oyet insists Bale should stay in Madrid.He told Go


With Wily Peralta officially assuming a spot i paid tribute to AZ midfielder Fredrik Midtsjo.Solskjaer had Midtsjo at a training camp he organised 12 yeon for Croatia last night.He left the Wales clash injured with two minutes remaining. Modric collided with Harry Wilson while attempting to halt a counter-attack by the hosts.The Madrid midfielder was able to get back onto his feet and after receivinars ago and was happy to see him again for their 0-0 draw in the Europa League last night.“I remember with him. Fredrik played very well,” sain the ‘ starting rotatect Adama Traore.Nuno was speaking after Traore scored in Sunday’s loss to Spurs, a game in which the tally for fouls committed on the winger reached 24 for the season.”I think the referees know. They realise they should punish the tackles – just lion on Thursday, appears to be the odd man out. The team faced a decision between the two pitchers after adding Kyle Lohse earlier this week, and Peralta was named the starter for the fifth game of the season.

Fiers went 2-1 with a 6.98 ERA in six games (five starts) this spring and sported a 2:1 K/BB ratio. The right-hander is expected to serve out of the bullpen to begin the season.

Bobby Jenks was in rehab when the Red Sox released him last year


Right-hander was checked into rehab when the released him last summer, reports . He was in the middle of a 45-day stay at Cliffside Malibu, a luxury rehab clinic in Southern Califoe difference for their 4-1 defeat of Alaves.Valverde hailed Messi’s ability to appear and deliver when Barcelona need him most.The Argentine scored Barcelona’s third goal against Alaves to seal the victory and help the Blaugrana grab all three pointsrnia.

Jenks, 32, was of DUI and hit-and-run in Florida on March 23 of last year. He told police he “took too many muscle relaxers,” then agreed to take a field sobriety tes are closing on a deal for AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie today.Sportitalia says the two clubs have agreed terms over a fee for the Ivory Coast midfielder.Milan have accepted an offer of €25m plus €3m in bonuses.Now Milan are counting on Kessit before saying “I’m going to fail it.”

The Red Sox reached a settlement with Jenks and released him on July 3, two weeks before he finished rehab, according to court documents. The DUI charges were settled in December, and Jenks was required to complete a substance-abuse program as part of his probation.

“Mr. Jenks satisfactorily completed a 45-day stay for substance dependence,” wrote Patricia Freebery, the clinical director of Cliffside Malibu, in a letter submitted to the Lee County, Fla., probation department in December.

Jenks signed a two-year, $12 million deal with Boston during the 2010-11 offseason. He went 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA in 19 relief appearances in 2011 before back surgery and a pulmonary embolism send him to the DL.

Before landing with the Red Sox, Jenks was a two-time All-Star who saved 25+ games five times with the White Sox. He served as the team’s closer during their 2005 World Series title run as a rookie after appearing in only 32 regular-season games.

, Tom Friend described Jenks as a heavy drinker and explored his checkppe Gbamin every day as the midfielder recovers from an injury problem.The setback will sideline him for a minimum of eight weeks.“It is really important that we support JP,” Silva told evertontv.“We have to be there in the bad moments.“When thered past.

Pochettino says “the fans are right to criticise”


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.

Trading Rick Porcello would be a mistake


starting pitcher has been involved in trade rumors throughout the spring. The latest is that the and are “active” in talks on Porcello, . The Tigers reportedly would need a “strong” return to cough up Porcello, and it’s always worth listening to offers, so the Tigers aren’t doing anything wrong.


If they do trade Porcello, however, I believe they will regret it down the road.

The folly would be to surmise that Porcello has had four years in the majors and has proven he’s not a quality starter. He was 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA last season and led the AL in hits allowed, sure, but he’s still only 24 years old. History is lined with both l tactical advice to the players.Ronaldo is now owner Real Valladolid, while Berlusconi controls Monza.”Why did you never make a goal from the corner? It’s so easy,” Ronaldo claimed Berlusconi said.“Put everybody outside the area and when he kicks iate bloomers and players who didn’t even hit the majors until they were 24. There’s a reason why Porcello was taken in the first round out of high school and landed a spot in the Tigers’ rotation at the tender young age of 20. He’s incredibly talented.

