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First impressions of the Red Sox' 3-2 win over the Tigers


First impressions of the Red Sox' 3-2 win over the Tigers

First impressions of the Red Sox 3-2 win over Detroit:

John Farrell made calculated moves with the bullpen.

Two days after being questioned up and down for pitching Junichi Tazawa, Farrell handled the 4-inning outing for the bullpen as best he could. Using Heath Hembree in the sixth and the start of the seventh put him against the top of the order that Brad Ziegler struggles against.

This gave Hembree a shot at a high-leverage situation, and Hembree did well, only giving up the long ball to J.D. Martinez -- who’s been a problem for Boston in general this series. But, Hembree not only helped the club, but was able to build up his confidence again. Because Martinez hit the solo-shot, Ziegler came in against batters he could handle, essentially in a clean inning.

As advertised, Farrell gave Matt Barnes the eighth. He, however, couldn’t hold up his end of the bargain. But Farrell gave him a reasonable shot, until Miguel Cabrera came in with two outs and two on.

He turned to Craig Kimbrel for four outs and was rewarded with a Sox win.

David Ortiz makes Comerica Park look like an American League East stadium.

Fenway Park, along with other AL East stadiums, is one of the smaller MLB parks in terms of dimensions. Detroit’s Comerica Park is not known for that. It’s not much of a hitters’ park in general.

Somehow, Ortiz has launched 23 home runs in 58 games there, hitting his second in as many nights Saturday.

One of Ortiz’s greatest moments was his grand slam in the 2013 ALCS against Detroit. Although that came at Fenway, it’s safe to say the Tigers are happy to see him retire.

Drew Pomeranz was on pace to pitch deep, unfortunately the hour and ten-minute rain delay cut his start short.

The lefty was cruising, working past a home run and out of a jam in what would be his final inning of work. Pomeranz only threw 51 pitches through five innings. Can’t be much more efficient than that.

Had the rain ended the game early that would’ve been a non-issue. However, that wasn’t the case, which forced the bullpen to cover four innings -- something no one wanted to see after Thursday’s meltdown.

Unlike Wednesday, the weather was not the Red Sox’ friend.

Had the rain ended the game, it would’ve been a different story. Instead it forced Pomeranz out with the extended delay, and gave the inconsistent bullpen four innings to work with.

Not the ideal situation, and the Red Sox bullpen left everyone on the edge of their seat until the final out.

Boston wins another tight game.

It was scary in the end, but Boston was able to lean on the bullpen to win the low-scoring contest after the rain delay forced Pomeranz out early.

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.”