise”

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rookie surrendered one earned run on three singles while working the ninth inning against the Astros Thursday. The hits came to consecuing linked to Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz.The attacking midfielder has been interesting top clubs around Europe for the past couple of years.The 20-year-old has impressed in the Bundesliga, despite a slight dip in form this season.He manative batters after Rondon got Rick Ankiel to fly out to start the ninth, but he settled down to get an inning-ending double play to limit the damage.

Another reliever battling forNewcastle United pair Jonjo Shelvey and Karl Darlow have reportedly been snapped in a in a street fight.The — Lilian Chan (@bestgug) JulyManchester United attacker Alexis Sanchez.Alexis is joining former United teammate Romelu Lukaku at Inter Milan.”Sanchez has been there before so he will adjust to that really well. Obviously Lukaku is a big, strong player and is different to what th 18, 2019 a look as the team’s closer, Joaquin Benoit, pitched a perfect eighth inning, recording one strikeout.

ks.Thierry Henry took charge of MLS side Montreal

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pitcher was able to stretch out his start against the Rockies in Tuesday’s Cactus League contest. He allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits over six innings of work. Th the summer transfer window, failing to complete deals for Christian Eriksen, Paulo Dybala and Bruno Fernandes.This was after the club broke the world-record fee for a defender when they bought Harry Maguire from Leicester, and Saha thinks the Red Dee right-hander also struck out two and walked one. Guthrie has a 5.25 ERA through three spring starts with six strikeouts in 12 innve to England this week.Sanson has been linked with several Premier League clubs throughout the summer transfer window. West Ham were pushing to sign him earlier in the marited.Orlandelli had previously spent 10 years in north London as a South American scout under Arsene Wenger.The Brazilian is credited with bringing in the likes of Denilson and Carlos Vela.He had also been working with the Brazilian Football Federatiket. La Provence says Everton and Crystal Palace are in talks with OM for the ings pitched.

ss Dean Smith would not be drawn on his interest i

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MLB.com reports manager Davey Johnson on Thursday continued to avoid the question about who will be his opening day catcher — or ? 

“I’m going to be smart whicheayers are ready for the start of the campaign after a tough preseason.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino likened the pre-season schedule to the Champions League and having faced Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Inter provide thver way I go,” Johnson said. “I’m not concerned with that. It’s the least of my worries.”

Johnson said he wants to see how Ramos, who is coming off a torn ACL last season, handles catching on consecutive days.

“He has done everything every catYosuke Ideguchi has returned to Gamba Osaka after a disappointing spell with Leeds United.The Japan international joined Leeds from the J-League ouster City youngster Brandon Barker is wanted by Celtic.The Celtic-line-cut-price-deal-Manchester-City-winger-Brandon-Barker.html”>Daily MailCeltic-line-cut-price-deal-Manchester-City-winger-Brandon-Barker.html”> says Celtic are lining up a cut-price tfit in January 2018.But he failed to make a first team appearance for the club.Ideguchi spent time on loan at Cultural Leonesa and SpVgg Greuther Fürth.cher has done,” Johnson said.

nchester United and move to Manchester City.Van Ga

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After saying Tuesday that using as the team’s assistant Steve Parkin have resigned from their positions with the beleaguered League One club, reports BBC Sport.Wanderers have been in administration since May and said in a statement on Thursday they had accepted the resignations “with great relu closer was not “necessarily a wild thought,” Tigers manager Jimrformance in their Champions League defeat to Liverpool.It was heartbreak for Spurs in Madrid as goals from Mto England ahead of formally joining Watford next month.Sky Sports says Pedro has said his goodbyes at Fluminense as he prepares to join struggling Watford in January. The teenager will complete a move 14 months in the making in the New Year after thohamed Salah and Divock Origi led Liverpool to a sixth Champions League trophy.Ex-Arsenal boss Wenger said: “We spoke a lot about Kane [bef Leyland clarified those comments on Wednesday. “I would say that that would be highly unlikely,” Leyland told .com. “I read the stories this morning. I said it’s not some far-out idea that somebody brought that up. I don’t think it’s a far-out idea. What I’m saying is I think it’s probably highly unlikely.”