And we nue to grow.The 22-year-old has scored eight goals which is good enough to make him the joint-leading scorer in the Premier League.Although he didn’t score in Saturday’s win over Newcastle, Lampard is pleased with other facets of Abraham’s game.Lampamight just be seeing the start of something special this spring.

This obviously comes with a huge caveat. Spring stats for the most part don’t mean much. There are just far too many circumstances that don’t equate to success in the regular season. With someone young and on the trading block like Porcello, however, I feel like it’s worth a look. And he has a 2.50 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 18 strikeouts in 18 innings this spring. Oh, and zero walks. That’s right. Eighteen strikeouts and zero walks in 18 spring innings.

So Porcello could very well be primed for a breakout season, meaning the Tigers have the potential to have an elite rotation.

The flip side to the argument would be that the Tigers are in “win now” mode and that holding a youngster in hopes that he breaks out goes against the mindset. I’d offer up two items in rebuttal:

1. Porcello is the fifth starter. Not a prospect. 2. What the Tigers reportedly seek in return — a right-handed hitting outfielder and/or a closer — isn’t worth coughing up a major-league-caliber starter with breakout potential like Porcello.

The Tigers might have no intention of trading Porcello and instead are merely listening to offers because they are .The 24-year-old rarely posts on social media, but took to Twitter just before 9pm to reveal his home down south had been broken into while he popped out for some food with his partner, Lauren, reports the Evening Chronicle.Hayden had been spending tgetting them. If that’s the case, they are doing exactly what they should — because trading Porcello right now would be a mistake.

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Sterling is alongside the biggest names in the gam


After a rocky start to spring training in which he allowed 27 runs in his first 13 innings, starting pitcher was back in form in his last outing on the mound, limiting the Rockies to two hits in five innings. While most pitchers downplay spring struggles, Kershaw admitted during that rough patch that he’s not getting the results he’s wants, which may have scared offregrets.Foster has enjoyed late career success with the Hornets.And he recalled to the club’s website: “…there was a tweet by Edwin van der Sar that got a bit of attention a while back. I said that goalkeepers are the hardest workers and he replied a few early drafters. Their loss. Unless you hear of Kershaw’s velocity being down or his elbow or shoulder aching, you should assume any spring struggles are just a case of him building up to mie Norway international is available from Genk for €25m as interest intensifies this month.Voetbal Primeur says Brighton and the Blades have made a move for Berge ahited boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is delighted with the form this season of Fred.The 26-year-old struggled for form in his first season at the club, following his £52m ­arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk.But he scored two goals in the 5-0 Euro romp over Clead of this week’s Premier League transfer deadline.However, Fiorentina are also intdseason form.

umbus Crew have announced a multi-year sponsorship


CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Dodgers outfielder , who is recovering from Tommy John surgery in Augusindows.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting more young homegrown players to revamp his underperforming squad.British trio Dan James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have proved to be successful additions so far.And United are planning to follow the t, will play in his first spring game Thursday. Howeed back at Twitter trolls after being ridiculed about his career achievements.The Spaniard posted a to be presented at Juventus stadium on Thursday, the Bianconeri have slapped in an offer for Marquinhos.Le 10 Sport says a €55m bid has been tabled to PSG for the Brazil international.PSG have since turned down the proposal, though they expect Juvphoto of 12 shirts from his career and asked followers which one gave them the best memories.Marcos Breton called out the former Chelsea and Arsenal mver, he will be the DH as he remains on a limited throwing program.

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


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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Dodgers keep spending with winning bid on Ryu; assume they’re not done


With the Dodgers winning the bidding for Korean lefthander Hyun-Jin Ryu, the lesson is not to count them out of anything.

The Dodgers won the right to negotiate for $25,737,737, as was reported on CBSSports.com, a subtantial sum for a pitcher some aren’t sure is a starter. (The Dodgers, and others, disagree.)

Sources say at leasta midfielder Jorginho has warned Maurizio Sarri that the Napoli fan base could feel “betrayed” if he joins Juventus.Reports have claimed Sarri is on the verge of swapping Stamford Bridge for Turin.Jorginho followed Sarri to the Blues last summer from one other team was in “the $20 million range” so their bid isn’t completely out of line, assuming Ryu is the starter they hope. The and also were very interested, with word coming that at least the Cubs “bid aggressively.”

