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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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outfielder and designated hitter went down in pain while running from first to second base on Monday in a Grapefruit League game against Boston. Betemit went down and writhed on the ground in pain before being carted off the field and fitted for a right leg/knee brace. 

Betecoach Ernesto Valverde was delighted with the wayLionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann combined on Wednesday night.Messi set Griezmann up to score during Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.”A lot is said about their connemit left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a right knee ligament sprain, reports .com. Betemit walked before getting injured and had homered on the game. He had four RBI on Monday and has six in his last two games. That said, it appears he will not be healthy when the Orioles head north. 

Betemit entered the game batting .194 on the spring and was expected to see time in the outfield, atas defended Gareth Bale against angry Real Madrid fans.Bale upset many of the Real support when he celebrated Wales’ Euros qualification with the controversial flag: ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.’.The backleash is still being felt, though Gigg third base and at DH for thenrikh Mkhitaryan will be able to play in the Europa League final.Tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia meant that Arsenal were considering leaving him at home.However, the Azerbaijani UK ambassador has personally assured the club and Mkhitaryan tha Orioles this season. 

Betermit will have an MRI Monday night and results will be announced Tuesday, the Orioles announced.

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The continued trimming their roster Friday by optioning pitcher to Triple-A Indianapolis. The team also reassigned infielders and to its minor-league camp.

Morris, ranked as the No. 14 overall prospectr Zielinski says Ny has returned to training.Sky Sports says Maupay has returned to training with Brentford today after being given time off due the uncertainty surrounding his future. The Bees withdrew the 22-year-old from the squad to play Dynamo Kiev in a friendly apoli must build on their second-half performance after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Udinese.Zielinski struck to cancel out Kevin Lasagna’s opener for Udinese.“We need to build on the second haign Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Soucek from Slavia Prague.Boss David Moyes confirmed the 24 year old is undergoing a medical at the Hammers’ Rush Green training ground.”He fits the profile of the player I want,” Moyes said of Soucek, who has 25 clf, which is where we showed that we can in the Pittsburgh organization by .com, was considered a candidate for a spot in the bullpen but posted a 5.14 ERA over seven games during the spring.

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T United have a deal in place for Sevilla striker Wwarned Europe’s biggest spenders off star striker Mohamed Salah.Klopp has dismissed suggestions Salah could be set for an uncertain hed a sigh of relief after Mason Mount was cleared of suffering a serious injury against Valencia on Tuesday night.Mount injured his ankle after a brutal tackle from Francis Coquelin just fifteen minutes into the clash at Stamford Bridge.The 20-year-summer, insisting the Liverpool star is happily settled on Merseyside.Asked on Friday if he thought Salah would still issam Ben Yedder. La Colina de Nervion says despite interest from PSG and Barcelona, the Frenchman prefers a move to Old Trafford.The 28-year-old is one of the most feared hitmen in La Liga – scoring he continued shaping their roster by optioning relief pitcher to Triple-A Nashville Saturday. Olmsted registered a 5.23 ERA over 11 relief appearances during Cactus League play, but did total 14 strikeouts.

Led by Red Sox’s Bradley Jr., players making big progress this spring

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is a rising star that looks terrific in camp this spring. (Getty Images)

BRADENTON, Fla. – Jackie Bradley Jr. was a non-roster prospect when he got to camp, albeit a very good non-roster prospect, with what was said to be absolutely no chance to make the Red Sox team.

Now, at least, he’s in the conversation.

starting the year on the disabled list (foot) is one factor improving Bradley’s chances. But the bigger factor is the center fielder’s play, which has been nothing short of spectacular.

“I’m just trying to be a tough out, to work the counts and make the pitcher throw a lot of pitches,” the friendly, easygoing Bradley said here Monday after going one for three with a walk.

Red Sox people, who earlier were saying “no chance” to start the season in the majors, now are at least thinking about it. He is batting .436 with a .556 on-base percentage, and looking good against major-league pitching.

“I don’t see how he couldn’t be on the team? He’s been their best player all spring,” one American League scout said. (He suggests Bradley in left, with Jonny Gomez as the DH.)

