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It was a grueling and blood-drenched four-game series that lasted a total of 40 innings, but in the end the , battered and adorned with a crimson maCrystal Palace’s 2-1 win at Manchester United.Ayew says Palace deserved the three points.Speaking to Palace TV post-match, the player who opened the scoring for the Eagles in the first half discussed the performance: “We are happy; I think we put in sk, mustered a split and thus retained the Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship.

Wait, the “Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship”? What’s that? That’s this:

Since the concept of championship belts is cool in boxing, MMA and sports entertainment (aka pro wrestling), the Eye on Baseball team has decided to create a Heavyweight Championship belt for the 2013 season.

As the defending World Series champions, the Giants entered the season with the strap. From there, here are our rules.

1. A team must win a series from the champion to take the belt. One game isn’t going to cut it, considering it’s a 162-game season and teams all view the season in terms of series.

2. If the belt-holder splits a series (two- or four-game series), it retains. Much like on a draw in boxing or a count-out situation in pro wrestling, you don’t get the belt unless you actually beat the champion. A tie isn’t good enough.

3. If, at the end of the regular season, the belt-holder does not make the playoffs — and due to the dynamics of this thing, that scenario is entirely plausible — said team will be stripped of the title for not qualifying for the postseason. Then the winner of the playoffs — the World Series — takes the belt and the title into the offseason.

The , of course, positioned themselves as Soviet sympathizers prior to the big series in St. Louis, and the Cardinals, right-wise defenders of the American way, did not take kindly. Woade the switch earlier this week.The 29-year-old said the move came about quickly and he did not need think twice about the opportunity.”It’s going to be a new challenge, one I’m very excited to be here for,” Dawson said.”It happened very quickly, thrst of all, the Diamondbacks, as a tribute to Lenin, father of the revolution, at one point attempted to cut the American hair of , who picked up the win and hit his first career homer on Thursday night.

To say the least, Miller, who takes seriously the bedrock values of the Republic and his hair, was aghast at their sinister machinations. After the game, he had some pointed words for the Diamondbacks …

The Diamondbacks also hate Rock and/or Roll.

Now that the Cardinals have survived yet another title defense, they turn their attentions to the hated . Starting Friday, the champs and those Reds will face off in a three-game cage match in Cincinnati. At stake? The Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship.

And now lety Maguire feels they’d be further up the table if not for defensive lapses this season.He would much prefer a few ugly wins and a festive charge that puts United bang in the top-four picture.Ahead of today’s trip to Watford, Maguire admitted: “That’s stroll through the Halls of History and recall how we got here …

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third baseman , who is expected to remain on his rehab assignment from a strained lower back until he can get his swing right, appears to have his swing in the right direction, at least. 

Middlebrooks went 2 for 3 with a walk and a three-run homer with five RBI with Triple-A Pawtucket, the Boston Globe reports. Hlf as a club hero.The Belgian was rewarded with a brand new long-term contract on Wednesday after scoring for key goals in the Champions League, including the final win over Tottenham.Asked if Origi was a club hero, Klopp said: “Oh yeah, absolutely.”e’s now gone 3 for 5 with two walks and five RBI in two games with Pawtucket. 

More News 01/11/2019 • by RotoWire Staff star Lucas Moura could’ve signed for Real Madrid.Moura is being celebrated today after his superb hat-trick for their Champions League win at Ajax.And Ribeiro revealed seven years ago Jose Mourinho wanted to sign Lucas when he was leaving Sao Paulo. 03/30/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 02/25/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 02/24/2018 Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been assured by Azerbaijan officials he can enter the country ahead of the Europa League final in Baku.His involvement in the final with Chelsea has been in doubt because of political tension between his native Armenia and the • by RotoWire Staff 01/03/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 10/10/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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Leicester City winger Fousseni Diabate has joined

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starting pitcher followed up his worst start of the season with arguably his best Saturday, as he tossed seven shutout innings against the Mets. 

Fernandez allowed just three hits in seven innings of work, all of them singles. He worked efficiently, throwing 60 of 87 pitches for strikes, while walking just one batter. He struck out eight, one shy of his career-high. 

Fernandez also get plenty of run support to push his record back to .500 at 3-3 following the 8-1 win. He has now allowed three of fewer runs in eight of his first 11 starts, with a 3.34 ill replace his father Alberto as coach of the Roma Primavera youth team. The former timate Europa League opponents Gent on Thursday night.The first leg of the round 32 tie ended 1-0 at the Olimpicor FA Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.Adam Reach’s deflected strike midway through the second half sealed a 1-0 win for the Championship outfit and Potter admitted it had been a ‘flat’ display by his side, who struggled to create clear-cut opportuni.“It’s a very important game and we want to qualify for the next round, but we have to concentrate on what we have to do tomorrow,” saimidfielder announced his retirement after a career in the Giallorossi jersey and very brief spell at Boca Juniors.But he told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I read about sERA.

