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  • Napoli.Dries Mertens’ opener was canceled out by

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    There's nothing wrong with rejecting trades for outfielder based on the logic that he can't keep up his torrid home run pace. But with two steals Thursday night against the Brewers, Brown now has six on the season, and three over the first six games of June. 

    Brown had two minor leauge seasons with 450-plus platez insists they're stronger than Inter Milan.Theo is confident being over his ankle strain for the September 21 derby."I really want to play in it," he told Sport Mediaset.“It's the first Milan derby that I'll have played in. I'm sure we'll win it e appearances; in both, he stole 20 or more bases. And in his other campaigns, he was on pace to steal at least 25. Brown has pulled a bit of a misdirection on Fantasy players -- while hitting 18 home runs in his first 60 games, he's drawn attentiomer Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says his old club look well placed to end their Premier League title drought.The Spaniard has his own blog where he shares his experiences in Asian football as well as his thoughts on the European leagues.He said: "It n away from the fact that he can hit for average (a .296 minor league batting average) and steal bases. This setstold Liverpool they'll keep up the pressure as they target a third successive Premier league title.City earned a hard-fought 3-1 win away to Everton after league leaders Liverpool beat Sheffield United to keep up their 100% record."We knew Liverpool him up with some interesting trade value -- a Brown owner may think he's selling high on the home run potential, but will likely be underrating average and steals. 

    It's unlikely you get Brown cheap, thanks to his hot start, but you might be able to get him for fair value if his owner isn't considering the gains Brown will make in the non-power categories. If you're in need of some steals, you may actually have a need for the league's leading home-run hitter. 

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  • ngster turned down the offer of a professional con

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    got his first chance to start Friday against the with Jacoby Ellsbury dealing with tightness in his groin. Bradley, who flamed out in his first stint in the big leagues this season, hit .354 with a 1.002 OPS in 20 games at Triple-A Pawtucket before his recall.

    "He went back to Pawtucket, got regular at-bats," manager John Farrell told .com befoto feel at home at Manchester United.The 21-year-old moved north from London over the summer, but it hasn't tas 2-1 Premier League win at Southampton.The midfielder made his first league start since April 14, 2018 against one of his former clubs and performed strongly to help make it six points out of six for Jürgen Klopp's team.“It was nice to be back ouken him long to settle.He said on his journey: "It's been different but I knew I was up for a new challenge, a new area, a different life."Ire Friday's game. "Started to swing the bat as he did in spring training and put himself back in a position to be recalled here when the need arose. I can't say it was one fundamental area that he had to go and make adjustments with. It was more the fact that he was starting to get challenged and we needed to get him back out of this environment."

    Bradley is not expected to play every lian Mbappe.Perez hopes to bring Mbappe to Spain next summer and is prepared to go over €300m to make the deal happen.And L'Equipe says Florentino will be encouraged by news that Mbappe is resisting PSG's attempts to open new contract talks.PSG havday, but if Ellsbury's injury proves serious, he would be the best option to fill in.

    "With Jacoby being out, Jackie is our center fielder," Farrell said. "I don't know that we'd be looking to put anyone else in center field right now."

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  • academy graduate at Stamford Bridge, Cole struggl

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    In two games since manager Joe Maddon called him out for his lack of plate discipline, outfielder has two walks. In the second of those games, Tuesday against the Marlins, he had three hits and a double.

    So far, so good.

    Maddon's insistence that Jennings wait for his pitch and "accept his walks" could potentially backfire if directed at a player with no history of plate discipline, but Jennings was a high-walk guy throughout his minor-league career, compiling a .381 on-base percentage compared to a .294 batting average. He also showed good plate discipline in spring training, drawing nine walks compared to only eight strikeouts, which is part of the reason I .

    Obviously, we can't draw any conclusions from only two games, but Jennings' walk rate is something to keep an eye on goinof 2019.The French goalkeeper dislocated his elbow in a freak incident against Brighton on Saturday.In a statement, Tottenham said: "Hugo Lloris has undergone further assessment this morning after sustaining a dislocated elbow in our match against Brg forward. He won't meet his potential if he doesn't walk. It's as much a part of his profile as his speed is.

