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Five Years Later: Reviewing the 2008 draft

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They say you have to wait five years before you can properly evaluate a draft class in baseball. Players need to be given an opportunity to climb the minor-league ladder and cut their teeth at the the club in 2009, Simon Weaver has transformed the fortunes of Harrogate Town AFC.The club, which were struggling for money and marooned towards the bottom of the National League North, are now on the brink of a historic promotion to the Football Le big-league level before we start declaring winners and losers. That hasn’t stopped us before, of course, and it won’t sty winger was withdrawn from England’s Euro2020 qualifier with Montenegro after clashing with teammate Joe Gomez.”We have moved on it,” said Hudson-Odoi on Thursday. “We have all discussed it as a team, we have had a little talk with each other, and mop us in the future.

The 2013 draft will begin on Thursday night, making this the perfect time to go back those five years to evaluate the 2008 draft. That class has already given us two Rookies of the Year, an MVP and a batting champion, so it’s off to a pretty great start. With some help from the incomparable , let’s break down the 2008 draft.

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— 14.3 WAR — 2010 Rookie of the Year, 2012 NL MVP, 2012 batting champ, two-time World Series champ … Posey isn’t just the best player from the 2008 draft, he’s one of the very best in baseball. The , , and all passed on him. — 8.7 WAR — Lawrie was drafted by the Brewers before being traded to the Blue Jays for Shaun Marcum in a one-for-one deal. — 8.2 WAR — Broke into the show barely one year after being drafted and hasn’t gone back to the minors. — 7.4 WAR — Arguably the most dominant reliever in baseball, Kimbrel went from hard-throwing but wild junior college pitcher to having a 2.1 BB/9 over the last two years. — 5.6 WAR — Chicago turned Hudson, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery at the moment, into Edwin Jackson at the 2010 trade deadline. — 5.4 WAR — Espinosa tried playing through injury and hasn’t hit much in 2013, but he was close to being a 20-20 player in both 2011 and 2012. — 4.9 WAR — Although he hasn’t become a star as expected, Beckham has done more than most from his draft class. — 4.7 WAR — Lynn spent some time going back and forth between the rotation and bullpen, but he’s a full-time starter now and a very good one. — 4.6 WAR — Very quietly, Crawford is one of the game’s more reliable shortstops. He can really pick it, and his offense is improving. — 4.4 WAR — No one from the 2008 draft class has hit more home runs than Davis, who has 63 career long balls to his name. — 3.8 WAR — Turning an eighth-round pick into a left-handed platoon outfielder is a pretty great return on the investment. — 3.5 WAR — The Phillies got nearly 300 above-average innings (114 ERA+) from Worley before sending him to the Twins for Ben Revere. — 3.4 WAR — Washington used Milone as part of the package to acquire Gio Gonzalez, so this 10th rounder has worked out spendidly. — 3.3 WAR — Miley was the runner-up for last year’s NL Rookie of the Year award. — 3.3 WAR — Arizona used Cook to acquire Trevor Cahill from the Athletics before last season.

Only two other players in the entire draft class have accumulated 3.0+ WAR in the big leagues: reliever (2/57) and catcher (1/10). They’re at 3.3 and 3.0 WAR for their careers, respectively. Now, let’s look at some late-round steals.

— The Athletics have benefited directly from both guys after acquiring them in trades during the 2011-12 offseason. –2.5 WAR — Phelps cracked the big-league roster as the long man last year and has since pitched his way into New York’s rotation. — 2.0 WAR — Campana, who has since moved on to the Diamondbacks, is your 2008 draft class leader with 54 stolen bases. — 1.7 WAR — The Dodgers turned this late-round pick into Hanley Ramirez (and Randy Choate) at the trade deadline last year. — 1.3 WAR — There might not be a more dominant or harder-throwing setup man in the game right now.

Every draft has some busts, and the 2008 class is no different. Obviously, some busts are much more spectacular than others. Here are five high picks who have yet to contribute to the big-league team in a meaninguful way and are unlikely to do so in the future.