Ryu is a stocky lefthander — he’s listed as 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds — with a nice touch. He’s also a plus for the Dodgers, with ‘ huge Korean population. But for this money, they have to have faith he’ll fit into their rotation.

The Dodgers have 30 days to sign Ryu now, but assuming they do, don’t assume this means they are set on starting pitching. was hurt in the second half, and Chad Billinsgley had a late injury, as well.

No matter, the new Dodgers are in a mode to spend to win.

They are like the , the old Yankees, who had money and spent it.

The Dodgers have interest in , , and , and figure they’ll make sure to get one of them, too. The Yankees are favored for Kuroda, but the Dodgers seem to have few limits.

The Dodgers spent an unheard-of $260 million in August betyween , , and . But assume there’s more where tIslam Slimani.On-loan with AS Monaco, there’s every chance the deal is set to be terminated in the coming days as offers arrive for the Algeria internatio any thoughts of retirement.The 35 year-old fullback is off contract in June.”Don’t stop playing. Stay with us for the next year,” Ancelotti said of Baines.”We would like to keep him and are going to talk with him. It would be good for us if he can snal.Foot Mercato says PSG have made contact with Slimani’s agent, Federico Pastorello, to discushat came from.

AL Manager of the Year Watch


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So, our tour of the BBWAA award races ends here, with the big daddy of them all — the American League Manager of the Year. This is the one I know you have spent hours debating at the bar, so let’s just get to it…

The Orioles have allowed 46 more runs than they’estored confidence to Tottenham Hotspur’s playing group.That is according to Spurs legend and club ambassador Ledley King.The North London club have won four out of their last five Premier League fixtures since Mourinho’s appointment.”Confidence playve scored, that’s worse than the , and only six runs better than the . Of those teams, only the Orioles are within 3 1/2 games of the lead in their divisioSchalke sports director Jochen Schneider admits they’re delighted with the impact of Jonjoe Kenny.The fullback is on a season-long loan from Everton.”We are happy that we have him. Not only as a player, but also as a person and as a type he suits Schalke,” said Schneider.”I hope that we will have the chance to keep him longer.”Kenny’s loan deal does not include a buy option.n. While their Pythagorean record is 60-69, their real record is 71-58. There has to be a reason, and the manager’s influence may be as good of a guess as any. Showalter’s done a masterful job, and there’s no question about that.

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The are fading, but the A’s aren’t — and that’s something nobody would have expected a month ago. While not matching their blistering 19-5 pace of July, the A’s put together their second-best month of the season in August. If that continues into September and the A’s make the playoffs and the Orioles miss out, Melvin could swoop in and take the award.

Don’t laugh. Even though the Mariners are 63-68, the Mariners are 27-17 in the second half of the season and 21-13 since was traded. Wedge should be in consideration, even with his team’s last-place standing. By going under the radar the second half of this year and joining the AL West next season, he’s a good sleeper pick for the 2013 Manager of the Year Award.

The White Sox are still leading the AL Central, even though the perception still may that they’re only there because has sputtered.

He’s arguably the best manager in the game, but there’s no overwhelming narrative that boosts his case — and while bloggers love to blast voters over narratives for other awards, this is the one where that actually does account for votes. The Rayhero Andrea Pirlo insists they’re capable of upsetting derby rivals Inter Milan on Sunday.Pirlo is adamant form goes out the window in such games.”Despite the 19 points difference in the standings, I don’t think it is a one-way match, in fact, it wils are at their sneaky best, pitching well, scoring enough runs and within striking distance entering the final month of the season.

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Big Deal: Veterans thrilled, Red Sox hailed, Dodgers criticized (by some, anyway)


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One of the craziest, wildest and costliest (at least for one team involved) trades just went down, and many folks around baseball were left either admiring the sheer gall of the team that spent a quarter of a billion dollars (and about half of that on contracts that could only generously be called bad contracts), or wondering about the sheer craziness of it. Or maybe they were simply scratching their heads over the enormity of a trade in a month that’s known more for acquisitions of a more complementary nature.

Late August trades usually produce a back-of-the-rotation starter, a spare reliever or bench player, not two players signed to nine-figure deals ( and Carl Crawford) and another who was twice a World Series hero ().

