Hanley Ramirez was just happy J.D. Martinez took his advice.
As Martinez started toward the plate to lead off the top of the eighth inning in a 4-4 game, the Boston Red Sox designated hitter gave one last instruction.
I told him before he went up. ‘You better hit a homer right here,’ Ramirez said. And he did. That’s good. I told him to his face. We need a homer from him right here, and he went out and hit it.
G Larry Allen: Some would argue he’s the greatest guard of all time. He was almost certainly the strongest. Allen was an all-pro for six consecutive seasons (1996-2001), a record among Dallas offensive players.
QB Troy Aikman: The triggerman for the ’90s Cowboys and one of the most accurate passers the NFL has ever seen, Aikman wound up with three rings, a Super Bowl MVP and a Hall of Fame jacket.
Last year’s starting guards were Quinton Spain and Josh Kline. The Titans gave Kline a new four-year, $26.5 million deal this offseason. His starting job is clearly secure. Pamphile may have a chance to compete with Spain and fellow offseason acquisition Xavier Su’a-Filo for the starting left guard spot, though.
Hood is far from a lock to make the roster. While he is an experienced veteran who made 13 starts last season, he is not the kind of upper-echelon defender Washington cannot afford to part with. He had 25 tackles in 2017 with just half a sack. He was also part of a defensive front that allowed an NFL-worst 134.1 rushing yards per game.
If the Redskins decide to part with Hood, they can save roughly $1.6 million in cap space, as he has just $150,000 in dead money remaining on his contract. Hood will be vying with the likes of Matt Ioannidis and rookie fifth-round pick Tim Settle for a spot on the defensive-line depth chart. Younger talent could push him out.
However, Schneider may not be taking into account how Thomas feels about the team’s trade talks during the draft. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Seattle talked with the Cowboys about trading Thomas.