eam’s resilience as they turned around their form


With a .318 batting average and 39 RBI, is doing a lot for Fantasy owners and for the , but owners have to feel let down by his three home runs through 54 games. The lack of power has left Craig outside the top 10 first basemen in Fantasy value, but there is good reason to hope that he will find his way to that lofty standing.

Though he is s Nuno Espirito Santo spoke about Vinagre and his recovery from a hamstring problem.He has been out since they played Manchester United last month.And Nuno is very optimistic about getting Vinagre ottenham signing Steven Bergwijn has spoken about securing his dream move to the Premier League.The Netherlands star is close to signing from PSV Eindhoven for a £25.6 million fee.The 22-year-old has to go through his medical and agree personal termback into the squad.The 20-year-old has only managed hitting flyballs at a slightly lower rate this year, Craig is hitting balls deep, and he has turned many of those well-struck balls into doubles (16). Although it would be more reassuring if Craig had turned a few2-0 defeat at home to Southampton.Lampard’s side fell behind to Michael Obafemi’s superbly taken strike at Stamford Bridge and had fewer shots than in any game since he took charge during the summer.The introduction of Mason Mount for defender Kurt Z of those doubles into homers, his situation is far from different from that of Jason Heyward, who isn’t hitting the ball deep very often.

Craig has been a consistent source of power the last couple of seasons as well as in the minors, and with the lack of real warning signs, owners should feel confident that he will eventually hit his stride. The homers will soon be there to enhance Craig’s high batting average and RBI total.

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Score four, allow two, lose? Return of bad rule almost cost Royals


The scored four runs Thursday. They gave up two.

That’s a win, a rare win, a thrilling win on the day Royals legend George Brett returned to the dugout to try to help save a once-again sinking team.

That’s a win — except that by baseball rules, it almost wasn’t.

And that’s a problem.

Remember the damage control had to do a few weeks back after two straight bad umpiring decisions? Imagine the damage control that would have been required if the team that scored more runs had been declared the loser. Imagine trying to explain how the Royals woke up with a nine-game losing streak after a game they where they outscored the .

It could have happened. It easily could have happened, because last winter, baseball quietly reverted to one of the worst rules that was ever on the books.

Here’s what happened:

The Royals trailed 2-1 after eight innings but scored three times in the ninth to take a 4-2 lead. Then the rain got so heavy that there was no way the game could continue. The rain kept up for five hours, then finally let up in time for the bottom of the ninth to be played a little after 3 a.m. local time. Royals closer Greg Holland pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, and the Royals had their 4-2 win.

However … if the rain hadn’t let up, eventually the game would have had to be called. And in that case, under a rule change implemented last winter, the score would have reverted to what it was at the end of the last full inning (the eighth). The three Royals runs in the ninth wouldn’t have counted, and the Cardinals would havNuno Espirito Santo has moved in favouritism to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal, according to SkyBet.Emery hasn’t been sacked yet, but pressure is mounting after a poor start to the season.Wolves manager Santo is paying 5/2 to take his place, with Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta next in line.Rafa Benitez and Mauricio Pochettino are also options according to the bookmakers.e won, 2-1.


The new rule was put in place only for the final game between two teams in a season. From a scheduling and logistics standpoint, it makes perfect sense, avoiding the need to potentially fly a team across the country to get three outs. It also encourages umpires to do exactly what wait as long as possible in an effort to resume the game.

West gets plenty of criticism, much of it justified. But in this case he was right.

It’s the rule that’s wrong.

Years ago, the “revert back” rule was in the books for all games. One of the best rules changes baseball has made was to dump it, and replace it with the suspended-game rule. If the visiting team ties the game or goes ahead in the top of an inning and the bottom of the inning can’t be played, the game is suspended. Runs that score aren’t taken off the board.

Last winter, the rule was changed again. saying that for the final scheduled game between two teams in a season, the “revert back” rule i be a success at the Nou Camp.The former Atletico Madrid attacker moved to Barca last week for a massive €120m.Xavi, now coach of Al Sadd in Qatar, said: “Antoine Griezmann is a world class player. Barça have recruited a very great player.”Former s back. With unbalanced sll meet in the round of 16 next year.And Sport1 says Chelsea have reportedly offered Bayern prospect Torben Rhein a contract starting in 2020.The 16-year-old is one of Germany’s biggest starlets having represented his country’s Under-16 side on numerchedules and interleague play every day of the season, the final scheduled game between two teams could be as early as the third day of the regular season.

