Yankees, Red Sox clear benches after Tyler Austin’s bad slide
In perhaps the most anticlimactic standoff in the history of baseball’s greatest rivalry, absolutely nothing happened when the Red Sox and Yankees cleared their benches in the third inning Wednesday night.
Both team’s benches and bullpens emptied onto the field as quickly as possible and everyone got in each other’s faces.
Austin’s slide may not have been illegal but it didn’t seem particularly kosher, considering how the play wasn’t even close and he didn’t need to try to break up a double play.
Kevin Kolb, who had the most success of any quarterback in this class, received only six points. Russell’s pro day was the stuff of legend, with both draftniks and ex-pros alike raving about his future. Bucs coach Jon Gruden compared it to “Star Wars,” while ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. compared Russell’s athleticism to Elway’s. Texans coach Gary Kubiak said he was sure Russell would turn into a great player, while Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw said Russell was a “pretty easy” choice for the Raiders with the first overall pick.
Others preferred Quinn, although he fell to the bottom of the first round before the Browns traded up to snatch him away with the 22nd pick. Polian raved about Quinn, dismissing a 58.0 completion percentage while noting that Quinn had no protection during his time at Notre Dame. Others disagreed, but Quinn certainly had his backers. McGinn asked 18 scouts if they would prefer to have Quinn or Rodgers, who had thrown only 31 passes with limited success over his first two seasons backing up Brett Favre in Green Bay. Just four of those 18 scouts chose Rodgers while 12 chose Quinn and two said it was too close to call.
The Lions placed the franchise tag on Ansah and he will earn $17.5 million this season if he plays under the tag. The Lions and Ansah have until July 16 to work out an extension.
Landry (6-3, 250) was limited to nine games as a senior at Boston College due to an ankle injury. He had 8.5 tackles for loss as a senior and 47.5 for his career, including 22 as a junior.
Trapasso’s predictions for the first three picks are USC quarterback Sam Darnold at No. 1 to the Browns, North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb at No. 2 to the Giants, and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield at No. 3 to the Jets.
Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst is also in Trapasso’s first round, at No. 22 to the Bills.
“The Bills add the best penetrating defensive tackle in the class to be the heir apparent to Kyle Williams,” Trapasso says. “GM Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott see a lot of Kawann Short in Hurst.”