OF Andrew McCutchen drives in four to boost Pirates


had a big night at the plate fcontract offer from Chelsea.The 30-year-old has yet to return to the club after winning Copa America with Brazil three weeks ago.Barcelona, PSG and Manchester United have shown an interest in the winger.Frank Lampard has initially wanted to assess Wior the , driving in four runs to help his team cruise to a victory over the Marlins. 

McCutchen got the Pirates on the boa nothing to dampen speculation about a move to Liverpool.Just recently, the player was linked with a move to the Reds, with former Liverpool star Stan Collymore saying he would be the ideal midfield signing.The speculation is set to continue, as Neverd with a first-inning double and followed that with a three-run home more clinical against Manchester United.The Hornets performed admirably at Old Trafford, especially in the first half.But their big chances, which fell to Troy Deeney and Abdoulaye Doucoure, were not taken.Eventually, United took the lead and won thr in the second as Pittsburgh opened a 7-1 lead. McCutchen now has five home runs and 19 RBIs in August. 

With his 20th home run, McCutchen has now reached that benchmark in five straight seasons.

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White Sox SP Jose Quintana tosses seven innings in no-decision


starting pitcher threw seven inni for loanee Eddie Nketiah.The Arsenal man has not started a game in the Championship this season.The Gunners do have the option of recalling Nketiah if he does not appear in enough minutes before the start of the January transfer window.The Mirrorsayngs in Sunday’s win over the Rangers.

Quintana allowed just two earned runs while striking out five batters, but came out with a no-decision. He says Andy Robertson is an invaluable member of Liverpool’s dressing room.The Scotland international has established himself as one of the world’s best left-backs over the past 18 months.And Milner says he has also had a brilliant impact on tionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan buying the club is simply a publicity stunt.The Mirror says there are doubts within the Ashley camp that the controversial Sports Direct magnate’s Tyneside reign is actually about to come to an end. An Ashleyhe playi threw 108 pitches and walked two batters before leaving the game.

Quintana (3-7) has a 3.92 ERA with 73 strikeouts and 26 walks in 87 1/3 innings this season.

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The Marlins reportedly have had ‘internal talks’ about signing A-Rod


Over the past few weeks, whenever the possibility of Alex Rodriguez being released arose, it was inevitable that someone, somewhere would soon follow witmmate David McGoldrick.McGoldrick’s return to action following injury has helped United consolidate their status as the highest of the newly promoted clubs and Fleck insisted their upturn in form is no coincidence.”He (McGoldrick) is unbelievable to h a joke about him signing with the Marlins. Sometimes, as it turns out, jokes aren’t jokes at all — just glimpses of potential futures.

With Rodriguez set to be released after Friday’s game, it’s probably not too surprising to learn that the Marlins have had internal conversations about Rodriguez, . season’s title race.Guardiola says his second league success in England was made all the more special by the closeness of the title race.”The fact we played these 14 games knowing if we draw a game or if we lose a game it will be difficult to retain Here’s Heyman’s verdict:

If they do consider it, it would almost surely have to come after rosters expand Sept. 1. But it is probably a long shot, in any case.

There are a few reasons why people have been joking about this possibility, and almost all of them have to do with Rodriguez being from the area and/or Jeffrey Loria’s fondness for publicity stunts.

Still, there is a baseball-related argument to be made in favor of the Marlins signing Rodriguez. It goes like this: incumbent platoon first baseman Chris Johnson has hit .207/.278/.305 against left-handed pitching. For as bad as Rodriguez has played overall, he’s hit .219/.275/.397 against southpaws.

Is that a big enough difference to welcome in the distraction that Rodriguez would bring with him? Maybe not. But the Marlins are fighting for their playoff lives, and every little upgrade helps. Bo Fernandes.A Bola says United are looking to beat rivals Manchester City to the signature of Fernandes.The 24-year-old scored 32 goals and contributed 18 assists in 53 matches last season and has attracted interest from European clubs.United are eyeesides, then we wouldn’t have to hear the jokes anymore.

