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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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Cards vanquish Communist D-backs, retain EOB heavyweight title

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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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manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com Friday he has considered sending outfielder to the minors to work on his swing in a stress-free environment for about a week or two. Upton has missed his second straight game and the fifth of the last seven. He is hitting .116 in his last 14 games. Gonzalez wants to have Upton back in the lineup soon.”I’m a believer that to get ng a £450,000 a week deal.City want to keep him out of the clutches of Real Madridcampaign without two of their best attacking players.Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are currently preparing for the African Cup of Nations with their countries.Given both players kept going until the Champions League final on June 1, they have gotten v, says the Daily Express.The Spanish giants are keeping tabs on Sterling, who has been transformed into one of the best players in for a move to Spain, it has been revealed.Mbappe is expected to attract a record bid from Real Madrid next summer amid claims in Spain of personal terms having already been struck.And L’Equipe says Mbappe is already preparing for the move by taking the world by Pep Guardiola.It was onout of the funk, you have to play,” Gonzalez said. “There’s not a magic number or anything like that. The thing you feel good about is, the guy works hard. I think if you spend too much time not playing, when you put him in there, it might be even worse, because all of a sudden, he hasn’t seen live pitching.”

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reliever is expected to on his ailing left elbow Tuesday, in the hopes of determining the source of his lingering soreness.

Burnett has appeared in just two games since the end of April as a result of this injury. 

More News 05/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff ve the club cheaply this summer.Manchester United, Arsenal, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund are all interested in the 20-year-old striker.”In January, a record offFiorentina have signed Inter Milan fullback Dalbert.The defender joins the Viola on a season-long loan.“I’m very happy to be here, I’ll see you soon. Forza Viola!” he said.The Brazilian joins the Viola on a dry loan with no option to buy and replaces Cristiano Biraghi, who is moving the other way.Inter spent €21m to sign the 25-year-old from French side Nice in the summer of 2017.er was on the table, but we turned it down,” Louker is the best in the world.The Brazilian is the club’s no.1 shot stopper and contributed significantly to their Champions League win last season.He pulled off several big game saves to ensure the Reds were shutting out the opposition. And Achterberwagie told Het Laatste Nieuws.”It’s w 02/07/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/20/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 03/17/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 03/26/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 12/10/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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this weekend.Albion face Everton at Goodison Park

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pitcher , dy to sign an extension as soon as a contract is presented to him.”I can’t demand that a contract is put on the table, that has to come from them,” said Hodgson. “But I have neverItalia. Victory for Juventus in their own stadium would send them top of the table, ahead of Lazio, while a win for visitors Inter Milan would propel them to within three points of Juve and five of Lazio with a game in hand, setting up a three-way ti had any real doubt or fears that wouldn’t happen.”Certainly it has beewho won in his first major-league start Wednesday against the Athletics, moved to the bullpen after the team called up Martin Perez to start the first game of Monday’s doubleheader against the Diamondbacks, .com reports.Wolf allowed a run in five-plus innings during his first big-league e signed forward Joe Mason on a free transfer after his release by Wolverhampton Wanderers.The 28-year-old made the last of his 39 appearances for Wolves in the 2016-17 season, going out on loan with Burton Albion, Colorado Rapids and Portsmouth sincappearance since Oct. 1, 2010. He will be used as a long reliever.

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outfielder was forced out of Sunday’s contest against the Braves after fouling two pitches off his lower left leg in the seventh.X-rays on his leg came back negative, according to .com. Van Slyke finished 0 for 3 in a 5-2 defeat. He has gone 4 for 14 with three home runs and four RBI in his last five games played before getting hurt.

More News idane wants to bring the Chelsea midfielder to Madrid, reports Le 10 Sport, but after making enquiries has learned his fellow Frenchman won’t be allowed to leave this summer.Chelsea are refusing to consider selling Kante given their transfer ban and 06/26/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 01/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/15et in Inter Milan’s Champions League victory over Slavia Prague.Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez (2) were both on the scoresheet for the win.The Belgian later said, “I am very happy, I have to keep working and improving as time goes on. The coach and I /2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/09/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/31/2017 ed with £40m to bring the 22-year-old Brazilian to St. James’ Park.”I’m really happy to be here,” Joelinton said, who will wear the club’s No 9 shirt. “I know it’s a large investment that the club has made in me, and that comes with a huge responsib • by RotoWire Staff 07/08/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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The announced after Saturday’s game that infielder has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. He entered Saturday’s game as a defensive replacement at second base.

Flaherty hit .133/.228/.233 with two home runs in 102 plate appearances with the Orioles. A corresponding roster move will be announced Sunday.

More News 11/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/01/2019 • by RotoWire Staff elsea winger Christian Pulisic is considering his future.Pulisic may seek an exit in January if he continues to be left out of the side by Frank Lampard, says the Chelsea-future-youngster-grows-frustrated-lack-opportunities.html”>Chelsea-future-young 03/31/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/20/2019 • by RotoWire Staff ve claimed in recent weeks that Fiorentina and FC Nordsjælland have made bids for the 18-year-old who scored 25 goals for the U18 development squad last season.The Liverpool Echo says Duncan was left out of the Premier League 2 clash away to Southam 02/07/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/02/2018 • by Rotter United midfielder Jesse Lingard admits he’s trying to take on a greater leadership role this season.Lingard is a senior figure for the teenage players emerging at United this season.”I’m in between at the moment. I said at the start of the seasonoWire 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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closer is not available Thursday against the Brewers.

Grilli has pitched two-consecutive games, and will not be used a third-straight day. Setup man Mark Melancon is in the same situation, so manager Clint Hurdle will have to turn to another pitcher if the team needs to close out the game. Grilli has been fantastic this season, with 16 saves and a 1.02 ERA.