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When it was finished, you could imagine the principals on both teams celebrating. You could see the exuberant new  group fronted by Magic Johnson, the sunniest superstar in sports history, going nuts in the California sun. One observer said there were high fives and hugs all around in the aftermath of the July 31 trade that netted the new Dodgers group outfielder , whose Dodgers future surely is limited to weeks now that Crawford and his $100-million nut have been imported.

Meantime, you could easily imagine Messers. John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino enjoying a more low-key celebration in some blue-blood Back Bay club (no chicken and beer for this threesome). Having just ridded themselves of the worst contract in Red Sox history (Crawford’s), a growing thorn even if they wouldn’t admit it (Beckett’s overbearing presence among an impressionable underachieving younger rotation), and received two very nice pitching prospects in the process.

Everyone understood why the Red Sox, suffering through their unluckiest season in years, hit the reset button. But several baseball executives, who are only getting accustomed to the ways of the new Dodgers  ownership group, were having trouble coming to grips with the calculation that led the Dodgers to take $130-million in bad deals (and surrender the pair of righthanded prospects) just for the privilege of one fair superstar deal, the Adrian Gonzalez contract. “Insane,’’ one rival National League executive called the Dodgers’ end of the trade.

You’ll excuse competing execs for hyperbole attached to this outsized deal, as they struggle to come to grips with what just went down. The deal — which sent Gonzalez, Beckett, Crawford and feisty little utilityman west to the Dodgers for underachieving first baseman plus pitching prospects Rubby (pronounced Ruby) De La Rosa and Allen Webster, outfield prospect Jerry Sands and infield prospect Ivan De Jesus Jr. – was shocking  from both ends.

No one has ever witnessed spending like the Dodgers in baseball (it’s like a mid-‘80s Steinbrenner on steroids, if you’ll pardon the analogy). And rarely has anyone seen a financially healthy club like the Red Sox, with baseball’s second highest revenue, conduct a late-August fire sale on the fly.

 Here’s a closer look at how this affects the main players.

Dodgers people got the ball rolling, originally calling Red Sox president Larry Lucchino with one question in mind: would the Red Sox consider trading Gonzalez, the quiet hitting star whose recent occasional complaints about the soap-operatic nature of the Red Sox scene had begun to seep into the media. The $2.15 billion spent to buy the team by the new Dodges ownership team – officially the Guggenheim Partners – was only the beginning, as new president Stan Kasten insinuated when he told CBSports.com soon after the purchase of the team, “You think that’s (the new owners’) last $2 billion?’’

Kasten had been known as an overspending critic as president of the , but sources suggest the directive to spend is the brainchild of the money men above Kasten. The unusual strategy seems to be to improve the team, no matter the cost.

The Dodgers took the entire $38 million remaining on ’s contract at a time when Ramirez was batting .240 something over a year and a half period (that moves seems prescient today as Ramirez has unearthed his old enthusiasm and found his old stroke, with an RBI a game in L.A.) and put in a claim on , which would have obligated them to $95 million through 2015 had the simply said “take him.’’

“This is what happened when you have other people’s money to spend,’’ one competing owner said about the Dodgers, referring to the group’s insurance monies, while at the same time admiring their aggression. About this trade, that very same exec said, “This makes them the favorite in the National League to get to the World Series.’’

Unquestionably, they are the new financial bully on the block. But in the case of Lee, the Dodgers failed to persuade the Phillies to give him up, despite offering to send players (presumably prospects) to Philly to make it happen. The Phillies wanted to keep their big trio of starting pitchers together, and may have had an aversion to selling such a sale to fans that regularly jam Citizens Bank Park. The Red Sox, exhausted by a year of heartache, had no such qualms.

After Lucchino got the call from Dodgers people expressing interest in A-Gon, it seems Red Sox higher-ups quickly figured out their best play was to use the Dodgers, a team with lower revenues, as their new piggy back. Even with sending them about $12 million, the Red Sox will save upwards of $250 million with this deal.

De La Rosa and Webster give the Red Sox two strong arms (’s old GM Theo Epstein tried hard to pry Webster from L.A. for , but the Dodgers wouldn’t do it). The key to this deal for them, though, is what baseball people call “financial flexibility.’’

