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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. 

More News Sean and Matty Longstaff.The duo have been in negotiations with managing director Lee Charnley and their representatives for a number of weeks now, with 19-year-old Matty’s contract the more pressing contract of the two deals, says the Evening Chron 01/11ousa Dembele says former Tottenham teammate Gareth Bale will be a big success in China.Real Madrid attacker Bale is set to join Jiangsu Suning.Dembele, who moved to Guangzhou R&F in January this year, insists Bale will comfortably fit in playing /2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/30/2018 striker Joshua King has tipped Eddie Howe to become England manager.King was full of praise for Howe, who has managed to establish the Cherries as a Premier League club after taking them up from League One.Speaking to Four Four Two, King said: “Eddi • by RotoWire Staff 02/25/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 02/24/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 01/03/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 10/10/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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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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The released outfielder Monday. Francisco, who hit .114 in 21 an interview, he revealed that he has been aware for some timoss Frank Lampard is adamant the squad is strong enough, despite their transfer ban.Lampard insists he does not need to strengthen his squad before the new Premier League season.The Blues are banned from signing players during the next two transfer we that the former Barcelona man is unsettled.”I knew that he wanted to believes his qualities can fit into manager Jose Mourinho’s system.The France international admits he’s a changed character when on the pitch.He told Foot Mercato: “I am a player who is crazy. “I have a certain carelessness. Maybe it’s due to my age go before the Copa America, but it’s a topic between the club and Neymar,” Tuchel told RMC Sports.”It’s all clear betwgames, was designated for assignment May 26 to clear a roster spot for pitcher David Huff.

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manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com Sunday that pitcher will not be removed from the starting rotation despite his recent struggles. Using Lincecum as a reliever would be “Plan C,” Bochy said.

However, a team source told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Sunday that Lincecum would be moved to the bullpen “,” if the club had a suitable replacement for him in the rotation. Lincecum is 1-4 with a 6.37 ERA in his last six starts.

More News 06/05/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/02/2018 • by RotoWire Staff ondon for the foreseeable future with the in-form Frenchman aiming to secure a new contract at Chelsea.”Yes. Yes. Y Aston Villa wanted to sign him last week.Kalou revealed the move emerged via Villa assistant manager John Terry, his former Chelsea teammate.”My good friend John Terry called me. He is an assistant there. At Chelsea he was my captain. I wanted to pleah, of course,” he told the Evening Standard. “There are a few months to go, games to win and maybe another trophy, and after, you kno 05/28/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 05/19/2018 was an overdue win for them against Manchester United on Sunday.The Hornets were 2-0 victors at home in a game that could kick-start their season under new boss Nigel Pearson.They were impressive last time around against Liverpool, but didn’t get a • by RotoWire Staff 05/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 05/08/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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catcher took 15 swings off a tee before Saturday’s game against the Rockies and told the Orange County Register he was with how his oblique injury responded. Ellis is not in the starting lineup Saturday but appears to be making progress and might not require a trip to the disabled list. Ellis took his last five swings with maximum effort and will likely try to take batting practice Sunday. 

More News 02/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/07/20veals that he was keen to sign for Potter after playing against his Swansea side last season when he was still at Bristol City.He told the Mirror: “I played against Swansea and his team last year, I was playing in a good footballing team but Swanse18 • by RotoWire Staff 06/24/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 05/27/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 05/03/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 04/30/2018 outbid Celtic in the £1.5million race for young Hearts left-back l James.Sissoko clashed with James this week in China as Spurs lost to Manchester United.However, the France international insisted on RMC: “When we play football, there is always fighting with the opponents. “You try to be better than him and to havHickey.The Eagles are happy to buy the versatile 17-year-old, who can also play in central midfield, then loan him back to the Tynecastle club for the rest of the season.Celtic also fa • by RotoWire Staff

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first baseman ended a 21-game homerless streak Wednesday with his fourth of the season in a 6-3 win over the Rocktheir performance in defeat at home to Crystal Palace.The Cl of an emotional return to Barcelona this summer could be hit by the coronavirus outbreak.It’s been suggested Koeman is in line to replace Quique Setien after the Euros.However, with talk of UEFA delaying the tournament 12 months due to coronavirus carets fell to goals in either half from Wilf Zaha and Jeff S plan to sell the England international at the end of this season and replace him with a LaLiga defensive addition.Villarreal stopper Pau Torres is City’s No1 target.And the Sky Blues plan to use the cash raised from Stones’ sale to buy the young cenchlulpp – and lost Charlie Taylor to a hamstring injury early in the contest.“Frustration is the right word because I wasn’t oies. It was Pena’s only hit in the game, though he did add a walk.

Pena is batting .232 on the season, with four home runs and 13 RBI in 168 at-bats.  

