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First impressions: Three of the four hits off Porcello leave the yard


First impressions: Three of the four hits off Porcello leave the yard

SEATTLE -- First Impressions from the Red Sox' 3-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners:

* The long ball hasn't been a problem for Rick Porcello, but it was Wednesday night.

Entering Wednesday's outing, Porcello has given up just 14 homers in 21 starts. More to the point, he had allowed only one homer in his previous seven starts, and none over the last three.

Wednesday's start was a completely different experience. Porcello allowed just four hits all night. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, three left the ballpark.

First, Porcello gave up a mammoth blast to Nelson Cruz to lead off the second.

Then, Mike Zunino, who homered off David Price in the eighth inning Tuesday, connected off Porcello, too. Before Tuesday, Zunino had just three homers all season; against the Sox, he homered in consecutive games.

Finally, Adam Lind went deep, too, taking Porcello out to right.

Porcello allowed just three hits all night. Unfortunately for the Red Sox, all three left the ballpark.


* For the first time this season, David Ortiz looks tired.    

Ortiz was 0-for-4 Wednesday night and is now just 3-for-22 on the current road trip.

He did have a sharp double to drive in a run Tuesday, but Ortiz has looked a little slow at the plate.

This week represents an opportunity for Ortiz to rest a bit, since the Sox will play three games without the DH in an interleague series with the Dodgers.

There exists the possibility that Ortiz could fill in at first for the injured Hanley Ramirez, but that would be for one game, maximum.

And he could potentially benefit from sitting out -- other than a pinch-hit appearance -- the other two.

* Andrew Benintendi's first two big league hits represented a good approach.

The Red Sox managed just four hits all night, but one of them was memorable.

With one out in the third inning, Benintendi, who was 0-for-2 as a late-game substitute Tuesday, slapped a line drive the other way against Hisashi Iwakuma for a sharp single to left.

Benintendi has quick hands and is strong for his size, but doesn't project as a power hitter. When he's at his best, he uses the whole field and shows a willingness to take what's thrown to him.

Later, when Iwakuma tried to come in on him, Benintendi was able to turn on the pitch and, despite sawing the bat in half, dropped a soft liner to right.

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.”