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  2. On a day when the Philadelphia Eagles will look to defeat the New Orleans Saints J. D. Martinez Jersey , it appears Bryce Harper might go marching in to the City of Brotherly Love.Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Sunday the Philadelphia Phillies have become the "clear-cut favorite" to land Harper, the co-crown jewel (with Manny Machado) of this free-agent class.Harper met with the Phillies for five hours Saturday in Las Vegas. A formal contract offer was not made, but one is expected within the next week.Harper, 26, hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs and 100 RBI last season with the Washington Nationals. He's been an All-Star six times in seven MLB seasons but has struggled with consistency. The 2018 season marked the second time in three years he batted below .250. He has also finished in the top 10 of MVP voting just once, though that was when he won the award in 2015.The Phillies are reportedly optimistic they will sign either Harper or Machado, with whom they've also had discussions. The free-agent market has moved slowly this offseason in part because of the glacial pace of negotiations with Harper and Machado. The players are wildly talented but come with major question marks: Harper with his consistency and Machado with his "missteps."The Phillies are in a unique position to strike on a major name since most of their best players are locked in on low-cost contracts. Jake Arrieta is theonly playeron the roster making $10 million-plus who was not acquired this offseason.Philly has already signed reliever David Robertson and outfielder Andrew McCutchen and also traded for shortstop Jean Segura. SAN FRANCISCO — A team that’s returning home encounters a team that’s starting to feel right at home when the San Francisco Giants host the Texas Rangers in a three-game interleague series beginning Friday night.The Giants got a chance to enjoy one of baseball’s longest flights — New York to San Francisco — after riding Madison Bumgarner’s gem to a 3-1 victory over the Mets in Thursday’s series finale.The National League West’s fourth-place team (63-66) lost six of eight to cap a 10-game trip, but still believes there’s enough time to play catch-up in the crowded race for wild-card spots in the NL.Article continues below ...“I would like to squeak our way in there,” said Bumgarner, who will not pitch in the Texas series. “Obviously Paul Goldschmidt Jersey , that’s going to be tough for us. We gotta have a lot of things go our way and a lot of things not go their way. So I know the odds are slim.”The Giants will get a head-to-head shot at most of the competition in the wild-card race in the final 33 games of the season. They’ll face the Arizona Diamondbacks (71-56), the current NL West leaders, on their current homestand, sandwiched between a total of six games against the Rangers and Mets.“Anything can happen,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy insisted. “You have to look at some clubs. They’ve fought their way back in it. One club, in particular, the (St. Louis) Cardinals, they got hot and look where they’re at (71-57). Anything can happen. We need to win games and get on a roll and get some confidence going.”The Giants are expected to reinstate right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (6-1, 2.25) from the disabled list to open the homestand. The Arlington, Texas http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-neshek-jersey , native, son of former Rangers standout Ivan Rodriguez, has never faced Texas.The 26-year-old has pitched brilliantly in interleague play, limiting the Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros to a total of six hits and one run in 13 1/3 innings, striking out 12 while going 1-0.The Rangers are scheduled to counter with right-hander Drew Hutchison (2-2, 5.71), who will be making his fourth start since signed by Texas earlier this month. He has never pitched against the Giants in his five-year, 96-game, 77-start career.Like the Giants, the Rangers enter the series on a high http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-neshek-jersey , having held off the A’s 4-2 in the finale of a three-game series in Oakland on Wednesday.As opposed to the Giants, they will be well rested, getting a rare opportunity to take a full day off on the road Thursday without changing hotels, having remained in the San Francisco Bay Area for both series.The Rangers believe they’ve found a closer in right-hander Jose Leclerc, who got the better of nemesis Khris Davis in a game-saving situation in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s win.“I thought it was a really nice confidence boost for him,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said of Leclerc, who struck out Davis as the potential tying run after the slugger had hit nine earlier homers against Texas this season. “Credit to Jose. One thing that I know: It will go a long ways moving forward with him.”