    More News 06/16/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 04/05/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 04/01/2017 •eir 5-0 defeat of Eibar.Leo Messi scored four, while debutant Braithwaite played a role in the final two goals of the afternoon."He is a striker who plays with a lot of force and verticality," Rakitic said of the new arrival after the match."I'm happ by RotoWire Staff 03/28/2017 • by RotoWire Staff alks with Real Madrid.The midfielder has spent the past year on-loan with Cruzeiro, but is currently in limbo.For the moment, he is training in Madrid, but away from the club's Valdebebas facilities, "due to bureaucratic problems". He is not allowed 03/27/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 03/26/2017 • by RotoWire Staff
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  • less this game is…Mauricio Pochettino built a yo

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    The optioned reliever to Triple-A Buffalo   Tuesday against the Braves, the National Post reposter City are at risk of a Champions League ban.The Mirror says City could reportedly face a Champions League ban if they are found guilty of financial irregularities.The Premier League champions have been under investigation by a regulatory committerts. 

    Weber took the loss, allowing theast Europa League outing against Astana.Ethan Laird, Di'Shon Bernard, Dylan Levitt, D'Mani Mellor, Largie Ramazani and Ethan Galbraith all made their debuts in the loss in Kazakhstan.Speaking ahead of Thursday's clash til AZ Alkmaar, Tuanzebe reserve game-winning home run to Brian Mtl is looking to bolster his midfielder for next season and has identified Australia international Mooy as a potential target.The Sun claimed Hasenhuttl took the opportunity to speak with Huddersfield after the weekend's final day draw between the twcCann in the 10th inning. He struck out a batter over one inning and the HR was the only hit he allowed. His ERA is 3.00. 

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  • The transfer deadline for League One and League Tw

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    outfielder , who is dealing with a sore groin, was the team's DH for a third straight game Thursday against the Blue Jays. He said, however, he is expected to be . 

    Jones is batting .300 (24 for 80) with two home runs, five doubles, seven stolen bases, 1e in the UEFA Nations League Finals against his club teammates.Ake could line up against England for the Netherlands in the key clash, as both teams look to join Portugal in the final.He could come up against his club teammate Callum Wilson, who may 0 RBI and 11 runs in 19 May games.

    More News 12/11/2019 g to strengthen his defence this summer with at least two signings.And the Spaniard rates the £30m-rated Holgate, according to the Mirror.Holgate has established himself in the first-team this season, and can operate at centre-back, right-back and d • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff as played down a head injury suffered by Gonzalo Higuain during their 1-1 with Lecce.Higuain played the last few minutes with a bandaged head after a collision with goalkeeper Gabriel.“Gonzalo is having stitches, then they'll decide whether to take 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/25/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/23/2019 • by RotoWire Staff
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  • Fernando Tatis is an artist, and MS Paint is his canvas

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    Former major-league third baseman is remembered primarily for and secondarily for having an outstanding seasArsenal keeper Bernd Leno has reportedly made the move into esports by setting up his own FIFA 20 team, reports, /.According to Bild, the stopper has put together a squad made up of two professionals and three up-and-coming players to compete for Leno eSports.on back in 1999 for the Cardinals.

    Now, though, you should think of Fernando Tatisudson-Odoi and Reece James featured for Chelsea U23 yesterday.Hudson-Odoi bagged a goal as he and Reece James stepped up their returns from injury for Chelsea U23s against their young Southampton counterparts on Saturday afternoon at St Mary's.The 18 as the of the MLB-pensioner's circuit.

    I say this because what the headline above says -- that Mr. Tatis is an artist, and MS Paint (!) is his canvas -- is absolutely true ...

    everyone should check to see if they have the program called Paint its what i use and i just found it

    — Fernando Tatís (@FernandoTatis17)

    And now, please do bear uplifted witness to these representative frescoes ...

    i like how this turned out but i was rushed because i have to leave

    — Fernando Tatís (@FernandoTatis17)

    Yes, I'll have a piping hot slice of pizza for a mere buck. And I'm comforted to know that this establishment is in full compliance with ADA regulations.

    this is my newest piece called "Swag Airlines"

    — Fernando Tatís (@FernandoTatis17)

    Richard Branson: Sit down, shut up, stop making the Coast Guard rescue you, and inrid midfielder Marcos Llorente is delighted with his move to Atletico Madrid.Atletico have paid €40m for Llorente.The midfielder, 24, has signed a five-year deal at the Wanda Metropolitano, where he'll be presented next week."I'm very excited," Llostead learn how to run a boutique airline the Fernando Tatis way. You infinitesimal jerk. 

