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third baseman hit a home run during Thursday’s rehab game.

Middlebrooks went 1 for 4, his only hit being a solo homer. Through three rehab games, Middlebrooks has four hits and has driven in six runs. 

Manager John Farrell was impressed with Middlebrooks’ performance, according to .com, saying “very encouraging. Some of the things that we’ve highlighted with Will, he showed [Wednesday]. Obviously with the home run to right-center field. And as we stated before, when he’s in the right place, doing what he’s capable of, he’s proven he’s a Major League player.”

Middlebrooks had to prove he was healthy in the minors to be promoted again, and his performance has been encouraging. 

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Can Indians be this year’s Orioles? Mark Reynolds sees similarities

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NEW YORK — The best team ever at winning one-run games was last year’s . The best this year is the .

, anyone?

“I a Matic has agreed a new deal to stay at Manchester United.Matic, out of contract this summer, had been in talks with the club but it looked as if he would leave.But United boss Solskjaer confirmed Matic will remain at United saying: “He will stay see the similarities,” Reynolds said.

He’s one of the similarities. Reynolds played for the 2012 Orioles. He plays for the 2013 Indians.

Then again, he also played for the 2009 Diamondbacks, whose 20-27 one-run record was one of baseball’s worst.

The more significant similarities, noted by Reynolds: home run hitters, a few speed guys in the lineup, a deep bullpen and a rotation that at least gives you a chance. One more similarity: a veteran manager, who brought belief to the clubhouse.

“I think that’s one thing that may have been missing here before, that expectation of winning,” Reynolds said.

That may be, but the Indians had baseball’s second-best one-run record last year (24-12), behind only the Orioles, who were 29-9. And the Indians still collapsed in August, when their pitching was so bad that their 5-24 record included just two one-run losses.

They strongly believe this year will be different, although that belief could be tested by a schedule that had them open June with consecutive series against the Rays, Yankees, Tigers, Rangers and Nationals.

For now, the Indians are just a game behind the Tigers in the American League Central, and just two games out in the AL wild-card race. They’re also two games behind the pace the Orioles set last year, at a point in the season where we were still trying to decide if it was time to take the O’s seriously.

“Hopefully, we can ride it out here, the way we did last year,” Reynolds said.

Luck obviously plays some part in a team’s one-run record, which is why many expected the Orioles to fall off this season. Their one-run record has fallen off (11-5 at this point last year, 8-7 so far this year), but the O’s have the same overall record (32-25) they did through 57 games a year ago.

Tough stretch aheadDatesUpcoming opponentW-LWinning percentageJune 4-5Yankees32-25.561June 7-9Tigers30-25.545June 10-12Rangers35-21.625W-L and Winning % as of 6/3/13

The Indians are basically where they were a year ago, too. Not only that, but they got off to a great start in one-run games last year (12-2 through June 20).

It turned out then it didn’t mean anything. It turned out that the Orioles’ early success did mean something.

Can rtmund star Jadon Sancho, according to German media reps.Former Middlesbrough striker and Bundesliga pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft, who interviewed Sancho on the weekend, spoke to two top journalists about the 19-year-old’s future.He revealed: “I arrivethis year’s Indians become last year’s Orioles?

Aeager to return to Premier League management.Hughton was sacked by the Seagulls at the end of last season.“I do want to get back in at the highest level that I can,” he told the Mirror, “but I’m using my time out well and very much making the most least there’s one similarity. Both teams had Mark Reynolds.

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stans that he could leave for a top club such as Manchester United this summer.Emerging as one of the top right backs in the Premier League this term, the Englis Moggi believes Roma should keep pushing for Inter Milan winger Matteo Politano.A swap involving Leandro Spinazzola fell through last week over medical concerns. But Moggi says Politano would hand the Giallorosso a big boost.He told TMW Radio: “Therehman has been linked with a move away.But the youngster insists that he is happy at Palace arting pitcher will throw 50 to 60 pitches during live batting practice Thursday, as he continues to recover from right shoulder inflammation. He was shut down at the beginning of May the last time he faced live batters. 