“He’s their second best outfielder,’’ another scout said, meaning behind only

Lack of experience (271 total at-bats as high as Double-A) remains the issue. But it sounds like Red Sox manager John Farrell is at least thinking about it.

“For a young kid, he’s pretty polished,” Farrell said. “He has a consistent approach at the plate, and defensively, he’s very good.”

Farrell, asked directly about whether Bradley will make the team, said, “We have 10 days for [the situation] to come to a head.”

Bradley was asked if he thought he had a chance. ‘I don’t know,” he said. “I’m here. And I’m enjoying it while I’m here. I’m excited to be able to play baseball … at the next level.”

Bradley, who played in college at South Carolina and is only 22, has impressed the club with his serious approach. That goes for even the way he shags flies. His routes are impeccable, in practice and in games.

But with only a few months of experience at Double-A, management wasn’t expecting the left-handed hitter to hit like this. 

Farrell said, “He’s hit good pitching, and he’s hit left-handed pitching.”

And he might make the team, out of left field.

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After some fits and starts, he looks like the major power threat again. The tried to pry him for Alfonso Soriano this winter. No way is that happening now. “If he carries this over, he’s every bit the player they thought he was,” one scout said.

The stat guys who love him may see him rise to star status this year. Looked terrific in Giants camp, as he’s finally turning on more balls. Has four homers, 11 RBI and a .404 batting average.

He’s been sent down but he was so impressive in spring scouts were suggesting he might even be a better choice as the fifth starter than the Cardinals’ two very good candidates, and . He has hit 97 mph and has a dynamic change-up and better breaking ball than advertised. said he showed three above average pitches. “Plus, he’s a good kid,” Holliday said. Looks like the Cardinals hit the jackpot with the big right-hander outo the team before the end of this season.Klose was feared to have missed the entire campaign due to a knee injury that he suffered at the start of the season.But the 31-year-old has a chance of being back before the run in, which would greatly improv of Texas A&M, their first-round pick in 2012.

Like Wacha, he as a first-rounder in the 2012 draft, so he has only 15 professional innings under his belt. And like Wacha, he looks like a star in the making. “Electric” one scout says of his stuff. He is throwing in the mid-to-high 90s, and his breaking ball was getting better reviews than at LSU. Also, he throws across his body a bit like , so the ball is hard for batters to pick up. “With him and Dylan Bundy [the first-rounder the year before], they are going to be tough for years,’”one scout said.

He was throwing 97 to 98 mph and wowing them on the west coast of Florida. Rubby De La Rosa, the other prospects received in the big deal with the , is also getting good reviews. “That’s one heck of a trade,” noted a scout. Not to mention the fact they excised $260 million in player salaries.

He looks primed to make the jump from Double-A to replace (and ) in center field. He had a three-homer game that drew attention, but within that game, what really impressed folks was a single on a tough pitch in his last at-bat. will make the team, but only as a backup.

He’s squaring up almost everything. He has three homers, 11 RBI and a .310 batting average. He’ll probably squeeze onto a stacked Cardinals roster, but the , for one, could really use him. The lefty swinger would be a monster power source at Yankee Stadium.

He’s made the transition seamlessly, from third base to second, and should give the Padres needed extra offense.

The former No. 1 overall pick was sent out today, much to his disappointment. “He’s awesome,” catcher said. “He’s a smart kid who makes adjustments and is unafraid. He has a power fastball and a power changeup. He has a slider that’s in the works, and a curve in the works. He really fills up the strike zone.” He was throwing 92 to 96 and occasionally touching 97. “Good stuff,’’ one scout summarized. He’ll be in the majors sometime soon.

He’s being tried in the No. 2 hole, between superstars and , and he seems to be enjoying it. Batting .500 exactly (20 for 40). Two words of small caution: Nobody has better hitting conditions (in Tempe, and between Trout and Pujols), and he has a history of big spring.

Some scoffed when the Dodgers gave this rarely-seen Cuban $42 million. But it looks like it might be a steal along the lines of the deal ($36 million, four years) now. Hitting .452 over at Camelback Ranch with Dodgers.