The Cardinals and Royals played four times this year. Thursday’s game was their last, so the “revert back” rule was in play.

It nearly cost the Royals a memorable win. It nearly gave baseball a needless black eye.

Fortunately Joe West waited. Fortunately the rain stopped before the sun came up.

The next time, baseball may not be so fortunate.

van Dijk admits they targeted Manchester United’s


The waived minor-league pitcher Saturday to clear up room on the 40-man roster for the acquisition of David Huff.

Rondon was strugglingMilan this summer.But he told Fph says Chelsea are threatening to recall Morata from Atletico Madrid if the Spaniards don’t cough vealed Sadio Mane suffered a dead leg and knee injury in Sunday’s 2-1 over Chelsea. The Senegalese was forced off after N’Golo Kante’s mazy run and finish got Chelsea back in the game.”It was a knock on the bone, around the knee, and a dead leg,” saiup some £50million for the forward.Morata joined Atletico on an 18-month loan deal in January, but the Blues can cut the loan short this summer if Dieour Four Two: “It’s a nice feeling when you get praise for your good work, but I’m not thinking about a transfer at the moment.”I’ve just arrived at Everton. I’m happy here.”Brazil are set to take on Qatar and Honduras at Double-A Trenton, posting a 7.46 ERA in 12 appearances. 

f pride after victory at Shakhtar Donetsk.The Orib


manager John Farrell admitted Tuesday slumping outfielder probably would be moved out of the leadoff spot if Shane Victorino (hamstring) was healthy. As it is, Ellsbury will continue to get the chance to .

“We’re sticking with (Ellsbury) to hopefully give him the opportunity to come out of the situation that he’s in right now,” Farrell said, per The Boston Herald. “But I can say this: Whether he’s hitting first or whether he’s hitting somewhere else in the lineup, there are still things that we need to address, that he needs to address, and those are ongoing.”

Ellsbury hasn’t had a multi-hit game in 15 starts and is batting .143 (9 for 63) in that span, dropping his average from .290 to .242.

“It’s inconsistent timing at the plate right now, whether it’s four ground balls to second base or whether it’s three line drives to third base,” Fks with Manchester United.The Leicester City defender is wanted by both Manchester City and United.He recently fuelled rumours of a transfer by ‘liking’ a message claiming he would be a “fan favourite” at Old Trafford.Quoting a report of his social marrell said. “This isn’t a matter of effort. It’s a matter of maybe being a little bit more free of mind and letting that natural ability take over.”

More News 11/21/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 10/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/08/2019 e Brazilian centre-back, who rejoined the Europa League finalists from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016, has signed a fresh two-year deal that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2021.”I am so happy to be here and to have this opportunity • by RotoWire Staff 08/11/2019 • by RotoWire Staff lskjaer says Odion Ighalo is proving a positive influence on their young players.Solskjaer has praised the impact of the Nigeria international since his arrival from Shanghai Shenhua and admitted United could consider keeping him at the club at the e 06/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/03/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

Juventus has been held up by Chelsea’s demand for


first baseman , who was removed from Saturday’s game with back spasms, is day-to-day.

“It’s just more treating it and making sure everything is all right,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura told .com. “Ast Trabzonspor today.While his move from Chelsea has been confirmed for some days, Newton is yet to put pen to paper on a contract with the Turkish giants.However, Fanatik says the former Chelsea midfielder is due to sign forms today.Newton will join of right now, it’s day-to-day. Just watching him on the field, he had done something. I don’t know exactly when he did it. We were watching him at first and he couldn’t move around very well. When he came in, he just wasn’t moving around tBarcelona have made an offer for wantaway PSG star Neymar.Le Parisien says Barca have offered €60m cash plus Philippe Coutinho for the Brazil captain.The verbal proposal has been on the table for several weeks.However, PSG are insisting the offer falls well short of PSG’s valuation, with the French giants rating Coutinho at €120m.Barca lost Neymar to PSG in 2017 for €222m.oo good. It just tightened up on him.”

Duical on Monday before signing a five-year contract yesterday.Milan director Paolo Maldini was key to the deal. He personally convinced the player during a meeting in Ibiza to reject a proposal from Bayer Leverkusen.Maldini considers Theo fundamental nn is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Angels.

der Ross Barkley has revealed he’s had to train th


closer picked up his fifth save of the season Friday, pitching a 1-2-3 inning against the Dodgers and striking out two batters. The scoreless inning lowered Cishek’s ERA to 4.50 in 14 innings. He owns a 16:5 K:BB ratio on the year.

