Someone topped the Red Sox' bid for Liverpool Football Club

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I have no idea if the bidding for Liverpool FC is actually able to be reopened — the board did approve the Red Sox’ bid after all — but a Singapore businessman has just offered 20 million pounds more for the team than John Henry’s bunch wants to pay.  I’m a bit rusty with my cash-conversion, but I’m pretty sure that’s, like, a billion dollars difference in U.S. money.

I know very little about English soccer, but people who do know a bit about it tell me that the salaries, the extravagance and the overall financial structure of the EPL make Major League Baseball owners look like models of financial responsibility and restraint.  I’ll be curious to see if the Red Sox get into a bidding war with this guy. Or, if their bid is already locked in, if they spend like other wacko international soccer owners do.

Cubs place Ben Zobrist on 10-day disabled list with back soreness

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Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.

Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.

With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.