    Now, please note that InsideSTL.com has .

    It should be noted that some roguish denizens of Internet Street have speculated that this is not actually Fernando Tatis. If that turns out to be the case, then please do let me know so I can abandon this world immediately.

    (Wink of CBS eye: )

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  • Cardinals blind Cubs with hot sauce, retain EOB heavyweight title

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    It was a two-game set in Wrigley. The upstart took the opener by a single run, but the champion rebounded to win Wednesday's contest -- also by a single run -- and in doing so retained the Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship by virtue of a series tie.

    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 Vincenzo Montella is delighted with the arrival of Franck Ribery.The veteran signed a two-year contract today, after 12 seasons at Bayern Munich.“He is an extraordinary player, he's eager and we believe he can express himself at his levels here," 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.

    Anyhow, the Cardinals, en route to defending their belt and title in the most underwhelming of fashions, benefitted from some controversy. In the seventh inning, the Cubs batter, , was called out for running inside the baseline on a bunt. So instead of first and third no outs, the Cubs had a runner on first and one out. A double play followed. Defeat followed that. Here's the plaCity this summer.Despite their two season Champions League ban, Guardiola has declared his commitment to the end of his current contract - which runs to 2021.However, Gullit told SPOX: "I certainly don't rule that out (leaving). "Pep is determined toy in question ... 

    Wait. Did you see tr Leverkusen are not interested in selling Kevin Volland in January.The German side are hoping they can hold onto their vice-captain for the remainder of the season.Volland is attracting interest from Arsenal in the Premier League.The 27-year-old is hat? Take a look again, this time from a slightly different angle ...

    Yep. What at first blush appeared to be a borderline umpiring decision regarding base-running was actually an instance of the Cardinals' blinding the Cubs with illegal hot sauce in order to keep the belt and the title. Lo, the champions have been exposed as rogues and scoundrels! What shall we tell our children on this day?

    As proved throughout human history, power corrupts. Sadly, it is no different with the hallowed and exalted Eye On Baseball Heavyweight Championship.

    Carry on we must. Here, then, is the Gregorian Calendar of Champions, now updated to reflect the fact that the Cardinals will keep the belt until at least May 10, which marks the first game of their three-game home set against their next challengers, the belt-hungry Rockies ...

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  • ” goalkeeper Tim Krul after the penalty shootout w

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    pitcher told .com Monday that he is doing everything he can to make sure his back is healthy. The left-hander is on the disabled list for Triple-A Colorado Springs and is rehabbing in Scottsdale, Ariz."The back is getting better, and I'm on a good rehab program," Friedrich said. "I've been here about a week and hope to be here for two, maybe three more. There's no real timetable since it's symptomatic, and tus after returning from unsuccessful loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea.Despite his connection with new manager Maurizio Sarri, Juve have reportedly left Higuain out of their plans for the upcoming season.The Argentine has already rejected a move twe're going off how it feels. But so far, so good."Friedrich went 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA in four starts for Colorado Springs before going on the DL.

    More News 07/02/2019 • by RotoWire Staff the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).Tebas has butted heads with the RFEF's president, Luis Rubiales, ever since, with the first major disagreement coming with the proposed plan for one domestic league match to be played in the United States."The 10/30/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/15/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/08/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 08/07/2017 t Arsenal.As the Hornets prepare for a game against the Gunners on Sunday, they are sweating on the fitness of Cathcart.With a new manager in charge at the club, Quique Sanchez Flores, Cathcart will have to wait to impress the Spaniard.Flores spoke a • by RotoWire Staff 08/02/2017 • by RotoWire Staff
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  • Simeone was furious after their 3-0 defeat to Espa

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    The activated designated hitter from the disabled list Tuesday after he moved past calf and elbow issues that delayed his season debut. Scott was included in the starting lineup for Tampa Bay's game at Kansas City, hitting seventh and serving as the team's designated hitter.

