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Red Sox: 2B Brock

Red Sox: 2B Brock

โพสต์โดย jason113 » พฤหัสฯ. 11 ต.ค. 2018 4:05 pm

RENTON Cowboys Game Jerseys , Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks would be thrilled if Barkevious Mingo became the new version of what Bruce Irvin was during their championship run — strong on stopping the run in early downs, a threat as a rusher in passing situations.

Doing so would mean Mingo is finally meeting the expectations that came with being the No. 6 overall pick five years ago, which has happened only briefly during his first three stops in the NFL.

Seattle made only a few free agent signings on the defensive side in the offseason and none has the chance to flash as much as Mingo because of what Seattle believes he could add to its revamped defense. And especially in a defensive scheme that is geared even more toward the linebackers with Ken Norton Jr. taking over as defensive coordinator.

“It’s definitely finding roles for guys and getting to figure them out and who they are and all that,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He has done a lot of stuff, even back in college. Right now, to have him playing outside linebacker and also rushing in the nickel package, it’s just the right spot for him. He also has a lot of drop ability in there so we can do some things and we can do some intricate things with him as well. Very lucky to have him.”

The strongside linebacker’s impact in Seattle’s defensive scheme is somewhat limited unless he can be an exceptional pass rusher. Whenever Seattle goes with an extra defensive back it’s the strongside linebacker that comes off the field with middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and weakside linebacker K.J. Wright remaining on it.

The way to stay on the field in that position is get to the quarterback. It’s what Irvin did so well during his four seasons with Seattle and what the Seahawks haven’t been able to fully replicate since he left for Oakland in free agency.

Seattle wanted to see just how much Mingo could affect the game from that position in the preseason opener against Indianapolis so he was on the field with second- and third-team players with the specific task of rushing the passer. While the rest of Seattle’s defensive starters were resting, Mingo was recording one of Seattle’s three sacks.

“I believe in my ability to the highest degree and I know when it’s time to get to the quarterback I know I can do that,” he said.

Mingo was part of an underperforming first-round draft class. Only three of the top 17 picks in that draft — Lane Johnson, Ezekiel Ansah and Sheldon Richardson — have been voted to a Pro Bowl. Mingo has been lumped into the group of disappointments along with Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel and Dion Jordan.

Part of Mingo’s trouble is a lack of stability. He was drafted by the Browns, but Cleveland was in chaos during his time there. He was traded to New England shortly before the start of the 2016 regular season and lasted just one year after starting one game with the Patriots. He spent last year with Indianapolis, recording a career-high 32 tackles, but was again without a home after the season.

Seattle made a simple offer: prove he could set the edge against the run and when called upon, get some sacks.

“First off, I’ve been on a team that’s had a lot of turnover from the get go. So there were different coaches there,” Mingo said. “I feel like some of the other coaches Breeland Speaks Color Rush Jersey , maybe it’s been a lack of communication between us and we haven’t gotten the play style … down, and that position wasn’t right for me. I feel like this thing here, and being with these coaches and players, it’s the right fit.”

Chris Sale is drawing comparisons from his manager to another dominant left-hander.

”He’s reminding me a lot of Randy – Randy Johnson,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. ”The thing with Randy, it looked like he was always grinding. With (Sale) it looks effortless right now.”

Sale struck out nine in six scoreless innings, and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a three-run homer to lift the Red Sox to a 9-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Sale allowed two hits, lowered his ERA to an American League-best 2.13 and won his sixth straight decision.

The Red Sox are 19-4 in their last 23 games, and the AL East leaders cruised through the finale of this series after scoring just one run in the previous twonights at Detroit.

Blaine Hardy (3-3) allowed four runs and five hits in three-plus innings. Jeimer Candelario homered for the Tigers in the seventh.

Sale (11-4) has won each of his last five starts, allowing one run in 33 innings in that span. He had gone five straight starts with at least 11 strikeouts – and only one walk in each – but that streak came to an end when he was lifted Sunday after 99 pitches.

”I feel good. I feel like a broken record sometimes, but we scored nine runs today?” Sale said. ”You get a padded lead like that, you can kind of dig in and just try to find a groove and keep going.”

Boston scored twice in the second on RBI groundouts by Rafael Devers and Eduardo Nunez, then the Red Sox broke the game open in the fourth.

With men on second and third and nobody out, Devers hit a grounder to first baseman John Hicks, who immediately threw home – only to have Steve Pearce, the Boston runner at third, stay put. Devers reached on that fielder’s choice Eagles Dallas Goedert Jersey , loading the bases.

”That’s an instinct play, and you know the situation. We’ve got our backup catcher playing first base,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ”He needs to look around and figure out what’s happening before he makes that throw, but he feels like the runner is going to go on that ball.”

Drew VerHagen came on to relieve Hardy, and Nunez greeted him with an RBI single off the glove of Candelario, the third baseman. Xander Bogaerts, the runner on second, held up when he made it to third, but Devers – who had started the play on first – nearly reached third himself before stopping because Bogaerts was still there. Devers was tagged out .

The Red Sox weren’t hurt much by that baserunning mishap. Bradley followed with his seventh homer of the year, giving Boston a 6-0 lead.

Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run triple in the seventh, and J.D. Martinez added a sacrifice fly.

The game was delayed 1 hour, 35 minutes at the start because of rain.

TOUGH OUT

Candelario was impressive even in the lopsided defeat. He battled Sale through 21 pitches in two plate appearances, finally grounding out to third both times.

His homer came off reliever Brandon Workman.

”He was a pain,” Sale said. ”Put good at-bats together, and obviously later in the game ran into one. I don’t know what I was doing or what he was doing, but I need to figure something out.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: 2B Brock Holt sat out a second straight game after exiting Friday night with a bruised knee.

UP NEXT

Boston heads to Baltimore for a three-game series. Rick Porcello (11-4) takes the mound for the Red Sox on Monday night against Kevin Gausman (4-7).

The Tigers travel for a three-game set at Kansas City. Detroit’s Francisco Liriano (3-5) starts the opener Monday night against Heath Fillmyer (0-1).

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