  3. Dilip Vishwanat/Getty ImagesA murky MLB National League playoff picture gained some measure of clarity on Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers clinched postseason berths.The Atlanta Braves have already sewn up the NL East Josh Tomlin Jersey , so two playoff spots remain.The NL West winner (either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Colorado Rockies) will take one, while the St. Louis Cardinals or the NL West runner-up will grab the other.Here's a look at the latest NL standings and playoff picture, with a deeper look at the best-case scenarios for the six teams still alive.All tiebreakerand standings information was obtained via MLB.com. Baseball-Reference is the source for all season-series figures. National League Wild-Card StandingsMilwaukee Brewers: 92-67Los Angeles Dodgers: 88-71St. Louis Cardinals: 87-72 National League EastStandingsAtlanta Braves: 89-69Washington Nationals: 81-78Philadelphia Phillies: 78-80New York Mets: 74-84Miami Marlins: 62-96National League CentralStandingsChicago Cubs: 92-66Milwaukee Brewers: 92-67St. Louis Cardinals: 87-72Pittsburgh Pirates: 80-77Cincinnati Reds: 66-93 National League WestStandingsColorado Rockies: 88-70Los Angeles Dodgers: 88-71Arizona Diamondbacks: 81-78San Francisco Giants: 73-86San Diego Padres: 64-95Best Case-ScenariosChicago Cubs (92-66): No. 1 SeedThe Chicago Cubs have the simplest path to the No. 1 seed: If they win out, they get it. The Cubs have one fewer loss than the next-best team (the Milwaukee Brewers) and control their own destiny.Other scenarios exist, however, including going 2-2 (which would bump the Braves out of the No. 1 seed conversation) and simultaneously finishing ahead of Milwaukee in the standings鈥攖he Brewers would need to go no better than 1-2 in that scenario.Chicago hosts the Pittsburgh Pirates once and St. Louis three times before the playoffs begin. The highlight of that four-game stretch is a potential pitcher's duel between the Cubs' Cole Hamels and the St. Louis Cardinals' Miles Mikolas on Saturday.Milwaukee Brewers (92-67): No. 1 SeedIf the Brewers finish with a better record than the Cubs, then they will be the No. 1 seed and have home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. Milwaukee has the season-series tiebreaker over the Braves, so one more win guarantees the Brewers placement over them in the NL bracket if they win the division.Of note, if the Cubs and Brewers tie for the division crown Carlos Carrasco Jersey , Chicago would host a one-game playoff at Wrigley Field Monday to determine the champion (and more-than-likely No. 1 seed). The Cubs would get that reward by virtue of their11-8season-series edge over Milwaukee.Milwaukee has the easiest road left out of any NL team, as it faces the 64-94 Detroit Tigers at home to close the year. The Brewers, who have won four straight, are 48-30 in Miller Park this year, while Detroit is 26-51 away from Comerica Park.Atlanta Braves (89-69): No. 1 SeedThe Atlanta Braves can still finish with the No. 1 seed, but it won't be easy.The simplest scenario is if the Braves win out and the Cubs and Brewers lose out, giving Atlanta a 93-69 record alone atop the NL.A more complicated scenario involves the Cubs winning the NL Central and simultaneously finishing with the NL's best record alongside the Braves (at 92-70 or 93-69). In that case, Atlanta gets the edge thanks to the second tiebreaker (intra-division record).The teams split their season series, so the first tiebreaker would not work here. Atlanta already has that edge (48-24 vs. the Cubs' 38-34).Atlanta has a road tilt with the New York Mets before three more away games vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves' toughest test may be Friday when Phils ace and Cy Young candidate Aaron Nola takes the hill. Colorado Rockies (88-70): No. 1 SeedThe Colorado Rockies Cliff Pennington Jersey , who have won six straight, now control their own destiny for the NL West crown. If they win out, the Brewers and Cubs lose out and Atlanta loses at least one game, then the Rockies would be the No. 1 seed only if Chicago beats Milwaukee in the one-game NL Central division playoff.The Rockies have a 5-2 season-series edge over Atlanta in a tiebreaker scenario.Colorado has the tiebreaker over Chicago (the two tied the season series at three, but the Rockies would have the better intradivision record in this case). But Milwaukee beat the Rockies five times in seven tries, so the Brew Crew would stay ahead of them.The Rockies finish their season with a home game against the Phillies and a three-game set versus the Washington Nationals. They avoid Nola, but it's unclear whether they would face Nats ace Max Scherzer on the other side. Scherzer could hypothetically pitch Sunday against the Rockies on regular rest, but no starter has been announced. Los Angeles Dodgers (88-71): No. 2 SeedWith their loss to old friend Zach Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers mathematically fell out of the No. 1 seed running. They can still get the No. 2 seed if they (a) win the National League West and (b) finish with the same (or better) record than the Atlanta Braves.L.A. beat Atlanta 5-2 in the season series Joey Votto Jersey , giving the Dodgers the tiebreaker there.The Dodgers don't have an easy road, however, as they travel to San Francisco and face the rival Giants to close the season. L.A. will have ace Clayton Kershaw on the bump Saturday, but the Giants have No. 1 starter Madison Bumgarner going Friday. St. Louis Cardinals (87-72): Second Wild CardThe St. Louis Cardinals, who are in the midst of a 3-7 slide, do not control their own destiny as they sit one game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the final wild-card spot.If the Redbirds pass the Dodgers (or Rockies) in the standings, they will head to Chicago or Milwaukee for the NL Wild Card Game.If the Cards tie either L.A. or Colorado, they will host a one-game playoff against the NL West runner-up, with the winner heading to the NL Wild Card Game as the road team versus the NL Central's second-place finisher. St. Louis would have the home edge thanks to season-series wins vs. both NL West teams.St. Louis finishes its season with a three-game road series against the Cubs. Adam Wainwright http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-cliff-pennington-jersey , Miles Mikolas and Jack Flaherty will go against Kyle Hendricks, Cole Hamels and Mike Montgomery, respectively. MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich has hit for the cycle for the second time this season, setting a major league record by doing it twice against one team.The Milwaukee Brewers‘ slugger completed his cycle Monday night with a sixth-inning triple against the Reds. Yelich also hit for the cycle when he went 6 for 6 on Aug. 29 in Cincinnati, making him the fifth player to accomplish the feat twice in one season — and first in Brewers history.He became the first major leaguer to do it twice in one year against the same team.The previous player with two cycles in one season was Aaron Hill in 2012.Yelich singled in the first inning, doubled in the second, launched a two-run homer in the fifth and added a two-run triple in the sixth. With the Brewers nursing a large lead, he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth.Yelich’s huge second half has turned him into a top contender for the NL MVP award. Milwaukee began the night with a three-game lead in the NL wild-card race.
  4. MILWAUKEE (AP) — Right fielder Carlos Gonzalez will hit cleanup when the Colorado Rockies try to break out of their slump in Game 2 of the NL Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers.The left-handed slugger moved up after hitting sixth in the order in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings in Game 1 on Thursday at Miller Park.Manager Bud Black also inserted Gerardo Parra into the lineup http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , hitting sixth and playing in left. Parra has hits in both postseason games for Colorado. David Dahl, who started Game 1 in left, will come off the bench.The Rockies have managed just six runs in three games since a 12-0 win over Washington on Sunday.The top of the order hasn’t changed with center fielder Charlie Blackmon, second baseman DJ LeMahieu and third baseman Nolan Arenado leading off. They’re followed by Gonzalez, shortstop Trevor Story and Parra.First baseman Ian Desmond Jay Buhner Jersey , catcher Chris Iannetta and starter Tyler Anderson round out the lineup.For the Brewers, Mike Moustakas has moved up one spot in the order to fifth, a day after driving in the winning run in Game 1.Center fielder Lorenzo Cain, right fielder Christian Yelich and left fielder Ryan Braun top the lineup. First baseman Jesus Aguilar, Moustakas and shortstop Hernan Perez are next.Second baseman Travis Shaw hits seventh after hitting cleanup in Game 1. He’s followed by catcher Erik Kratz and starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin. GLENDALE Denard Span Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw is not expected to play catch again until Thursday as the Dodgers address his throwing discomfort.The three-time NL Cy Young winner will not undergo an MRI, manager Dave Roberts said.“Nothing new, nothing new, we’re going to wait and see how it feels,” Roberts said Tuesday http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , affirming that at this point Kershaw remains the opening day starter, a status he’s held the past eight seasons.The ace left-hander was shut down late last week with discomfort in the shoulder. When asked his level of concern, Roberts said, “I am not trying to get too much into overthinking it. Once he picks up the ball on Thursday, then we’ll reassess.”Roberts said Kershaw is dealing as well as possible with the setback.“He’s as tough mentally of a player that I’ve ever been around Ben Gamel Jersey ,” Roberts said.