    More News 05/14/2015 • by Igor Mello oan from West Brom, became the first striker to win the award since record-breaking goalscorer Alan Shearer in 2003.He has scored 11 goals this term – his best-ever tally in English football but is due to return to parent club West Brom following N 12/18/2013 • by R.J. White 09/01/2013 • by Jeff Lippman 08/31/2013 der David Silva says they face Manchester United confident of three points.City are back on the rails after victory over Burnley.And Silva told City's website: "We know the derby is important for the fans and us too as when you win, it gives you a.The Mirror says Dennis is one of the Toon's strike targets and sources in Belgium say Newcastle are in talks about a price.Nigerian international Dennis scored twice against Real Madrid in the Champions League in October.The 22-year-old has five goa mo • by Igor Mello 08/28/2013 • by Jeff Lippman 08/27/2013 • by Jeff Lippman
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  • Graham Potter appreciates the foundations built b

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    starting pitcher , who left his previous start with a blister on his pitching thumb, bounced back with a dominant performance Tuesday night against the Twins.Verlander allowed a run-scoring double to Wilkin Ramirez in the 6-1 win. The left-hander allowed five hits in seven innings. He struck out eight and walked two in 114lo Ancelotti insists he's happy taking the job at Goodison Park.Ancelotti was speaking after their defeat of Brighton on Saturday."To be a manager is a challenge every week, every game is a challenge, nothing special," he said."I am really proud to b pitches, 73 for strikes. It was his second-longest outing of the season.Verlander, who has thrown 91-plus pitchespes the best for former manager Maurizio Sarri.Sarri left Chelsea for Juventus this month, leaving the Londoners as Europa League title winners.Asked about Sarri, whose reign was overshadowed by recriminations from fans and rumours of dressing-room u in each of his starts, was not bothered by his thumb but said said he experienced bleeding."It bled a little bit, but it was just kind of superficial," Verlander said. "I was able to kind of manage it, which is why I came out of the game after seven last time."Verlander is 9-0 in his last 10 starts against Minnesota. He has allowed five runs and has struck out 30 in his last 27 innings. The 30-year-old is scheduled to start Sunday at Houston. He is 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his first three starts away from Comerica Park.

    More News 15D ago • by RotoWire Staff 30D ago • by RotoWire Staff 03/30/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/17/2020 • by RotoWire Staff rd cannot be considered for the No7 shirt.The No7 has been worn by some of the greats over the years including George Best, Bryan Robson, David Beckham, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo.And Saha believes Lingard can't just demand the shirt because 03/09/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/09/2020 • by RotoWire Staff
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  • y next week.Benitez is out of contract next month

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    first baseman 's two-homer performance Friday against the Marlins was a result of a in Rizzo's swing, according to the Chicago Tribune. Manager Dale Sveum an Billy Gilmour make his Premier League debut.Gilmour featured in erpool ace is often the subject of rough treatment from defenders, but will have the help of VAR in the Premier League this season.He told CNN: "I don't like it ... that's my answer, always. I don't like it. I love football how it is"It's like that wSaturday's 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.Nevin wrote for chelseafc.com: "He will be and is already a very, very exciting talent; Chelsea fans will definitely see more of him in the comd hitting coach James Rowson found the issue while watching film on Rizzo's swing.

    "I'm not going to get into specifics," Rizzo said. "But the fHall oversaw the appointments of Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson."In many, many ways it's luck. We were lucky with Keegan. Ever since Keegan, and obviously Bobby Robson, we've had some rubbish as managers," Sir John told the Evening Chronicle."I usinish was a little high, even on some of the home runs, which I didn't like. It was good (Friday). This is going to sound stupid, but the single in my last at-bat was probably my favorite one because that's my swing there -- stay inside the ball. It was a good day overall for myself and the team. It sounds dumb, but looking back at the video, the swing is where I want it to be."

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  • Van de Beek spoke last week of interest from Manch

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    The activated starter from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and optioned pitcher to Double-A Binghamton. Marcum will star for the Mets against Philadelphia at Citi Field Saturday. The 26-year-old Edgin appeared in 11 games and allowed 10 runs on 13 hits over 9 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts.

