“He’s done,” Manager Pete Mackanin said before the opener of a four-game series at San Francisco. “It’s a season-ending injury, but it could have been worse. It’s not the worst-case scenario, so we’re happy about that.” Griffey hit .277 this year with 30 homers and 93 RBIs, playing 144 games – his highest total since 2000. He was an All-Star for the first time since ’04 and 13th time overall, and he moved up to sixth on the career homer list with 593. The 37-year-old Griffey has been on the disabled list eight times since 2000, missing nearly a month early in the 2006 season because of swelling behind his right knee and sitting out 22 of the last 24 games after dislocating a toe. His playing time also has been limited by torn hamstrings, a torn knee tendon, a dislocated shoulder and a torn ankle tendon. He broke his left hand in an accident at home last December. Sosa wants to play in ’08 From news services Ken Griffey Jr. will miss the rest of the season because of a strained groin, the latest in a string of injuries to Cincinnati’s All-Star outfielder. Griffey left Wednesday night’s game with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in the eighth inning after injuring himself while fielding a ball in right field. As he started to make a throw, Griffey stopped in pain and had to underhand the ball back to the infield before falling to the ground. The Reds originally announced the injury as a strained lower abdomen, and Griffey returned to Cincinnati be examined. On Thursday, the team said he was diagnosed with a groin strain and will be examined again in four weeks. Sammy Sosa expects to play again in 2008. He would like it to be with Texas, even though he’s been only a part-time player since the start of August. Manager Ron Washington indicated this week that he’d like to have Sosa, 38, back next season, though he didn’t say in what role. The Rangers signed Sosa only through this season, initially giving him a minor league deal before he made the roster in spring training for a base salary of $600,000. After the July 31 trade deadline, the Rangers told Sosa his time would be limited while they played and evaluated younger players. Sosa had played in only 23 of the last 46 games going into Thursday night’s game against Baltimore, when he wasn’t in the starting lineup. He hit .315 (23-for-73) with four homers and 20 RBIs in that stretch. He was tied with Brad Wilkerson for the team high with 20 homers and leading Texas with 90 RBIs. Astros hire Wade as GM Ed Wade was hired as general manager of the Houston Astros, two years after the Philadelphia Phillies fired him as GM following eight seasons without a playoff appearance. Around the leagues Braves: Rafael Soriano was suspended for four games by Major League Baseball, three days after he hit Florida’s Dan Uggla with a pitch. Orioles: Jay Payton was suspended two games by MLB for throwing his bat and helmet after he was ejected for arguing with plate umpire Mike Reilly following a strikeout the previous night. Blue Jays: Center fielder Vernon Wells will have season-ending surgery Tuesday for a cyst and torn labrum in his left shoulder. Toronto expects Wells to be ready for the start of spring training. Brewers: Ben Sheets is questionable for his next start Sunday because of an injured left hamstring. Red Sox: Former outfielder Gabe Kapler, who spent the past season managing in Boston’s minor league system, will try to resume his playing career in the majors in 2008. “Managing was incredible for me this year,” said the 32-year-old, who managed single-A Greenville of the South Atlantic League. “I learned so much about baseball, about the young men I had an opportunity to lead, and about myself. Ultimately, the experience reawakened the competitor in me. I miss the battle. I still need to be on the field as a player.” Kapler played in the major leagues from 1998-2006 with Detroit, Texas, Colorado, and Boston, hitting .264 with 64 homers and 302 RBIs in 850 games. Reds: Cincinnati’s protest of its 7-6 loss against the Chicago Cubs this week was denied by Bob DuPuy, baseball’s chief operating officer. The Reds claimed Chicago manager Lou Piniella made a double switch against the rules in the sixth inning because he did not inform the plate umpire before crossing the foul line. Rick Reed, the plate umpire and crew chief, said Piniella wasn’t required to announce a double switch before crossing the foul line because it was the team’s first trip to the mound for that pitcher that inning. That meant the pitcher wasn’t automatically out of the game when the foul line was crossed by Piniella.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Will Kane be the hero for Tottenham again? Mauricio Pochettino has a fully-fit squad to chose from when his team travels to Old Trafford to play Manchester United on Sunday.Tottenham have taken 29 points from the last 39 available in the Premier League and most of this has been down to Harry Kane’s incredible goal scoring form.The young England striker has 16 goals in the league so far this season, seven of which have come since the end of January.Tottenham’s chances of beating United may rely on him continuing this form, but the Red Devils are without a win in their last five matches against Spurs.The North Londoners have also won on each of their last two trips to Old Trafford and will be hoping for a record third successive win at the Theatre of Dreams.A win for either team will increase their top four credentials, making this clash massive for both.GoalkeeperHugo Lloris has shown this season that he is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. He pulled of another impressive save late on in Tottenham’s last match against Queens Park Rangers, keeping Spurs’ top four hopes well and truly alive and such form means Pochettino has no choice but to pick the French international for such a big clash.DefenceThe Tottenham defence have only kept a clean sheet twice this year – against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup and West Brom in the League.Despite this, the back four of Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier and Danny Rose are part of a winning formula and look set to start at Old Trafford.Rose was left out the side against QPR, but may regain his place from Ben Davies, who did no harm to his first-team claim with his performance.MidfieldThe young partnership of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb has proven highly successful for Tottenham this season.Their pace and energy has been integral to the way Spurs and Pochettino like to play and they will certainly be looking to put the Manchester United midfield under pressure.Nacer Chadli’s recent form has also been key to Spurs’ success and he looks set to start on the left side to Andros Townsend.Townsend is finally getting a run of games in the squad and his pace will certainly frighten a Manchester United back line that has looked shaky all season.AttackBehind the central striker will almost certainly be Christian Eriksen.The Danish attacking midfielder has nine league goals and two assists so far this season, many goals of which have been late strikes.As the central striker, Harry Kane will continue his charge for a call up to the England international side.The 21-year-old’s form in front of goal has been nothing short of spectacular and comes into this game on the back of two well taken goals against QPR.Kane will also be looking to make history this month by attempting to win a third player of the month award in a row.The young striker is only the fourth player to win the award twice in a row, joining the prestigious list of Cristiano Ronaldo, Dennis Berkamp and Robbie Fowler. Tottenham fans, how do you think you’ll line up this weekend? Comment below… 1
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