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Orioles’ Britton on Red Sox dustup: ‘I think we turned the page and we moved on’

Orioles’ Britton on Red Sox dustup: ‘I think we turned the page and we moved on’

BOSTON - Zach Britton wanted the Red Sox to listen to their veteran voice, Dustin Pedroia. Britton felt that didn't happen eight days ago and ripped Pedroia for it.

At least Britton took his own advice.


After a conversation with a veteran Orioles player, Britton has changed his tune.

“Dustin reached out to a veteran player on our team about the comments, and just wanted to clarify some things,” Britton said Monday at Fenway Park before the opener of a four-game series. “And once he did that, I think we turned the page and we moved on.”

The Orioles closer eight days ago questioned Pedroia’s leadership after Matt Barnes threw near Manny Machado's head.

“Dustin, him telling Manny [Machado], ‘Hey, that [pitch] didn’t come from me’ may be even more frustrating,” Britton told “Because he’s the leader of that clubhouse and if he can’t control his own teammates, then there’s a bigger issue over there.”

Britton, like Sox manager John Farrell, emphasized the Pedroia-Machado-Barnes incident was to be left in the past.

“There’s really not a whole lot I think that’s going to carry over,” Britton said.

Said Farrell: “I think much has been said about it. We’ve moved on from it. The fact is, we’re coming off a good weekend of baseball, something that hopefully we continue to build upon. And more than anything, [I’m] focused on our guys and what we need to do to be a little more proficient defensively and execute the game as called for.”

Barnes was of the same mind.

“I’m past it. It’s over with,” Barnes said. “I’m ready to go, coming off a good series win, trying to win another one against a division opponent.”

Barnes was unsure if he’d speak with Machado. 

Orioles manager Buck Showalter had the same message as everyone else.

"I know the respect that our guys have for their club," Showalter said. "I think if you really took a poll, people are looking forward to playing baseball against a really good team. I know they have that same respect. The players, I think the people involved may look at it a little differently, maybe I’m naive about it. But I know how our guys feel."

Showalter briefly paused. 

"Is that the obligatory question you had to ask?" Showalter said.

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.”