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First impressions of Red Sox' 10-2 win over Tigers: Bouncing back big


First impressions of Red Sox' 10-2 win over Tigers: Bouncing back big

First impressions of the Red Sox' 10-2 win the Tigers in Detroit:

The offense left nothing to chance.

After a heartbreaking loss Thursday, David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. made sure to jump out to a big lead right away with home runs in the first inning.

It didn’t matter that they were facing Michael Fulmer, who held the Red Sox to three runs over 7 2/3 innings at Fenway Park and entered Friday with a 2.25 ERA.

The six-run effort against a top-flight starter reinforces the notion that the Red Sox could’ve made the bullpen a non-factor Thursday -- had they gotten normal rest.

Nothing fazes Rick Porcello.

Boston’s most reliable starter was dominant in his return to Comerica Park.

Leading up to Friday’s start, Porcello (17-3, 3.22 ERA) said it was weird for him to pitch in his old home stadium, but he clearly ignored that once he took the mound.

He was 3-for-3 in shutdown innings and only had issues with J.D. Martinez.

Although he walked two batters for the first time since July 19, Porcello was still efficient with his pitch count and kept up his quickened pace -- helping the offense maintain the momentum they gained in the first inning.

Add Hanley Ramirez to the list of hot hitters.

He may not be at the same level as Mookie Betts or Sandy Leon right now, but Ramirez has been another strong bat for Boston in August.

He’s 15-for-45 (.333) this month with 15 RBI in 13 games. He also has five doubles and three home runs in August.

With Xander Bogaerts in a drought and Ramirez now serving as protection for the red-hot Betts, the Red Sox’ first baseman picked the perfect time to catch fire.

Heath Hembree took advantage of his audition in his return.

The righty made his first appearance for Boston since July 23 and did fine -- against a few lefties, too. He faced several subs, but he didn’t mess up.

John Farrell expressed that Hembree wasn’t a confident pitcher when he was demoted -- so Friday night’s appearance is a good start to the rebuilding process.

If Hembree can become that middle-long reliever he was before his breakdown in July, the Red Sox can use Matt Barnes in the set-up role he’s best suited for and not look to Junichi Tazawa often -- if at all.

Fernando Abad may have done well, too, but he has a much bigger hill to climb.

After Abad's last outing, Farrell expressed said the lefty would need to earn his way back into high leverage situations.

These are the kind of outings he’ll continue to pitch in. While Hembree’s outing is a good step in the right direction, Abad’s was only a tiny step.

It’s going to take quite a few outings like this for Abad to pitch in impactful scenarios.

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.”