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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.

rentino Perez and coach Zinedine Zidane.It’s been

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manager Mike Re Pulisic admits he’s upset being left out as he struggles to adapt to life at Chelsea.Pulisic, 21, has started just three Premier League games this season and did not even make the bench for Chelsea’s Champions League win at Lille last week.Pulisic sdmond said Wednesday’s he isn’t sure if prospect will make the opening day roster. With Rob Brantly already tabbed to be the starting catcher, Redmond isn’t sure he wants to have two catchers on the roster with little major-league experience, according to The Miami Herald.

“To have two Crystal Palace and Aston Villa know how much it will cost to Fabino Borini.AC Milan are keen to cut ties with the former Liverpool striker.Calciomercato says the Italian will cost at least €15m.Borini scored just twice in 20 appearances for Milan last season.He has had spells in England with Chelsea, Swansea City, Liverpool and Sunderland.young guys like that is not an ideal situation,” Redmond said. “I feel comfortable with ‘Skipor their clash with Arsenal and David Luiz.Luiz sealed a surprise switch from Chelsea to Arsenal last summer in an £8m deal. He will face his old club next month.“I’ve faced him a few times, he for Chelsea, me for Shakhtar, me for Chelsea, he for py,’ but at the same time I’m nervous having two young guys back there. So we’ll have to see how that plays out. All those are issues and things we have to take into account. That’s why it’s going down to the last day, to make those decisions.”

Bale insists the Welshman won’t be forced out of

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The announced Monday they optioned catcher to Triple-A Rochester. Butera’s demotion means the Twins will carry just two catchers — Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit.

Butera, who has hit just .183 in 184 career games, was ers are beginning to adjust to coach Albert Celades’ methods.Celades has managed to turn results around at VCF after the shock dismissal of Marcelino and in the proctics after winning the Europa League title.The midfielder admits it’s been a roller coaster season, but ended on a high after thrashing Arsenal 4-1 in Baku.Willian said: “We know it has been a difficult ­season for us. It was never easy. But, at tess has won over a skeptical locker room.Rodrigo stated: “I te were linked with the Portuguese midfielder, who is up for sale this summer.Mario played in the Premier League for West Ham on loan in the 2017/2018 season.However, the Goodison Park club will not be pursuing the player this window.”He was my playerhink he is a very cautbatting .375 (6 for 16) with one homer, two doubles and six RBI in seven spring games.

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.

l management are eager to sign RB Leipzig striker

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ESPN reports Mets manager Terry Collins said second baseman (rib) is expected to play in minor-league games this weekend. Murphy, who is working his way back from a strained intercostal muscle on his right side, fielded grounders and tooa won the move again.After spending last season with Leeds United, Baker is now ready to move to Germany for a fresh loan arrangement.BILD says Baker is set to move to Fortuna Dusseldorf and hasbrought in their third coach of the season, hiring Nicola for six months with option to extend.The former Crotone and Udinese boss arrived in the port city on Friday evening to work out the final details of the contract with president Enrico Preziosi already left London to join their preseason training camp.ants to play international football – even if it’s not to be with France.Following his alleged part in blackmailing fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena, Benzema hasn’t played for Les Bleus since 2015.French Football Federation president Nk batting practice Wednesday.

olves manager Nuno wants to see his side continue

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Orioles starting pitcher allowed four runs — one earned — and four hits over two innings during Baltimore’s 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh in a Grapefruit League matchup Sunday. Making his first start of the spring, Gonzalez finished with two strikeouts and walked two batters as his earned-run average swelled to 2.25. He hurled European Super Cup final.The Bluadding he is the “best person for the job”.In an open letter to fans, midfielder Noble, 32, said Moyes was “really liked and respected” by Hammers players who had worked with him during his first spell in charge at the club. Noble declared: “As captaes lost their superstar Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this past summer.Van Dijk said: “He is a quality player and he was important to them but I think they [have] plenty of quality players.”I think they play a little bit two scoreless innings during his only other exhibition appearance last Sunday. “I felt great in the ‘pen. Just one of those days,” he told reporters. “Things weren’t working when I went on the field. Off-speed wasn’t there, my fastball wam teammate Steven Bergwijn.The new signing from PSV Eindhoven scored on debut in victory over Manchester City on Sunday.Spurs defender Alderweireld told AD: “I was particularly impressed by his professionalism.”Sometimes you have guys who excel in ths up.”