— Yes, the top overall pick in the draft. Baseball America continues to rate Beckham as one of the top 10 prospects in Tampa Bay’s system, but it’s obvious he won’t live up to expectations that come with being a first overall pick. — Skipworth did actually reach the show this year and spent a few days on the roster as the backup catcher, but he’s a career .216/.279/.371 hitter in nearly 2,000 minor-league plate appearances. Yikes. — Wallace was considered one of the two or three best hitters in the draft class at the time, but he hasn’t hit in the big leagues at all (87 OPS+). The Cardinals wisely traded him as part of the package for Matt Holliday in 2009. — Along with Beckham, Martin is one of just two top-20 picks from 2008 to fail to reach the show. He has a 4.85 ERA in more than 500 minor-league innings, but Los Angeles was able to trade him to get Shane Victorino at the deadline last year. — Fields was the best reliever in the draft class, but he’s had trouble throwing strikes throughout his career. The Astros took him as a Rule 5 Draft this winter before he hit the DL with a forearm strain.

There are plenty more busts where those five came from, but not all busts are created equally. Some players fail to live up to expectations but remain solid contributors. Are they disappointments? Sure. Are they still useful players? Definitely.

— The 4.9 WAR has a lot to do with playing time — Beckham leads 2 Brann.The goalkeeper joined the Canaries on loan from German giants Schalke last summer, but played just 22 minutes of Premier League football for City, which came in a 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in September.Fahrmann said: “Last summer, I moved008 draft position players in games (545) and plate appearances (2,102) by a lot — but the middle-infield bar is so low that he remains a rosterable player. — 2.0 WAR — Matusz tried and failed as a starter, then tried and failed again. And one more time after that. He has settled in as a very good lefty reliever. — 1.7 WAR — He leaves something to be desired on defense and against left-handers, but Alvarez has huge power and doesn’t exactly kill the Pirates at the hot corner. — 1.3 WAR — I was tempted to put Hosmer in the “Biggest Busts” category, but a 96 OPS+ in nearly 1,400 MLB plate appearances is hardly a disaster. — 0.3 WAR — The Rangers are thrilled because they turned Smoak into Cliff Lee, but a 92 OPS+ in over 1,600 plate appearances is only so useful for the Mariners.

Finally, let’s look at the players who got away. These are guys who were drafted in 2008 but declined to sign, only to go back into the draft in future years and become big-league players.

— 6.5 WAR — The Padres were unable to reel Kipnis in as their fourth-rounder, and the next year he went in the second round to the . — 2.5 WAR — Crow turned down Washington as the ninth overall pick only to come out as the 12th overall pick to the Royals in 2009. — 1.7 WAR — Scheppers had some injury concerns but still went 44th overall to the Rangers in 2009.

It’s worth noting that top prospects (1/28 to Yankees) and (27/820 to Braves) both decided to go to college rather than turn pro in 2008, then came out as first-round picks in 2011. Cole went first overall to the Pirates, Rendon sixth to the Nationals. They’re the ultimate “ones who got away.”

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second baseman had his third home run of the season Wednesday against the Orioles. 

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Altuve took a Steve Johnson changeup to left field for a solo home run. Altuve added a single and scored two runs. He is hitting .297/.335/.397 in 232 at-bats.

More News 03/06/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/05/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/03/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/25/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 10/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff ports to the club on Alphonso Davies.The 19-year-old signed for Bayern Munich from Vancouver Whitecaps last summer.He has emerged as one of the club’s brightest stars over 27 appearances this season.Alvial told the Manchester Evening News: “It was my 10/16/2019 s after victory over Aston Villa.With league leas he’ll always be available to Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for advice.Guardiola has revealed his former assistant’s “struggles” since taking over at the Emirates before Christmas, but insists Arteta has been outstanding in just a matter of weeks iders Liverpool in action on Sunday afternoon, City closed the gap atop the Premier League table – if only temporarily – but De Bruyne dismissed suggestions of early advantages in the title race.“T • by RotoWire Staff

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As a backup catcher, the ‘ doesn’t get much attention in Fantasy, but since starter Carlos Ruiz strained his hamstring May 19, Kratz is batting .310 (13 for 42) with five homers in 13 games.