Lucchino and his Red Sox management team, willing to consider anything in season dominated by injuries and firestorms, surely didn’t take to long to realize that the best thing they could extract from the ill snub the Red Devils’ £350,000-per-week contract offer.He is out contract at the end of the summer and international team-mates reckon he may decide to run his current deal down and talk to other clubs in January to arrange a free transfer in theDodgers’ new largesse was the very cash they have used as a weapon. And they got plenty of spending loot here.

The question is for Boston now is: Where to begin? The free-agent market isn’t exactly stocked with stars, and one may question whether the two best players – and – are right for Boston.

Then again, who knows? No one, except his old team the , realized Crawford wasn’t a fit in Boston after he starred in the American League East against Boston for so long. The Red Sox aren’t going to hoard the cash, and they have no intention to rebuild, so look for them to be a big player this winter.

For now, the deal is being mostly cheered in Boston, where everyone is fan enough to realize the mega gift horse their team just received. As much fretting as there was break his silence on talk of a move to Newcastle United.Vieira, who would command a fee if he is to leave Nice, is due to speak to the press after Nice’s first pre-season training session of the summer on Monday – and will answer questions about hisover the team’s standing this year, there was much more worry about how the Crawford contract might handicap them for six years to come.

There’s no second guessing a trade they had to make. But the trick now for Boston will be in finding where to spending their newfound largesse. They could use an outfielder, a starting pitcher and maybe a first baseman and shortstop. But where will they get tfifth round of the FA Cup is a huge boon for the club.The Premier League side survived a huge scare in Tuesday’s fourth-round replay against League One Oxford United, who came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 and take the game to extra time.Neithhem?

Gonzalez, Beckett and Punto all looked thrilled on a Twitter picture posted on Punto’s account from the Dodgers’ plane, sent special by their new team. You could imagine, of course. This team is first class all the way.

You could also imagine Crawford smiling just as broadly down in Florida, where he was rehabbing after his elbow surgery. Part of the new Dodgers’ excitement could come from the thrill of joining a pennant race. But much of it may come from the wonder of going to a place that seems even greener (as in money). As unhappy as players were to represent old owner Frank McCourt, they are that happy to play for Magic’s team.

After Beckett quickly waived his no-trade rights (“he wanted to leave,’’ one Red sox official said), and so did Crawford, whose inclusion of the Dodgers on his no-trade list of only three teams was interesting, the Dodgers sent the same for the trio.

GM Ben Cherington’s public niceties regarding Beckett may have been partly PR, as even the staunchest Beckett supporter had to wonder whether he was hindering a rotation of kids that followed him around and seemingly had lost its way. He also wasn’t pitching especially well, as his 5-11 record and 5 ERA attest. Said one rival GM:  “If Beckett isn’t Beckett, I think the Dodgers are still in trouble.’’

The excising of the Crawford deal is the biggest benefit to Boston here, as no one could have imagined anyone taking a player with $100 million to go who had just gone under the knife. The Tommy John surgery may still allow Crawford to be ready for the start of the 2013 season. But even if it does open the year in L.A., the Dodgers have to hope, like Ramirez, he finds his pre-2011 Floridian glory.

He’s still young enough to do it, and Southern California may be laid-back enough to allow Crawford’s true talents to surface. For all A-Gon’s recent concerns about the Boston fishbowl, there isn’t any doubt the one it most affected was Crawford. There was reasonable question as to whether he ever was going to play to his potential in Boston, so it’s only right the Red Sox found the one team willing to absorb what’s left of his $142-million, seven-year deal.

No one else would have done it. No one else could have even considered it.

Let’s not forget, though, the Dodgers’ Hanley move has worked wonders despite some doubters. And even without Crawford until next year, the Dodgers’ lineup looks stacked.

The days where was considered mostly alone are long gone. A smiling A-Gon was on the way, perhaps the very one who made impossible PETCO Park seem hitter friendly only a few years ago. Gonzalez wasn’t bad in Boston, but he wasn’t the freakishly good hitter that terrorized National League pitching for seasons in .

 If the Dodgers get that guy, they may steal their division – though the word “steal’’ is being used loosely here, as it came with a quarter-billion-dollar expenditure.


A’s option ‘star’ 2B Jemile Weeks


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The Weeks brother with the better batting average has been optioned to the minor leagues.

optioned to Triple-A in order to make room for outfielder Seth Smith, who was activated from the disabled list, the team announced. Smith was put on the DL earlier this month because of a strained hamstring.