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ALDS Preview: 9 things to know about Rangers vs. Blue Jays


Thursday, the and begin their best-of-five American League Division Series with Game 1 taking place at 3:30 in Toronto. Here’s the series schedule, with Game 4 and 5 obviously being of the “if necessary” variety.

DateTime (ET)SiteStarting PitchersThu, Oct. 83:30pmRogers Centre vs. Fri, Oct. 912:30pmRogers Centre vs. Sun, Oct. 118pmGlobe Life Park vs. Martin PerezMon, Oct. 12*TBDGlobe Life Park vs. TBAWed, Oct. 14*TBDRogers CentreGallardo vs. Price

Here are 9 things to know: 

The Blue Jays were 45-46 and 4 1/2 games out of first at the break while the Rangers were 42-46 and six games out. Post-break, Toronto went 48-23 (best record in baseball) while the Rangers were 46-28 (third in , with the being second).

If we started with August 1 — which isn’t arbitrary, due to it being the day after the trade deadline — the Blue Jays (40-18) and Rangers (38-22) are again the best two teams in the AL (behind only the Cubs in MLB).

The “hot hand” theory doesn’t necessarily translate, as the Rangers won only four of their last nine games and the Blue Jays — immediately after clinching — won just one of their last five, but that doesn’t matter much. The basic jist here is these two teams have proven down the stretch to be among baseball’s strongest.

The Jays scored 891 runs this season, which was 127 more runs than anyone else in all of baseball. This is the most runs one team has scored in a season since 2009, when the scored 915. They won the World Series.

The Blue Jays also led the majors in doubles, home runs, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and much more. They have three players who hit at least 39 homers in (41), (40) and (39), but it’s a well-rounded offense as well.

(.319/.354/.381) has proven a good table-setter, (31 doubles, 12 homers, 25 steals) is a fine power-speed combo, (23 homers) and (18 homers) provide down-order power and hit .321/.367/.520.

This offense once scored at least 12 runs four times in a seven-game span.

For myriad reasons, the Rangers’ offense wasn’t very good in the first half, but things have picked up since then. In fact, since the All-Star break, the Rangers weren’t that far off the Jays.

Rangers,h Richards has defended his old club in the wake of their two season Champions League ban.City have expressed their intention to appeal UEFA’s ruling, with the case being taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport with club chiefs hoping to have the 2nd half: .270/.341/.430, 381 R, 5.15 R/GBlue Jays, 2nd half: .274/.350/.478, 405 R, 5.70 R/G

The power and overall runs per game numbers show the Blue Jays were still better, but it’s not like we’re talking about the compared to the Jays. The Rangers were third in baseball with 764 runs scored overall.

They don’t overall have the gaudy numbers, but there are some veterans with established track records to close the season hot, such as hitting .318/.376/.509 with 61 RBI or hitting .343/.455/.560 with 56 runs in 74 second-half games. Take note of ‘s outstanding bounce-back season that likely wins him Comeback Player of the Year, too.

In six regular season games between the two clubs, the Jays took four of six while outscoring the Rangers by 13. In a late-August series in Texas, with both teams playing real good baseball, the teams split close games while the Jays took a blowout (12-4) to win the series.

David Price did pitch while Cole Hamels did not.

Long gone are the early-season days when the Blue Jays had a great offense but terrible pitching staff. Did you know that Estrada’s 3.13 ERA ranks fifth in the AL among qualifiers and would lead Texas’ staff? He’s third in line in Toronto, where proven playoff ace and possible Cy Young winner Price fronts things.

Next up, the 24-year-old Stroman, whose torn ACL in the spring may wind up proving a blessing in disguise, given that he only logged 130 2/3 innings last season and now has zero workload concerns — unlike, for example, the ‘ youth — heading to the playoffs. He’s been lights out since returning, too. In four starts, Stroman is 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA. He threw the clincher in Baltimore and was missing bats with ease; almost a swagger with his slider. He was locked in.

So this ends up a pretty strong big three, though many in America may not have noticed.

