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ran.Adebayor is joining Iranian side Tractor SC.Th

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I anssen signed for Spurs from AZ Alkmaar in 2016 and only played 42 times for the club since.They struggled to sell the 25-year-old in previous transfer windows.However, a €7million move for the forward has been agreed with Monterrey.The Liga MX teawould be wary of starting pitcher in Week 1 (March 31-April 7) since his track record against the Angels isn’t very strong. 

Holland, who will make his season debut Friday opposite Jason Vargas, is 7-5 with a 5.58 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 16 career games (13 starts) against the Angels. Last season, Holland went 2-2 with a 7.00 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in four starthis new club.The English central defender has arrived for a record fee for a defender.He will have his work cut out for him at United, given the team finished sixth last season and conceded goals for fun.”It’s a young team now and I think we’ve got bs against Los Angeles.

Oh yeah, and the start is at home, where Holland owns a 5.34 fee from Arsenal to release Mikel Arteta.City assistant coach Arteta is the frontrunner for the Gunners job after talks with club officials at his mansion in Manchester on Sunday.The Mirror says City have told the Gunners it will cost them a seven-fERA and 1.45 WHIP in 284 2/3 innings. 

i Emery says Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac are rea

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has won the fifth-starter spot in the rotation, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heymanayers were delighted to have coach Sinisa Mihajlovic with them for the 1-1 draw against Hellas Verona.Mihted midfielder Paul Pogba to Spain, it has been claimed.While Zidane has openly courted the unsettled Frenchman, local pundit Frédéric Hermel insists Pogba was never a priority for the Real coach.He explained: “Tensions around the non-arrival of Poajlovic has been undergoing chemotherapy for six weeks for leukaemia, keeping in constant contact with his staff and players via streaming techno reports.

Hernandez allowed a 5.33 ERA with 14 strikeouts against six walks in 27 spring innings. Although he allowed nearly twice as many runs as Jeff Niemann, his main competition for the role, Niemann struggled with velr Gianluigi Buffon will leave Paris St-Germain when his contract expires at the end of the month.The 41 year old Italy legend, joined on a free transfer in July 2018, making 25 appearances in all competitions for the club as they won the Ligue 1 titlocity throughout camp and the Rays didnt’ feel comfortable with him opening the season in the rotation. 

Hernandez’s grip on the role is likely to be tenuous — if Niemann finds his velocity, he could find himself in the rotation quickly. If Hernandez struggles like he did in 2011 — his last full season as a starter — when he allowed a 5.25 ERA in 188.2 innings, he could find his spot in jeopardy from Niemann or a prospect like Chris Archer.

says te full-back’s proposed £11million move fro

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catcher boosted his spring average in Wednesday’s Grapefrhalf-time of their win Ajax in the Champions League semi-final second leg.Spurs were down jaer says they’re on track to close the gap on Prem champs Manchester City.It’s been 10 years since ­ Manchester United last did a ­Premier League double over ­their rivals – and Solskjaer ­reckons that’s way to long. “That stat is not nice t3-0 on aggregate at the break but managed to score three goals in the second half to book their spot in the final. And fullback Kieran Trippier has revealed Kanuit League contest against the Astros. He went 3 for 4 with a run scored in the 6-2 win. Buck singled for all three of his hits, raising his average to .343.The 32-year-old also WORST in his new job at Juventus.De Laurentiis admits there’s little love lost between the pair.“Maurizio’s a good Coach, I saw a lot of him,” he told Corriere dall Sera.“I’m not surprised, football is no longer about icons. He didn’t win anythinhas two homers, seven RBI and a .600 slugging percentage through 15 spring games.

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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.

Yankees eye Chipper, who says he’s happy being a ‘bad golfer’

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The made some noise Monday morning when general manager Brian Cashman revealed he has some level of interest in the (who didn’t even play in 2012), (who is likely to retire) and . Obviously the biggest name there is Chipper, who seems to be the most content retired player we’ve seen in recent memory.

“He’d be perfect,” Cashman said (). “I’d take Larry in a heartbeat. I think everybody would.”

