NFL Draft 2012 Live Blog: Belibuster on NFLN

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NFL Draft 2012 Live Blog: Belibuster on NFLN

Lotta downtime on draft night. And then there are flurries of activity. I'll timeline the hell out of it right here.

8:20 P.M. -- Trent Richardson is going to the Browns. I kinda like it. Colt McCoy needs Trent Richardson behind him so much more than he needs Justin Blackmon in front of him. And a good move by Minnesota who drops down, will still likely get Matt Kalil and get three late-draft picks.

8:14 P.M. -- Rich Eisen sounds like he's going to wet himself as the draft begins and the Colts GM picks up the phone. When NFLN shows Luck speaking to the Colts by cell, Eisen immediately launches into a defense of this now PROHIBITED MANEUVER by saying it was OK because everyone knew the pick. Who freakin' cares.

7:15 p.m. - Bill Belichick looks like a mannequin sitting and waiting for his interview with NFL Network. They come back from the break ad Belichick's still sitting there. I've been in the room where they do that hit, it's not luxurious. Or comfortable. Belichick proceeds to give a wide-ranging six-minute dissertation long on syllables and verrrrry short on specifics. I'm sure some producer somewhere in LA was yelling, "Never again! We're never having him on again before the draft! He kills the momentum!"
7:04 P.M. -- Brandon Meriweather, a Patriots' first round pick in 2007, elbows his way into the draft night hoopla. One thing about the draft - personnel guys swing and miss on speed, heart and stuff like that. But if a guy is a moron in college and does things that announce he's a character risk, it quite often happens that he continues down that road.

7:02 P.M. -- Working the red carpet for the NFL Network is Melissa Stark. She asks Robert Griffin III if the maroon and gold socks he's wearing which say, "Chase Your Dream" or some such thing were "specially made." No, Melissa. Bought 'em off the rack in Redskins colors right at a Duane Read in Times Square.

6:58 P.M. -- The media's in the press box for the draft. This is my 16th. I've spent 14 at GilletteFoxboro Stadium. The first draft I covered was for the MetroWest Daily News back in 1997. They took Chris Canty, Brandon Mitchell, Sedrick Shaw and Chris Carter in what was the maiden draft voyage of Pete Carroll and Bobby Grier. Sedrick Shaw later told me it wasn't him on the conference call with the local media but a friend who was at his house.
Hmmmph.

6:30 P.M. -- Little scene-setter for you. Just finished doing TV with Mike Giardi for Sportsnet Central at 6 and now I'm up in the press box. I spilled a bucket of words and didn't really say anything during that hit. I hate when I do that.

Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels ofAnaheim

Quotes:

"I tried to get two (outs) before I got one. That can't happen." - Hanley Ramirez on his throwing error which cost the Red Sox the game.

"Executing pitches - that's the name of the game." - David Price on improvement he showed from his last start.

"Fourth time through the order, middle of the lineup. . . Price had done his job. In a one-run game, we felt it was best to start a clean inning with a reliever." - John Farrell after lifting David Price after eight innings and 108 pitches.

Notes:

* Reliever Brad Ziegler was charged with the loss for the second straight game.

* Each of the last seven Red Sox losses has been by one or two runs.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in 31 consecutive games.

* The Red Sox four-game losing streak is their longest of the season.

* The Sox are now 9-23 in their last 32 meetings with the Angels.

* David Price did not allow a run for the second time this season.

Stars:

1) David Price

After a stretch of shaky outings, Price did his job with eight scoreless innings, getting 14 outs on groundouts while walking just one.

2) Jered Weaver

At times, the radar gun made Weaver's pitches look like softball offerings. But mixing junk, he held the Sox to a single run over 5 1/3 innings

3) Mookie Betts

He had just one hit - single in the eighth - but his sacrifice fly in the third produced the only run of the night.

First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

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First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

First impressions from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

1) David Price pitched in the truest sense

Price wasn't necessarily overpowering with only six strikeouts in eight innings, but he succeeded in keeping the ball down in the zone, resulting in a ton of groundouts.

In eight innings, the Angels produced just two flouts to the outfield, both of them routine.

Otherwise, Price deftly mixed his changeup, slider and two-seamer to produce ground balls. His location was more precise and he induced weak contact in at-bat after at-bat.

 

2) The danger of a closer like Brad Ziegler was on display

The throwing error by Hanley Ramirez resulted in two runs scoring but Ziegler allowed three base hits to set the stage.

Ziegler doesn't get a lot of swing-and-miss with his sinker; what he gets is a lot of balls put in play. When things are going well, that results in groundouts; when they're not, it means baserunners and strange things happening.

As inconsistent as Craig Kimbrel has been in some non-save situations, he at least has the ability to record strikeouts and keep balls out of play.  That's not the case with Zieger, as the Red Sox learned the hard way in Anaheim Thursday night.

3) The Red Sox wisely took advantage of Jered Weaver on the bases

Weaver's high leg kick and reliance on off-speed pitches make for a slow delivery time to the plate. Dustin Pedroia would have easily stole second in the first but made the mistake of going into his slide too far ahead of the bag, and though initially ruled safe, was deemed out after a replay challenge.

In the sixth, Xander Bogaerts, was more successful in his stolen base. Neither steal led to a run, but the Sox did put some additional pressure on Weaver