He wasn’t nearly as good when Ruiz was serving a 25-game suspension to open the season, but this latest run isn’t the first time he’s opened eyes in Fantasy. As a fill-in for Ruiz in the second half last year, he had a 25-game stretch in which he hit .271 with six home runs. He faded into obscurity soon afterward, but the attentive Fantasy owner got some benefit out of it.

I’m not suggesting you should drop a legit option like Jason Castro or J.P Arencibia for Kratz, but if you’ve been trying to make do with a Tyler Flowers or Alex Avila at catcher, consider riding the hot Andrew Robertson is being hurt by Scotland’s lack of quality. Redknapp last night highlighted how the Scotland captain had struggled to impose his usual game during his country’s Euro 2020 qualifying defeats to Russia and Belgium in the last internathand instead.

More News 12/20/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/08/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/07/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 05/31/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 05/16/2019 start of the season at Liverpool due to injury.The Mirror says the midfielder has returned to Liverpool with his Africa Cup of Nations dream in tatters, after aggravating groin and thigh injuries during a brief appearance for his country Guinea.Reds • by RotoWire Staff me to signing Barcelona star Leo Messi and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo.Wenger revealed how Arsenal missed out on Ronaldo and Messi during his time at the club.When asked if he ever tried to sign Ronaldo, Wenger explained: “Yes, you have to l 05/13/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com Friday he has considered sending outfielder to the minors to work on his swing in a stress-free environment for about a week or two. Upton has missed his second straight game and the fifth of the last seven. He is hitting .116 in his last 14 games. Gonzalez wants to have Upton back in the lineup soon.”I’m a believer that to get ng a £450,000 a week deal.City want to keep him out of the clutches of Real Madridcampaign without two of their best attacking players.Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are currently preparing for the African Cup of Nations with their countries.Given both players kept going until the Champions League final on June 1, they have gotten v, says the Daily Express.The Spanish giants are keeping tabs on Sterling, who has been transformed into one of the best players in for a move to Spain, it has been revealed.Mbappe is expected to attract a record bid from Real Madrid next summer amid claims in Spain of personal terms having already been struck.And L’Equipe says Mbappe is already preparing for the move by taking the world by Pep Guardiola.It was onout of the funk, you have to play,” Gonzalez said. “There’s not a magic number or anything like that. The thing you feel good about is, the guy works hard. I think if you spend too much time not playing, when you put him in there, it might be even worse, because all of a sudden, he hasn’t seen live pitching.”

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manager Davey Johnson told Comcast SportsNet Washington that outfielder is still hobbling and is against the Braves. He has missed the last five games with a knee injury and could become a candidate for the 15-day disabled list. Harpe that Chelsea needs him to become their next manager.Derby boss Lampard is expected to replace Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.And former Manchester United defender Ferdinand has advised his friend to take the job.”They should do it! I think he wilr hit .313 (5 for 16) in his last four games before being hurt.

More News couldn’t turn down the Newcastle United job.Bruce has now bossed bitter rivals in Birmingham, Sheffield and the North East.He said: “My dad used to say I am mad full stop. It is just the way it has worked out. I have worked in three cities for riv 03/10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff t Luis Rubiales says current leaders Barcelona won’t be handed the title if the 2019/20 season cannot be completed by June 2030 due to the coronavirus outbreak.LaLiga was suspended last week with 11 games left on the calendar due to the worsening cor 03/10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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Coming into the season, the ‘ ranked high on my list of setup men who could become closers midseason. Now, with Chris Perez sidelined by right shoulder soreness, his time has come.

So why am I not rushing to pick him up? He’s not altogether himself. Having just returned from a DL stint for a sore right elbow, his fastball is reacmo.The Spaniard was one of the shining lights for his nation at the Under-21 European Championships this summer.The former Barcelona academy player is currently with Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.He managed 12 goals and nine assists for the club last seashing only the high 80s, about 4-5 mph lower than usual. And considering he allowed four earned runs over an inning of work last time out, he’s missing that velocity.

