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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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outfielder is scheduled to , according to 620 AM in Arizona.Eaton was told by Dr. James Andrews earlier this week that he will not require surgery. He has been sidelined all season as he continues to recover from an elbow injury. He has not played a rehab game since suffering a setback on May 22. Eaton may return at some point before the All-Star break.

More News 03/12/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/11/2020 e Basel for £8m.Ajeti, 22, scored 15 goals in 35 games last season and was part of the Switzerland squad that competed in the Nations League tournament in June.”I didn’t have to think twice about signing for such a big, traditional club in the Premi • by RotoWire Staff 03/09/2020 • bd a message for his old teammate Miguel Almiron.Rondon was a fan favorite at the club, but he chose to move on in the summer along with ex-manager Rafa Benitez.Rondon, Almiron and Ayoze Perez were the attacking trio Benitez used in the second half ofy RotoWire Staff town club Independiente before he retires.The Argentine star left Independiente as a teenager in 2006 to join Atletico Madrid before making the switch to the Premier League five years later.”I always try [to get back to Argentina],” said Aguero, whos 03/07/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/03/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/03/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

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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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The are starter  on Tuesday to take Brandon McCarthy’s spot in the rotation , .com reports Saturday.

McCarthy hit the disabled list Saturday with shoulder problems. Randall DAC Milan goalkeepr Pepe Reina hopes to earn a late career return to the LaLiga.But he concedes it’s a long shot.”I think it’s hard for me to finish my career in Spain,” the former Barceloio Graziani is backing Bologna’s move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Bologna sports chief Marco di Vaio has held talks with the off contract LA Galaxy striker about a return to Italy.Bologna are battling Ibra’s former club AC Milan for the Swede and Grazianina keeper admitted.”If God wants it and everything goes well, maybe I can coach there.”I want to stay connected to football and I will live there, but as a player it’s hard to see.”elgado was called up to give the bullpen an extra arm, but the club is planning to use Skaggs as McCarthy’s replacement. Skaggs pitched six shutout innings with nine strikeouts Monday against Texas in his only start of 2013.

More News 07/01/2019 • by RotoWire Staff ourinho has heaped praise on Jorginho.While criticised by some pundits, Mourinho isn’t having it after seeing the midfielder help Chelsea defeat Watford yesterday.He told Bein Sport: “For me Jorginho is the best midfielder in Europe. “The world in 06/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/19/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/14/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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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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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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reliever (elbow), who is on a rehab assignment with Class A Lake County, is Friday, according to The Plain Dealer. Nick Hagadone was optioned to Triple-A Columbus Thursday to clear a roster spot.

More News 07/06/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 03/19/2016 • by RotoWire Staff -add-ons-Brentford-Folarin-Balogun.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Brentford have had a bid rejected for £5m plus add-ons for Balogun. The Gunners turned down an offer and the Championship promotion hopefuls could face shock competition for Ba 02/05/2016 hts about leaving Chelsea last year.The midfielder is enjoying career best form this season.”I came to Chelsea at the age of 12, as their scouts spotted me in a small Marseille club,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport magazine SportWeek.“It was very • by RotoWire Staff 12/23/2015 • by RotoWire Staff Juventus has been held up by Chelsea’s demand for compensation.ESPNsays the Blues want Juve to pay £5million to release Sarri from his contract, which will expire at the end of next season.The Serie A giants were hoping Sarri would be released from 07/17/2015 • by Sean D’Oliveira 07/10/2015 • by Jason Lempert

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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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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.

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catcher had a productive return to the lineup Friday against the Reds. Hanigan, who was activated off the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day, collected a pair of singles in the 4-3 win. He also made a diving cord transfer fee to sign Nicolas Pepe.The Gunners paid Lille £72 million in order to secure the Ivory Coast international.”Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe,” said Arsenal boss Unai Emercatch on a Jean Segura sacrifice bunt attempt and finished 2 for 4 at the plate. Hanigan is batting .119/.208/.119 with two RBI over 42 at-bats.

