CLEVELAND -- Notes and quotes from Cleveland's 7-6 win over the Red Sox.
THEY SAID IT:
1) "We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole, but the way we swung the bats, the way we battled back was outstanding here tonight.'' - John Farrell after the Red Sox overcame 4-0 and 5-1 deficits early in the game.
2) "If not for that three-run homer right there, I work probably into the sixth.'' - Clay Buchholz, on the first-inning blast by Carlos Santana.
3) "I was trying to bounce it. I was able to get a swing-and-miss on previous pitches. That was the direction I had gotten in the bullpen, but I mislocated.'' - Junichi Tazawa on the split-finger fastball that Mike Napoli hit for a game-winning homer.
4) "I didn't want to go right away. When I saw he was going (to first), I kind of took off from there. It worked out. I thought I got a good jump and that's a big run right there.'' - Brock Holt, scoring from third in the sixth on a ball hit right at Cleveland third baseman Juan Uribe.
5) "I feel like everything I hit has a chance.'' - David Ortiz, asked whether the ball he hit for the final out -- snagged up against the wall by outfielder Jose Ramirez -- had a chance to get out.
* Travis Shaw had a second-inning single, meaning the Ohio native has now hit safely in all eight of his career games against the Indians.
* The homer by Hanley Ramirez was the first of his career in Progressive Field. Ramirez, who has spent the vast majority of his career in the National League, has now homered in 12 of the 15 A.L. ballparks. He's yet to homer in Comerica Park, Safeco Field or Angel Stadium.
* David Ortiz became the second player in history 40 years or olrder to homer in each of the first two games of the season. Ted Williams is the other.
Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.
Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.
Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.
Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.
Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.
The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.
Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.
"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."
Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.
“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”