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First impressions: A complete zero from the Sox

First impressions: A complete zero from the Sox

CLEVELAND -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 6-0 loss to Cleveland in Game 2 of the ALDS, which puts them in an 0-2 hole in the best-of-five series:

David Price's playoff redemption will have to wait

Price, who entered Friday's game with zero playoff wins as a starter, left with the same number.

He imploded in the second -- first due to some bad luck, later of his own volition as he gave up a three-run homer to No. 8 hitter Lonnie Chisenhall.

Up until that at-bat, Chisenhall had gone the entirely of the 2016 season without a single homer off a left-handed pitcher.

Prior to the homer, Price had given up a ground ball single, an infield chopper and a soft liner to center, producing one run. Chisenhall's homer, by contrast, was all on Price -- a poorly located pitch to a bottom-of-the-order hitter with little success against lefties.

Whether Price was trying too hard on putting himself under too much pressure isn't clear.

What is clear is that he'll likely have to wait another year to turn around his dreadful playoff history, which now includes a career ERA of 5.94.

The offense didn't help. At all

At least in Game 1, the Red Sox managed three homers -- ableit solo - and scored four runs. In the ninth inning Thursday, the Sox had the potential tying run on base with two outs in the ninth.

The Sox banged out eight extra-base hits in Game 1 and, with Cleveland's Game 2 starter, Corey Kluber, fighting both rust and a groin pull/hamstring, it seemed the Sox might be poised to bash their way to a win.


Instead, the Red Sox were feckless, with a grand total of three hits -- one of which didn't leave the infield. It wasn't until the eighth inning that the Sox moved a baserunner past second base.

There seemed to be little of a game plan in place, as hitters often helped Kluber by swinging early in the count.

The best opportunity seemed to present itself in the fourth when two walks with one out sent David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez to the plate.

But Ortiz got underneath a fastball and popped out to short, while Ramirez watched a third strike go by -- the very same pitch he took for a called strike three two innings earlier.

Remember when the bullpen was thought to be the biggest problem?

In the two games to date, Sox relievers pitched a total of 7 1/3 innings and have allowed only two runs -- and just one earned. They've struck out 10 and issued just two walks.

And it didn't matter.

Since both Red Sox starters left after just 4 1/3 innings, the bullpen was called upon early in both losses. And while they admirably kept both within reach, in each case the early leads proved insurmoountable, especially given how lifeless the bats have been.

Before the series began, there was concern over what the Sox could expect from closer Craig Kimbrel. That became academic when the Sox didn't come close to needing him. He got the final out in the eighth merely to get him work.

Boston's last lead in the series came in the third inning of Game 1.

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.”


John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

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John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

John Farrell can add another job to his resume.

The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.

The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.

Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.