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Plenty of reasons to feel good about Red Sox through three games

Plenty of reasons to feel good about Red Sox through three games

There’s a lot more to be encouraged about than discouraged through the first three games of the Red Sox' season.

Players who entered the year as question marks, like Pablo Sandoval and Sandy Leon — even Jackie Bradley Jr. — have had performances that suggest they can be reliable. Bradley looks particularly good, his excellent defense on display early as well.

Leon hit the walk-off home run on Wednesday in a 3-0 win over the Pirates. Crushed it, in fact. Sandoval hit a go-ahead, opposite field homer on Friday in the eighth inning, although it went for naught in a 6-5 loss to the Tigers.

Despite an offense that has pushed a run across inside of just one inning in every game, the Sox have two wins and only one loss.

All this has happened, mind you, as the roster turned to an influenza petri dish. The flu and flu-like symptoms continue to limit the team, and combined with players’ personal losses — Matt Barnes and Xander Bogaerts are both on the bereavement list — the Sox are nowhere near full strength.

Yet, they easily could be 3-0.

The Sox knew they’d be without Tyler Thornburg, who, after an examination Thursday, still needs a few days before he attempts throwing to return from a shoulder impingement. But to enter this Tigers four-game series without Thornburg, Barnes or Robbie Ross — the latter on the DL with the flu — and have the bullpen blow Friday’s game?

Don't tell me you're stunned. They're down three regular relievers. Something was gonna give.

But with the bottom of the lineup — or rather, players who will more often be at the bottom of the lineup — showing signs of life, there’s reason to feel good about the Sox once they regain strength. Even the defense-minded Mitch Moreland is starting to come around, with a pair of late hits Friday after nearly homering on Wednesday.

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.”