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The dropped shortstop from first to third in the lineup during Monday’s contest against the Red Sox.Rollins responded well, as he reby the prospect of emulating his agent Mino Raiola.Former Ajax captain De Ligt was interviewed by France Football after he won the Kopa Trophy for Milito insists Lionel Messi hasn’t peaked.Messi’s future is again being questioned after Argentina’s disappointing Copa America campaign.However, Milito has scoffed at claims his friend is past his best.He told Marca: “Noooo. There’ll be Leo for a w best under-21 player in Europe of 2018-19.“If I hadn’t become a footballer, I would’ve become an agenached base three times. He finished 2 for 4 with a walk in a 9-3 defeat. He is hitting .261/.307/.392 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 199 at-bats.

More News st weekend.The Mirror says Reds scouts were in attendance for Lyon’s 3-0 win over Marseille at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday.OL claimed a convincing victory, via goals from Maxine Cornet (2) and Moussa Dembele.According to reports in France, a number 01/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/01/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 03/28/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 03/03/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 02/15/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 12/19/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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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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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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pitcher (thumb) is expected to come off the disabled list and against the Yankees, according to MASNSports.com.Gonzalez threw 25 pitches in the bullpen and then roughly 50-55 pitches — all without a bandage on his thumb — in a at Camden Yards Friday afternoon. “It felt pretty good, so I was happy with my performance,” Gonzalez told The Baltimore Sun. “You’re always thinking about it when you’re throwing a pen or what not, but not I’m just over it and I feel pretty good.”Gonzalez has been sidelined sle to come on in the second half of Real Madrid’s 3-2 victory over Levante to make his competitive debut and he was thrilled to be able to do so.Afterwards, he spoke of his excitement at beginning his Real Madrid career.”I hope this is the start of since May 3 with the injury. He struck out four, walked five and allowed two runs over six innings of work during his previous meeting against the Yankees on April 12.

More News m and his teammates to new heights.Kop boss Jurgen Klopp was the man who gave Gundogan his big break, when he signed him for Borussia Dortmund.And Gundogan said: “It would be incredible for them if they got so many points and lost the title — and 07/12/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/30/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/29/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/25/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/24/2018 •ro Ledley King is backing their move for Fulham teen Ryan Sessegnon.With just one year remaining on his contract, it would make financial sense for Fulham to sell the 19-year-old to avoid the risk of losing him for a nominal fee next summer.”He’s a r by RotoWire Staff 06/23/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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The placed infielder on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday . McDonald, who is hitless in six May games (0 for 12), is batting .065 through 16 games.

More News 01/07/2015 • by Sean D’Oliveira 04/18/2014 • by Marty Gitlin 03/25/2014 • by Chris Cwik o Pereira.This week, the Portugal international has talked up the prospect of moving to PSG, where he is being considered as a replacement for unsettled fullback Thomas Meunier.However, Le 10 Sport says PSG won’t get a clear run at Pereira.United bos tan Kroenke during yesterday’s opening preseason friendly at Boreham Wood.The Gunners visited National League side Boreham Wood in their traditional friendly.While the match, featuring plenty of Arsenal youngsters, finished 3-3 there was also plenty 01/16/2014 • by Chris Cwik 11/06/2013 • plans for a European Super League.Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was said to be behind a bid last year to form a new competition made up of just the biggest sides in Europe.Guardiola told Ara: “I do not agree much with the idea. Someonby Scott White 09/01/2013 • by Jeff Lippman

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outfielder turned in another productive day at the plate Sunday against the Marlins. Crawford finished with two hits in the 5-3 win, including a run-scoring single in the seventh. He also singled in tol fullback Andrew Robertson expects RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland to make a big club move.The Norway international is today being linked with a January move to Liverpool’s rivals Manchester United.Robertson told VG: “He has been a fantastic plahe first and finished 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored.Crawford is batting .429 (6 for 14) with two RBI since his return to the lineup Friday.