Of course, two of his first three appearances off the DL were scoreless, so perhaps other factors contributed to his struggles Saturday. But a pitcher still working up to midseason form might not find himself fastGary Neville says he would “run a mile” to become Manchester United manager.Neville spent four months in charge of Valencia in his one and only managerial role.In a Twitter Q&A on Sunday night he was asked by one fan: “If the opportunity ever arose would you take the United managerial role?”Neville replied: “That call isn’t coming and if it did I would run a mile.” enough to take advantage of whaut Ozil say he’s always being made the scapegoat for the team’s failures.The midfielder, who is on a contract worth £350,000 per week at the Emirates Stadium, has been frozen out by manager Unai Emery and has made just two appearances this season. “t could end up being a minimal DL stay.

The only way I pick up Pestano is if he’s the only option for saves on the wire.

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The ley for the rest of the League One season.The 21-year-old spent the second half of last term on loan in the third tier with Sunderland, having previously played 14 times in a spell at Hearts.Dunne is yet to play a first-team game for Burnley but has will stick with in the rotation , the Los Angeles Times reports.

Blanton has been atrocious for the Angels, as he owns a 5.94 ERA and has Frank Lampard.Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League after 11 games and are well placed to progress from their Champions League group in the first season of Lampard’s tenure at Stamford Bridge.”He is a coach that was, and he is a legend in the clubserved up 100 hits in 63 2/3 innings. However, the club will instead boot Jerome Williams and his 2.58 ERA and 2.4 K/BB after one more start. No matter how undeserved, Blanton has some job security, at an Moss during Sunday’s defeat at Sheffield United.Cherries midfielder Dan Gosling says Moss showed “zero respect” and was a “disgrace” for making “sarky comments” about their league position.Bournemouth are 16th in the table, two points above the releast in the short term.

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closer bounced back Wednesday from two blown saves with a 1-2-3 inning to secure a 2-1, extra-inning win over the Giants.

Soriano needed 17 pitches for a perfect 10th inning, a night after he blew a save chance. He retired all three batters he faced on fly balls for his 13th save of the season.

Soriano has 13 saves in 16 opportunities with a 3.00 ERA in 21 innings. 

More News 03/18/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 02/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 02/28/2016 d want to turn London Stadium into a fortress.The Hammers defeated Norwich City on Saturday in their second home game after losing to Manchester City on opening day.”I have always said that West Ham have the quality to play against any rival,” he tol • by RotoWire Staff 09/01/2015 • by Jason Lempert 08/18/2015 • by Sean D’Oliveira 08/05/2015 • by Michael Hu United assistant coachilliam Saliba.RMC says Arsenal are not giving up on signing Saliba having seen Tottenham take the lead in their transfer race over the weekend.Spurs muscled in on the Gunners’ prospective deal for the St-Etienne defender by offering £27m (€30m) pl Michael Carrick insists their young players are good enough to make it at Old Trafford.Carrick won every major trophy as a United player including the Champions League and five Premier League titles.”All those great players frrcomb

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Twins option opening-day starter Vance Worley to Triple-A

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After allowing eight runs to the Braves on Wednesday and seeing his 2013 ERA swell to 7.21, right-hander was optioned to Triple-A Rochester. This is especially notts there’s frustration after defeat to Barcelona.The result sees Inter dumped to the Europa League.“We failed to score in the second half, although we had the chances. We knew Barcelona were dangerous on the counter, we got stretched out and it wouable since the 25-year-old Worley was the Twins’ opening-day starter this season.