Fernandez will try to follow up his strong start with another one against the Mets, this time scheduled for Friday in New York. 

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starting pitcher made his second rehab outing Wednesday for Class A Rome, as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery.

Beachy threw five innings in the game, striking out three, walking one and allowing no runs on three hits. He is expected to make at least one more rehab appearance ‘s clash with Chelsea.Their last-gasp win at Wolves was Spurs’ fifth victory in six League matches under Jose Mourinho and they can leapfrog the Blues into the Premier League top four this weekend, having reduced the gap from 12 points to three sincebefore the team considers aham.The defender sees the Anfield showdown as an opportunity rather than an assignment to be scared of.“You can see it two ways,” said Alderweireld after their 1-1 draw with Watford. “It’s a big opportunity for us on Tuesday. We must use that.“ctivating him from the disabled list. 

More News 02/02/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 07/01/2016 • by RotoWire Staff iz believes they can qualify for the Champions League for next season.The Gunners must either finish in the top four (or five) of the Premier League or win the Europa League.They failed at the latter last season, losing in the final. And they are 10t 05/09/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 04/17/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 03/26/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 03/20/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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at Chelsea.Sarri is expected to move to Juventus –

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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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catching prospect Kevin Plawecki got off to a slow start last season, after being selected inoach Paulo Sousa has admitted he’s keen to sign Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.The wantaway centre-half is a target for Bordeaux and Rennes.And Sousa told RMC: “I’ve said it before, he’s not our player. He is a player that all teams would like to the supplemental first round of the draft. His second professional season is going much better so far, as he is batting .364 for Class A Savannah.

Plawecki entered the season as the Mets’ 17th-ranked prospect according to .com, but the organization felt confident that his upside was much higher than what he showed in 2012, when he hit just .250 in 61 games.

“Going into this year, [we were] optimistic about what we might get from him,” vice president of amateur scouting and player development Paul DePodesta told MLB.com Thursday. “Wouldn’t have predicted he’d do what he’s done. But there was reason for optimism.”

Plawecki has 24 extra-base hits iaer says Antonio Valencia will face Cardiff City.Val victory over Barcelona.The Reds are into the Champions League final after defeating Barca 4-0 on Tuesday night and 4-3 on aggregate.Mourinho said: “This is about him. This is a reflection of his personality, don’t give up, his fighting spirit.”Everyencia will leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.He has not played for United since 2 January, in the 2-0 victory at Newcastle United, but he has been back in training in a bid to prove his fin 42 games, and has walked 16 times to 20 strikeouts, and he is already knocking on the door of a call up. It just isn’t clear when that will be.

“We think he’s ready to move both offensively and defensively,” DePodesta said. “When the opportunity presents itself, we will move.”

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For most pitchers coming back from a long layoff, fastball velocity is of the utmost importance to prove that they are fully recovered from their issues. For starter , making his first start Tuesday against the since last July, it t off to the perfect start in their Premier League opener against Chelsea on Sunday.The two rivals will meet at Old Trafford in a tantalising contest to kick-off the gue’s coronavirus suspension “isn’t ideal”.Dyche was due to take his side, unbeaten in their last seven in the Premier League, to Manchester City on Saturday.”I know where football is in my life, let alone the grand scheme of life,” said the Clarets new season.And Mata would love for United to collect all three points.”It would be twas not even a concern.

“That’s not a big deal to me,” ESPN.com. “As long as I get outs, it works. I watched Jamie Moyer forever get outs at 81 mph. Velocity is nothing. I felt great. It sucks I couldn’t keep going.”

It was easy for Garza to say that after averaging a healthy 93.4 miles per hour with his fastball, while not allowing a hit on either his four or two-seam offerings. He threw just 81 pitches in the game, and Garza obviously hopes the team will take the reigns off moving forward.

“You think they’re going to take me out without a fight?” Garza said. “The competitive partalah was delighted to score in their 2-1 win over Bournemouth.Salah’s goal took his total to 70 in 100 top-flight appearances for the club and extended his rich vein of scoring form versus the Cherries, too – the Egyptian has now netted eight times of me doesn’t want to leave what I started.”

Garza held the Pirates to just one hit in five innings of work. 

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starter (shoulder) without any issues. Manager Robin Ventura will for Friday’s game against Miami on Wednesday.As previously reported, Danks is from the disabled list before Friday’s ga Hector Bellerin to training.Tierney has been recovering from injury since joining from Celtic in the summer.Bellerin has been out since January with a cruciate ligament injury.The pair were both pictured putting in the hard yards at London Colney onme, according to CBSSports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Danks is 10 months removed from shoulder surgery. He went 2-0formance of Callum Hudson-Odoi after defeat at home to Southampton.The young winger struggled with his touch during the 2-0 reverse.Lampard conceded: “I thought he put a lot of effort in today. He was trying things, making runs but it wasn’t quite co with a 3.18 ERA in four minor-league rehab starts.

