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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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malf 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 finala chose to leave Barcelona for Real Betis last week without consulting management.The midfielder moved to Betis on-loan to the end of the season – much to the disappointment of coach Ernesto Valverde.However, Sport says Barca directors were powerless win over Tottenham.Asked if Origi was a club hero, Klopp said: “Oh yeah, absolutely.”nager Charlie Manuel said Sunday third baseman , who has missed five games while on the bereavement list, against the Marlins, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Young was mired in a 1-for-26 slump prior to landing on the bereavement list.

More News enal striker Alexandre Lacazette.Mundo Deportivo says Atletico are keeping a keen eye on Lacazette’s situation as Diego Simeone plans a shake-up at the Wanda Metropolitano. Lacazette was high on their wish-list in January, but the club instead focuse 01/30/2014 • by Michael Hurcomb 01/29/2014 • by R.J. White 01/27/2014 • by Michael Hurcomb 01/26/2014 • by Michael Hurcomb 01/17/2014 • by Chris Cwik 01/14/2014 • by Michael Hurcomb

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

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

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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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Dodgers infielder is not expected to be activated Sunday from the disabled list,  exander-Arnold insists Liverpool can handle whatever people throw at them.The Reds scored yet another late goal to seal victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.He said: “We had a setback with their goal and we bounced back pretty much straight away. manager Don Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times. He will join the team in Milwaukee, but the team is still trying to figure out whether he will need additournemouth on Sunday.Guardiola was fuming when  ref Andre Marriner refused to award a 60th-minute penalty as David Silva was brought down by Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma.And even though TV replays showed there was contact in the box, the VAR officional time to heal.

Ellis is expected to play six innings in Double-A Saturday as part of his minor-league rehab assignment. He has been out since late April with a right quad strain.  

More News 0rd feels Mateo Kovacic is now fully settled at Stamford Bridge.Kovacic has shone in midfield in recent weeks.Lampard said, “It is common place for foreign players coming to the Premier League to have period of settling in, that is normal.”From Kovaci2/25/2015 • by Chris Cwik 09/01/2014 • by Igor Mello 08/19/2014 • by Chris Towers 08/19/2014 • by Chris Cwik 05/03/2014 • by Marty Gitlin 04/29/2014 • by Larry Hartstein

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third ba from Manchester United.Bohui moved to the Eerste Divisie after coming off contract at United, joining NAC Breda on a two year deal.NAC are pariano Diaz and Lucas Vazquez.The Gunners have been chasing a deal for winger Vazquez for several weeks, while it’s emerged striker Mariano has been offered in recent days.El Desmarque says Arsenal are willing to offer €40m for Vazquez and €20m fortners with Manchester City and were relegated last season.The club have a strong reputation of developing yseman provided much of the offense Friday in a 3-2 win over the Cubs.

Wright went 3 for 4 with a solo home run, accounting for three of the team’s eight hits. He added a stolen base, his ninth of the season.

Wright is now batting .312 on the season, and has been on fire since the start of May. He is hitting .364 in 14 games, with twice as many home runs (four) as in April. He has six home runs on the season, with 27 RBI. 

More News to Manchester United.Rodgers offered an update after watching his Leicester side complete their pre-season campaign with a 2-1 win over Serie A outfit Atalanta at the King Power Stadium – a match that Maguire did not take part in.”There’s been obviou 01/09/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/25/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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outfiRoad club are on the verge of promotion, and they are hoping to sign players from the top division to help them stay up.”Marcelo Bielsa was looking to improve in the [January] window with certain players,” Former Leeds midfielder Michael Brown told Eelder homered on Wednesday during a 9-4 win at Minnesota. Viciedo took starter Mike Pelfrey deep for a solo shot in the fourth inning for his fourth homer of the year. 

The outfielder went 2 for 4 with two RBI and added a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Viciedo is batuardiola admits they’re scouring the world for a replacement for Sergio Aguero.Whereas City didn’t buy aoach Ryan Giggs says Manchester United fans can be excited about imminent signing Daniel James.The Swansea City attacker passed a United medical yesterday and will move to Old Trafford after this round of Wales Euro qualifiers.Former United star Gigg centre-half after skipper Vincent Kompany left and want homegrown midfielder Phil Foden to succeed David Silva, the worldwide search for a new Agting .288 and has at least one base hit in nine of his last 10 ballgames. He’s homered in back-to-back contests and has an RBI in three straight. 

