Pick-by-Pick NFL Draft Blog

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Pick-by-Pick NFL Draft Blog

FOXBORO -- Here is a live blog of every pick in the First Round of the 2012 NFL Draft:

8:05 -- The Indianapolis Colts waste no time and do what everybody already knew was coming. They drafted Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

8:13 -- "To Whom much is given, much is expected." Those were the words of Robert Griffin III, speaking to Deion Sanders on the NFL Network, after the Washington Redskins selected the Baylor quarterback with the No. 2 pick in the draft. It was also an inevitable selection that everybody knew was coming.

8:20 -- As expected, after trading up from the No. 4th pick with the Minnesota Vikings -- the Cleveland Browns selected Alabama running back Trent Richardson with the third pick in the draft.

8:27 -- The Minnesota Vikings dropped one slot in the draft, after trading the third pick to Cleveland, and they took the same player they were projected to take at No. 3, in USC tackle Matt Kalil.

8:32 -- Stud wide receiver Justin Blackmon gives hope to the Jacksonville Jaguars offense, after the Jags selected him with the No. 5 pick. They traded up from No. 7, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

8:37 -- LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne goes sixth overall, to the Dallas Cowboys, who traded up from No. 14 with the St. Louis Rams.

8:45 -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved down from No. 5 to No. 7, and took Alabama safety Mark Barron. This marks the longest amount of time in between picks so far, at a staggering eight minutes.

The Miami Dolphins are on the clock.

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.

He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.

Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.


 

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Kyle Kendrick strengthened his bid for a spot in the rotation by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out six and Jackie Bradley homered as a Red Sox split squad played to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17. 

With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games. 

The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings. 

The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.