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First impressions of the Red Sox’ 6-3 win over Arizona


First impressions of the Red Sox’ 6-3 win over Arizona

BOSTON -- First impressions of the Boston Red Sox’ 6-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks:

Brad Ziegler’s eighth inning was beyond impressive.

The submariner bailed out Matt Barnes after his wheels fell off in the eighth, stranding all three Arizona runners. And did so in the flashiest manner by striking out the side -- and only on 10 pitches.

It’s safe to say Barnes owes Ziegler dinner. It better be somewhere fancy.

The bottom of the order came through again.

Brock Holt scored three runs and knocked in two on his home run, while Sandy Leon scored twice and knocked in a run and Andrew Benintendi scored once and knocked in a run, too.

They scored all six of Boston’s runs, and had four of the Red Sox’ six RBI.

When the bottom third is clicking this offense looks like a totally different team -- even if the top of the lineup isn’t at its best.

The double steal in the fourth inning was costly in Clay Buchholz’s outing.

Had Buchholz paid more attention to Michael Bourn -- a known speedster -- on second base, he probably wouldn’t have swiped third. That swipe was on Buchholz, not Sandy Leon. Clearly there’s a scouting report out on Buchholz that he doesn’t check the runner.

Had he held Bourn at second, the following grounder would’ve been a guaranteed 4-6-3 double play, instead of a grounder that knocked in a run and kept the inning alive

Buchholz had himself a clean first inning for a change.

Boston’s starter didn’t have to use everything through the first two hitters, relying on his cutter and fastball. That made life easier against Paul Goldschmidt, who saw Buchholz’s first two curves of the game. It’s great that Buchholz has depth to his arsenal. But sometimes his best strategy is to not use everything at once.

Moving Buchholz to the bullpen has clearly shown him how and why he needs to simplify his approach -- even if it only lasted a few innings.

The Diamondbacks might have the worst defense Boston has seen all year.

Just one night after two costly miscues to start the game, Arizona shot themselves in the foot again.

And no shock that Jean Segura was involved the dropped pop-up by Brock Holt.

Thankfully for Boston, Andrew Benintendi took advantage of the little league-level miscue.

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.”