se Mourinho has apologised to Eric Dier after drag

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Braves outfielder is having a solid start to his spring and he homered for the first time on Sunday against the Tigers in Grapefruit League act Ham United will spend part of theiAtletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak is happy to have signed his new deal.The Slovenian goalkeeper recently renewed his contract with Los Rojiblancos, who informed him of their intention to strengthen their squad this summer.”I renewed but a new contr preseason this summer in Australia.Palace will play two matches in the Barcelona last month.The former Everton manager was linked with the job before Barca ultimately confirmed Ernesto Valverde for next season.”FC Barcelona? You never know,” said the Catalan. “But you have to respect the contracts and now I have a Eurostate of Queensland, Australia, this July as part of the club’s pre-season preparations for the 2020/21 campaign, in a first trip of its kindtion. Upton went deep in the fourth inning off for a two-run shot. He went 1 for 3 in the game and is batting .368 on the spring thus far. Upton has five RBI on the spring over seven games.

a’s two-part apology for his outburst last week fa

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Phillies general manager RubenChelsea defender Ethan Ampadu has joined Bundesliga side RB Leipzig on a season-long loan, reports BBC Sport.The 18-year-old Welsh international failed to make a Premier League appearance last season after signing a new five-year deal in September 2018.He did not travel to China for Chelsea’s pre-season tour and manager Frank Lampard, speaking last week, said he was keen for him to go out on loan. Amaro Jr. told reporters Tuesday catcher prospect has a small fractuJanuary.The midfielder is frustrated by the lack of minutes this season under coach Zinedine Zidane.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, who was speaking on El Chiringuito.”Isco can leave Real Madrid in the month of January. He wre on his right ring fingevid Unsworth has no doubts about Joao Virginia’s talent after the goalkeeper’s tough loan spell with Reading.The goalkeeper spent the first half of the season at Reading but struggled for game time after starting the Championship side’s first two matr, but he is fully participating in camp. He was injured on the first day.

Dodgers to give away mini statue of Robinson, Newcombe, Campanella

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Regardless of how the ‘ high-salaried players fare on the field this coming season, Dodger Stadium easily has the best promotional calendar in the majors. We’ve already praised their bobblehead giveaways — seriously, — and now there’e midfielder endured a torrne.The England international has been sidelined with a hamstring injury that will likely keep him out for a lengthy period of time.Mourinho started Heung-min Son up front in Sunday’s FA Cup draw with Middlesbrough.He told reporters after the game: “Wid run with injuries during his time with Arsenal, which ended in the summer of 2018.Now with West Ham United, Wilshere has opened up on one of the most difficult periods of his life.”It was 2016, and I picked up an injury s this:

In celebration of Jackie Robinson’s birthday, here’s your first look at the Robinson, Newcombe and Campanella Statue:

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@DodAlex Telles’ contract.A Bola says Porto have told Chelsea they must pay £40m for left-back Telles as Frank Lampard looks to shore up his side’s leaky back line.The 27-year-old Brazilian has been a key target for the Blues, who have made several attegers)

That statue of Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, along with Cy Young and MVP winner Don Newcombe, will be the giveaway April 15, when the Dodgers square off against the Padres.

Once again, well done, Dodgers promotional braintrust. It’s amazing what people can do once freed from the shackles of Frank McCourt, no?

[Note: No, I actually don’t think McCourt hurt them in promotions, but it’s still fun to jab at him anyway. He deserves it.]

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oving to AC Milan.New Milan coach Marco Giampaolo

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FOXSports.com reports free agent pitcher , who finished the 2012 season on the disabled list with a gir Alex Ferguson during the reunion match for Manchester United’s 1999 treble winning side. The Red Devils’ legends defeated Bayern Munich 5-0 at Old Trafford, with Beckham gettingking on former teammate Paul Pogba about making a return this summer.The Manchester United midfielder is still keen on a departure – and his former club Juventus will make him their number one target for the summer transfer window. Juventus are prepa on the scoresheet. And the former England captain saysick has secured his short and long term futures.The midfielder has not only signed a loan agreement with Shrewsbury Town for the 2019/2020 season, but he has also signed a new contract with Chelsea.The 20-year-old has been with the Blues since the un it was an emotroin injury, said he is throwing bullpens and is doing well physically.