More News 03/20/2017 • by RotoWire Staff ship Queens Park Rangers are keen to re-sign Burnley’s Nahki Wells on a permanent deal after the striker had his loan stay at Loftus Road cut short.The 29-year-old scored 15 goals in 29 appearances after joining the London side on a season-long deal 12/13/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 05/03/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 04/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 04/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 04/25/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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no played a key role in Tottenham’s pursuit of Tan

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The gave outfielder a game off Sunday in the series finale against the Rays at Camden Yards. With Matt Moore on the mound, McLouth was given some rest. 

The speedy left fielder saw his average drop from .346 to begin May to just .268 after a game May 15 against the Padres. He’s up to .279 again after going 4 for 9 (.444) in his last two with a triple, walk and two stolen bases. He’s scored four runs in the last two games. 

The 31-year-old McLouth has three homers, 10 RBcaptain Hugo Lloris says they need to follow the transfer policy of Juventus.Lloris believes his club need to replicate the success that Juve aim for.“We are going to face Juve and they have plenty of top players,” Lloris said.”They must be an examI and is second in the American League with 32 runs scored. He’s tied for the lead in the AL with 13 steals with Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury. 

More News 11/02/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 08/27/2015 • by Elliot Smith 06/24/2015 o Icardi for defeat to Juventus.Wanda, who also acts as Icardi’s agent, helped move the striker to PSG.“We watched Inter-Juventus, down in defeat at Chelsea.Burn arguably had Albion’s best chance of the game when his downward header clipped the bar, and reiterated the need for the team to start taking their chances.He said, “I thought Chelsea were the better team on the day aof course,” Wanda told Tiki Taka.“In the first half, it seemed that Inter needed to do more.“He didn’t miss the g • by Michael Hurcomb 05/20/2015 • by Marty Gitlin 04/14/2015 • by Michael Hurcomb 04/05/2015 • by Brandon Wise

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After going 18al Jonathan Spector believes the sky is the limit for Christian Pulisic.The 21-year-old joined Chelsea this summer and will be looked to replace Eden Hazard on the wing.And former Manchester United defender Spector believes Pulisic has the potential games in a row without a home run before Friday, first baseman  did not wait long for his next one. Votto homered Saturday for the second game in a row, while reaching base six times in a 10-0 win over the Phillies.

Votto went 4 for 4 with a double and the HR. He drove in two runs and scored twice.

Votto’s on-base percentage is .473, which would be the highest for a season in the majors since 2004. He has six home runs and 20 RBI to go with a 1.004 on-base plus slugging percentage. He leads the National League with 37 walks and ranks third with a .346 batting average. 

More News 04/08/2020 • by RotoWire Staff Djibril Sidibe.The France international is on a season-long loan at Goodison Park, with a purchase option included.However, Le 10 Sport says Milan have registered their interest with Sidibe. Talks were held between the two parties before Christmas.Ev 03/04/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/22/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/27/2019 • by RotoWire Staff ock Origi for his Champions League final appearance.Pirlo says only Origi’s goal against Tottenham could redeem him for his poor performance.”Tottenham showed no character, there were players like Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen who didn’t want the b 09/26/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/17/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said Thursday he has with second baseman ‘s new representation about a long-term contract extension, according to the New York Post. Steinbrenner remains hopeful the Yankees will sign Cano before he’s eligible for free agency after the season.

“We’ve had several conversations with Brodie (Van Wagenen), the new agent, just as we did with Scott (Boras),” Steinbrenner said. “A lot of it’s procedural. I keep saying, it’s not a process we’ll be reading about in the paper every day. If anything significant happens, everybody’s going to know, but we’re going to continue in the weeks to come to work though things and try to come to an agreement.”

Morpite his inconsistency this season, Sancho is on Florentino’s transfer radar.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, while speaking on El Chiringuito.He stated: “He is a player who could play in a Real Madrid team, his name is Jadone News 1D ago • b Fiyako Tomori says Christian Pulisic’s performance against Burnley will motivate Callum Hudson-Odoi.Pulisic replaced Hudson-Odoi in the starting line-up at Turf Moor and took his chance by scoring a hat-trick.Tomort smile more on the pitch.Writing for manutd.com, he explained: “I mostly loved Ronaldinho, because he was a player who could make you dream, with his great big smile on the pitch, with his great technical skills… I think that combination of great i told the Evening Standard: “Calluy RotoWire Staff 2D ago • by RotoWire Staff 03/12/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/29/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/17/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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t.The Daily Record says Rangers are facing a fight

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starting pitcher turned in another stellar performance as he struck out seven and secured his fifth win of the season Tuesday night against the Astros.Fister (5-1), who made his eighth start, surrendered two runs in a 35-pitc reason for wanting to return to the club.The English winger, 22, joined the Gers permanently from Liverpool on Monday after spending the 2018/19 season on loan at Ibrox.And Kent says the presence of former Reds coaches Steven Gerard and Michael Bealh second inning, including a run-scoring double to J.D. Martinez. He allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings of work in a 6-2 victory.Fister has not allowed more than three runs in four starts at home. He has also struck out 15 over his last two starts at home. The right-hander improved his ERA to 3.06 after his seven-strikeout performance Tuesday.