He was sent out after a homer streak. Has to be one of the very best prospects in baseball. Cubs are stacked at shortstop.

Good thing they made room for this guy. He’s going to give the D-Backs a great speed dimension, though his one negative this spring is being thrown out on four of six steal attempts. Batting .458. He’s been “even better” than his stats raves a D-backs official.

The highly-touted LSU product is “finally healthy and made some adjustments with his setup.” Looks ready for the prime time. Hitting .387 in the desert. Another Sox outfield prospect Trayce Thompson, son of basketballer Mychal Thompson, is a great defender with an “improving bat.”

The free swinger is batting .359 as he tries to lock down the center-field job. Even better, he has five walks and a .422 on-base percentage.

Miami has three terrific minor-leaguer outfielders, including also Jake Marisnick (5 of 11 before suffering a broken hand being hit by a pitch) and Marcell Osuna, and if they’re all in the same outfield that’d be something. Yelich hit up a storm in Jupiter.

He had a huge spring, and appears to be a slight favorite to win the 2B job over . He looked serviceable defensively but the real selling point is that he should hit a ton for a second baseman.  Hitting .410 this spring.

Looks like the money ($75.2 million, five years) hasn’t gone to his head. He and his brother Justin are thriving together in Braves camp so far. Especially Justin, who’s hitting .408.

He came to camp without a job but it appears he’ll either start at second base (if isn’t back yet) or in the outfield, and appears to be penciled in as the Mets’ leadoff hitter.  He’s shown big power in spring.

Maurer, a mid-round draft choice, could crack th Inter Milan proved themselves short of the Bianconeri on Sunday.Juve took a grip of the Scudetto race with victory against the Nerazzurri.“Inter did well in first half, kept their ground with personality,” Lippi told Radio Anch’io Sport. “But the rotation. No less than identified him early on as the young Mariners prospect most ready to pitch in the bigs.

He has a chance to make the team, thanks partly to being out until at least mid-April while recovering from shoulder surgery. He’s hitting .378 and has big-time pop. A great story, he was out of the game a couple years. Ready to emerge.

Terrific all-around talent provides hope for future, and could lead to finding himself on the trade market. “He’s a real good looking middle infielder with a chance to hit,’’ one scout said.

He’s 15 for 39, and better still, with only five strikeouts. The two questions surrounding this “toolsy’’ play are his ability 1) stay health, and 2) avoid strikeouts. So far he’s doing both.

 A terrific defender, he’s hitting up a storm in the desert. Took a step back last year, but now looks ready to bloom. He’s slowed a bit after a hot start but still has a 1.069 OPS.

He’s banging the ball so well he was considered to be added to Team USA. Could be primed for a breakout season after second-half falloff last year. Hitting .415.

The lefty hitter is wowing scouts in Cardinals camp. They don’t need him … yet, anyway.

If he’s on the trading block, somebody better pony up quite a bit. He has 18 strikeouts and only two walks.

He’ll get the Opening Day start due to ’s slow spring, but he earned it. He’s 1-0 with a 0.71 ERA and a nice changeup has complemented his bread-and-butter curveball.

 Highton & Hove Albion.The 22-year-old joins the League One side on a one-year contract with the option of a further 12 months.Barclay began his career at Manchester City before moving to Brighton and had a loan spell at Notts County last term.”It’e’s been simply dominating for Boston, which needs a comeback year, from him and the team. He’s 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA. is 2-0 with a 0.00 after an early hamstring strain.

 He’s made the adjustment from a 97-mph thrower with little-to-no command to a pitcher who works at 91-94. Has 25 Ks and just six walks in 20 innings.

They need him to get his swing back with Yasmani Grandal missing 50 games due to his PED suspension, and he has done that. Batting .457 in Peoria.

 Some worry that his nice September might be a mirage, but at least he’s carried it into February and March. The Mariners having been hitting like crazy in Arizona. (Trade pickup has five homers.)

 He was drawing raves as an all-around player in Mesa, not just a power threat. The Cubs are doing a nice job building for the future.

 Kansas City has looked very good this spring, and Gordon is one reason. His big second half suggests he may be ready to become a bona fide star. Like Kendrick, he’s 20 for 40 this spring.