Of course, the decision is understarpool U18 manager Barry Lewtas says the club will take another big step forward with the opening of their new training ground in Kirkby.Lewtas says the move will be hugely beneficial for him and his side as the young players coming through the systemndable, as Worley, whom the Twins acquired from the Phillies as part of the Ben Revere trade last December, is striking out just 4.62 batters per nine and has given up nine home runs in 48 2/3 innings of work. This season, he’s also logged just three quality starts in 10 chances.

e has no regrets over his tough spell with Newcastle United.Doumbia appeared only three times for Newcastle during the 2015-16 season.But the FC Sion striker told the Evening Chronicle: “I was confident because looking back at the seasons before, I uThe team has not yet made a corresponding roster move.

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third basemen was able to shake off an ankle injury Saturday night against the Mariners. Donaldson appeared to twist his ankle while trying to stretch a double into a single in the ninth inning. However, he remained in the game and told reporters afterwards that he is fine. Donaldson finished 2 for 4 with a home run and one RBI in the 4-3 win. He is hHoffenheim are ready to push through a deal for Brighton striker Jurgen Locadia.TSG are in the market for a late striker signing after losing Andrej Kramaric to injury and the rejection of Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg.AD says Hoffenheim are now seeking to close terms for Locadia.TSG coach Alfred Schreuder is driving the move for his fellow Dutchman.The Bundesliga club would favour a loan arrangement.ier the right backroom team is crucial to their plans to revive the club.Arteta believes the backroom staff at the club make a huge difference, and has praised the influence they can have on the players.”The staff are very, very important,” he said. “tting .265 (9 for 34) with two home runs and five RBI over the last 10 games.

More News 03/20/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/15/2020 • by RotoWire Staff istiano Ronaldo while playing for Manchester United.The 33-year-old won four Premier League titles and the Champions League in his eight seasons at United between 2007 and 2015.Speaking to Tribuna Expresso, Nani said: “No. I never felt in the shadow 11/14/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 11/04/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 10/10/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 10/03/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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VIDEO: Bryce Harper gets long-distance ejection

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says there’s no excuses after their 3-0 home humbling by Brighton.The Seagulls are off to the best possible start thanks to an Abdoulaye Doucoure own goal and second-half efforts from substitutes Florin Andone and Neal Maupay.Gracia said: “I think | | | |

The scene: First inning, -Pirates,  at the dish, called strike on appeal. Take it away, third-base ump John Hirschbeck …

OK. Presumably, the excitable Mr. Harper said something both loud and naughty, no? Well, here’s Hirschbeck’s play-by-play, courtesy of this pair of tweets from Adam Kilgore of thChelsea are prepared to offer Tammy Abraham a new contract.The 21-year-old scored twice in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Norwich City, his first goals for the club.Abraham currently earns £50,000-a-week with the Blues.The Telegraphsays Chelsea are willing to double those wages.Fellow youngster Mason Mount, who also scored against the Canaries, recently signed an extension worth £77,000-a-week.e Wasmanager Marco Silva.Brands revealed that he is negotiated a contract extension for star forward Richardson. And in the only direct reference to Silva’s hugely pressured position, he said the manager had to perform.”We know in sport, as always, you hahington Post …

John Hirschbeck on Harper: “I didn’t like that he put his hands up with the bat. That’s kind of what I yelled at him.” …

— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP)

Hirschbeck said he was “being nice” letting Harper stay in the game. And then when he slammed his bat and helmet, “I had no resource.” …

— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP)

Sure, sure, better decorum on Harper’s part is perhaps in order, but a thicker skin on Hirschbeck’s part is most assuredly in order. Maybe it’s a matter of perception, but umpiring sensibilities seem a bit too delicate these days.

Mr. Hirschbeck, no one — save for your co-religionists in blue — particularly cares what you like or don’t like.

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shortstop had a productive night at the plate in Wednesday’s series finale against the Giants. He went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI in the 9-6 loss. The 28-year-old hit a three-run homer off starter Tim Lincecum in his first at-bat for his first long ball of the year. He doubled home Eric Chavez in the sixth inning. Pennington has collected at least one hit in four straight games and has gone 6 forw club for Eliaquim Mangala.City have granted the Frenchman a free transfer, but he remains on the books at the Etihad.A return to Porto fell through last month and City are eager to move him on.Mangala still has a year to run on his current deal, th 13 (.462) during that stretch.