Larry! Atta boy, Cashman. Just the fact that Cashman called Chipper by his rarely used given first name leads me to believe he was kCity boss Brendan Rodgers has rejected the public perception that his 2013/14 Liverpool title challenging team was The Luis Suarez show.Suarez was the Premier League’s top scorer during his final season at Liverpool, when the Reds missed out on the tind of discussing the situation tongue-in-cheek. And Cashman did say that he didn’t think Jones would have any interest in playing.

And he was right. Chipper took to Twitter to pre-emptively shoot down any rumors:

Enough with the rumors! While I am flattered about the speculation of being enticed out of retirement, I’m happy with life as a bad golfer!

— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10)

The Yankees appear desperate for corner infield help because they are without for at least half the season and for probably arounened to Rino Gattuso and joined Milan’s youth academy when he was a child, but it’s the Rossoneri who are left with regrets.He recalled, “I was eight years old and had a trial for the Milan academy, although at the time I was a striker. “They rejecd the first six weeks of the season. They could use at third or first, so filling either corner would work.

Here’s the rub, though: Once Teixeira returns, whoever the Yankees sign will likely be relegated to bench duty. So if you’re Lee or Rolen, do you really want to play so badly that you just play for six weeks and then ride pine? It’s worth noting they wouldn’t be pursuing a first World Series ring, as Lee won it all with the 2003 Marlins and Rolen won with the ’06 Cardinals.

For mock manager Pep Guardiola.City are two times defending Premier League champions, but they are going through a difficult season under the Spaniard.They are far away from Liverpool in the Premier League, with the Champions League trophy their only realire baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Also, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

When Dodgers could spend, Hanley and Adrian were at top of their list

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — It’s easy to think that once the became baseball’s big spenders, they simply took on every big contract they could find.They sort of did, but not exactly.They did add some huge contracts during last season and again over the winter. They shocked the Marlins by agreeing to take on every last cent remaining in the July trade for , and no doubt surprised some people in Boston by picking up the , and contracts, as well.But as it turns out, Ramirez and Gonzalez were the two players the Dodgers had targeted, right from the moment the rich new owners took over last April.By June, they were already calling the Marlins about Ramirez, only to find out that the Marlins considered it a bit too early to pull the plug on their expensive experiment gone bad. The Marlins loved the idea of dumping Ramirez, but felt that doing it so early would send the wrong message (not that they a roadside ditch. The former England international was driving home from football when he became concerned about the gentlemen walking down the road.He reversed back to check if everything was okay, where he found the man had fallen in the ditch. Fosworried much about messages they sent later).By the end of July, the Dodgers had Ramirez. The A’s were trying to get him at the same time (and nearly did), but the A’s were only willing to assume half of the remaining contract (more than $35 million, throug to form.The Frenchman has struggled in recent weeks after initially thriving under Solskjaer’s leadership.Speaking ahead of boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he wasn’t playing media games regarding David de Gea’s fitness.De Gea came off with a muscle abductor problem in Spain’s European qualifier in Sweden on Tuesday and Solskjaer indicated on Wednesday he was out of the Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield, Solskjaer said: “Anthony [Martial] has got loads of goals in him.”It’s up to us now to move h 2014), while the Dodgers took all of it.While the Ramirez trade was being completed, the Dodgers were already trying hard to get Gonzalez. That deal wouldn’t be finished until late August, and would include Crawford and Beckett, too.But Ramirez and Gonzalez had been the initial targets. The Dodgers obviously had an idea both could be available, but they also believed both would fill huge needs, needs that would be difficult to fill on the free-agent market.”Look at the first baseman who were out there last winter,” one Dodgers person explained. “Did you want to end up with Casey Kotchman?”The Dodgers knew they needed to upgrade at first. They knew they wanted an established shortstop, and they knew the free-agent market would be woefully short on those, too.They targeted Ramirez early, and they targeted Gonzalez, too.By the end of the year, they ended up with both.

