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First impressions: Porcello continues strong start


First impressions: Porcello continues strong start

First Impressions from the Red Sox' 1-0 win over the Braves


Rick Porcello continues to give the Red Sox some length

For the fourth straight start, Porcello took the Red Sox into the seventh inning. And, for the fourth straight start, he got the win.

This marked the first time that Porcello did not allow at least one homer; in fact, he didn't allow so much as a run.


Robbie Ross Jr's outing was huge

Ross might not have been the first choice to go in the seventh, but with the bullpen exhausted from having to provide almost nine innings of relief the night before in Houston, John Farrell's options were somewhat limited.

Ross faced two hitters and retired them on a force out and a called third strike, helping to bridge the distance between Porcello and set-up man Koji Uehara.


Jackie Bradley Jr.'s offense continues to be timely

On Sunday, Bradley singled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning. On Monday, he homered in the seventh, representing the only run of the game. He has three RBI in the last two nights.

Bradley showed some sock during his infamous hot streak last August, though the homer Monday night was his first of the season.


Craig Kimbrel rebounded nicely

After blowing the lead in the bottom of the ninth Sunday night in Houston, Kimbrel didn't have to wait long for a chance to redeem himself.

Kinbrel had to go through the middle of the Braves' lineup and did so with relative ease, retiring the side in order, with two strikeouts.


It certainly helps to go up against the Braves' feeble lineup

Atlanta has hit just two homers in the last 18 games, and their best hitter, Freddie Freeman, is slumping so badly that he was hitting sixth.

Add in the pitcher and there are a lot of holes in the Atlanta lineup, which the Red Sox pitching staff took full advantage of.


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.”