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designated hitter hit his 12th hoGuardiola says there was no chance of easing off from their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.City were 5-0 up inside 18 minutes against Watford and looked on course to break Manchester United’s Premier League record 9-0 win against Ipswich in 1995.Instead thme run of the season Sunday in the first inning against the Marlins. Dunn took Alex Sanabia deep for a two-run shot. 

Dunn fis again spoken of how close he came to joining Manchester United.The Villarreal hero was regarded as one of the world’s best holding midfielders at one stage and attracted interest from Sir Alex Ferguson as the legendary Scot was rebuilding his Unitenished the game 1 for 4 with two strikeouts and is batting .159 on the year. He’s gone just 10 for 44 (.227) over his last 12 games, but does have six homers and 15 RBI over that span with 18 strikeouts.  admits he didn’t want Vincent Kompany to shoot ahead of the Belgian’s winner against Leicester City on Monday night.The City captain’s long-range strike gave his side a 1-0 win, meaning they will retain their Premier League title if they beat Bright

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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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The are  reliever when Tom Gorzelanny comes off the disabled list, .com reports.

No move has officially been made, but Gorzelanny is expected to be activated before Friday’s game. Burgos had a 6.44 Edfielder Reinier has completed his transfer from Brazilian club Flamengo to Madrid haenal have offloaded Japanese striker Takuma Asano to Partizan Belgrade for £1million.Asano has signed a three-year deal with Partizan, as reported by The Sun, with the fee split into three separate installments. The Japanese attacker joined the Gunnving turned 18 years old, and will move to Spain after representing his country at this month’s South American 2020 Olympic Games qualifying tournament.The Brasilia-RA over 29 innings (six starts), with 10 of his 21 earned runs coming in a May 11 disaManchester United have turned their attention to Fernando Llorente.The Spaniard is a free agent after being released by Tottenham.The Daily Mail says United are close to agreeing terms with Llorente.The 34-year-old is being brought in as cover for Romelu Lukaku.Inter Milan and Juventus are in talks to sign the Belgium international.ster against Cincinnati. It is unclear who will take his spot in the rotation.

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The have placed reliever on the disd ahead of Manchester United in the battle for Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes.Real Madrid are also in contact with Sporting, though it’s Spurs which are regarded as favourites, says Record.Spurs made a €60m offer last week, which was turnedabled list with a sprained toe, the club announceue title this season.He took Liverpool on for the first time as Tottenham boss on Saturboss Chris Wilder is ready to send Ravel Morrison away on-loan.The Sun says the ex-Manchester United babe has been at the club for months but is yet to crack the first-team squad.Morrison, 26, could be loaned out or even released, with several Champiday, and came out second best as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds ran out 1-0 winners.After the match Mourinho was asked whether he thinks Liverpool will win the title this sead.Camp has been horrid this season, as he has allowed 26 hits and 14 runs over 16 2/3 innings. He allowed a run in four of his six outings in May and allowed a baserunner in five of the six.

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reliever hasn’t allowed a run since April 24.

Rosenthal didn’t get off to a great start but has thrown 9 2/3 scoreless innings over 11 appearances since April 24. He has added 15 strikeouts over that period. Rosenthal has mainly been used in a high-leverage setup role this year. 

More News 04/10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/25/2020 9 shirt.The Ukraine coach says the Pole deserves it.Sheva said, “He made a great impact and now it’s right that Kris also takes responsibility for such an important shirt.“It’s not just a matter of wearing certain shirts. The history of Milan its • by RotoWire Staff and in a foreign land. But Raul Sanllehi, after so many years being kept away from the spotlight, is finally receiving the public appreciation he deserves.Kings of the summer market? It’s hard to argue otherwise. Particularly when talking just Premie 02/28/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/26/2020 • by RotoWire Staff nee at the famous stadium which kept him sidelined for 10 months.The Gunners face off against their rivals on Monday night.”It will be coming full circle,”said Holding. “Even if I am on the bench it will be brilliant to just walk back to the spot tha 12/07/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/20/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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The Toronto rotation has seen injuries to Josh Johnson and J.A. Happ while Ricky Romero continues to pitch inconsistent baseball. Because of that, has been able to emerge for manager John Gibbons, .com reported Wednesday. 

Jenkins held Boston to just two earned runs Sunday and impressed general manager Alex Anthopoulos in the process. The GM said it was the best he’s ever seen Jenkins perform. 

The have tabbed Jenkins’ next start to come either Moo Lotito admits this is the summer that he could sell Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.The Serbia midfielder is the subject of intense interest from Manchester United, though any move is dependent on the sale of Paul Pogba.And Lotito says, “We created a glassnday or winger’s current deal expires in June.Howe for Manchester United in tonight’s Carabao Cup tie with Colchester United.Dalot, 20, has been sidelined since he came off in the second-half of United’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle on October 6, but resumed full training last week and could start againstsaid, “In terms of his contract, that’s obviously for him to decide what he wants to do with his future.”We would love him to stay and commit to us but, if not, we need to get the best out of him between nowTuesday at home against Tampa Bay. Because that start is a week away, Jenkins was available to pitch out of the bullpen Wednesday. 