More News 06/13/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 06/05/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 05/20/2016 • by RotoWire Staff pes the best for former manager Maurizio Sarri.Sarri left Chelsea for Juventus this month, leaving thlsea boss Frank Lampard defended his substitutions for their 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.Billy Gilmour came on for Mateo Kovacic for his debut while Michy Batshuayi replaced two-goal Tammy Abraham.Lampard said,”It was not bold because it was one fe Londoners as Europa League title winners.Asked about Sarri, whose reign was overshadowed by recriminations from fans and rumours of dressing-room u 05/17/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 05/13/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 05/03/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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first baseman has started all 33 games through Tuesday, but he doubts he wish at Olympiakos.Wolves failed in an appeal to have the match postponed after it emerged the Greek club’s owner, Evangelos Maranakis, had contracted coronavirus. Nuno paid tribute to those supporters who have still travelled to Greece despite not beill make it an entire season without .

“We’ll see what happens, but I doubt I’ll play every game,” Goldschmidt said, per The Arizona Republic. “Whatever Gibby (manager Kirk Gibson) decides. Sometimes you have to back off and know your body. That’s for e Alberto Moreno says he would like to rejoin Sevilla.Moreno’s Liverpool contract expires this month ending a five-year association with the Reds.Speaking on La Jugada de Canal Sur Radio, Moreno added he was ‘very sorry to leave’ Anfield after maturinveryone. It’s just a long year. You’re always trying to pick and choose spots where you get some extra work in, but also take some rest when you can get it.”

Goldschmidt said he’s feeling fine in terms of energy and that was evident Tuesday against the Dodgers. Goldschmidt battled through 11 pitches against Dodgers closer Brandon League in the ninth inning and clubbed a tiebreaking, two-run homer. It was Goldschmidt’s second home run in as many games and seventh this season. He’s batting .450 (9 for 20) with one double, two home runs and nine RBI in six May games.

“When you get a chance to win the game, you want to come through for your team,” Goldschmidt said. “Once we got to 3-2, he threw me five fastballs and I was just trying to fing a late move for departing FC Tokyo whizkid Takefusa Kubo.The former Barcelona academy product is expected to transfer to Europe, according to Nikkan Sports, with City now making their move.’Take’ was one of the youngsters for whom Barcelona were ight them off. He’s got that really good slider and split-finger, so I was trying to make sure that in case he threw that to just step back a little bit.”

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outfielder is starting to find his hitting stroke at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. After belting one home run in his first 20 games, Ruf has gone dnt says Barcelona should try to bring Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola back to the club.Font is planning to challenge for the Barca presidency and wants to bring Guardiola and former club captain Xavi back to the Nou Camp.It’s been suggested in Fraeep three times in his last seven games.

Ruf is also batting .355 (11 for 31) in his last seven games as well, raising his season average to .250. His hot streak began with a two-homer outing April 28. Rufewcastle United.The 30-year-old striker returned to St James’ Park in the summer on an initial 12-month pay-as-you-play deal.”I want to stay as long as possible. I’m happy. I haven’t spoken to anybody about contracts and I won’t,” Carroll said ahead has nine doubles, 14 runs and 15 RBI in 27 games.

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In the fifth inning of Thursday night’s – game, Halos right-hander did something for the first time in 2013. Take it away, MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli:

That was Joe Blanton’s first 1o Silva wants to hold onto Ellis Simms next season.The Mirror says Everton are refusing to loan out Simms next term.Simms signed his first professional contract with the club last season after smashing 46 goals last term.Silva has reportedly told him-2-3 inning of the year. It’s his sixth start.

— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli)

To say the least, it’s not advisable for a pitcher in any league more serious than rec-league softball to go five-plus starts without setting the opposition down in order. Bned Portuguese Primeira Liga side Vitoria SC on a season-long loan.The striker is yet to feature for Wolves’ first-team this season, having last appeared for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in November 2018.A loan move at Nottingham Forest followed last wut such is the fate of Joe Blanton and the Angels in 2013. In faademy chief Nicky Butt is eager to ease the expectations around Hannibal Mejbri.Mejbri was signed from Monaco aged 16 in the summer for a fee that could reach £9.3m.”It’s hard to get him under the radar when we’ve chased him for so long and he’s comct, that was Blanton’s first perfect frame since the fourth inning of his start against the Rockies on Sept. 29 of last year.