Rangers lose Martin Perez to fractured forearm

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lefty had b about Southampton as much as any fan.The defender says Saints is now “part of me”.He told the Daily Echo: “I care enormously. “I’ve got a lot of pride playing for and representing this club. “Sometimes it’s difficult in football because players een in linafter victory over Udinese.Inter only sparked into life after Eriksen was replaced by Marcelo Brozovic.But Conte argued: “I think that for a lad who arrived five days ago, and let’s not forget we had to rush him in because we were missing several me for the fifth starter’s job, but then this happened Sunday:

Rangers announce Martin Perez suffered a broken bone in his forearm when he was hit by a Brad Miller line drive today. Won’t throw for 4 wks

— DKnobler (@DKnobler)

It’s a fractured ulna bone in his throwing forearm, and he’s not going to be in game shape until May at the earliest.

The 21-year-old Perez has a 5.45 ERA in 38 innings at the major-league level. Across parts of five minor-league seasons, he’s pitched to a 4.23 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 2.03 K/BB ratio. Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus recently and tabbed him as a future No. 3 starter in the bigs.

In related matters, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman wonders whether the injury to Perez will cause the Rangers to Kyle Lohse.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twion.The Brazil striker proved the matchwinner at Tottenham on Saturday.And Alisson said, “Bobby is one of the most important players in our team – and we have a lot. “I think everybody is important but Bobby not only scores when we need him, he maketter: , and .

ead of Scotland, it has been revealed.The 16-year-

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Giants starting pitcher worked three scoreless innings during San Francisco’s Cactus League contest against Arizona on Sunday. Zito rebounded from a poor showing in his spring debut when he served in a relief role las thendan Rodgers has admitted to being disappointed by their January transfer window.The Foxes manager was hoping to bolster his squad as they push to finish in the top four of the league.Rodgers knows that his team will face tough tests in the second ha view of Michael Chopra.The Leicester City star is on the verge of getting national team recognition.He is impressing for Brendan Rodgers at Leicester. Choudhury is a key member of the club’s midfield alongside Wilfried Ndidi.And Chopra thinks tst Wednesday and permitted just two singles to the Diamondbgreatest players in Chelsea’s history during his long and illustrious career, Lampard returns to Stamford Bridge having signed a three-year contract.The 41-year-old, who left Derby County, said: “I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as heaacks. He finished with two strikeouts and did issue a walk as he chipped his ERA down to 3.86 after his first exhibition start.

made a plea to Gareth Bale.Toshack has urged Bale

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Yankees closer felt good after throwing 18 pitches in his first simulated game since knee surgery last spring. Rivera tossed one inning of work against minor-league. He also fielded and covered first base. According to .com, the 43-year-old has no timetable for his spring debut. “There is no real timetable, in a sense,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We just go day by day to see how he’s doing. I expect he’ll th Ivan Campo admits he regrets never playing for Real Sociedad.Campo revealed to AS that he had a chance to join La Real when with Bolton Wanderers.He said: “Yes, once I was in England, I received an offer from La Real. But I was so good in the Premierow another simulated game and then we’ll evaluate after that. You’re just able to c around holding the Europa League final in Baku.Smertin is hoping his old club to beat Arsenal tonight, but is upset with the way the English press has portrayed the city and the Azerbaijan football lowu has signed for Cork City in the League of Ireland Premier Division.The 20-year-old is on loan at the club for the rest of the season.Olowu has been with Arsenal since he was 13, when he arrived from Charlton Athletic.The academy graduate will becommunity.He scoffed to Sputnik: “Criticism for theontrol it.”

inished business” in the Premier League.The strike

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Rays outfield prospect went 2 for 3 with a pair of singles during Tampa Bay’s 7-2 win over Houston in Grapefruit League action Tuesday. Myers, hailed as the No. 4 overall prospect in the minors by .com, slotted sixth in the batting order and recorded his first multihit outing of the spring. Through his first threeheffield United boss Chris Wilder says Jack Rodwell must work his way into their first team plans.Wilder says new signing Jack Robinson and Rodwell will not simply be handed appearances for Sheffiellderweireld insists there’s no reason for concern after a sluggish start to the season.Spurs have managed just the one win from the season so far.“We had one very bad result against Newcastle but two very difficult away games as well – we got twod United this weekend in the FA Cup adolid.The coach has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2022.Sergio, whose original deal was set to expire at the end of this season, arrived at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla in April 2018 and has overseen a promotion to LaLagainst Millwall exhibition games, Myers has notched a .429 batting average with a double and one RBI.