And while the trades didn’t bring immediate results — the Dodgers went just 18-18 with Gonzalez in the lineup, and just 33-31 with Ramirez — the Dodgers are convinced that eventually, it will all work.”I don’t think that it had enough time last year to work,” right fielder said. “But it seemed to blend as time went on.’

on.Almost 18.4 million people attended the 1,655 m

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Orioles starting pitcher got his first start of the spring Tuesday against Toronto, but he scuffled a bit for the first time. Johnson tossed a pair of innings, allowing two earned runs, including one on a one-out solo home run by in the second inning. Johnson struck out two batters in the two innings, with two hits and aJonjoe Kenny has no doubts about the wPochettino was in attendance for the official launch of the LaLigaTV event in London along with his assistant Jesus Perez and ex-Spurs and Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet.He said: “For me I was so lucky to start my career as a manager at Espanyol in Barisdom of moving to Schalke.The Everton defender is on a season-long loan.He told BILD: “The Bundesliga is a good place to play. “Young people are given the chance to play here and can show off on a big stage.”My idol? (Philipp) Lahm. He was a handyman, he could play left, right, in the middle. For me, he was always exceptional and the best right-back.” walk allowed. After the game, he told reporters that he is currently struggling with the command of his fastball. “Just the fastball command. I’ve been battling that a little bit,” he said. “It always comes around. It’s just right now it’s a little hit or miss.“ Johnson still managed to outpitch , who took the mound after him and allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings.l he wants to sign a new contract with the club. The Dutchman was instrumental in the Reds’ successful 2018/19 campaign, which culminated in a Champions League final win last Saturday.Van Dijk penned a five-year deal after arriving from Southampton i

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.

umbus Crew have announced a multi-year sponsorship

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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.

an ankle injury blew his career at Manchester Uni

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MASNsports.com reports Nationals prospect is in good spirits as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgerletico Madrid attackeross Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to give the players the hairdryer treatment following defeat by West Ham.The Red Devils were comfortably beaten 2-0 by the Hammers at the London Stadium on Sunday, and Solskjaer’s problems are starting to mount up.Aft Antoine Griezmann.The 28-year-old forward had been expected to join the Catalan giants ever since he announced he would be leaving Atletico in May.Barcelona have signed Griezmann from La Liga rivals Atletico after paying his 12y, which kept him out last season. “Great man, I feel great,” Solis said. “Stronger than ever, actually. It’s almost as if (the torn UCL) didn’t happen.” Solis has been long tossing and hopes to throw off a mound shortly. He isn’t expected to break camp with a minor-league affiliate, but it might not be long after before he resumes his career. ung was thrilled to be part of Inter Milan’s 4-2 triumph over AC Milan.The former Manchester United captain started the game on Sunday.”I think it was an incredible feeling,” Young told talkSPORT.“You could see the way we celebrated after the game “I play catch with a changeup right now. I could spin off a few (breaking balls) if I wanted, but right now we’re just kind of focusing on extension and getting out there and finding that stress in the elbow that’s going to be there off the mound,” Solis said.

a move away.The Manchester Evening News says repor

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Pittsburgh and pitcher still have not finalized the re-working of a contract. Liriano agreed to a two-year deal with Pittsburgh in December, but the deal was revised after the lefty broke his non-pitching arm in a home-related accident. “The proar-old, who signed from Southampton in July 2014, will be available on a free transfer and a series of clubs have already begun to register an interest, says the Liverpool-midfielder-Adam-Lallana-set-leave-Arsenal-Tottenham-interested.html” target=”_cessBournemouth manager Eddie Howe has planned talks with Harry Arter.The midfielder spent last season on loan at Cardiff City.The Mirror claims Arter is being chased by the Bluebirds and Fulham.But first Howe wants to sit down with Arter to discuss his future.The Republic of Ireland international has been at the Cherries since 2010. continues,” GM Neal Huntingtonchester City attacker Leroy Sane admits his injury recovery has been a battle this season.Sane has been out of action since suffering knee ligament damage against Liverpool in the Community Shield last August. “It was the hardest and longest injury t said. “We have ongoing conversations. I’m not an oddsmaker, so I don’t know if it is likely or unlikely that we will add another pitcher.”

Free agent preview: Scott Hairston

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Over his career, Scott Hairston has done two things fairly well. He’s managed to hit for power, and he’s been particularly effective against left-handed pitching. That type of skill set definitely puts a limit on his usage, and teams have noticed, limited Hairston to no more than 464 plate appearances in a single season. Those skills are useful enough to keep him employed, however, and potentially valuable in a platoon role. As Jonny Gomes showed, players with part-time power can get paid on the open market. But even though Hairston’s 20 home run season put him in a good position entering free agency, he shouldn’t expect to receive a significant pay day.