  5. Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesThe Boston Red Sox overcame a 4-0 deficit with nine runs in the final three innings to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers Yolmer Sanchez Jersey , 9-6, in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday evening.Boston is now up three games to one and has a chance to clinch its fourth championship in 15 seasons with a victory on Sunday night. Game time is Sunday at 8:15 p.m. ET, with Fox televising the game live from Los Angeles.L.A. is a slight -125 favorite (bet $125 to win $100) to send the series back to Fenway Park, per OddsShark, and the over/under total is seven runs. Two left-handed aces will go against each other, as Clayton Kershaw gets the call for Los Angeles, while David Price does the same for Boston.Chris Sale was in line to make his second start of the series after starting Game 1, but manager Alex Cora opted to go with Price on three days' rest from his last start.In Game 1, Kershaw threw four full frames but allowed five earned runs in an eventual 8-4 loss. Price, on the other hand, went six innings and allowed only two earned runs in the Sox's Game 2 win Adam Engel Jersey , as well as coming on in relief for two-thirds of an inning in the Sox's Game 3 loss.Though Kershaw, in particular, didn't show it his last time out, these two are both capable of trading zeroes in a classic pitcher's duel.Here's a look at the most current World Series MVP props (via Oddschecker) alongside some commentary. World Series MVP OddsBoston Red Sox DH J.D. Martinez: 12-5Boston Red Sox OF Mookie Betts: 3-1Boston Red Sox OF Andrew Benintendi: 7-2Boston Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts: 10-1Boston Red Sox 1B Steve Pearce: 13-1Boston Red Sox SP/RP Nathan Eovaldi: 17-1Boston Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr.: 17-1Boston Red Sox 3B Rafael Devers: 17-1Boston Red Sox SP David Price: 20-1Boston Red Sox SP Chris Sale: 20-1Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig: 20-1Los Angeles Dodgers SS Manny Machado: 25-1Los Angeles Dodgers 3B Justin Turner: 25-1Los Angeles Dodgers OF Cody Bellinger: 30-1Los Angeles Dodgers IF Max Muncy: 30-1 World Series MVP NotesRed Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez leads the way at 12-5. The slugger delivered run-scoring hits in his first two series at-bats, but he's had just one hit in his 12 at-bats since.That lonesome hit was a big one, though, as a two-run single in the fifth inning of Game 2 turned a 2-2 game into a 4-2 lead for the Sox. That score didn't change as Boston took a 2-0 series lead.The issue with picking an MVP for the Red Sox is that the team has had different heroes in each of their three wins.Left fielder Andrew Benintendi was the star in Game 1 with four hits and three runs.Martinez, outfielder Mookie Betts (three hits and the game-winning run) and starting pitcher David Price (six innings, two earned runs, a win) tag-teamed Boston's Game 2 effort.And the clear Game 4 hero was first baseman Steve Pearce, who hit the game-tying home run in the eighth inning before a bases-clearing double turned a nail-biting 5-4 advantage into a (somewhat) comfortable 8-4 lead.If one of those aforementioned hitters posts another strong outing en route to a Sox win http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , then expect that person to win the World Series MVP. In other words, if Martinez smacks a 450-foot dinger off Kershaw Sunday, he'll likely be lifting the trophy.The sneaky bet here might be Price, however.If he posts another excellent start and wins his second game of the series, then how can you not give the MVP to him? The only way is if someone has a Reggie Jackson-esque game and delivers a few home runs and a bunch of runs batted in.On the Dodgers' side, infielder Max Muncy at 30-1 is an intriguing bet if you think L.A. can come back, if only for his game-ending home run in the Dodgers' 18-inning marathon victory over the Red Sox on Friday night. Muncy has a head start on his teammates in that regard, as he helped keep the Dodgers' hopes alive.Those hopes are bleak right now, however, as L.A. needs to win three straight (including two in Boston) to take the World Series. Such a comeback wouldn't be unprecedented, however Lucas Giolito Jersey , as the Chicago Cubs came back from down 3-1 against the Cleveland Indians with a home victory before two road wins in the 2016 World Series. GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Bryce Harper met with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, a sign the market for the star free agent might be picking up as spring training enters its second full week.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed the Sunday night meeting, saying it was “good.”“Just trying to get to know each other,” Roberts said Monday. “In the spirit of us, as the Dodgers, vetting a certain process makes sense, and for those guys to do their due diligence as well.”Roberts declined to comment about possible terms for a contract with Harper, saying “I personally have to focus on the 61 guys that are here.”Harper has been connected to the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants during a second consecutive slow free-agent market for the sport. Manny Machado, the other top free agent this winter, signed a $300 million http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , 10-year deal with the San Diego Padres on Thursday.The 26-year-old Harper was the 2015 NL MVP and made six All-Star teams in seven big league seasons with the Washington Nationals. He batted .249 with 34 home runs, 100 RBIs and an .889 OPS last year.A Harper signing could displace projected starting left fielder Joc Pederson, who has been the subject of trade rumors throughout the offseason. Pederson said last week he was affected by the winter chatter, and he struck out twice and made an error Monday in an 11-2 spring training win over the Cubs amid reports of the meeting with Harper.“With Joc, I am not concerned,” Roberts said. “In baseball, there’s always speculation. He understands that. He’s a professional, so I don’t think that affected him today.”Pederson said he expects the Dodgers “to do whatever it is that is going to help them win” and that “right now, I am part of that and that’s all I can control.”