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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.

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catcher told Sportsnet.ca his hand is fine after being hit by a pitch Thursday night against the Rays. Arencibia, who went 4 for 12 with a home run and two RBI in a four-game series againsre threatening Everton plans for Napoli attacker Hirving Lozano.Il Mattino says West Ham are kew signing David Luiz.The pair have worked together before at PSG, and Emery thinks the former Chelsea defende will be a major asset.”We worked for two months together at PSG and then after three matches, the club and he decided to sign for Chelsea,” en on acquiring the winger but Everton remain the most tle United manager’s job.Chelsea legend Terry has catapulted from a 50/1 outsider to 6/1 second favourite to become Newcastle boss, reports The Sun.Terry trails only 5/2 tip Mikel Arteta, the Manchester City No 2, in the race to succeed Rafa Benitez.likely move for Lozano.The Mexican international has been linked with Everton in the past but that ht Tampa Bay, is in the starting lineup Friday against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.He is hitting .219 (7 for 32) with two home runs and six RBI against Friday’s starter Jon Lester. Arencibia has a .252/.269/.520 line with nine homers and 18 RBI in 127 at-bats.

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Whether it’s Willie Blair or J.A. Happ, you’ll never forget that sound

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Doug Brocail knew why I was calling.

“Willie Blair,” he said.

Yes. Willie Blair.

Sixteen years later, gets hit by a line drive and leaves the ballpark in an ambulance. Sixteen years later, Brocail was thinking what I was thinking.

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If you’ve ever been there, and you’ve ever heard that sound, that awful sound, you don’t forget it.

It doesn’t have to be Willie Blair, who had his jaw broken by a Julio Franco line drive in 1997 in Cleveland. It could be Bryce Florie. It could be Brandon McCarthy. It could be Chris Young.

If you’ve been there, if you’ve heard it, if you’ve felt it, it stays with you.

“I thought Willie was dead,” Brocail said Wednesday.

Fortunately, Willie wasn’t dead. Doctors told him that had the ball hit a fractid-leave-Burnley-free.html”>Daily MailLille-told-leave-Burnley-free.html”> says Hart is on the shortlist at French Champions League club Lille should they sell current No 1 Mike Maignan.Hart, 32, has been told by Burnley he can leave on a free in ordeon of an inch from where it did, he could have died, but fortunately it didn’t.

Amazingly, he was back on a major-league mound less than a month later. He spent four more years in the big leagues and ishley admits they face a “challenge” to stay up this season.The Toon are currently just a point and a place outside the bottom three, with just two wins from their first ten games.Ashley has spelt out his biggest fear in the published financial acco now the bullpen coach with the Padres.

Fortunately,s they can finish in the European places.The Blues have been in impressive form since Carlo Ancelotti succeeded Marco Silva in December, with only Liverpool picking up more points in the Premier League since the Italian’s arrival. “We’re looking to Happ survived when he was hit by a Desmond Jennings line drive Tuesday night in a game at Tampa Bay. Fortunately, Happ was released from the hospital by midday Wednesday.

Brocail, who pitched in the big leagues for 15 years and is now the Astros pitching coach, was Blair’s teammate with the 1997 Tigers. He knows Happ from Happ’s time with the Astros.

He and Blair were as close as brothers, but the one subject they never discussed was that Julio Franco line drive. He cares very much about Happ, but the one thing he did Tuesday night was avoid any sports shows.

“I just did not want to see it,” Brocail said.

To pitch, and especially to pitch in the big leagues, you have to know that it’s possible you’ll be hit, but you have to convince yourself it’s so rare that you can put it out of your mind.

Brocail knows he wasn’t always able to. Late in his career, knowing that most comebackers are hit on pitches on the outside part of the plate, he concentrated even more on keeping the ball inside.

He’s heard the talk about how baseball wants to better protect pitchers, to possibly put Kevlar liners inside caps. He’s not opposed, but he also knows it won’t take away the risk. It wouldn’t have saved Blair’s jaw, and may not have helped Happ, either.

“I just don’t know how you would [protect against any head injuries to pitchers],” Brocail said.

He knows he’ll never forget that afternoon in Cleveland, when Blair was lying on the mound. He knows he’ll never forget that sound, which he and others have described as ball hitting bat — and then hitting a bat again.

He won’t forget watching Franco squatting down at first base, looking away, not able to watch as Blair was being attended to. He won’t forget the looks on the faces of his teammates, on the faces of the Indians players, on the faces of everyone who was in the ballpark that day.

Watching on television Tuesday night, I saw those faces again, saw them on the and the Rays, on the fans at Tropicana Field.

They won’t forget. They’ll remember the sound. They’ll remember the feeling.

Sixteen years from now, it still won’t go away.