The Hairston vs Gomes comparison falls flat in one major area, which becomes obvious when looking at their career slash lines.

PlayerPAAVGOBPSLGScott Hairston23990.2470.3020.449Jonny Gomes30600.2440.3370.455

Gomes holds a significant advantage in on-base percentage, which is likely the reason the Red Sox gave him a two-year, $10 million deal. Gomes’ strong walk rate led to a .377 on-base percentage last season. That figure ranked 18 in baseball among players with at least 300 plate appearances. Hairston, on the other hand, finished the season with a .299 OBP, one of the worst rates in the league. They actually produced similar valule for PSG fullback Thomas Meunier.Everton are in talks with PSG about a deal for the Belgium international.However, Le 10 Sport says Atletico are also interested in Meunier, well aware the fullback’s future at PSG is clouded.PSG need to raise €100e last season, with Gomes’ 2.1 WAR just edging out Hairston’s 2.0, but Gomes has a mnchester Uns they’re calm about his situation at PSG.The Polish goalkeeper left Chelsea in the summer for PSG, where he has been strictly third choice this season.But agent Yves Le Mee told Paristeam.fr: “From the start, it was agreed that he had to attack the ited midfielder Bruno Fernandes has earned an award in Portugal after leaving Sporting CP.Fernandes has been named as the midfielder of the month for January in the Portuguese top-flight.He played four league games for Sporting during the ore dependable skill set, which led to a nice deal on the market.

On top of that, Gomes is also a significantly better platoon player. Against lefties, Hairston has hit .276/.325/.500, with a .353 wOBA. That’s pretty decent, but doesn’t come close to what Gomes has shown against lefties. Gomes holds a .284/.382/.512 line against southpaws, with a .385 wOBA.

It’s nearly impossible to find a good comparable for Hairston since most of his recent value is tied to his production last season. Looking at players who have produced similar value to Hairston over his past three seasons gives you guys clearly on their way out of the league. The most similar players to Hairston over that period includes Jody Gerut, Aaron Rowand and Reed Johnson. Gerut’s career ended the next season and Rowand only received 351 more plate appearances before his career was over. Only Johnson went on to play multiple seasons after his age-32 season. When Johnson signed with the Dodgers the next year, it was only for $800,000.

Hairston made $1.1 million in 2012, a number that is sure to rise after a strong walk season. But due to his poor performances in prior seasons, signing him to a multi-year deal would be risky. Nearly all of Hairston’s value over the past couple seasons comes from 2012. He’s not really a two-win player going forward, even though he played like one last year.

That makes him fairly difficult to evaluate. He’s likely to make more than $1.1 million next season, but he doesn’t deserve to make $5 million annually like Gomes. That probably puts Hairston somewhere between $2 million and $4 million per season. Due to his inconsistent performances, he should probably only get a one-year deal. Hairston could be a strong fourth outfielder on a contending team, but could opt for a better opportunity with a lesser team if it means he’ll receive more playing time.

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Rumor roundup: Braves, Rangers, Angels, White Sox want starting pitching

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It’s the worst-kept secret in baseball: the , , and are looking for top-tier pitching. And the are in the mix, too. 

The Braves remain focused on adding “a top-flight starting pitcher” before Tuesday’s 4:00 p.m. EST non-waiver trade deadline, .com’s Mark Bowman. Here’s more from Bowman, about a funny moment on the Braves’ team bus: When Braves general manager Frank Wren got on the team bus before Wednesday afternoon’s game against the , greeted him by audibly saying “” multiple times while coughing.The Braves will assess their options over the next few days, Bowman wrote, and will stay in the loop on both and . Especially Dempster, if his desired trade to the doesn’t end up happening. The Braves have also shown interest in the services of ‘s , and the ‘ , but the price tag on those two is out of Atlanta’s range, for now. The Rangers have a trade deadline wish-list, and atop it is Zack Greinke, CBSSports.com’s Danny Knobler. After Greinke is Josh Johnson, then Shields, and then bullpen help help, with moving to the bullpen if Texas lands a starter.The White Sox want Greinke, too, badly, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, but they’ll only land him if they send major-league talent to , because their farm system doesn’t stack up against Texas’, Atlanta’s, or evplayer-coach in January from MLS side DC United, reports BBC Sport.The 33-year-old forward, who is Manchester United and England’s all-time record goalscorer, will join the Rams on an initial 18-month contract.He signed for Washington-based DC from Een the Ane will continue to work hard at Liverpool, despite having his request for a transfer denied.The Belgian aired his desire to leave Anfield throughout last season after serving as the club’s back-up goalkeeper behind Alisson.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp saidgels’. The Rangers aren’t just looking to oud was on target again for France in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Turkey.The Chelsea striker was brought on as a substitute in the 72nd and took just four minutes to turn the game on its head, heading home Antoine Griezmann’s corner at the near post.It waadd to their rotation, but also their bullpen, and are one of a number of teams interested in , ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.