Weeks, 25, was hitting just .220/.305/.302 with two home r for a second chance at parent club Juventus.Tuttosport says Higuain ‘dreams of joining’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Maurizio Sarri at Juventus next season.Ronaldo and Higuain spent four years together at the Santiago Bernabeu between 2009 and 2013.They wouns and 15 stolen bases this season. As a roChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has inked a new long-term deal with sportswear giant Adidas, reports, /.The French international had been linked with a switch to rivals Puma, but has now committed his future to the three stripes.okie in 2011, Weeks hit .303/.340/.421. 

According to Lee, Weeks said he wasn’t surprised by the move, but also he wasn’t short on cofidence, “I’m a star. Period,” Weeks .

Oakland is starting  at second base for Tuesday’s game against the . Newly acquired shortstop is also in the lineup, batting second, while Smith will DH.

Oakland’s Weeks is the younger brother of ‘s , who is also having a disappointing season. Rickie Weeks is hitting .322/.402/.556 over his last 25 games, bringing him up to the lofty status of a .218/.325/.380 hitter.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscn has been urged to stay in London next season.Tottenham face late competition from Inter Milan for the youngster.Former Tottenham and Fulham defender Stephen Kelly would like to see the England Under-21s ace head to White Hart Lane.”Obviously with tribe to the and .

Perfect is perfect, but Felix’s was as good as it gets


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Imagine what they’ll get for him now.No, I Pep Guardiola can be tempted back home.Font plans to stand for election at the next Barca presidential poll and is in contact with Al Sadd coach Xavi and agent Carles Puyol about quitting their current jobs to join his ticket and return to their for’m not going there. Not yet. It wouldn’t be fair to . It wouldn’t be fair to the Mariners.Besides, now that the King has written himself even more deeply into Mariners history, how could they ever think of trading him (if they ever did think of it)?

How could they ever let him leave, after what he has done — and what he did Wednesday.

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We probably shouldn’t rank perfect games — perfect is perfect, right? — but I’m about to, anyway.This one was as good as it gets.This was a pitcher so dominating that you were sure the weren’t going to break it up — and so confident that he was sure of it, too.This was a guy who had a 95 mph fastball — but mostly stayed away from it because his curve and sinker were even better.”Late and just straight down,” catcher said, describing Hernandez’s curveball in a postgame interview on ‘s Root Sports. “You can’t hit that. No human can.”That’s what the Rays had to be thinking. That’s what I was thinking as I watched. That’s no doubt what you were thinking, too.No one can hit that.Hernandez had 12 strikeouts, and I’m half-tempted to write that he ONLY had 12 strikeouts.The surprise wasn’t that the Rays never got to first base. The surprise was that 15 of the 27 guys who came to the plate actually put the ball in play.Of course, only four of the final 12 guys did put it in play. After the fifth inning, no one got a ball out of the infield.That domination was part of what made this special, but only part of it.The other part was that it was Felix.They call him the King in Seattle, but when you’re so good that you only need a first name, you don’t really need a nickname (even if it’s a fitting one).Everyone knows Felix . . . as opposed to, say, Phil Humber.It was Humber who threw the first perfect game of 2012, back in April, in Seattle against Felix’s Mariners. And it was Humber who Felix referred to as “” in his postgame television interview Wednesday.I bring that up not to belittle Humber, and not to make fun of Felix’s faulty memory. I bring it up because of what Felix said it meant to him.”When [Humber] did that, I said, ‘I have to throw one. I have to,'” Hernandez said.He was thinking about it.He was thinking about it in April, and he was thinking about it Wednesday.”It was in the mind the whole game,” he said. “It was, ‘You’ve got to do it. You’ve got to.'”A pitcher who tells himself that he has to throw a perfect game — and then does it?Yes, that’s special. That’s Felix.And yes, that’s why he’s worth so much to the Mariners — and would be worth so much if general manager Jack Zduriencik ever decides he’s willing to trade him.

But he can’t.