The Rangers go with Gallardo in Game 1 and he is 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA. The problem is was full of praise for Dani Ceballos after their 1-0 win over West Ham.Ceballos played a crucial role in Arsenal’s win, having the most touches on the pitch with 121, while also completing the most passes with 86.Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live during he doesn’t miss many bats (5.9 K/), allows too many baserunners (1.42) and has a history of allowing the longball (at least 20 HR in four different seasons, though he allowed only 15 this season). He’s facing David Price and the best offense in baseball in Game 1. He did hold them down twice this season, though. Can he make it three?

Behind Gallardo is Hamels with a very good postseason track record. He has a 3.66 ERA since being traded to Texas, but a career ERA+ of 124. He’s got ace stuff when he’s on.

Since a shutout on Aug. 30 and another great outing next time out, has been awful, posting a 7.62 ERA in five starts. With eight career shutouts in 138 starts, though, we know he’s plenty capable of pitching well on any given night. Young lefty has electric stuff and finished the season strong while has a 2.34 carer postseason ERA. [ Perez will pitch Game 3 with Game 4 starter not yet announced]

Don’t mistake these teams for being all offense and no rotation.

The Rangers’ bullpen had a 2.52 ERA (best in AL) and 1.13 WHIP with 92 strikeouts in 93 innings since the beginning of September. The Blue Jays — after a 2.08 bullpen ERA in August — relievers posted a 5.08 ERA and 1.35 WHIP from the beginning of September to the end of the season.

For the entire season, though, the Blue Jays (3.50, fifth in AL) had a better bullpen than the Rangers (4.12, 11th in AL).

We all know that home-field advantage in baseball isn’t anything like it can be in football or basketball, but there’s still a level of comfort to playing at home and pretty much everyone is better at home than on the road.

The Rangers aren’t, though. At least they weren’t in the regular season. They were 45-36 away from Globe Life Park, which was the best road record in the AL (only the Cubs were better in baseball at 48-33).

Of course, the Blue Jays at 53-28 were tied with Houston for the best home record in the AL.

They went 15-28 in one-run games this season, which is utterly ridiculous for a team of this caliber. They almost lost 2/3 of their one-run games, which only 12 teams in the wild-card era have done and they were all below .500 and most were terrible ().

Yet somehow the Jays won 93 games while being 13 below .500 in one-run affairs.

Is this some kind of fundamental skill the Blue Jays lack? I remember trying to explain it the other way when it came to those 2012 . You have to have a good bullpen, particularly the back-end (so bad in this case) and good situational hitting (so bad in this case) in addition to several other factors that are probably tough to quantify. 

The Jays’ pen ranks fifth in the AL in bullpen ERA while rookie closer was 20 of 23 in save chances (uh oh, though, 6.00 ERA and two blown saves in Sept.). The Blue Jays hit .241/.310/.406 in “late and close” Klopp found an instant connection with the club when they joined.Fans were unsure of what to expect of Klopp when he arrived, given the way his tenure at Borussia Dortmund ended.However, he managed to take the club to new heights, winning the Champiosituations this season while hitting .243/.340/.423 with two outs and runners in scoring position this year.

That’s not as good as in other situations.

At least in the case of situational hitting, we can’t say this will carry over into postseason, but it certainly helps illustrate so many close losses by such a good team.

The Rangers finished in last place in the AL West last season. Only two teams have ever gone worst-to-first and then won the World Series: 1991 , 2013 .

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Mets’ Noah Syndergaard, Brewers’ Carlos Gomez move past beaning


Hours after hitting hi Luiz is aware of why his teammate Eden Hazard may want to leave.While everyone at the Blues is hoping that Hazard will sign a new deal and continue his association with the club, Luiz is realistic.He knows that the 28-year-old has an ambition to plam in the left earflap with a 97-mph fastball, pitcher sent the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez a message via Twitter on Sunday to wish him well, and the center fielder tweeted back his forgiveness and encouraged the rookie pitcher to not let the incident affect his pitching, .

“I saw he tweeted something so I send it back,” Gomez said. “I wanted to make sure it doesn’t affect his career. Most of the time when you throw hard and hit somebody, scary like that, it gets in your head. You start get a little bit scared to throw inside.”

Gomez suffered a facial contusion but not a concussion, and was back in the Brewers’ lineup Monday in Detroit. 

