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Yankees-Red Sox in London a best-seller

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Following matchups in Mexico and Japan in recent years, the league is making its first foray into Europe with hopes of expanding its international reach with the help of its two most-storied franchises.

Fans from 44 different states in the U.S. and 27 different countries have already purchased tickets for the MLB London series, according to StubHub general manager Jill Krimmel.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“The appeal of MLB to a global audience continues to grow, and the overwhelming response for the rivalry matchup between the Yankees and Red Sox in London certainly proves that the sport has fans worldwide,” Krimmel said.

“It is demonstrating that baseball has tremendous potential overseas, much like the NFL and NBA have seen.”10

The Yankees are driving demand stateside, outselling the Red Sox by 18 percent.

The Philadelphia Phillies have seen a surge in ticket sales following the acquisition of slugger Bryce Harper, who signed a record 13-year, $330 million contract.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Phillies’ ticket sales are up 93 percent from the same time last year and up 157 percent over the last three seasons, the highest three-year growth out of all the teams in the league.

MLB’s Opening Day is March 28. The London Series takes place at the Olympic Stadium over two days, June 29-30.

Tickets for the London Series sold out in December, but the MLB announced on Thursday that a further 5,000 tickets will be released across the two games due to an increase in capacity at the London Stadium.

The stadium, which was built for the 2012 Olympic Games and is now home to Premier League soccer team West Ham United, will see its capacity increase from 55,000 to around 57,500.

Reds’ Lorenzen pitches, then moves to outfield

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Reliever Michael Lorenzen has begun the Cincinnati Reds’ mound-to-outfield experiment, pitching one inning, then moving to center field on Monday in a game against the Cleveland Indians. It didn’t take long for the ball to find him.

Lorenzen chased Jose Ramirez’s leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth inning of a 5-5 tie, his biggest test during his first time in the outfield.

“It was fun,” Lorenzen said. “I didn’t necessarily get any fly balls, but I had a couple hit to me. Hopefully, next time I get to run one down.”nike nfl jerseys cheap china

The Reds are exploring options for replacing center fielder Billy Hamilton, who signed with the Kansas City Royals. Lorenzen was a center fielder at Cal State Fullerton who also closed games on occasion. The Reds drafted him as a pitcher in 2013, and he has lobbied for a dual role in the majors.9

Lorenzen came on to pitch the bottom of the fifth inning and retired all three Indians, two by strikeout. Instead of heading off to ice his shoulder, he looked for his batting helmet. He faced Mike Clevinger and struck out swinging, then replaced Nick Senzel in center field.

Lorenzen started shading Ramirez, the first batter, toward right field, then moved back the other way. Ramirez hit the ball to the gap in right for a double.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“The game knows,” Lorenzen said. “It was funny, because I was actually shaded to right-center. I ended up moving into left-center.”

In the seventh inning, Cleveland’s Eric Stamets went from first to third on a single to center. Lorenzen fielded the ball and threw to third too late.

“I’d rather err on the side of overdoing it; that’s my personality,” Lorenzen said.

Lorenzen left after his two innings in the outfield.

First-year manager David Bell likes the option of using Lorenzen in center. After getting him ready to pitch during the first part of camp, Bell finally gave him a chance to play center.

After surgeries, Chapman ready to help A’s contend again

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Matt Chapman didn’t have a lot of time to savor his strong season — or the Oakland Athletics’ surprise playoff run — during the winter.

The 25-year-old third baseman had planned to have surgery on his right thumb after the season ended, but he also ended up getting an operation on his left shoulder in December. Both injuries had been bothering Chapman for a while.

“The shoulder was kind of a fluke thing, but it was hurting me the last couple years,” Chapman said. “Just overuse. … I didn’t really think it was anything besides just being sore.”nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Now he’s ready to build on a year in which he hit 24 homers, won a Gold Glove and finished seventh in AL MVP voting.10

His preparation has been compressed because of the surgeries and Oakland’s early start to spring training and the regular season. The A’s will travel to Japan to play the Seattle Mariners in the season-opening series on March 20-21.

“I think he’s right on schedule,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said Friday. “We maybe got him in there a day earlier than we expected. He’s running up close to 20 at-bats, which I didn’t think we’d have right now. I think everything’s going great with him.”nfl nike jersey cheap

Chapman has been to the plate 16 times this spring, with four walks and four hits including a double and a home run.

“Just getting more and more healthy and strong each day,” he said. “No excuses now.”

The A’s won a surprising 97 games last year even with injuries to their entire starting rotation. Now they’re aiming even higher.

“Hopefully continue to build on what we did last year,” Chapman said. “One hundred wins. Win the division. If your goals going into the season aren’t to win your division or make the playoffs, then what are you playing for?”

