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First impressions: Porcello a little better each start

First impressions: Porcello a little better each start

BOSTON - First Impressions following the Red Sox' 7-3 victory over Tampa Bay.


Each Rick Porcello start this season has been a little better than the prior one.

Porcello gave up four runs in six innings in his first outing, then gave up three runs in 6 1/3 innings in his next. Both times, he gave up two homers, resulting in all the runs scored off him.

On Wednesday, he became the second Red Sox starter this season to get through seven full innings, allowing three runs. He also gave up one homer.

Throughout, Porcello relied extensively on his two-seam fastball, keeping the ball down in the strike zone. He also showed some swing-and-miss capability, too, recording a season-high nine strikeouts.


Chris Archer is a terrific young starter - just not against the Red Sox.

Archer was knocked around for six runs on eight hits over just 4 1/3 innings Wednesday. That dropped his career won-loss record against the Red Sox to 1-7 with an ERA of 5.66.

Against every other team, Archer has a career ERA of 3.21. Not sure why the Sox have such success against Archer, but the numbers are tough to dispute.


Something seemed to click with Mookie Betts.

Betts came into the game, slumping, with just six hits in his last 30 at-bats. Moreover, he had just one walk in the first 13 games.

But Betts worked a leadoff walk in the first, drilled a two-run home run off the light tower in left in the second, walked again in the fourth and singled, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored in the sixth.

It marked the first time this season that Betts had reached base four times and perhaps also signaled a breakout of his slump.

The next key will be to show a little more consistency, so that he's not alternating hot streak and slumps.


This April is a lot different for David Ortiz than last April.

Ortiz rapped out two doubles Wednesday, driving in three of the seven runs the Red Sox scored.

That gave Ortiz seven doubles this season in 13 games, only 11 of which he's started. By contrast, it wasn't until May 26 last season that Ortiz collected his seventh double of the season.

He now has 13 RBI. A year ago, he ended April with just 11 RBI and didn't have 13 RBI until May 11.


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.”