Coming in to day two of the 2015 NFL draft, the Patriots held one pick in the second round (64th) as well as two picks in the third round (96th, 97th). By the end of day two, the Patriots selected Stanford safety Jordan Richards and Oklahoma defensive end Geneo Grissom while trading the 96th pick.

Richards is regarded as a strong safety who could play alongside Devin McCourty. he is universally viewed as a highly intelligent player who is rarely caught out of position. He also was a heavy presence on special teams at Stanford, something the Patriots value. At 5’11”, 211 pounds, Richards has the size to play in the box and physicality to be a presence close to the line of scrimmage. He had some struggles in coverage, especially deep, but with McCourty already entrenched in the secondary, Richards probably won’t be asked to patrol the deep part of the field regularly. Continue reading Patriots Select Jordan Richards, Geneo Grissom; Make Trade on Day 2 of Draft »

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A-Rod took advantage of the Red Sox bullpen to hit home run #660 to tie Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time home run list and give the Yankees a 3-2 win. (NY Daily News)

Sitting at 659 home runs for his career, Alex Rodriguez wasn’t in the initial lineup to start Friday night’s game at Fenway Park between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. It appeared he, and the rest of the baseball world, would have to wait another day to see him tie Willie Mays on the all-time home runs list.

It didn’t seem like it would change much when A-Rod pinch-hit in a tie game in the top of the eighth inning either and quickly was ahead of Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa 3-0. But with a green light (I guess that’s the case when you have over 600 home runs for your career) and one long swing, A-Rod is tied for fourth in MLB history with 660 home runs.

Though A-Rod’s is certainly the headline of last night’s loss to the Yankees — not only historically but also as the go-ahead home run in the 3-2 win over the Red Sox — the real story is in the tale of two bullpens.

Continue reading Yankees 3, Red Sox 2: A-Rod Ties Willie Mays on All-Time HR List in Tale of Two Bullpens »

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1. NFL Draft:

* Patriots will draft past my bed time (Editor’s note – they did and took Malcolm Brown)

* First pick year after Super Bowl wins: 2002 – Daniel Graham (traded up from 32 to 21 also gave up 96th and 234rd) / 2004 – Ben Watson / 2005 – Logan Mankins

* Why is Tampa a perennial loser – because they would draft a con-artist like Jameis Winston

* Fingers crossed for Bryant and Reading high defensive star Jeff Covitz (the anti Jameis Winston)

* The Jets got the best player in the draft with Leonard Williams from USC

2. Red Sox:

* Red Sox pitchers are hitting .250: right fielders are hitting .130 / first basemen are hitting .140 / catchers are hitting .214

* Back to Cherington – don’t forget he extended John Farrell for two years this offseason – instead of letting the season play itself out Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: NFL Draft, Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight, Kentucky Derby! »

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malcolm brown

The New England Patriots selected University of Texas defensive tackle Malcolm Brown with the 32nd overall pick to close out the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night. Despite some reports of trade activity, the Patriots ended up using their selection on Brown.

Brown, a 6’2″, 319 pound  defensive tackle should be able to come in and compete for a starting job right away with New England alongside last year’s first round selection Dominique Easley. Brown was a first team All-American in 2014, a season in which he had 6 sacks. He posses the blend of quickness and strength that could make him an elite defensive lineman. While at Texas, he consistently drew double teams and was still able to win those battles. Brown played for two different head coaches in college and played well for both, which is good sign of his talent and versatility. Continue reading Patriots Select Malcolm Brown in First Round of NFL Draft »

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Associated Press

On Thursday, the Celtics Twitter account quoted Danny Ainge saying “I don’t think we’ve ever had cap space in the history of the Celtics, at least since I’ve been here. We need to spend it wisely.”  While Ainge is undoubtedly excited to test how attractive of a free agent destination Boston really is, and thus contradict the naysayers, it seems he is voicing concern regarding the likelihood of landing the cream of this year’s free agency crop and making sure not to overpay for mid-level talent.  While no legitimate top-5 talent (ie: Curry, Harden, LeBron, Durant, Davis) will become unrestricted free agents this offseason, there are some fringe-Superstar level talents that will be entering free agency. Let’s take a look at some free agents:

Kawhi Leonard:

16.5 Points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists

Mr. Defensive Player of the Year and reining Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard is the modern day Scottie Pippen; a defensive juggernaut with a formidable offensive skill set. Continue reading Can Danny Ainge Set Off Fireworks this Offseason? »

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490 Dalier Hinojosa

Red Sox management has scrambled to have effective relief pitchers available at the major league level for each game this week. Matt Barnes, Heath Hembree, and Steven Wright have all been involved on one day or another. I can’t keep track, but Sean McAdam was kind enough to catalog all the changes made over the last four days.

Each day’s moves seem to become more and more baffling than the next. Hembree, Wright, Robbie Ross, Barnes, none of them were cutting the mustard. Tuesday Clay Buchholz fell apart quickly and the bullpen only dug the team further down into a hole. Continue reading Red Sox Relievers Providing Anything But »

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Doug Griffin

Throwback Thursday – April 30, 1974

Red Sox second baseman Doug Griffin, nicknamed “Dude,” was knocked unconscious after getting hit in the head by a Nolan Ryan fastball while trying to lay down a bunt.

Griffin missed two months with a concussion and suffered temporary hearing loss. Some credit the injury to causing a premature end to Griffin’s career. Continue reading #TBT: Nolan Ryan Knocks Red Sox 2B Unconscious on a Bunt Attempt »

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