More News 28D ago • by RotoWire Staff after Saturday’s Champions League final loss to Liverpool.The Mirror says Spurs have already had big money bids rejected for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and Lyon midfield enforcer Tanguy Ndombele.They also want to sign Celta Vigo striker 03/20/2020 • by RotoWire Staff Luton Town’s James Justin as a possible replacement for Harry Maguire. The Foxes are expected to pay at least £12 million, according to the Leicester Mercury.The youngster enjoyed an excellent season for Luton last term as they were promoted to tm allegations against former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.However, he insists that he doesn’t “hate” the Barcelona star over the incident.Evra accused the striker of repeatedly calling him “negro” during a game between the Red Devils and Liverpool ahe 01/07/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 08/21/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/19/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/17/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

ilan, it has been revealed.Former Milan chief Adri


starting pitcher  improved to 2-1 teen Logan Pye.The Arsenal-eyeing-Sunderland-defender-Logan-Pye-Manchester-United-interested.html”>Daily MailArsenal-eyeing-Sunderland-defender-Logan-Pye-Manchester-United-interested.html”> says Arsenal are leading the race to sign highly rated 15-y by holding the Brewers to just one earnedahimovic has become a co-owner in Hammarby.The Swedes have announced Ibrahimovic has bought 50 per cent of the Allsvenskan outfit.The news was confirmed by Hammarby this morning and Ibrahimovic said: “Hammarby is a fantastic club with passionate supp run on ered a fresh injury setback.The experienced German centre back has played just 45 minutes all season for Chelsea after undergoing surgery on his knee back in April. The Chelsea-defender-Antonio-Rudiger-suffers-injury-setback-miss-three-weeks.html”>Dasix hits and three walks in six innings, striking out four. It was just the fourth earned run Westbrook has allowed in his five starts this year en route to an NL-best 1.07 ERA.

Westbrook has continued to temper scoring despite mediocre peripherals. He has an 18:17 K:BB ratio and has allowed 30 hits in 33 2/3 innings. He’s in line to face the Cubs in Chicago next week.

ach Claude Puel.The former Leicester City and Sout


third baseman homered as part of a 2 for 4 day in Wednesday’s win over Milwaukee. Alvarez scord a run and hit in two runs on the day. He’s startine close to sealing a deal for Spanish wonderkid Mateo Meija.The Red Devils are hoping to sign Mejia from Real Zaragoza for £600,000, per The Sun.The 16-year-old will pick U United have recalled Kell Watts from his loan with Stevenage Borough.The 20-year-old, who signed a three-year contract with Newcastle earlier this season, had joined the League Two outfit at the start of the 2019/20 campaign on a season-long loan annited over other teams in the Premier League and La Liga that were interestedg to rebound from a dreadful start; his .610 OPS is still ugly but it’s a far sight better than his .247 mark from two weeks ago.

More News 05/06/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 03/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff and have a decent record behind you, you wait. You just never know what’s around the corner.A month ago, if he’d had his way, Adrian wouldn’t be a European title winner today. He wouldn’t have made his debut for the European champions on Friday night 03/17/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 12/03/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 10/25/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 08/24/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

i Emery was full of praise for youngster Jeff Rein


The placed starting pitcher on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday. Nova left Friday’s start against the Blue adamant he has he support of president Josep Maria Bartomeu.The coach has faced criticism for the manner of which his Barcelona side crashed to a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool, having won the first leg of the Champions League semifinal 3-0.”I feel strong, Jays with right elbow pain and underwent an MRI. Nova has been diagnosed with triceps inflammation and manager Joe Girardi is confident the issue will resolve itself following the DL stint, Newsday reports.He has a 6.48 ERA after four starts and it appears David Phelps will take his spot in the rotation. Phelps picked up the win after Nova left, as he threw four innings and allowed just one run with nine strikeouts.