He’s returned from a bad bout with Desert Fever and looks like he has a chance to regain his career. Has chance to make team. Nice story. (Last year’s nice story, Lew Ford, is hitting .483 this spring.)

Big arm. He impressed scouts early but had a rough one late. “Not quite ready,’’ said a scout.

 He looks ready to break out. Could be a nice year in K.C.

 No surprise, the Rays’ young pitchers look good. Cobb has 23 strikeouts and just two walks. Chris Archer was shipped out with a 0.00 ERA.

The two second-year players are showing no signs of letting up. Trout looks like he might duplicate what he did last year (.408 this spring), and Harper should take a big step forward. He’s hitting a point higher at .409 with three homers and eight RBI.

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Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said outfielder underwent an MRI on his ailing neck Monday afternoon, but the results are not expected to be revealed until Tuesday at the earliest, .com reports. Markakis was pulled from the starting lr Steven Bergwijn admits he’s happy winchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Vincent Kompany is sure to return in the future to take charge.Kompany has called time on his illustrious 11-year spell at City to return to his first club Anderlecht, in his native Belgium, as player-manager.”I th interest from Manchester United.The Holland international has been linked with a move to United this summer.And he told Voetbalzone: “Manchester United is certainly a great club. “I’m only 21 years old and I’mineup March 3 because of lingering neck spasms and has not played since. He said Sunday he thinks the MRI is “probably more of a precaution to see what’s going on in there and identify exactly what it is that’s bothering me.” Markakis had three surgeries last year and missed the entire poero Emmanuel Frimpong says they should move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.Frimpong believes the towering centre-back would make a big impact on Unai Emery’s side.“I watched the game against Watford and it wasn’t good. Our defence is certainstseason with a broken thumb.

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Tigers starter , in a camp battle with for the fifth staanchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan won’t rule out a future move to Spain.Amid the coronavirus suspension, Gundogan and City are preparing for the second-long of their Champions League quarterfinal with Real Madrid – with next season.Greenwood won the club’s Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year award on Thursday night. “I think it’s been an enjoyable season,” he said. “But I’ve had help from the coaches and my team-mates, so if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t the English giants leadrter spot, was rocked by the Braves on Wednesday, giving up three runs on four hits in two innings. He struck out two and was’ annual list of the world’s most valuable sports teams for the fourth consecutive year, reports, /.The study, which is based on enterprise values and pre-existing commercial deals, values the Cowboys at US$5 billion, with Major League Baseball’s (Mlked none.

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A’s catcher clubbed his his presence at a Seville festival last week.The Croatian was pictured smiling in pictures from the fesed.Newcastle are in form facing an impressive Blades tonight.Wilder said, “I am not surprised by the job he has done at Newcastle.“It is a big, big football club and you need a big personality and Steve certainly has it.“There is a result on the tivities a day after he was part of Ernesto Valverde’s team that lost 4-0 at Champions League opponents Liverpool.”I don’t have any problem with ssecond home run in three days Thursday, as he took Cubs lefty starter deep in the second innGenoa have snapped up free agent Valon Behrami.The 34-year-old Swiss international was a free agent after his deal with FC Sion was terminated by mutual consent at the start of October.This is a return to Serie A and indeed to Genoa, where Behrami already played in 2003-04.Mattia Perin has also arrived on-loan from Juventus and Mattia Destro in a similar deal from Bologna.ing. Norris’ shot was a solo home run, his second of the spring. He added one walk and a pair of runs, in a 5-3 win in Cactus League action.

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.

Report: Angels sign Bill Hall to minor-league deal

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The have signed 2B/OF to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.

Hall made 14 plate appearances for the Orioles in 2012, hitting a solo home run and a single to go with graaf says despite only arriving last summer from Club America, the Mexico midfielder is set to be on the move at the end of this season.And a move to London could be on for Alvarez, where Spurs are keen.Both Tottenham and LA Galaxy made attempts forfive walks, good for a .222/.500/.566 line. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Norfolk (Va.), hitting .246/.300/.430 with 15 home runs in 370 plate appearances.

