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First impressions: Red Sox fall to Blue Jays in game No. 162, 2-1


First impressions: Red Sox fall to Blue Jays in game No. 162, 2-1

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox 2-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays:

Aaron Sanchez is a big reason why the Blue Jays might be the scariest AL team for Boston in the postseason.

Now they may never see each other, but it’s worth noting. J.A. Happ might be a Cy Young candidate, but Sanchez has the best “stuff” on Toronto’s staff by far. He’s done fairly well against the Red Sox all season and if they were to see him again, there’s a good chance he’d come out on top -- barring another fit on the mound after giving up a home run.

Drew Pomeranz looks healthy enough to contribute in the postseason.

Other than throwing from the bullpen, that his specific role isn’t quite clear. But seeing his fastball run up to 95 mph was a nice surprise.

In fact, if you look back at his career average velocity, it’s something he’s not normally done.

Having two lefty power arms from the pen -- both of which can face righties -- would serve as a huge lift.

Although he left down 1-0, David Price’s start was enough to generate positive momentum going into the postseason.

Going up against one of the toughest lineups in baseball -- who knows you very well -- was something Price needed to prep him for the postseason.

Being named the No. 2 starter in the playoffs was a demotion for the lefty, even though he’s truly been the No. 2 all year.

Between that and his general struggles of late, a little confidence boost like Sunday’s start can’t hurt.

The final David Ortiz  ceremony couldn’t have gone any better.

Old teammates, the announcement of his number being retired and a gold bat.

Not to mention he got a bridge named after him, probably the coolest gift he could have gotten.

A great ceremony for a deserving player.

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

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.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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.”