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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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Harry Maguire about leaving Leicester City.Neville

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The are expected to with , who is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list Thursday. According to .com, the Marlins will need another starter Friday against the Mets, and Eovaldi should take the ball.

Eovaldi threw his first rehab assignment Saturday at Class A Jupiter, after sitting out the entire season due to right shoulder inflammation. 

More News 03/08/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/02/2020 • by RotoWire Sew season.According to the Daily Mail, moves involving Antonee Robinson and Josh Bowler are moving ever closer.Robinson, a 21-year-old left back, is in talks over a £2million move to Wigan while winger Josh Bowler is set to join Hull City on a seasotaff night’s clash with Tottenham.The Manchester Evening News says United are hopeful McTominay will be fit for the visit of Tottenham on Wednesday but are set to be without Paul Pogba again.McTominay has sat out the last three games against Sheffield Un 02/25/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/23/2019 nemouth saw two goals chalked off that could have changed the course of the result; both awarded for hand balls at crucial moments in the game.And after Matej Vydra’s second goal in as many games put the Clarets in front after the break, VAR’s doomsd • by RotoWire Staff 09/18/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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catcher , who is rehabbing from a broken collarbone at Double-A Jacksonville, is expected to be activated prior to Tuesday’s game against the Reds.Mathis is scheduled to move his rehab to Triple-A New Orleans, where he’ll catch a pair of games on Sunday and Monday. He has gone 3 for 11 with a home run and six RBI at Double-A. With Mathis set to return, the Marlins will keep three catchers and just send Kyle Skipworth back down to the minors, .

More News 04/06/2020 • by RotoWire Staff lub have no intention of letting the Brazilian leave like his teammate Take Kubo did just last week when he joined Mallorca on loan for a year.This loan deal led to a number of enquiries over Rodrygo including one from Espanyol; all of which recieved 03/22/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/11/2020 • by RotoWire St is ready to leave AC Milan this month.La Repubblica says the Brazil midfielder is unhappy with his situation with the Rossonero, having started the last six games on the bench.Paqueta wants regular football – particularly with places in the Brazil taff 02/28/2020 • by RotoWire Staff ham.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.“ 09/27/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/20/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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star Fabrizio Maiello admits he was the brains beh

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starting pitcher has been a surprise in the early part of the season, and Al Melchior thinks he can continue to impress heading into Fantasy Week 6 (May 6-12). Al has Tepesch ranked 54th in for the week, thanks to a two-start week.

Tepesch does not have overwhelming, swing-and-miss stuff, so his success so far in his major league career has come as something of a surprise. Despite strikd they’re in talks to sign permanently Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.Smalling is on a season-long loan with Roma.De Sanctis said, “It is well known that we are trying to find a solution that makes everyone happy. “We are in no rush, we waing out just 5.79 batters per nine innings with a sinker that averages 90.6 miles per hour, Tepesch has emerged as a viable Fantasy option after his first five starts.  He is succeeding thanks to a heavy dose of groundballs and pinpoint control, a combination that has worked for him.

It would not be a surprise if Tepeschare “purely speculation”.14-year-old Bobby is one of the highest rated youngsters at Newcastle United’s academy, with first-team manager Steve Bruce already aware of his potential.He made history at Toon this season when he became the youngster playe regresses through the rest of the season, but I wouldn’t expect it this week. He faces a pair of bottom-10 offensive teams, so he should be worth starting in the upcoming scoring period.  

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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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Spain coach Roberto Moreno insists Real Sociedad m

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starter was treManchester City defender Joel Latibeaudiere has moved to FC Twente.Latibeaudiere joins Twente on-loan for the season.”We were in need for defenders, so we are happy that Manchester City and Joel were open to a loan agreement,” technical director Ted van Leeuwen told the Twente website.The 19 year-old is yet to make his league debut for City.mendous in a rehab start at Triple-A Indianapolis Tuesday against Gwinnett, an Atlanta farm team. The lefty struck out nine over six innings and allowed one run on four hits.

Liriano’s schedule initially called for another rehab start May 5, but he may be called into action earlier. Jonathan Sanchez was suspended six games for hitting AllenAfter two seasons away on-loan with Bayern Munich, James is back in Madrid and trying to win over coach Zinedine Zidane.Zidane has intimated he’s been happy with what he’s seen.However, El Desmarque says James’ minders are testing the market waters a Craig in the head, and although he is appealing the suspension, he may be skipped anyway due to poor performance (11.85 ERA and seven home runs allowed in 13 2/3 innings). 

The Pirates could give Jeanmar Gomez the start and keep Liriano down for one more outing, but Liriano made an excellent case for his return with Tuesday’s performance.

More News 01/22/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 08/06/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff r River Plate midfielder Nicolas de la Cruz.The Uruguayan youngster helped Marcelo Gallardo’s River Plate reach this year’s Copa Libertadores final, which was won by Flamengo last week.Marca says City chiefs are so impressed they’re willing to pay MO 03/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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ttenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was delighted wit

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Making his first start since April 7, pitcher turned in a solid outing on Saturday against the Rangers. He worked five scoreless innings, giving up five hits while striking out three in a 7-2 win. The 24-year-old threw 52 of his 80 pi has admitted his admiration for manager Frank Lampard.Tomori is among those Chelsea youth team players who finally got a chance to shine in the first team under Lampard this season.He has grabbed his opportunities in central defence, and is now constches for strikes and lowered his ERA from 3.48 to 2.35.Hernandezo Vlasic.The Liverpool Echo says Vlasic has spent this season on loan with CSKA and has impressed with eight goals and seven assists, including a strike against Real Madrid in the Champions League.Trised at the recent comments made by Danny Rose about his future at the club.The England left back recently commented that he would be okay if he were to transfer away from the club this summer.”It’s not about regular first-team football. I know my ahe Croatian international asked for a move away from also walked one while collecting his first major-league win. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Indians.