More News 04/05/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/05/2020 d to see his teamwith Sevilla.Costa had a goal disallowed and missed a penalty.Nevertheless, Simeone has made clear he will continue to trust the player as long as he keeps working hard. “When someone works as hard as Diego Costa, I will continue to trust him,” Simeo win the Supercopa de Espana on Sunday.Perez could not hide his euphoria after his side beat Atletico Madrid to win in Jeddah. Florentino was asked about signings by Saudi television.”I don’t know who Pogba is,” joked Perez when ques • by RotoWire Staff 01/13/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/29/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/27/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/22/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

Frenchman is attracting the interest of Manuel Pe


pitcher will not make his rehab start for Double-A Tennessee on Wednesday due to soreness in his forearm, .com reports. The right-hander has been able to throw in simulated games as he continues to recover from a strained left lat.General manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday the forearm issue is nothing serious for Garza.

Mti made more history with his appearance in last night’s 0-0 draw with Real Madrid.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde brought him on from the bench in the Clasico and he became the club’s youngest player this century in such a game.He replaced Antoine Grieore News 01/09/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 09/30/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/19/2017 • uropa League final.Giroud, who spent more than five seasons at the Emirates, joinir first overall loss since 2002, reports, /.In the annual accounts for the 2018/19 period, the Premier League club have confirmed they lost UK£27.1 million (US$34.5 million) after tax, a near UK£70 million (US$89.2 million) year-on-year decrease oed Chelsea in January 2018 and has since made two appearances against his former side, but has failed to earn a start or a goal in either game.The 32-year-old is hoping by RotoWire Staff 09/12/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/06/2017 • by RotoWire Staff 09/04/2017 • by RotoWire Staff

ty to break down deep-lying opponents after Sunday


shortstop responded positively to being moved up to fifth in the batting order Thursday against the Brewers. Crawford led the offensive charge in a 7-2 loss, going 3 for 4 with a solo home run, a double and two runs.

Crawford is batting .354 (11 for 31) with three home runs and seven RBI in nine career games aturizio Sarri’s outcasts a clean slate.Lampard is wiping the slate clean with the entire squad as they fly off for a pre-season training camp in Ireland.He said: “Everybody will have the opportunity to show what they can do — their attitude, the w Miller Park. Crawford extended his hitting streak to 11 games Thursday. He’s batting .432 (16 for 37) with three doubles, three home runs and seven RBI during the streak.

More News 03/27/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/24/2020 Joao Virginia from his loan with Reading in January.The Liverpool Echo says Everton inserted a clause in Virginia’s loan move to Reading that allows them to recall the goalkeeper in January.The 20-year-old has made come true.Cech has returned to Stamford Bridge after a career swansong with Arsenal.He told the club’s website, “It has been an amazing journey. “If you are born in Czechoslovakia behind the Iron Curtain then you have a completely different perspectionly three appearances for the Cham • by RotoWire Staff 02/21/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 09/28/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/26/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/19/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

ried Zaha.Rice defended Zaha after fans claimed th


Acquired just days ago, starter took the mound in Seattle Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers. His performance was solid, but not enough to avoid taking the loss in a 6-2 Detroit win. Harang (0-1) threw 95 Van Persie believe that Paul Pogba should clarify his future.Much speculation has surrounded Pogba in the past few months, as he has struggled to recover from an ankle injury.It appears he may require an operation, according to his manager Ole Gunna pitches over five innings and fell victim to Miguel Cabrera. The Triple Crown winner singled home a run off Harang in the first inning and hit a two-run homer off him in the fifth to account for all three runs the pitcher gave up. Harang surrendered seven hits and didn’t walk a batter with six strikeouts in his debut for the Mariners. He’s certainly earned another start and that is expected to come Sunday in Texas.

More News 11/03/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 10/04/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 10/01/2015 • by RotoWire Staff 09/23/2015 Manchester United and Tottenham have been granted club licences by the Football Association to play in the Women’s Super League next season.Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers and Coventry United have won licences for next season’s Women’s Championship. • by RotoWire Staff 09/01/20hey lost to Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final.The Frenchman explained how it’s never any fun losing a final, especially after such a brilliant season.”We live in a society where you feel that if you are not the best you are Mr. Nobody, a15 • by Sean D’Oliveira 08/27/2015 • by Jason Lempert

the way he left for Bordeaux.Wright was angered by


It wasn’t a pretty ninth inning for the on Tuesday night in Chndy Gray rates Jack Grealish ahead of Liverpool pair Gini Wijnaldum and Naby Keita.Gray insists the Villa captain would get into Manchester City’s midfield per Harry Tyrer has signed his first professional contract.After signing a two-and-a-half-year deal, Tyrer revealed the joy he felt at signing professionally for his boyhood club.“I’ve supported Everton all my life, so I’m very proud. Everyone in mand “walk into” Tottenham’s.”I know he’s a Villa fan, his family are all Villa fans, he loves icago. Facing the Cubs in an interleague matchup, Texas closer got the job done for his fifth save. 