    More News 05/24/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 05/16/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 03/25/2018 • by RotoWire Staff eves his old club will win the Champions League this week.While Liverpool missed out on domestic honours, they are favourites to beat their English rivals in the Spanish capital and round off their impressive season with some silverware. But Redknapp 03/12/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 02/04/2018 • by RotoWire Staff t Manchester United star Aaron Wan-Bissaka is working hard on his attacking output.Wan-Bissaka has been superb since arriving at the Red Devils this summer from Crystal Palace.His attacking input has received some criticism at times this season, but olding out regarding new contract talks.John Fleck, John Lundstram and Enda Stevens are among those yet to pen new deals, says the Daily Mail. Wilder said: "I understand the modern world of football agents, and their relationship with players. I've s 11/27/2017 • by RotoWire Staff
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  • er United fullback Timothy Fosu-Mensah has posted

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    outfielder batted leadoff in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets and went 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored. The 27-year-old also stole his first base in the 8-4 win. Young singled in the fifth inning before driving in Chris Nelson with a base hit in the sixth. He would add an RBI triple in the eighth.He is batting .259 (7 for 27) with three RBI and three runs scored.

    More News 07/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/26/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/22/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 02/11/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/30/2018 Manchester United are still interested in Jasper Cillessen.The goalkeeper wants out of Barcelona this summer.Mundo Deportivoclaim United are 'pushing hard' had a successful summer market.Los Blancos made a handful of new signings this summer, spending a total of 305 million euros, yet only Eden Hazard seems to have joined as a guaranteed starter.Regardless, Florentino is pleased with their business."Th to sign the Netherlands intere of Ryan Kent from Liverpool.The youngster is on loan at Rangers this season, where he has impressed in his 40 appearances in all competitions.But there is interest in Kent from other clubs, which means Gers will have to fight to ensure that he comrnational.The Red Devils are afraid David De Gea could leave the club.The Spaniard has been linked with Juventus and PSG. • by RotoWire Staff 08/26/2018 • by RotoWire Staff
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  • as a result of the Real Madrid squad going into qu

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    If a hot spring is supposed to build momentum for the regular season, outfielder ' rookie season has not gone according to plao years ago.United beat the resilient Kazakh side 1-0 at Old Trafford on Thursday night in their opening game of the Europa League."It wasn't the best performance but there was a lot of good stuff, they're tough to break down," Rashford told reportern.

    Hicks batted .370 with 18 RBI and 18 runs scored in the spring, earning a spot atop the Twins' lineup, but he has been unable to carry that over. Hicks has just two hits in his first 35 at bats, while striking out 16 times entering Friday's game.

    Despite the slow start -- and earning manager Ron Gardenhire's ire for his lack of hustle Wednesday -- the team expects Hicks to get going, and will keep him in the leadoff spot to help him along.

    "We want to do what's best for our baseba face Manchester City in the first-leg of their Champions League round 16 tie this week.Ramos said, “We're annoyed at the situation, because of the result and not getting three points to stay top of the league. We played a good game, we did what prll team, and that would be to take off and get some hits and run with it. But we want to protect him, too," manager Ron Gardenhire told FoxSports.com before Friday's game against the Mets. "It's onlr Neymar.The Brazil captain's priority is former club Barcelona as he seeks to leave Paris this summer.However, Cardoner says they haven't yet made a formal proposal."There is no Neymar case," he argued."It is a case that does not exist, it is true ty 30-plus at-bats against some really good teams. The weather's not been conducive for anything. We're going to give him a chance here to right himself. He's a good player, had a heck of a spring. Hopefully he'll come up with a couple hits, get some confidence going and take off from there."

    Hicks has appeared as the leadoff hitter in eight of the team's first nine games this season, and is not the only player struggling on a team that is batting .232 overall. 

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  • Stock Watch: Kershaw’s very hot; will he soon become very rich?

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    and the have kept talking about a contract extension even after the season began, sources say. Is it a distraction? Um, no.

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    People around the game predict the brilliant left-hander will become the first $200 million pitcher, and there's no reason to think that won't be the case ("I hear they're already over $200 million," one baseball official said, passing along the latest scuttlebutt). Even before Kershaw began this season like the best pitcher in the National League, which he is, the case to top $200 million was strong.

    Kershaw, 25, has everything going for him in this negotiation -- terrific credentials, an impeccable rep off the field as well as on (he was the Roberto Clemente Award winner in 2012), and an ultra-deep-pocketed owner. But of course, the price tag also can’t be hurt by Kershaw’s solid start, which includes a 2-0 record and 0.00 ERA. In 16 innings over two outings so far, he has given up only six hits and a walk while striking out 16. It’s almost unfair -- to his opponents on the field and at the negotiating table.