More News 06/04/2019 • by RotoWio a move to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.The Serbian star was with the Portuguese manager at Chelsea and Manchester United and helped him win the Premier League title in 2015. The footballer’s recent social media activity suggests it is something he woure Staff 05/20/2019 • by RotoWire Staff fielder Idrissa Gueye.The London Evening Standard says United retain an interest in Gueye this summer.The Everton midfielder has established himself as one of the best ball-winning midfielders in world football since arriving at Goodison Park three s 04/05/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 02/15/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 05/19/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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starting pitcher fell below ung centre-back enjoyed a successful spell on loan over the past 18 months with Aston Villa, who want to bring him back in a permanent deal.However, the 21-year-old wants to try and break into the first-team at United.The Sunsays manager Solskjaer wi.500 Wednesday against the Mariners in his worst start of the season. Chen fell to 2-3 on the season in an 8-3 loss.

Chen lasted just four innings in his shortest start of the season. He allowed five earned runs on eight hits and three walks, including a two-run home run in the fourth innrighton boss Graham Potter.The Australian tops the Premier League charts for most short passes.He said: “I think it is an asset that you have as a goalkeeper, which is only going to help you, definitely with the direction the game is going.”We work hing that essentially ended his night. He allowed runs in three of his four innings. Chen did manage to strike out six batters, a season high.

This was the first time in six starts that Chen allowed more than three earned runs. He still has a 3.50 ERA in 36 innings of work, with 22 strikeouts and 12 walks. He has a 1.19 WHIP.

Chen is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday to open a series against the Royals. He will try to get back on track against a team that scored nine runs in 10 2/3 innings against him a year ago. 

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Stephen Strasburg being treated for forearm tightness

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ace turned in a quality start against the rival on Monday night, but now he’s receiving treatment for forearm tightness. MASN’s Dan Kolko tweets that . Manager Davey Johnson told reporters . Consider igning Bruno Fernandes has hit it off with Anthony Martial.The two have not only developed an understanding on the pitch, but they appear to be good friends off it as well.Their camaraderie was evident during their clash with Manchester City.Fernandethe situation to be developing.

Whs trolled Heung-min Son after his match-winning performance against Aston Villa.Son scored twice, including a last-gasp winner, to secure a 3-2 win for the visitors.But after the game, Mourinho decided to wind-up the South Korean during a post-match ile there’s no indication that this is anything serious, it of course bears mentioning that Strasburg underwent Tommy John surgery in September 2010. Last season — his first full season since the procedure — Strasburg was handled carefully and even shut down well in advance of the postseason.

In 2013, the 24-year-or Lucas Moura believes that Jose Mourinho is the man to help them win trophies.Spurs are desperate to end their 11 year silverware drought this season.Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino recently, after the Argentine manager lost his job due to poold right-hander has pitched to a 3.10 ERA in six starts. For his career, Strasburg owns a 132 ERA+, 1.09 WHIP and 4.55 K/BB ratio across parts of four seasons.

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Making his first start since April 7, pitcher turned in a solid outing on Saturday against the Rangers. He worked five scoreless innings, giving up five hits while striking out three in a 7-2 win. The 24-year-old threw 52 of his 80 pi has admitted his admiration for manager Frank Lampard.Tomori is among those Chelsea youth team players who finally got a chance to shine in the first team under Lampard this season.He has grabbed his opportunities in central defence, and is now constches for strikes and lowered his ERA from 3.48 to 2.35.Hernandezo Vlasic.The Liverpool Echo says Vlasic has spent this season on loan with CSKA and has impressed with eight goals and seven assists, including a strike against Real Madrid in the Champions League.Trised at the recent comments made by Danny Rose about his future at the club.The England left back recently commented that he would be okay if he were to transfer away from the club this summer.”It’s not about regular first-team football. I know my ahe Croatian international asked for a move away from also walked one while collecting his first major-league win. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Indians.