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  7. Yeah, I think it was the end of The Orb?
  8. This tweet was from Guilty Pleasures who often have a slot... I don’t know if I’m misinterpreting it!
  9. I’d advocate arriving early if you can and enjoying the sense of being at the site before the gates open. I arrive via the drop off shuttle and try to time my arrival before the coaches start getting there, which usually means 4-5am. There’s already a long queue but if you can beat the coaches, you’re ahead. You then get the anticipation, the cheers as the gates open, the pick of camping fields and the enjoyment of watching the site gradually fill. 2017 was slightly different, when extra security checks meant I was ushered to some other queue, away from PGA, and then told to leave that queue and join the Gate D queue instead. Didn’t feel especially well organised.
  10. Bought tickets back in January for myself and girlfriend but honestly feels like I'm the PR person trying to make it sound good that it's worth her while going to. festival in Ireland dropped their most headline acts two weeks ago for summer solstice weekend then another 50 names last week...taking a week in Lisbon I know it'll all gel perfectly together but a full line up would help more. Miles Kane sagres(sp) and Noel on Nos I'd love at this stage
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  12. I'm not really au fait with the ins and outs of spolier alerts etc, but would hate for you to jeopardise your position within the inner sanctum, as it were, so would plead for you to be careful. I don't actually know what I'm talking about now, so cannot really continue. The end.
  13. Anywhere that avoids a clash - and I understand that that's a random sort of statement.
  14. I've now listened to the new album again. If this isn't your album of the year so far then you need to rethink yourself.
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    Glastonbury Videos

    This is classic. And the music is tops. The year is 1971 and the pyramid field is where it is now. The young woman on stage, with long fair hair and a lilac top, is the late, great Arabella Churchill. She funded the festival with a legacy.
  16. Very happy for her to be early Pyramid and stay out of the late night clusterfuck.
  17. Live stream tonight (and possibly all weekend?) from the Yuma tent at Coachella. Featuring Amelie Lens, Kolsch and Camelphat amongst others - starts 1am our time:
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    AOC at Glastonbury?

    Cheers my lovely, we have already arranged future meetings and chats about how to make the world a better place. I thoroughly believe in talking and sharing ideas. Mainly we are all adamant that the NHS is something special and to be saved from privatisation. The rest is for future friendly debate.
  19. F off. I don't want hoards of people trailing past my tent in Darble all night looking for cheap booze, I camp there because it's Quiet!
  20. I think that a SPOILER ALERT thread would be a great idea. Unfortunately I haven't any spoiler alerts except that I know that the SE corner stewards had their briefing last weekend, so they might know stuff.
  21. I love this band (plus all spin offs & associated acts - Moonlandingz, Insecure Men IOTP , new album is indeed great - no it's better than that. On Wikipedia they list a band genres (never understood this and most genres I've never heard of- but that's another discussion). They need a new genre for FWF - "Malevolent Sleaze." I'm seeing them in Nottingham in 3 weeks - I so can't wait for that because they are even better live than on record.
  22. Any thoughts on where and when's she'll be playing then? Looking a bit crowded higher up on the bill already!
  23. Thank you. Bit of a walk ahead then 🙂
  24. Hoping this year's state of the ground is going to be filled with warnings about how hard it's going to be to get tent pegs into the rock hard ground
  25. The person that told me this is what could be described as 'core crew'. She's never shared secrets about the festival online because she simply can't be bothered and has a full, happy and entertaining life without having to resort to forums populated by Glastonbury obsessives. Having said that she couldn't actually have been to any more Glastonbury Festivals than she has been to and is hugely excited that she'll be on site in five or six weeks. The new clause (well, sentence anyway) in her contract means nowt to her and I'm sure that she'll still mention in conversation what's going on. Actually, she is a Glastonbury obsessive to the max, just not online. So, I'm not , as yet, bound by any gagging orders despite being involved in three different areas of the event. I think that the fairest way forward for me is to have a large SPOILER ALERT alert in any new threads that I may post on here in the future with no solid info in the thread title. Thoughts? (Doesn't apply to my usual 'State of the ground' thread, that's no secret)
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