This is of little consolation to Nationals fans after the club lost in heartbreaking fashion during the NLDS against the Cardinals, but it turns out that Drew Storen wasn’t quite at 100 percent when the season came crashing down. In fact, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman hears that Storen was pitching through “excruciating” back pain. It…
Greg Bedard joins Lou Merloni on Sports Tonight to discuss the Patriots selection of CB Cyrus Jones with the 60th overall pick.
The selection of Joe Thuney with the 78th overall pick means the Patriots hit a need position at offensive tackle.
Thuney played tackle on right and left side and, while he’s small relative to the Patriots mountainous starting tackles (6-5, 295 pounds), he will likely have a redshirt year to get used to the pro game. That’s what happened with left tackle Nate Solder when he was drafted in 2011 and Matt Light was still manning left tackle.
With Vollmer getting closer to the end, Thuney could conceivably play on the edge but he also has the versatility to play all five offensive line spots. The Patriots don’t need him at all five. They are two deep at center with Bryan Stork and David Andrews, seem set at guard with Tre Jackson, Josh Kline and Shaq Mason.
The depth behind Solder and Vollmer is where the concern is. Marcus Cannon hasn’t developed any consistency and Cameron Fleming is entering his third season but remains nothing to get excited about. L’Adrian Waddle was an in-season pickup the Patriots re-signed but he’s in the same boat as the other two. Keavon Martin and Chris Barker are end of the roster guys.
Thuney’s got a huge brain. He earned his degree in three years and is working on another in international studies with a minor in Spanish. While he’s seen as an aggressive, lunch pail guy with good feet but a little bit of body stiffness and no natural position, he’s got a lot of the traits the Patriots adore in terms of smarts, aggressiveness, versatility and coachability.
Quotes, notes, and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 win over the Yankees.
* "He gathered himself and got a little rhythm as the night went along.'' - John Farrell on Henry Owens.
* "That's a rarity for Betances to leave his breaking ball up like he did. Once David saw it up, he attacked.'' - Farrell on David Ortiz's game-winning homer.
* "There's no sign of him slowing down. Tonight is a prime example of it. Key moment, big hit when we need it. There's a long resume there and it's continuing to build.'' - Farrell on Ortiz's ability to deliver in the clutch.
* "There were some mechanical adjustments that I made. I came out a little erratic, trying to do too much, maybe focusing too much. But as game went on, I kind of got into a rhythm.'' - Owens on his start.
* "I saw him throw a lot of breaking pitches to Mookie. The one they hit stayed up a little longer than usual. He's the kind of pitcher that, if you go up there looking for everything he's got, you're done.'' - Ortiz on his game-winning homer off Dellin Betances.
* Over his career, David Ortiz has hit 29 go-ahead homers from the eighth inning on.
* Ortiz has eight homers in his last 24 games against the Yankees.
* The win was the first this season for the Red Sox in a game in which they were tied or trailing after seven innings.
* The Red Sox have won five of their last six and seven of their last 10.
* The Yankees have been limited to three runs or fewer in their last six games.
* In 21 games, the Yankees have faced 10 lefty starters; in 22 games, the Red Sox have faced two.
* Masahiro Tanaka has issued just one walk in his last three starts.
1) David Ortiz
With one swing of the bat, Ortiz untied a 2-2 game in the bottom of the eighth with a game-winning two-run homer.
2) Jackie Bradley Jr.
Bradley's penchant for delivering a big hit continued as he rapped a two-run double to left in the seventh to erase a 2-0 Yankee lead.
3) Masahiro Tanaka
He shut the Red Sox for six innings before allowing three hits and two runs in the seventh.