Molina continues comeback, catches Mikolas

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took another step in his comeback from left knee surgery in December by catching Opening Day starter Miles Mikolas in a camp game Wednesday.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Molina, a nine-time All-Star, took part in a game played at the team’s complex in Jupiter, Florida, that included players who didn’t travel for the Cardinals’ 9-5 win over the New York Yankees in Tampa.9

“Yadi caught Miles, threw a couple guys out, took his at-bats, so favorable positive day back on the ranch so to speak,” manager Mike Shildt said. “They got their work in. It’s a good day for the Cardinals.”

The 36-year-old Molina has not played in a spring training game. He has averaged 133 games behind the plate over the past three seasons.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Mikolas went 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA and was an NL All-Star last season.

MVP? Champion? Captain? Expectations sky-high for Aaron Judge in Year 3

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At this early stage of his career, Aaron Judge’s résumé already reads like a dream of a baseball-loving 11-year-old.

Home Run Derby champion. Fifty-two homer season. Rookie of the Year. Seven October bombs in back-to-back playoff appearances.cheap nfl custom jerseys

After an eventful first two seasons that have featured several milestones and accolades — and yes, injuries — what aside from winning a World Series is there for the 26-year-old New York Yankees superstar to accomplish in Year 3?

“See, that’s kind of the thing that drives me, to be honest,” Judge said in front of his George M. Steinbrenner Field locker earlier in spring training. “Nobody really knows. I don’t even know.10

“People can speculate and say, ‘He’s like this guy, he’s like that guy.’ But that unknown is kind of what drives me. Like, how good can you be? How good could somebody be? Just having that constant motivation of the unknown is kind of what pushes me.”

The projection sites have weighed in on what kind of hitter they think Judge will be in 2019. At best, they expect him to sneak over the 40-homer plateau. At worst, they’re anticipating he’ll struggle to hit .250.

Those who see Judge every day scoff at those numbers. As the right fielder enters a new phase of his career, they’re bracing for a whole lot more.nike nfl jerseys for cheap

“I guess the next step is winning the MVP,” veteran Yankees starter CC Sabathia said.

Do that, and bring a ring to the Bronx, and Judge will enter into the territory where one Yankees legend believes he belongs.

“His competition, for me, is in the monuments. His competition, for me, is the history of the Yankees,” said Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, referring to the plaques in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park. “If you look at some of the things he has done, he compares to [Babe] Ruth and [Lou] Gehrig. He’s put up crazy numbers.”

How Mike Trout could wind up with Bryce Harper in Philly

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The ink is barely dry on Bryce Harper’s contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, and Mike Trout is under contract with the Los Angeles Angels for the next two seasons, but everyone already is talking about what might happen after the 2020 season. That’s when Trout can hit free agency and sign with the Phillies, teaming up with the player he was so closely linked with back in 2012, when both were hotshot rookies.cheap nfl custom jerseys

Consider some of the comments after Harper’s 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies was announced:

Jeff Passan, ESPN.com: “The deal is mutually beneficial. Philadelphia adds a middle-of-the-order bat to a lineup that already includes the homegrown Rhys Hoskins and a pair of dangerous trade acquisitions: catcher J.T. Realmuto and shortstop Jean Segura. It gets to sell tickets and sponsorships around Harper. And because the deal’s average annual value is $25.4 million, it gets flexibility to spend more in coming offseasons and not run the risk of exceeding the luxury-tax threshold. In other words: Yes, an outfield with Harper and Philadelphia-area native Mike Trout is realistic.”9
Ken Rosenthal, The Athletic: “So, $330 million was the magic number. The average fan probably sees no further than that total. The average Phillies fan likely is salivating, knowing Harper’s relatively low AAV will give the team greater room under the luxury-tax threshold and enable it to pursue other expensive players in the future — most notably Mike Trout if he becomes a free agent after the 2020 season.”

Joe Sheehan’s newsletter: “There’s no need to be coy; Mike Trout is scheduled to reach free agency at the end of the 2020 season, and he plays for a team that has made the postseason once in his seven full seasons, one that is unlikely to get to October in 2019.”cheap nike nfl jerseys china

Then came the hammer, from Harper himself during his introductory news conference in Clearwater, Florida, on Saturday: “I’m making 26 [million] a year. That’s going to be able to bring some other guys in as well to build up this organization. There’s another guy in about two years that comes off the books. We’ll see what happens with that.”

If that sounds like a recruiting pitch for Trout, well, that’s exactly what it was. Harper even said he consulted with Trout during his free-agent process. Of course, there is no guarantee that Trout reaches free agency. The Angels remain hopeful about signing him to a mega-extension, although if that happens it likely won’t happen until next offseason. On Friday, the day after Harper’s agreement with the Phillies broke, Trout remained mum on his future, saying his focus is on getting ready for the season.

Bregman hit in 1st appearance since surgery

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On the morning of his spring debut Saturday, Alex Bregman woke up early because of a nightmare about being hit by a pitch.

Hours later, as Houston’s third baseman prepared to take the field against the New York Mets following his recovery from surgery on his right elbow, he was still thinking about his dream. He asked a teammate to borrow a guard to cover his other elbow.