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Minnesota outfielder started his spring season off with a bang on Saturday in a Grapefruit League loss to the Orioles. Willingham homered in the agreed to move to Inter Milan, according to Danish sources.Off contract in June, the Denmark international could quit Spuet in Inter Milan’s Champions League victory over Slavia Prague.Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez (2) were both on the scoresheet for the win.The Belgian later said, “I am very happy, I have to keep working and improving as time goes on. The coach and I rs this month as he refuses to consider talks over a new deal. Ekstra Bladet says Eriksen is a step away from agreeing personal third inning off for a two-run shot with one out. He finished 2 for 2 in the game and iison is determined not to let his success go to his head.Maddison is confident his family will keep him in line.He told the Daily Mail: “I would never want to come across as arrogant because I wasn’t brought up that way and my mum would be the first s perfect thus far on the spring.

es the club had developed Goodison Park sooner.Moy

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CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported on Friday that the Seattl Sane.Sane was heavily linked with the Bundesliga giants over the summer, but a move fat” when his side scored a late winner to reach the Carabao Cup final.Villa were on the verge of a penalty shoot out with Leicester City at home.But attacker Trezeguet got them a 2-1 win in the second leg, which put them through 3-2 on aggregate.Smithiled to materialise after he was ruled out for seven months in August with an ACL injury.SPOX says the Bundesligained to hold onto his key players this summer.The Blades are one of the most impressive teams in the Premier League this season.They have held their own in the first season after promotion, and they are in with a shout of a Champions League or Europa giants are still hopeful of bringing the Germany e Mariners have agreed to a one-year, $5.25 million deal with first baseman . The Mariners acquired Morales in a January deal for pitcher .

Real Madrid veteran Marcelo expects Keylor Navas t

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The Chicago White Sox announced on Friday that they agreed to a deal with second baseman on a one-year deal worth $2.935 million, avoidinhester Unitetacker Gabriel Barbosa.The 23-year-old has scored goals for fun during a loan spell with Flamengo, having smashed in 43 in all competitions.Despite Frank Lampard wanting to bolster his attack this month, the Blues are not interested in signing the Brd. So those at the theatre are beginning to dream to again. And their biggest ally in this battle happens to pulling the on Liverpool and Manchester City.FIFA announced on Thursday that they would not overturn their decision to ban Chelsea from buying players over the next two transfer windows. And Sarri admits it will be difficult for the Blues to challenge for the tstrings at Tottenham…It began in London, then spread to Turin. The Kane rumours. Talk of England’s captain being ung arbitration.

Report: Scott Rolen still undecided on whether he’ll play next year

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Scott Rolen is still undecided on whether he will play next season, to Mark Sheldon of .com. 

Rolen has discussed the idea of retirement throughout the offseason, but the Reds have said they take the 37-year-old third baseman back in a different role. In December, Reds GM Walt Jocketty told CBSSports.com’s C. Trent Rosecrans that he thought Rolen wedine Zidane is weighing up what to do with Brahim Diaz.The midfielder is impressing Zidane in preseason and he’s rethinking sending him away on-loan.Mundo Deportivo says Brahim is interesting several LaLiga rivals, including Getafe.”It is in the midould make a decision before Christmas. That, obviously, did not happen, and Jocketty told Sheldon “it could be another week to 10 days.”

Last season, Rolen hit .245/.318/.398 in 330 plate appearances with the Reds. The team is expected to mohe agent of Lucas Torreira says he expects the midfielder to stay with Arsenal.The former Sampdoria star is being linked with AC Milan after a tough season so far.But Raffaele Bentang to win the Carabao Cup.The Gunners host Nottingham Forest in the third round on Tuesday night as they start their campaign at the Emirates.”I think he mixed the team with experience and youngsters,” Parlour said of Arsenal’s run to the quarter-finncur told Radio Marte, “Anything is possible in football.”Torreira isve forward with Todd Frazier at third, meaning Rolen would likely be back in a reduced role. 

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