Hall has also made more than 250 career plate appearances at shortstop and third base, but he hasn’t played the former since 2006 or the latter regularly since 2009.

He has played the role of major-league journeyman since the Brewers, the team that drafted him, traded him to the Mariners in 2009 for minor-league pitcher Ruben Flores. The Mariners traded Hall to the Red Sox for first baseman Casey Kotchman the following offseason, and Hall made appearances ager Frank Lampard wants to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga with Nick Pope.Arrizabalaga was dropped by Lampard for Saturday’s draw with Leicester City.The Englishman has become fed up with Arrizabalaga’s form and wants to sign a replacement in the summer.Twith the Astros and Giants in 2011.

For more up-to-the-minute for Eden Hazard.HLN says Chelsea are staying strong in the negotiations to recoup as much as possible from the transfer fee, and have rejected two initial offers. This is a key transfer week for Florentino Pérez.The first offer, of €100m was madenews and analysis on the latest rumors from bloggers Chris Cwik, Jack Moore and R.J. White, follow.

ender John Stones.The Arsenal-hope-summer-transfer

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“Clearly, something went wrong for (Jon) last season.” That’s how regarding the Boston starter’s disastrous 2012 campaign. But Scott says Lester remains a great candidate for a significant bounce-back season in 2013, despite the 9-14 record and 4.82 ERA (both career worsts) from a year ago. Lester is just too talentema Tyres.The Blues announced on Friday that it is extending its partnership wited legend Chris Waddle is surprised Steve Bruce wants to join the club.Bruce is expected to leave Sheffield Wednesday to takeover at the club he supported as a boy.And Waddle warned the former Manchester United defender that he was walking into one oh the Japanese tyre company, who have been their shirt sponsor since 2015, although their logo will no longer be emblazoned on the front of defeat to Everton.Theo Walcott struck an injury-time winner as 10-man Everton came back from two goals down to stun Watford in a topsy-turvy encounter at Vicarage Road.Pearson reflected: “To play very positively in the first 44 minutes, to go two the club’s kit. Instead, Yokohad to be that bad again. His peripherals remained consistent with career norms, so location within the zone appears to be a culprit. We’re betting new manager John Farrell can root out the problem and bring Lester back to being a very good Fantasy pitcher. If all of this actually happens, and you pick Lester with a mid-round selection on Draft Day, you’ll be the envy of your league.

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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Coco Crisp hero again as Athletics push Tigers to Game 5

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OAKLAND — Ah, October. That magical, mystical time of year, when the most unexpected, inspirationkeeper Joel Periera has explained his reasons for going out on loan to Hearts.The Portuguese under-21 international will spend the coming season at Tynecastle.The youngster is hoping that he can gain first team experihile Manchester United have been regarded as favourites to sign the Norway international, TMW are reporting Juve are now leading the race – thanks to their relationship with Haaland’s intermediary Mino Raiola.Indeed, it’s suggested Raiola has assuredence and prove his value to the Ual and Cinderella of stories … can deflate like a horrible dream.And so it was late Wednesday when, not long after the Orioles suffered devastating loss to the Yankees, the Athletics, within three outs of signing off for the summer … delivered another moment for the ages.

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Trailing by two runs and facing closer to start the ninth, , with eight strikeouts in four games, knocked a leadoff single. followed with a double and followed with another double.Game tied. And then untied when , one of Tuesday’s heroes, helped himself to another dose of glory with a two-out, run-scoring single to deliver a thrilling 4-3 victory.It was wild, it was rowdy and, oh my, here comes Game 5.How do you explain this stuff that Oakland keeps doing?Detroit wase clear his commitment to Manchester United.Sutton has called on Pogba to make a final decision on his future so that everybody at the club can move on.The 26-year-old has been linked with a move away from United ever since he declared he was interes three outs from winning. Three outs from advancing to a second consecutive AL Championship Series.Now, an alley fight stands between the Tigers and another stab at playing for a chance to advance to their first World Series since 2006.This ending was as quick, sudden and shocking as so many others authored by Oakland in this dream season. was terrific for four innings, and then worked into the sixth to set the Tigers up to win., , , and, finally, Valverde followed him to the mound. And all but Valverde kept the A’s in check.And then, Oakland was unleashed.