The move proved fortuitous: On his third and final plate appearance, Bregman was plunked by Jeurys Familia on the protected elbow. Infield prospect Alex De Goti, who provided the guard, became Bregman’s hero.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“De Goti saved my life today or else I would have been on the shelf for a minute with the other elbow,” Bregman said laughing.

Bregman was limited early this spring after having arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in January. He said after the game that both elbows were OK, but that the surgically repaired one felt better than the other, which was bruised from the pitch.

“I’m fine,” he said. “Other elbow’s good. This one is sore.”10

He walked on his first two plate appearances. Bregman started at third base but didn’t see any action on the field with Justin Verlander giving up just two hits in three innings.

“I got to throw the ball across in between innings,” Bregman said.

Though Bregman declared his right elbow 100 percent, the 2018 All-Star Game MVP said he’ll need a few more games this spring before he’s where he wants to be.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“I’ve got a lot of work to do to get ready for the season, but I’ve got plenty of time,” he said.

Jose Altuve played second base for the first time this spring after serving as the designated hitter in his first two games. He is coming off surgery to repair a fractured kneecap.

The 2017 American League MVP doesn’t have a hit yet but walked twice in three plate appearances Saturday.

“I feel better than what I thought,” he said. “I’m really happy. I feel good. I feel like I’m where I want to be right now.”

Manager AJ Hinch was glad to see two of his stars back on the field and was encouraged by their work.

“Good, productive day,” Hinch said. “Just seeing them on the field together is nice. I like when our good guys play.”

Royals’ Perez injures UCL, could miss season

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Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez damaged the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, raising the possibility the 2015 World Series MVP may need Tommy John surgery and miss the season.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Perez was hurt during a workout Wednesday, and the team said a MRI on Thursday revealed the damage. Perez will travel next week to California for a second opinion from Los Angeles Dodgers head team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

The 28-year-old has been an All-Star for six straight seasons and won Gold Gloves in five of the last six years. He hit a career-low .235 last year and had 27 home runs and 80 RBIs for the second straight season.9

He has a $10 million salary this year and is owed $13 million in each of the following two seasons.

Cam Gallagher and Meibrys Viloria are the other catchers on Kansas City’s 40-man roster. Gallagher, who appeared in 35 games during the past two years, has a .218 career average with two home runs and 12 RBIs.

Viloria, 22, was a September callup last season and has appeared in only three major league games, his only experience above Class A.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Drew Butera, the Royals’ primary backup the past three years, was traded to Colorado on Aug. 31 and signed a minor league contract with Philadelphia last month.

Ervin Santana agrees to minor league deal with White Sox

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Starting pitcher Ervin Santana has agreed with the Chicago White Sox on a minor league deal, the team announced Saturday.

If Santana makes the team, his base salary will be $4.3 million, sources told ESPN.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

The 36-year-old Santana, who won 16 games for the Twins in 2017, missed the bulk of last season after having unexpected surgery on his right middle finger in February. He was reinstated on July 25 and went 0-1 with an 8.03 ERA in 24 2/3 innings over five starts with Minnesota before being shut down again with problems in the same finger.10

Santana has had trouble with the digit before and had an X-ray and MRI after the 2017 season, when doctors determined there was no injury to the tendon. He was treated with an injection at the time. The injury resurfaced later during the offseason, and a doctor’s recommendation was surgery. The procedure to the joint of the finger is a capsular release/debridement. The Twins said the injury stems from wear and tear, not one acute event.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Santana was an All-Star in 2017, going 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA in 211 1/3 innings over 33 starts. He led the majors with five complete games and three shutouts. He started the AL wild-card game, which the Twins lost at Yankee Stadium.

Over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Santana went 23-19 in 63 starts with a 3.32 ERA, seven complete games and four shutouts.

Bryce Harper meets with Phillies owner John Middleton in Las Vegas

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Philadelphia Phillies managing general partner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas on Friday night to meet with free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper in his hometown, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Barring something unexpected, Harper and the Phillies did not consummate a deal Friday night, league sources told Passan. It is more of a chance for the sides to explore whether they are mutually interested in the long-term deal Harper is seeking, sources said.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The Phillies also met with Harper in January in Las Vegas. And the offseason began with Middleton saying, “We’re going into this [free agency] expecting to spend money. And maybe even be a little bit stupid about it.”9

On Thursday, the San Diego Padres signed the other big name of the free-agent market, Manny Machado, to a 10-year, $300 million deal. It is the biggest free-agent contract in American sports history.

Other teams known to have met with Harper this winter include the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals, with whom Harper spent the first seven seasons of his career.

Harper, 26, is looking for a deal in excess of the 10 years, $300 million the Nationals reportedly offered him at the end of the regular season. The left-handed-hitting Harper batted only .249 in 2018 but had 34 home runs and 100 RBIs and came on strong after the All-Star break.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

The Phillies were 11th in the National League in runs scored last season, and their right-handed-heavy lineup could use a lefty power hitter.

NBC Sports Philadelphia was first to report that a representative from the Phillies was in Las Vegas on Friday.