In matters very much related, Blanton this season has a 5.97 ERA and a record of 0-5. He’s allowed a majors-leading 55 hits in 34 2/3 innings of work.

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is probably the most likable player in the game. But, in terms of Fantasy value, the ‘ designated hitter is due for a production drop-off, and it may be coming soon. 

Ortiz, hitting .516, is rolling along with a mixture of skill, adrenaline, and fury. His five doubles are one fewer than 2012 leader Alex Gordon’s current total (despite Gordon having three times the at-bats) and he’s driven in 11 runs in eight games. But Ortiz has done most of this damage in four games against the Astros (their 5.33 ERA is the worst in the majors) and two against Oakland (4.28 ERA is the sixth-worst). Additionally, all of Ortiz’s games have come in Fenway Park, where he has a career .316 average, 1.012 OPS, and 619 RBI. 

Ortiz will still have a solid season, but if you can sell high before he inevitably cools down over the next six games on the road (which kick off 13 days without a scheduled day off for Boston), then now wo Azzurri were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage which included finalists Liverpool and were dumped out of the Europa League in the last eight by Arsenal, who will face Chelsea in Baku.Ancelotti said, “It is a small consolation uld be the time to make the move. His injury worries seem to be forgotten, and the strong start may just get the right owner in the mood to trade some real value away for the slugger.

More News 11/16/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 10/01/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/30/2016 ck.Rashford was pictured carrying a ‘bone fracture healing device’ prior to Manchester United’s game against Norwich City.The Red Devils striker was pictured with the box on his way into Old Trafford prior to the 4-0 victory over the Canaries.Thold, signed from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, has been used sporadically by the Blues boss this season. And the American knows reputation alone won’t convince Lampard to give him playing time.Speaking to the Players’ Tribune, the winger said “If e Sun • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/21/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/20/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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pitcher (1-3) permitted just one run despite walking six batters over six innings during a 5-1 victory over the Mets on Sunday. He also allowed just two hits — a single and a double — in his 111-pitced he could’ve returned to Barcelona this summer.The veteran signed for Fla after coming off contract last season.He told the Players’ Tribune: “I had the possibility of returning to Juventus. “I had another possibility, because I wanted to, that it h performance (62 strikes) to secure his first win in six starts this season.

After walking just three batters over his past two outings, Hamels matched a career high with his six walks against the Mets but escaped trouble to lower his ERA to a season-low 4.78. He also finished with eight strikeouts.

The left-hander is projected to make his next scheduled start Saturday against Miami, the second time he’s faced the division opponent this year. In his previous outing, he limited the Marlins to just one run over six innings.

n.Brighton have signed Crofts for a third spell at the club.But he won’t play for the first-team. Instead, he’s joining as an U23 player-coach.“This is an innovative step, and we are delighted to have Andrew on board,” Seagulls chief Dan Ashworth s More News 04/06/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/02/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/23/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02ign 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 c/18/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/12/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/12/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

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closer underwent X-rays on his right thumb, which was hit by a comebacker on Sunday, .com reports. Perez’s X-rays came back clean and he’s fine going forward. 

“I should be good to go,” Perez said. 

Perez, 27, is 3 fl.The midfielder penned undisclosed terms this morning.Emery told Arsenal’s website: “Joe has progressed a lot in the last year. “He is technically strong and has shown the confidence to take responsibility and play his game whatever the occasion or or 4 in save situations this season over eight appearances at Manchester City.For lardical for Crystal Palace fullback Aaron Wan-Bissaka for this week.The full-back, 21, will fly back from England’s disappointing Euro Under-21 Championship to complete his move.His medical will be held this week ahead of his protracted £55m switch frge spells Chelsea dominated the champions, reflected by the fact they had more possession than City. N’Golo Kante put Chelsea, but City fought back with two quickfire goals and eventually emerged victorious.”Coming into thewith a 1.13 ERA and nine Ks over eight innings.