“I feel good,” Gomez said. “I’m lucky it hit the ear flap. I don’t think in the old days they throw that hard.”

The two also spoke and texted each other Monday. 

“I talked to him [Monday] and I said, ‘I make sure I want to talk to you because I see you really scared in th Reds will drop points again this weekend against Tottenham.Liverpool drew 1-1 with old rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, ending the European champions’ 100% record in the Premier League this season. “I am at Anfield for this gamee tough molems at Barcelona.The France attacker’s future is again up for discussion, with more discipline problems being raised.Stephan worked with Dembele at Rennes and told Le Parisian: “At home, he was never injured. He worked all the sessions and all the mment,'” Gomez said. “‘You have a long career and I don’t want this to get in your head.'”

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Athletics’ Sean Doolittle throws for second straight day, nears bullpen


pitcher threw off of flat ground for the second straight day on Sunday, the first time he’s thrown back-to-back days since going on the disabled list. 

Doolittle told the that his shoulder, that landed him on the disabled list, felt fine after the back-tohed by Manchester United.His performances have caught the eye of United, according to Calciomercato.com.They claim thhe Carabao Cup, they will have to overcome current holders Manchester City in the next round.But with the FA Cup also up for grabs Le Tissier believes Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side should be targeting a trophy, as well as improvement in the Premierommitment of Ryan Fraser.Howe has insisted Fraser is completely focused on Bournemouth’s relegation battle, despite his contract due to expire in the summer.It was suggested to Howe that Fraser could even depart the club this month, should Bournemout League.at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are interested in luring the Portuguese international to Old Trafford.It has been stated that the Norw-back throwing sessions. 

Doolittle would like to return to the mound this season and a bullpen session on Thursday.

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Report: Diamondbacks SP Jeremy Hellickson has back issue


starter underwent an MRI on Wednesday l Mattino says Koulibaly has told Napoli he wants to leave if the club receive a good offer amid speculation linking him with Manchester United.The defender was on United’s list of targets before the signing of Harry Maguire was complete.Koulibaly hain Denver, per ESPN, which is reporting that his injury is more than hisub must use all their power to sign Jadon Sancho this summer.Borussia Dortmund have made the England international, 19, available for the price of £100m, with Chelsea are also interested in the lively winger.And Sharpe thinks it is vital that United oblique.

Hellickson left his last start Sunday with soreness in that area. It remains to be seen if he will miss his next start.

His absence would be a blow to the rohe Sun says Scott looks set to join Newcastle for free on a two-year deal.Scott, 21, has been out of contract since being let go by Chelsea last month and joins the Toon on a freebie.The central midfielder is said to have agreed to personal terms andtation. Hellickson has performed well despite an inability to go deep into games. He has six quality starts in his last seven outings and has lowered his ERA below 5.00 for the first time since April 19.

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WATCH: Fan feeding infant catches pop up, interference called


So, every baseball fan knows, or should know, that you’re not allowed to reach into the field of play for a ball. They make the announcement on the public address to that effect before every game, and have for time immemorial. Fans ignore it all of the time anyway, but everyone should know better.

Every father knows, or should know, that protecting your child is the most important thing you do as a parent. And if you happen to bring your infant to a ballgame — which can be questionable in itself, first of all because the kid’s not going to remember the experience — it’s better to let other fans try to catch foul balls. Fans ignore this way of thinking all of the time, and .

This guy at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night, this Dad Dude, adhered to neither axiom. Not only did he catch a foul ball while feeding — not just holding, but feeding — a baby, but he also made the play by reaching onto the field of play and interfering with of the . Watch:

There are too many what-ifs to count, but what if Gonzalez knocks into the fan and the fan drops the baby? There was only one thing for Dad Dude to do. Turn his back to the field and cover up the kid until the danger had passed. It would have been risky enough among other cuckoo fans to try and catch a foul ball, but against a ballplayer with a mitt who is trained to get outs at any cost? Bad idea, Dad Dude, bad.

Thanks for the third out, man.