Cubs call up Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters

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The future is taking shape in Chicago, as the have called up toper United after the friendly win against Perth Glory.Second-half goals from Marcus Rashford and James Garner proved decisive at the Optus Stadium.Pogba provided the assist for Rashford in his first game since stating a desire to leave Old Trafford, a prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters, . Jackson and Vitters will join the big-league club in .

The 24-year-old Jackson, a late-first-round choice out of Cal-Berkeley in 2009, has hit .256/.338/.479 for Triple-A Iowa this season. In parts of four minor-league seasons, Jackson has a career batting line of .282/.379/.488 with 91 steals. Jackson is capable of manning center on a regular basis, and he figures to develop power as he matures. His biggest challenge will be to make consistent contact against the best pitchers in the world.

As for Vitters, the 22-year-old third baseman was the fourth-overall choice of the 2007 draft. This season, he’s enjoyed his strongest campaign to date: .304/.356/.513 with 17 homers and 32 doubles in 110 games for Triple-A Iowa. Vitters has improved defensively to the point United Double winner Andrei Kanchelskis has questioned the quality of the current team’s young players.Kanchelskis was reacting to last week’s Europa League defeat at Asle Rugani.Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to find a new centre-half signing for January and the Telegraph says his search has led him to Italy.Juve have made Rugani available after he’s found himself frozen out this season by coach Maurizio Sarri.tana, where United fielded a record young XI.He told Sports: “Manchester United that he should be able to stick at the hot corner long-term. But will he be able to recognize and handle major-league breaking stuff?

Coming into this season, Jackson ranked 38th on , while Vitters didn’t appear in the top 60.

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Hamels hears recruiting pitches, says they won’t work

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Recruiting pitches at the All-Star Game don’t always work.Remember that two years ago in Anaheim, the Angels made sure Torii Hunter lockered right next to free-agent-to-be Carl Crawford. Crawford, of course, bypassed the Angels that winter to sign with the Red Sox.But bring the best players in baseball together, and you can be sure they’ll try to influence their teammates-for-a-McTominay into a better player.Fernandes is getting rave reviews for his own performances since joining United in January.“Bruno can help Scott impove, definitely. Bruno is going to give us loads, definitely, and he is going to help the young kid,”day. The last two days, Cole Hamelsade-Chamberlain clashed Manchester United fans after full-time at Old Trafford.The midfielder was clearly told to “F*** off” while talking to one fan, while another rejected his offer of a fist bump.It’s not clear why the 26-year-old went to the home has heard it all.Hamels, whose locker in the National League clubhouse was next to Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw’s, insisted that the recruiting pitches won’t help.”All I say to them is that I’ve been to every city, and I know what every city is like,” Hamels said before Tuesday’s game.The Phillies are still trying to re-sign Hamels, and there’s also a real chance he could be traded by July 31 if he doesn’t sign first. But Hamels spent Tuesday talking abored PSG striker Edinson Cavani this month.The Telegraph says United are weighing up the possibility of signing Cavani – but are wary of repeating the mistakes made with Alexis Sanchez.Cavani is out of contract at Paris-Saint Germain this summer and lut how the Phillies still might be able to go on a run and get back in a race.Hamels was encouraged by the news that Roy Halladay will make a rehabilitation start Thursday, and could rejoin the Phillies rotation soon after that.”We might start a roll,” Hamels said. “We might even be able to sweep a team. Have we done that this year?”We have to get back to having confidence. If we do that, we can be the team that won 102 games [last year].”The Phillies have not swept a three-game series this year. They swept seven three-game series and three four-game series last year.