The inning began with the Rangers up 4-0 and Michael Kirkman on the mound. After getting two relatively easy outs, Kirkman gave up a single and walked a batter. On came Nathan. 

The usually sure-handed closer gave up an infield single and a double that plated two runs to make the score 4-2. He then loaded the bases after hitting a batter. In the end, however, Nathan got Darwin Barney to line out on a diving play by the center fielder for the save. 

He threw 20 pitches and recorded just one out. Hie Mirror says Wells has been recalled from his Queens Park Rangers loan spell.Wells has netted 15 time for QPR this season, including 13 in the Championship.Burnley have exercised their option to curtail the loan agreement to re-evaluate his positions ERA remains solid at 1.42 as both runs allowed were charged to Kirkman. 

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y for Antoine Griezmann.Marca says Barca will seek


starter and American League Cy Young winner was hit hard by Mark Reynolds and the Clevelandalkeeper Norberto Murara – better known as NetoThe Gunners are searching for a replacement for Petr Cech, who will retire from football after the Europa League final.According to Plaza Deportivo, Emery wants to bring in 29-year-old to serve as Bernd offense Sunday. Price, who took the loss, allowed a three-run homer to Reynolds in the third inning and another three-run blast to Lonnie Chisenhall in the fifth. He allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits and three walks over five innings. Price, who struck out three, threw 96 pitches — 61 for strikes. His ERA after two starts is 8.18.”Just fighting myself right now,” Price said to .com. “And it’s tough. As good as I feel out there on the mound right now to go out there and be my own worst enemy. It’s a tough thing to do. I’ve got to get out of my own way and just throw the ball.”The best pitcher in the AL last season struggled early last year. He was 1-1 after two starts with a 4.82 ERA.

“It took me a couple of starts last year as well,” Price said. “This wasn’t very good. I’ve really thought about it since I came out and I really don’t have a positive from today. And that’s kind of tough to do. I just have to keep getting better, working hard. It’s not due to lack of work or anything like that. This is a very tough game, and they put it to us today. It was very rough.”His next start is Saturday at Boston.

More News 03/25/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 03/09/2020 • by RotoWire Staff e in the next 48 hours.That’s according to Swedish agent Hasan Cetinkaya, whose company is in charge of negotiations.Braithwaite is now finalising personal terms with Barca, which are prepared to meet his €18m buyout clause. The Catalans have permi nsists the board is fully behind Ernesto Valverde.Valverde has come under significant pressure after the Champions League failures of his first two seasons in charge, yet Cardoner believes he is totally the right coach for the job.”There have been qu 03/03/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/28/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/27/2020 • by RotoWire Staff 02/19/2020 • by RotoWire Staff

andle his move to Manchester United.Cathcart came


Having served all but five games of his 50-game suspension for testosimed at thleted the loan signing of Krovinovic ahead of Norwich City.The Croatian will represent the Baggies until the end of the season.Albion’s Technical Director Luke Dowlin said: “Filip is a bright, energetic player who is looking forward to representinge support.However, Vidal refused to deny he was mocking Real captain Sergio Ramos.He appeared to direct an offensive arm gesture towards Sergio Ramos in celebration following Lucas Perez’s equaliser for the hosts.”[It wasn’t directed] at thterone last season, will return to the ‘ rotation this Saturday at the Astros. Apparently, Fantasy owners were unimpressed with Colon’s first season in Oakland, in which he went 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, as he is currently owned in only 9 percent of the leagues on CBSSports.com.

That likely makes Colon the most underowned pitcher in Fantasy. At the very least, he should be rostered in standard mixed leagues that use a points format. Colon led the majors with the lowest rate of pitches per plate appearance (3.37) and the highest strikes-thrown rate (70 percent), which helped him to average 6 1/3 innhe’s a very different player to the one who made his first team debut in 2016.The England U21 international is currently on-loan at Birmingham City.He said, “Physicality has been added with my age, and more maturity in the way I play. I don’t get intings per start. His stinginess with walks also contributed to his low ERA and WHIP, which he could approximate again this year.

That alone may not help Colon’s popularity in Rotisserie leagues, but owners in Head-to-Head points leagues need to look into him as a potential back-of-the-rotation upgrade.

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