Zduriencik regularly says that he won’t trade him. He regularly says that you win with pitchers like Felix, with pitchers capable of doing what Felix did Wednesday.There just aren’t that many of them out there.But what if he did trade him? If he did, it would happen in the winter, rather than in July, because the Mariners believe it would be easier to create a market then. If he did, he’d want a huge return, and he’d want players back who could help the Mariners win right away.It’s very possible that Zduriencik never wacht Frankfurt defender Martin Hinteregger.It is no secret the Gunners are looking for long term defensive signings in the January and summer transfer windows.William Saliba will join the squad at the start of next season, but the Gunners want anotheill trade away the King.But if he did, imagine how much he could get back?Especially after a day likee with Atletico Madrid.The striker quit Chelsea for Atletico last January.”On a personal level, I feel at home,” Morata noted.”I’m very comfortable with my teammates, with the people at the club, and on a professional level it’s been a very important Wednesday.

Bronson Arroyo loses no-no in eighth inning


starting pitcher had a no-hitter against the through 7 1/3 innings Tuesday night. The only blemish through those 7 1/3 glorious innings from Arroyo came in the first inning, when he hit with a pitch. Otherwise he had been perfect, stranding that lone baserunner.

Then, after getting one out in the eighth, Arroyo walked George Kottaras before allowing doubles to both Taylor Green and Corey Hart, ending the no-hitter and shutout.

Arroyo has four career shutouts, with the last one coming September 21, 2011.

There have been five no-hitters this season. Four by individual pitchers — Philip Humber*, Jered Weaver, Johan Santana and Matt Cain* — and one group effort, as the Mariners used six pitchers in a combined lash with Sergio Aguero during their 2-2 draw with Tottenham.Aguero was particularly frustrated with the officials at tays while Tottenham have been mooted to have interested in the £30million-rated forward, Sevilla are now ‘leading contenders’ to sign the Polish striker in January. Tottenham have made an enquiry for Piatek with an initial proposal to take the 25-yehe final whistle against Tottenham. He had also earlier exchanged angry words with Guardiola when he was substituted for Gabriel Jeno-no. (And, “jinx” police, we posted these no-hitter watches for all five of those).

The last time the Reds had a no-hitter was when Tom Browning* did so September 16, 1988.

* – denotes perfect game

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as goalkeeper Loris Karius says a return to parent


Nationals outfielder was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday. He was designated fots he’s unhappy with Amazon’s cameras following him for their documentary.Filming for the ‘All or Nothing’ series has been taking place since the start of the 2019/20 campaign, and in November cameras captured footage of Mauricio Pochettino’s dramatin.Having been eliminated from the Champions League, Inter will meet Ludogorets in the Europa League round of 32.Zanetti told TyCthampton on Saturday.Villa are precariously placed just a point above the bottom three but victory would both boost their own hopes and drag the Saints, who have lost three of their previous four league games, back within striking distance.Nakamba sa Sports: “We’re still only halfway through the season, but we want to compete in Serie A, the Coppa Italia and Europa Leagr assignment on Friday.

Chris Perez fans flames in Indians-Royals spat


Benches cleared twice and there were three ejections in Saturday night’s – game, . The rift between the two clubs began when Royals starter hit Indians right fielder with a pitch early in the game. The Indians took exception and at least one of them was still a bit riled up after the game. Closer , who picked up his second save of the season in the game, :

Huge team win tonight; time for a sweep to tell the Royals it’s not “Our Time”, it’s . P.S.You hit us, we hit you. Period.

— Chris Perez (@ChrisPerez54) Fon striker Richarlison doesn’t expect him to be allowed to leave this summer.The Brazil international is a target for Inter Milan.”He still has a four-year contract with Everton,” Renato Velasco told Italian media. “I think there will be some officir those unaware, the Royals have made “our time” their mantra for the 2012 season, so Perez is sniping at them. According to the Royals broadcast Sunday, the entire locker room — even the players without Twitter accounts — is quite aware of Perez’s tweet. After Sunday’s game, the Indians and Royals will square off 15 more times this season — so there’s definitely potential for some more brawling. For more baseball news, rumors aidfielder Steven Defour is delighted with his move to Royal Antwerp.Defour has penned a one-year deal.He said, “Burnley never intended to let me go, but at the end of the transfer period we sat down together to find a solution. “I know that the KV Mend analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the helsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel is facing longer on the sidelines as he recovers from knee surgery.Eindhovens Dagblad says PSV Eindhoven were keen to sign Van Ginkel this summer after his successful loan.However, the midfielder may not be fit for and .