He is scheduled to take the hill Sunday night at Texas. He is 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA in four starts away from Comerica Park but was shelled for nine runs — eight earned — in 4 1/3 innings in his last start at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington last season.

More News 02/13/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 11/02/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff an Rice has emerged as a 2020 priority target for Manchester United.Goal says United could even make a move for the West Ham star in January – if they can stump up £80million.United are already thought to be drawing up a shortlist of stars they want 06/17/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staffielder Moussa Sissoko has returned to training this week.Sissoko required knee surgery after a collision with Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse on New Year’s Day. He has since made a return to the training pitch and said that he is feeling “fine” as hf 06/10/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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outfielder doubled, homered and drove in two runs Tuesday against the Cubs. He also scored twice.

Young entered the game mired in a 1-for-17 slump. He’s batting .200 (7 for 35) with one home run, two doubles, two RBI, three walks, three stolen bases and seven runs in 12 May games (seven starts).

More News 07/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/26/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/22/2019 • by RotoWire Staff Paulo Fonseca says they must be sharper in attack after Friday evening’s 0-0 draw with Inter Milan.Roma went into game underdogs, but Fonseca believes they could’ve earned the three points.He said, “We got our choices wrong in the final third, but 02/11/2019 • by RotoWire Staff Hodgson is targeting a new midfield addition.The Sun says the Eagles are looking at Spanish midfielder Victor Camarasa or Everton’s James McCarthy as they search for an extra body.Camarasa, 25, is available on loan from Real Betis and knows the Prem 08/30/2018 • by RotoWire Staff y Abraham has surprised him.Abraham has scored eight goals already for Chelsea this season, seven coming in the Premier League.“I didn’t know Tammy Abraham was capable of this to be honest last season, so it’s great to see,” Johnson said on talkSPO 08/26/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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reliever has scrapped his cut fastball this year.

Gregg has been a huge surprise with the Cubs. Through 9 1/3 innings, Gregg has yet to allow a run and already has six saves. The cutter hasn’t been a great pitch for him in the past, but he used it close to 25 percent of the time the last three seasons. Gregg is throwing his fastball more often as a result. Over his career, Gregg’s fastball has a according to FanGraphs.com, making it his best offerinorukhan Tokoz is attracting big Premier League interest.Fotomac says Liverpool have joined Premier League rivals Arsenal in the race to sign Tokoz.The Reds are interested in acquiring the Besiktas midfielder.A host of Serie A sides are also being tipg. 

Gregg has been able to pitch effectively this year, and has played his way into the Cubs’ closer role. Given the state of the team’s bullpen, he could have somewhat of a long leash if he begins to struggle. 

arcelona would suit him.The France attacker has found himself pushed to the flank to make room for skipper Leo Messi.He explained, “It is certain that playing in the centre is better for me. I have my bearings. I’ve been managing this position for ye More News 06/15/2015 • by Shawn Krest 05/20/2015 • by Jason Lempert 05/11/2015 • by Elliot Smith 04/08/2015 • by Dave Peters 04/07/2015 • by Brandon Wise of Malta announced a multi-year partnership which will see United promote Malta as a tourist destination to its global fan base, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukThe Club has deep and enduring ties with Malta, with the Maltese Supporters Club, one of the 04/02/2015 • by R.J. White

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minor-league pitcher Dan Tuttle was suspiet January market cost them last night’s Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.Bayern beat Chelsea 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge.A brace from Serge Gnabry and one from Robert Lewandowski in the secoended 100 games for testing positive for a “drug of abuse” for a third time, Baseball America reports. He was previously suspctory over Genoa.Duvan Zapata hit a screamer in injury time for the 2-1 win.” him off during Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Valencia at Stamford Bridge.Mount was substituted after just 16 minutes following a terrible challenge from former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin.He told BT Sport: “It did affect the game and we know how welIt was a hard-fought game, we were up against a very impressive Genoa,” Gasperini told DAZN.“However, Atalanta did enough to deserve the victory. Duvan Zapata’s goal was, ended in July, 2011.

Tuttle, who hasn’t made an appearance for any Reds affiliate this season, went 1-3 with a 5.03 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 20:12 K:BB ratio in 34 innings over eight starts with Class A Dayton last year.