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starting pitcher pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Angels Thursday to pick up his second win of the season. He allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out six.

It was easily Maurer’s best outing to date, giving him three straight quality starts. He takes a 5.61 ERA and 2-3 record into a ratulated Jose Mourinho on his appointment as Tottenham manager.The Portuguese was named Spurs boss yesterday and Avangard Omsk had a special message for the Special One.”Football news: Jose Mourinho leads Tottenham Hotspur. Hardened in Balashikha, hmatchup with the Orioles at home Tuesday.

More News 07/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/19/2019 • by RotoWire Staff as taken a new twist after his serious knee injury.The Mirror says City have spent the last 12 months trying to persuade Sane to sign a new long-term deal.And Bayern Muniinho is delighted working with summer signing Ryan Sessegnon.Mourinho has compared Sessegnon to his former Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole. “I think Ryan is absolutely fantastic, I have known him since a kid in Fulham,” Mourinho said. “When he comes ch used the stand-off to launch a summer-long attempt to unsettle the 23-year-ol 03/26/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/06/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 01/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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The have had one of the least-taxed bullpens through the first few weeks. After throwing an league-leading 561 1/3 relief innings in 2012, the Royals came into Thursday’s game having racked up just 44 2e players since taking charge.The climb up the table under Mourinho is a far cry from the final weeks under Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentinian left Spurs 12 points adrift of the Champions League places and Mourinho said: “I started with minus 12 her/3 relief innings, which is the fewest in theArsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is interested in joining AC Milan.The Egypt international is currently on loan at Besiktas.However, Calciomercato says Milan are less keen on Elneny.They are more likely to make a move for Elneny’s Arsenal team-mate Granit Xhaka. majors.

A large reason for the low number has been the Royals have played just 18 games, but another major reason has been the team’s starting pitchers have worked at least six innings 14 times.

“At least we’re keeping our ‘pen fresh,” manager Ned Yost said, per .com. “I’d used to have a little concern that they were getting rusty down ther League campaign.The 23-year-old has suffered a hamstring injury, leaving Mauricio Pochettino frustrated with his persistent niggles.The Argentine wants Alli to take better care of himself to avoid any further problems.”I don’t know if the club havere a little bit, but every one of them has come out, even after seven, eight, nine days, when they’ve got the opportunity [and pitched well].”

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starting pitcher , on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left lat, Friday at Miller Park, .com reports. Manager Dale Sveum said Garza did well during his brief outing but did struggle with his location. 

“Everything was coming out of his hand OK,” Sveum said. “He was a little rusty.”

According to the report, Garza will likely pitch at least three more sim games with his next step being to get up to 45 pitches over three innings. He will then go on a rehab assignment and could join the team’s starting rotation by mid-May, assuming he doesn’t suffer a setback. 

the final days of the summer market.Juve chief Fabio Paratici was in Barcelona last week for transfer talks over several players.Mundo DeAston Villa have signed 16-year-old striker Louie Barry from Barcelona – just six months after he joined the Spanish club, reports Sky Sports.Barry left West Brom to join Barca in July, turning down lucrative offers from a host of top European clubs – including a £2m deal with Paris Saint-Germain.The deal is subject to international clearance.portivo says Paratici made a serious attempt for Rakitic.The offer tabled was €23m cash plus midfielder Federic More News 01/09/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/30/2017 g with Southampton.The north Londoners have conceded 17 goals in their new boss’s first ten games with the opposition taking the lead in five of the last seven.Mourinho said: “We concede too many goals and it’s very frustrating. If I was one of my • by RotoWire Staff 09/19/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/12/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/06/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/04/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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first baseman is out of Wednesday’s lineup, the club announced.s to Napoli on Sunday made it four winless friengt admits his performance against Atletico Madrid jolted him into action.The former Ajax captain has been gradually improving since that Champions League draw.He recalled: “After the match against Atletico in the Champions League, I told myself: thisdlies in a row for the Reds.But Dutch star van Dijk believes the return of the club’s stars, including Mohamed Salah, Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Salah Mane, will be important for Sunday’s Community Sh

Craig has played 12 of St. Louis’s 13 games. He’s off to a bit of a slow start, as he’s hitting just .224/.264/.306, although the strong St. Louis lineup has netted him a solid 9 RBI already.

Matt Adams will play first base in his stead.

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goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says he had to lose

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first baseman put together his second straight multi-hit performance Saturday night against the Pirates. He went 2 for 3 with a walk in the 1-0 win. Gonzalez is batting .313 (5 for 16) through five games with one RBI.

More News 01/31/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 10/09/2018 erson to cut out the mistakes if he wants to be an England star.The Blades goalkeeper was left distraught when his second-half blunder at Bramall Lane on Saturday gifted all three points to Liverpool.Wilder said: “He has the raw qualities. As you hav • by RotoWire Staff 06/11/2018 • by RotoWire Staff lub Real Madrid are in regular contact.The Norwegian has revealed that Los Blancos are content with his performances so far this season and they have sent him congratulatory messages.”I am in contact with Real Madrid, as sometimes they write to me to 06/02/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 05/31/2018 • by RotoWire Staff ake on lots of levels”.The Blues had two goals disallowed by VAR and were unlucky not to have a numerical advantage after Harry Maguire escaped punishment for an apparent kick on Michy Batshuayi. The loss means Chelsea are only one point clear in fou 05/31/2018 • by RotoWire Staff