More News 08/30/2017 • by Rotog Chelsea youngsters get their chance this season.Mee saw up close the potential of Chelsea on Saturday in their 4-2 defeat.“They have all got fantastic academies (in the Premier League) and when you see the young lads coming through it definitely Wire Staff 08/09/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/27/2017 • by RotoWire Staff lloway.The former Member of Parliament is being accused of blatant anti semitism by the Premier League side.Galloway tweeted about Liverpool winning the Champions League, with his comments mentioningact with Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette.Le 10 Sport says Barca have approached the player’s management to assure him of their interest.The LaLiga champs see Lacazette as an alternative to Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann.Should the Fre how there were “no #Israel flags on the cup!”The t 07/17/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/04/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 07/02/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

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outfielder is hitting just .185 at Triple-A Toledo.

Berry had 291 at-bats in the majors last season but failed to make the club in the spring. Berry has racked up 13 steals in Tri.The Gunners cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over United at the Emirates on Monday.It was Arteta’s first win as Arsenal manager and Solskjaer was impressed by what he saw.Speaking after the game, he said: “I felt they played really well, and sometple-A, but he hasn’t hit. In 119The Molineux outfit recorded a brave 2-1 away win over Slovan Bratislava on Thursday, with Jimenez scoring the decisive penast keep a close check on Leicester star Jamie Vardy – or he will take full advantage.The Reds were uncharacteristically lax in allowing a three-goal lead slip against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League before eventually prevailing 4-3 on Wednelty.He told BT Sport: “For me it’s always in my mind that I’m going to score. It’s my style of shooting penalty kicks, I’m nev at-bats, Berry has struck out 32 times. 

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closer Mariano Rivera was called upon Wednesday in Colorado after New York took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth. Rivera pitched the bottom of the ninth and earned his 12th save. He allowed a hit, but used 16 pitches to rec club RB Leipzig.The Bundesliga outfit are interested in the Norway strkeeper Manuel Neuer was delighted with victory over Tottenham in last night’s Champions League tie.Bayern produced the best ever group campaign of a German team – six wins from six games, 24:5 goals, producing a goal difference of +19. Neuer said: “Iiker, though face competition from the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Juventus.Marsch says: “Leipzig is a great club for every player, especially for young and explosive ord three outs without any further damage. The 43-year-old is 12 for 12 in save siturlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany insists Manchester City have plenty to play for this season.Kompany left City for Anderlecht last summer.”They have Pep (Guardiola) and no matter what, Pep is the right guy,” he said.”You never say over with Cityations with 12 Ks over 13 1/3 innings.

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

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

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

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

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With Andrew Bailey on the disabled list and Joel Hanrahan leaving Monday’s game against the Twins with a strained forearm, the now have to consider backup options to close games, if both players are sidelined simultaneously. After Monday’s game, manager John Farrell met with general manager Ben Cherington and other memebers of the front office to , according to the Boston Herald.

“We’ve got a couple of guys out there that we feel confident they’ll be able to close out games,” Farrell said, not mentioning names.

The leading candidate could be , who has 14 career saves, including 13 for Baltimore in 2010. Uehara has posted a 1.99 ERA and .073 WHIP since the start of the 2012 season. He has 60 strikeouts to just five walks in 49 2/3 innings in that span.

More News 05/20/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/09/2018 • by RotoWire Staff sit down for our interview is that his Woking side are the one of the most-overachieving clubs in England.Working alongside his backroom staff, which includes Sky SCrystal Palace.The Belgian striker wants to get into the Belgian first team for Euro 2020.But he knows that he will struggle to nail down a starting spot if he is a bench warmer at club level.He scored two goals for his national team against Cyprus iports commentator Martin Tyler, Dowson’s Woking are currently 10th in National League, 01/22/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/16/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/13/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/20/2017 d out of any chance of landing Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha last summer.Brands branded Everton’s chase of Zaha “not realistic”.Speaking at last night’s Toffees AGM, Brands said: “Look at last summer, from the start there was a lot of rumours • by RotoWire Staff

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

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

More News 03/27/2020 • by RotoWire Staff defender is back at the club as he aims to complete his coaching badges after retiring from playing in July.Speaking after his side’s 1-0 victory over Fulham, Wood told the Manchester Evening News: “It’s great for the players. Patrice has been in an 01/24/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/17/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 11/11/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/05/2016 • by RotoWire Staff 09/04/2016 • by RotoWire Staff

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The and Fantasy owners got all of four games from before Friday’s injury, and we can only hope this one does not prove to be as serious as his last.

Hanley came up lame in Friday’s game while sliding into third base, and he appeared to be grabbing at his hamstring. Hopefully, it was just a cramp, which wouldn’t banchester City youngster Tosin Adarabioyo.The 23-year-old central defender is a key target for Rovers, but they are not sure if a deal will go through.Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray wants incomings sorted in the coming week, per Football League World.Ife a surprise after his long layoff. Ramirez’s conditioning might not be up to par after missing most of the first month of the season. The fact that he had to be helped off the field is probably not a good sign, however. 

We will keep an eye on his status in the next few days, but if we do not get a positive report by Sunday, Fantasy owners will have to consider Ramirez a risky start for Week 6 (May 6-12).

More News 07/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff says they’re ready to sell Mauro Icardi.Marotta insists they’ll “negotiate with anyone”, so inviting interest from Juventus.He said, “I heard about this alleged meeting through the media, but I have nothing concrete to tell me if they met or not. ” 04/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/20/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/17/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 04/14/2019 • by RotoWire Staff llayed fears Dele Alli could miss the Champions League final.The England international was substituted at half-time of Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Everton, which saw Spurs finish in fourth-place on the Premier League table.However, Pochettino is confident 04/07/2019 • by RotoWire Staff