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Quotes, notes and stars: 'Honor' for Francona to be there for Ortiz's last game

Quotes, notes and stars: 'Honor' for Francona to be there for Ortiz's last game

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians:


* “That was an honor to be on the field for [David Ortiz’s] last game. I think you can see by the way the fans reacted, their outpouring o affection for him, that was an honor.” Terry Francona said.

* “There were some called strike three’s with some fastballs late in the count. I thought he had a pretty good mix going on with the fastball, curveball and his cutter. But I think it goes back to some of the offensive inconsistencies throughout this series. ”John Farrell on the offense’s inability to do much against Cleveland’s starter, Josh Tomlin.

* “This offense we face, this team is so great, but particularly from the perspective of a relief pitcher, this offense is just unbelievable.” Andrew Miller said about the Red Sox’ lineup.



* David Ortiz’s RBI in the sixth inning was his 61st the postseason, tying Derek Jeter for fourth all-time.

* Ortiz’s walks (2) gave him is 56th of his career, the most in Red Sox franchise history, second-most in the postseason by a left-handed hitter (David Justice, 64).

* Dustin Pedroia scored hi 32nd career postseason run, tying Roberto Alomar for second all-time among second basemen.

* Andrew Benintendi became the youngest player in Red Sox history to hit an RBI double.

* Coco Crisp’s two-run home run was his second career postseason home run.

* Andrew Miller has not allowed a run in 12.1 innings over eight career appearances.

* Miller has struck out 17 batters in his postseason career, and batters are only 3-for-39 (.077) against him.



1) Coco Crisp

Crisp hit a two-run home run that would prove to be the difference in the Indians' win.

2) Andrew Miller

Miller was strong again in relief, striking out three in two scoreless innings.

3) Jose Ramirez

Ramirez scored two runs for the Tribe, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk

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.”


John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

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John Farrell joins ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ as analyst

John Farrell can add another job to his resume.

The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.

The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.

Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.