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reliever gave up another run in his appearance on Tuesday night against the Pirates and suffered his third blown save. The right-hander has a 9.20 ERA through 14 2/3 innings pitched.”I definitely am frustrated,” Axford told .com on Wednesday. “I can’t lie about that, but I feel strong, I feel good and that’s where I’ve got to keep building off of. The s Jurgen Klopp insists there’s no reason to change the Champions League.When asked about what changes he would make to the Champions League format given the opportunity, Klopp was prepared with a comical answer for reporters.”If they could make the sfirst four games of this season, that wasn’t me, and that’s something I can get a wash too and brush that away. I felt different; my mechanics weren’t son now over, most of the attention has turned to the summer transfer window.There are stories and speculation swirling around everywhere. Sometimes it feels overwhelming.But please don’t stress, because here at Tribalfootballwe will summarise the biquite right.”Manager Ron Roenicke said he has been thus far.”I don’t know; it’s hard to figure out,” Roenicke stated. “We still have confidence in him, and nothing seems to go right. So we’ll see.”

More News 03/22/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 08/10/2019 • by RotoWire Staff fifth round of the FA Cup is a huge boon for the club.The Premier League side survived a huge scare in Tuesday’s fourth-round replay against League One Oxford United, who came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 and take the game to extra time.Neith 08/08/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/08/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 07/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/29/2019 • 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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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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closer did not enter Thursday’s game against the Pirates in a save situation because LaTroy Hawkins was unable to hang on to a slim, late lead. Still, he tossed a scoreless ninth to earn a win.

Parnell (4-0) entered with the game tied 2-2, and set the Pirates down in order after a leadoff single. He struck out one batter and the Mets won, 3-2, in the bottom of the ninth.

Parnell has three saves in five opportunities. He has a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings of work. 

More News 07/24/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 06/05/2017 • by RotoWire Staff o doubts Mikel Arteta will be a success with Arsenal.Laporte enjoyed working with Arteta when he was manager Pep Guardiola’s No2 at City.”Mikel is a great coach and, for me, he has been one of the best people I have met in Manchester,” Laporte said.” 06/02/2017 pable of upsetting Real Madrid.The two teams will meet in the Champions League this week.Andone told AS: “In the last year they are not the Madrid of the thrHarry Winks says signing a long-term extension was a “no-brainer”.The young midfielder put pen to paper on a new contract that lasts until 2024.”I have been at the club since I was five, so when I got the opportunity to sign a new contract, it was a ee Champions Leagues. “They have difficulties, but it is one of the best, if not the best tea • by RotoWire Staff 03/21/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 01/07/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/23/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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second baseman was dropped to seventh in the lineup for Wednesday’s series finale against the Rangers. He entered the contest batting just .200 (4 for 20) with zero RBI so far in May. Manager Ron Roenicke told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he moved the 30-year-old down in the order “Rick’s always hit. I think Rick will hit. I started him at second, moved him to fourth and then fifth, and somewhere in there, there has to be production for the team,” Roenicke said. “More important in the long run is, how do we get him swinging?”Roenicke added he believes Weeks will turn things around.”He’s going to hit,” Roenicke said. “He shows that he hits every year. I know last year, tough first half, good second half. But his history is he’s going to hit. So it’s just kind of how to get him started in thMadrid midfielder Rodri.City agreed a deal earlier this week to play a club-record fee for the Atletico midfielder.Rodri, 22, is seen as the long-term replacement for Fernandinho, who turned 34 in May – and would prefer to work alongside Guardiola.Anat direction as soon as we can.”

midfielder Josh Benson on loan from Premier League side Burnley until the end of the season.The 20-year-old began his career as a youth with Arsenal before going on to join the Clarets in 2018.Benson is yet to make a senior Burnley appearance but wa More News 07/24/2017 ielder is a key target for Manuel Pellegrini this summer.As the Hammers hope to battle for a Europa League place, they see Fornals as someone who can add much needed creativity to the midfield.According to Sky Sports, Villarreal want £31 million for • by RotoWire Staff 07/20/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/19/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/18/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/14/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/08/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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

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

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

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

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starting pitcher heads into Wednesday’s start against the Giants with an ugly 7.48 ERA in his first five starts. Although, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson seems to think McCarthy has been a bit unlucky and the numbers appear to back him up.

McCarthy has a .396 BABIP, which is more than 100 points higher t Bosman prospect Adam Lallana.The Liverpool midfielder, who signed for the Reds from Southampton in 2014, is out-of-contract this summer and is highly unlikely to sign a new deal at Anfield. Sky Sports says as a result, he is already allowed to talk han the league average (.294), per FanGraphs.com.

“He is throwing well, he had the best stuff he has had since joining us,” Gibson said of McCarthy’s outing last Friday, per .com. “But if you look at the difference a few plays make, it’s huge. But it’s part of baseball and he has to deal with it. In my mind, he understands what’s going on.”

More News 12/11/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/11/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/01/2018 • by RotoWire Staff Inter Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League.United booked their place in the next round after hammering Club Brugge 5-0 at Old Trafford on Thursday night.Inter Milan saw off Ludogorets but were forced to play the second leg of the tie behind clo 08/25/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/15/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/14/2018 on loan.The Israeli international is the third signing for Charlton on deadline day.The 31-year-old is an experienced international who played 37 games in the Premier League in the past two years.Charlton boss Lee Bowyer was very pleased with the mov • by RotoWire Staff