Report: Red Sox open to dealing outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury

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Thlost Diego Costa for the remainder of the season.The centre-forward has suffered a herniated cervical disc injury and there’s fears it’s severity could leave him sidelined until April – effectively ending his campaign.In a statement this morning, Atle are open to dealing outfielder , to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. 

The signing of gives the team some flexibility in thegning Zlatan Ibrahimovic from LA Galaxy.Former United striker Ibrahimovic joked he is “ready” to help his old team out if they are in need of striking reinforcement and said – despite being 37 – he could still play in the Premier League.Asked about t outfield. If Ellsbury is dealt, Victorino can slide over to center field. The Los Angeles FC have bought out half of a 20 per cent stake held by Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan in a deal which values the franchise at more than US$700 million, according to Bloomberg, reports, /.The apparent agreement makes LAFC the highest v team would then sign another outfielder to play right. Abraham mentioned re-signing as an option. 

The 29-year-old Ellsbury struggled through an injury-riddled season, playing in just 74 games. He failed to live up to his breakout 2011, hitting just .271/.313/.370. Ellsbury is arbitration-eligible this year, but will be a free-agent at the conclusion of the 2013 season. 

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Stat of the day: Alfredo Aceves equals losses

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relief pitcher was the Red Sox’s closer for a large chunk of the season, but he has since informed Bayern Munich of their price for Leroy Sane.The German giants, having pushed to sign Sane over the summer, remain eager to land the winger once he recovers from knee surgery.Sane is expected to be back in full-scale training by February.BIL lost that job. Instead, he seems to have taken on a new role: Designated loser.

Saturday, Aceves’ line was ugly: 2/3 of an inning, three hits, three earned runs and the loss. His terrific example for the club’s young players.The 31-year-old penned a new contract with the Red Devils on Wednesday.”Juan is the ultimate professional and one of the most intelligent players I have worked with,’ said the United manager.”He is a grearecent exploits, however, are even uglier.

Anyway, here’s the stat of the day. The Red Sox have lost each of the last 11 games in which Aceves has appeared. That’s right. Beginning Aug. 21, Aceves has appeared in 11 games and the Red Sox have los arrived from Eibar.He told Marca: “I won’t suffer, it was a basic element of play at Eibar. Thanks to that and the team, I developed a lot as a player. I learnt new concepts on the ball but above all off the ball, which has made me a much better plst every one of them.

During that span, Aceves has a 9.87 ERA. This season, Aceves has 10 losses and eight blown saves with a 5.31 ERA.

Considering that, , it’s hard to see how Aceves still has a job.

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is set to make his debut as Anderlecht player-mana

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es. According to ESPN, United have reached the last stage of negotiations with b.The former Chelsea captain decided to extend his stay at Villa Park this summer, signing a new two-year deal to remain as manager Dean Smith’s right-hand man.Asked if he wants to be the main man in the dugout now, Terry replied: “Not yet. I’m hapSwansea City over a fee for the 21-year-old.The report claims the Red Devils will part witue Hakim Ziyech from Ajax because of Jadon Sancho, according to the Evening Standard.The paper suggests that United have a long standing interest in Sancho, along with Jack Grealish or James Maddison.They want two of those three in the summer, and alh around £15m to sign the Wales international.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tMinnesota recalled reliever and infielder prior to Monday’s game at Chicago, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

rom England.O Jogo says Newcastle are interested i

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White Sox reliever , who was already pitching for Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate in Charlue competitions with immediatefender was given a number of opportunities to impress over the course of pre-season and grabbed his first chance of senior football with both hands.Silva told the Liverpool Echo: “He [Gibson] needs to work more and more with us to improve, to be more effect, reports, /.It mn the blame for Wilfried Ndidi’s mistake in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.The Foxes midfielder was at fault for Chelsea’s first goal when he allowed Mason Mount to tackle him on the edge of the box.”The mistake is down to me,” the Foxes boss saeans tickets prices for away fans will now be capped at a maximum of €70 (US$77) in the Champions League and €45 (US$49) in the Europa League, which Uefa says represents the level of the lowesotte, was officially outrighted in a move that was more technical than physical, taking him off the team’s 40-man roster.