    Here goes, the season’s very first Stock Watch, featuring bull and bear markets.

    The pair of friends are pitching like Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale so far, with allowing no runs in 6 2/3 in his initial start. So together they have a 0.00 ERA too.

     first showed signs of developing into a bona fide, reliable power hitter starting late last year when he went on a six-game home run streak in the  run to the playoffs. And with his hot start this year, he had 11 home runs in 11 games, which was last done by Troy Tulowtzki in 2011, but hasn’t been done very often, as you’d imagine. And just as remarkable an even rare, he gathered a record 16 RBI in his first four games.

    The Rangers are taking a bit of heat for trading him, but they signed to play third base, which is about as smart a free agent play as has been made s weekend against Wolves.Klopp says consistency has been key to how well they have played and what they have already achieved this season but insisted that has only been possible due to the strong bond between the players.“The relationship between in recent years, and they retain faith in at first base. Orioles manager Buck Showalter should get the credit for plucking him off his old team.

    Davis has proved versatile and powerful.  He’s at first basortedly prepared to break their transfer record twice this summer.Spurs are looking to bolster their squad as they look to improve on a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League and Champions League final last season.The Mirror says transfers chief e now, and the guess is he’ll be fine there, though he made a key error in a loss Saturday. The offense is the story though, and he now has 17 RBI through six games.

    The Orioles gambled by not acquiring another middle-of-the-order batter, which folks figured they needed, and they passed on Justin Upton, Jason Kubel and others. No matter -- so far Davis is producing more than anyone (though Upton, with five home runs, is off to a monster start too).

    It looked like overkill when the A’s traded for Jed Lowrie after they’d already signed Hiroyuki Nakashima, but the second move wisely provided extra depth and versatility to a position of question. The Stanford product Lowrie can definitely hit. The question has been whether he can stay healthy.

    So far, so good. And so necessary, since Nakajima is the one out. That 1.567 OPS of Lowrie’s is out of this world, topped only by Davis’ .636.

    We try not to pick on folks who’ve already lost their job here, but Carlos Marmol is the obvious candidate for the top spot. He lost his closer’s job within the first week of the season, which isn’t easy. Last year it took him a few weeks to lose it!

    While he regained the closer job last year, this year he made the choice “easy’’ (the word of Cubs GM Jed Hoyer) to replace him. is in for him. Manager Dale Sveum said he wanted Marmol in “less stressful’’ situations. Sveum didn’t say if he meant for Marmol, or Sveum.

    Marmol entered on shaky turf, thanks to his walk ratio (7.3 per nine innings) last year. But the capper was the back-to-back homers by the Upton brothers, a great moment in Atlanta thoved second-half performance for their 0-0 draw with FA Cup opponents Manchester United.Despite Wolves having the ball in the back of the net when Matt Doherty's header beat Sergio Romero which was then disallowed for a handball by the Irishman, the ough not so much in Chicago. He leaves the closer’s job with a 4.80 WHIP. That isn’t even acceptable for an ERA. The ERA is an even 27.

    It’s been a rough year for closers all around, and 90 miles to the north of Chicago’s North Side team, John Axford is again off to an inauspicious beginning. So far he’s faced 16 batters and he allowed four home runs, which is not exactly acceptable. The Brewers have been considering ways to bolster their pen at a time when the offense is depleted due to injuries to Corey Hart, Aramis Ramirez and .

    Luis Cruz gained some notoriety by triggering a fight between Mexico and Canada in the WBC when he whispered to pitcher Arnold Leon to hit Canada’s Rene Tosoni with a pitch after Canada tried to run up the score. Not knowing the run totals could count, Cruz then threw two punches in the fight. “I lost it,’’ Cruz was quoted as telling the LA Times at the time.

    He might as well have been talking about his hitting stroke, which is temporarily missing as well. Cruz, who surprised with a superb season in 2012, has started 0-for-17, making this list and beating out Jeff Keppinger, who followed his big spring by starting 1-for-21 on Chicago’s South Side. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly benched Cruz for one game Sunday. Let’s hope he takes that better than the WBC rules.

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