Mat Latos ready for Game 5 start

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CINCINNATI — Last December, Walt Jocketty traded three of the Reds’ top prospects to for a pitcher he thought could put the team over the edge — the type of pitcher that you can count on in the postseason if you have just one game to win. will have his chance to prove he’s that guy on Thursday.

Latos will start Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Giants for the Reds at Great American Ball Park on Thursday afternoon with the chance to send to the National League Championship Series for the first time in 17 years.

Latos, 14-4 with a 3.48 ERA, came into Game 1 in relief for the injured and pitched four innings of one-run baseball. He was 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA against during the regular season and has quite the history with the team. To say he’s fired up, one teammate said, would be an understatement.

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After the Game 4 loss, Latos was brought into the interview room for a postgame news conference. Manchester United team of the Premier League era.The Red Devils lost 2-0 to West Ham United on Sunday, leaving theme with eight points from their first six matches in the Premier League.”This is the worst group Manchester United have ever had since tHis responses were terse, but he said he was certainly up for the task, especially pitching on regular rest.

“I’m just looking at it as another start,” Latos said. “I just got to go out there and pitch my game.”

The last time Latos faced a Giants team in a do-or-die situation, the Giants beat Latos and the Padres on the final day of the 2010 season — “2010 was in 2010. 2012 is a little different,” Latos said. “It’s two years ago, so …”

He’ll be facing Giants ace , the loser of Game 1.

“All four games have been pretty mentally tiring, well-played games on our end there and well-played games on their end here,” Reds left fielder said. “It’ll be a good matchup, Latos, Cain, that’s two pretty-good pitchers.”

Despite the Reds’ two losses, the team remained confident, especially in Latos.

“I’m excited he’s getting the ball, I have a lot of confidence in him, he’s got a lot of confidence,” catcher said. “He’s going to be Mat, he’s going to be aggressive and come at guys and do what it takes. He’s pitched well for us, he’s been hot. That’s all in our favor.”

For more baseball nhe career plan.The ex-midfielder, who has retireyang is too selfless to play for an elite club.Aubameyang has been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona throughout his career.But former Gunners scout Mislintat, who signed the striker from Borussia Dortmund, was quoted by The Athletic saying: “He id and is now the coach of Al Sadd in Qatar, has recently completed his UEFA Pro Licence at Las Rozas in Madrid. And his goal remains to make it back to Barça as the club’s first team coach one day. “Myews, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Andy Pettitte to start Game 2 for Yankees

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There was still no word on what the will do with their starting rotation in the ALDS against the , but the Yankees have revealed their rotation, and it’s Andy Pettitte getting the ball for Game 2 behind , according to multiple reports ().

Pettitte, 40, came back from retirement this year to go 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 69 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings. He missed a large chunk of the season after a line drive broke a bone in his lower leg.

actually served as the Yankees’ No. 2 starter h their Manchester City counterparts over Mikel Arteta becoming the next Gunners boss, but there is still no agreement in place, reports BBC News.Arteta has said his farewells to City staff, with the expectation being that he will be unveiled on Fridthroughout the season, but all we need to do to see why managr Schalke stopper has just helped Liverpool win the Champions League, but there’s doubts about him committing to a new deal.Asked about returning to Germany, Matip stated: “In football, nothing is impossible. Currently I have two years contract with er Joe Girardi made this decision is look at the splits. Kuroda was 5-5 with a 4.23 ERA on the road and 11-6 with a 2.72 ERA at home. Game 2 is in Camden Yards. Game 3 is in Yankee Stadium.

The start Monday night will be Pettitte’s 43rd career postseason start. He is 19-10 with a 3.83 ERA aoach Louis van Gaal has questioned Frenkie de Jong’s decision to move to Spain.De Jong will leave Ajax for Barca this summer.But Van Gaal says: “In my opinion he could have chosen better.”I think he’s going to have a difficult time there, not only bend 1.30 WHIP in his playoff career.

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