More News a fee for Denis Suarez.Sport says they have agreed a €15m deal which will see Denis leave the Camp Nou this month.Denis had various offers on the table but limited his options byr Jadon Sancho.Barnes reckons Sancho should sit still for the time being and worry about completing a dream transfer in a few years.He told BonusCodeBets: “If Jadon Sancho is willing to come to Liverpool and not play every week and sit on the bench, opting to stay in LaLiga. After failing to agree personal terms with 07/26/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 05/06/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 03/19/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 02/12/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 10/03/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/07/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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third baseman was in the lineup for Tuesday’s series opener against the Rangers, his third game since returning from the disabled list.The 34-year-old is expected to start again Wednesday for his first back-to-back contests after missing time due to a knee injury, .com reports. He had been limited to six innings in each of his first two games back.”It’s going to take a little bit for him to not be sore the next day, and to play nine [innings every day],” manager Ron Roenicke said. “I don’t know if that’s going to be on the road trip; I don’t know when we’re going to be able to do that.”

More News 11/05/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 09/25/2015 • by RotoWire Staff d Deulofeu.The Spaniard will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury suffered in last weekend’s win over Liverpool.”I’ve been talking to him. I think he’s going to Barcelona on Wednesday,” said Femenia.”I don’t know when his operation is. I th n Pulisic is well aware of his doubters.Pulisic admits the criticism has hurt, although he insists the level of expectation which comes with his £58m price tag has not weighed him down.Pulisic said: “You can’t completely ignore it. I don’t live un 09/24/2015 • by RotoWire Staff joined Wolves in a deal worth £1m, but will remain on loan at Rochdale until the end of the season.The 17-year-old England Under-18 international scored against Manchester United in the EFL Cup in September.Matheson has made 15 starts for the League 09/23/2015 • 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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is currently owned in 61 percent of the leagues on CBSSports.com, and for a top 15 shortstop, that’s completely appropriate. The ‘ veteran currently ranks among the top 15 at his position in Fantasy, but that’s not where he’s likely to end up.

Peralta has shown power in the past, but not consistently, and after a month, he has just two homers and five doubles. Meanwhile, Peralta is striking out more frequently, yet he boasts an unusually-high .292 batting average. It helps that Peralta has a 24 percent line drive rate, but that’s a stat that is typically subject to fluctuations, and his current rate is well above his typical normsSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is a fan of the Brazilian attacker and made enquiries over the summer about the youngster.And Okdiario’s Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, says PSG intend to try again for Vinicius in January.He declared: “PSG .

Ey against Arsenal, despite being pushed to leave by Real coach Zinedine Zidane.Odriozola said, “Bale has always looked good to me. “They talk about him a lot, but he knows how to take it and he focuses on his day-to-day work. Today he scored a goalrick Aybar and Danny Espinosa are both available in many standard mixed leagues, and both should be more productive than Peralta over the long haul. Especially in points leagues, even Zack Cozart and Yunel Escobar would be worthy replacements.

More News 07/13/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 06/24/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 06/23/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 06/13/2017 ed the signing of Huddersfield fullback Tommy Smith.The 27-year-old full back joins on a three year contract for an undisclosed fee.The Huddersfield star played over 200 games for the club, helping them to achieve promotion to the Premier League in 2 • by RotoWire Staff 06/09/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 06/07/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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outfield prospect was benched Sunday for failing to run out two e Torchia can see Juventus re-signing Paul Pogba from Manchester United.The World Cup winner has been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona, however a return to Juve has also been raised.Torchia told TMW: “I do not do percentages, (Juve sports directballs during Saturday’s game.

Class-A Daytona manager Dave Keller said Soler sat “because within the philosophy and the work ethic that we are trying to create in this organization — and that we are trying to get our players to understand — work ethic, energy, determination, playing hard and running hard is part of the whole program.”  Soler is expected to return to the team’s lineup Monday. 

More News 03/18/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 01/10/2020 • by RotoWire Staff ton.The visitors went ahead in sloppy circumstances from a Wolves perspective, as Danny Ings capitalised to slot home. Wolves showed the spirit to come back and equalise through Raul Jimenez’s penalty, and Nuno wants his team to learn from their perf 09/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/21/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/17/2019 • by RotoWihinted Harry Kane will be fit for the Champions League final.Kane has been out of action since sustaining ligament damage in the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City on April 9.Asked if Kane will be fit in time to face Livre Staff

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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.