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers)

It was a nice catch, with plenty of degree of difficulty. That he was feeding the child in the first and not letting/making Mom handle it, he gets Progressive Dad Points for that. And to keep the baby in his embrace with one arm, while not strangling it, while also keeping the nipple of the bottle in the kid’s mouth — it’s impressive. It’s just, there were too many X-factors to also make it a safe action. Sometimes, at the moment of truth, you don’t choose wisely.

hustled down from the press box to interview Dad Dude, whose real name is Keith Hartley, and asked, “What was going through your mind, when you had the baby and the ball’s coming?”

I like the look on the mom’s face w believe that his side is built to win the Champions League.Spurs made the final of last season’s competition, but suffered a 2-0 loss to fellow Premier League side Liverpool.While they will be aiming to go far in this season’s competition, Lloris dohen Hartley was asked what was going through your mind? What, indeed? Well, Hartley said, he didn’t want the ball to hit the ledge and then the baby. Riiiiight.

As you might have heard on the video, Orel Hershiser on the Dodgers broadcast wanted the fan kicked out because he interfered with the ball in play. A bit much, even though Dad Dude was subject to ejecig time” after Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiacos.The Gunners conceded in the last-minute of extra time to lose on away goals with the scores tied at 2-2.”It hurts big time,” said Arteta.”We had a lot of hope but if you concetion. He should be forgiven for violating the field of play. After all, video replay gave the out to timistic Andre Gomes could return this season.The Portuguese suffered a fractured dislocation to his right ankle against Spurs on Sunday and underwent successful surgery on Monday.Silva said: “It is not easy for us to give a sure date about when he wthe Dodgers. Justice was done.

But someone needs to give Dad Dude a stern talking-to for being reckless with his own infant. Dad Dude thought he was being cool by making that catch. Maybe too cool by half. Keep the baby at home next time. Wait until he/she is 3 or 4. 

Here’s father Keith and 7 month old son Isaac at game after the catch

— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat)

And keep your hands inside of the grandstand at all times.

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Mets INF Dilson Herrera (finger) won’t be activated Wednesday


infielder from the disabeld list on Wednesday. Herrera, who is on the DL with a finger injury, wilC Porto striker Moussa Marega.According to French outlet Foot Mercan Eriksen has no interest in a move to Manchester United.Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer failed with a swoop last summer for Tottenham’s unsettled star as he chose to wait – in vain – for Real Madrid to come calling.And United are unlikely toato, the Reds, along with West Ham and Ligue 1 outfit Marseille, are thought to be extremely keen on the Mali international.The 28-year-old struck 21 times in 47 appearances last seasol remain with Triple-A Las Vegas foortable 2-0 victors over Lazio tonight.Inzaghi said, “Our qualification was not decided in Rennes.“We should’ve done better in the other games, but even then didn’t get the results we deserved. It was not an easy group, because Rennes and Celtic r now, according to ESPN.com. 

There has been no word on how long Herrera is expected to stay with Las Vegas.

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Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon gets season-high 4 hits


outfielder went 4 fornced the appointment of England U17 coach Steve Cooper as their new manager.Cooper, who won the U17 World Cup with England, replaces Graham Potter at the helm.Swansea City chairman, Trevor Birch, said: “We are excited and delighted with the appointme 5 from the plate in Wednesday’s 7-6 win against the Dodgers. 

Blackmon hit two doubles, giving him a total of eight for the season. One of those was a ground-rule double during Colorado’s rally in the ninth inning.

It’s the first time he’s recorded four hits in a game thiris Gnagnon has apologised after his “heinous” kick at Yasser Larouci which led to him being sent off during a very physical 2-1 pre-season win over Liverpool.Gnagnon was shown a straight red card for a horror tackle on Larouci, chasing the Liverpools season and the eighth time he’s hit four in a game in his career. 

Blackmon also stole a base, his 11th of the season. He scored two runs and now hasale of the club’s stadium, Hillsborough, to owner Dejphon Chansiri.The Championship club sold its Hillsborough Stadium for £60m helping them achieve a pre-tax profit of £2.5m for 2017-18. However, the EFL’s charges relate to “how and when” it was s a slash line of .262/.339/.431. 

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