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Quotes, notes and stars: Holt has 'knack for timely hitting'

Quotes, notes and stars: Holt has 'knack for timely hitting'

Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox’ 12-5 win over the Texas Rangers:



“Usually he’s involved in a play where it’s going to be meaningful. And he demonstrated it in both ways today. Offensively with a home run . . . Cuts down a run at the plate [the next half inning]. He’s a smart player all the way around. Exceptional baserunner, a very good defender and had the ability to have the knack for timely hitting.” - John Farrell said on Brock Holt play Sunday and his overall value to the team.

“No, I’ve got all my faith in God. So I don’t care about that stuff. Just play the game and let it happen.” - Sandy Leon on if he was concerned about his situation with Ryan Hanigan being reactivated.

“Didn’t really think it was a matter of throwing strikes. Some of those guys -- they’re aggressive and you come at them with strikes and they can hurt you early. We were kind of trying to expand the zone a little bit. Got into some counts where they weren’t swinging at them -- I didn’t execute those pitches out of the strike zone well enough to draw swings. And then got into a situation where I had to come back into the strike zone and they did some damage on that.” - Rick Porcello on his approach in the first inning and why Texas was able to plate four runs.

“I don’t know that I’m surprised [at how I’ve bounced back]. I wish [my concussion symptoms] wouldn’t have lasted as long. I’m still working through some stuff . . . I’m not sure [on my rest schedule] they’ve been asking me how I feel and stuff like that . . . I don’t know how it’s going to play out but we’ll see.” - Holt on how he has bounced back from his concussion and still managing the issues that have come with it.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity, I didn’t know if I was going to get another one or not. I’m looking forward to being able to prepare for that next start -- and know when it is. A lot of times when you’re getting called up from the minor leagues you’re on kind of a wacky schedule. The last game I threw was on a week’s rest. So it’s nice to be able to have some type of idea to be able to plan for the next one. But yeah, very excited for the opportunity.” - Sean O’Sullivan on getting the nod to start Friday’s game.



* Dustin Pedroia’s home run in the seventh was his 500th career extra-base hit. Pedroia is the 11th Red Sox hitter to have 500 extra-base hits (359 doubles, 15 triples, 126 home runs)

* Sandy Leon had his second career four-hit game, improving his season average to .500. The switch-hitting catcher became the fifth Boston backstop to have four hits and three doubles in a game.

* David Ortiz’s two doubles move him past Carl Yastrzemski for 12th on the all time extra-base hit list with 1,159. Ortiz leads the league with 34 double and broke his own record of most doubles by a Red Sox hitter prior to the All-Star break (33 in 2004).

* Brock Holt gave the Red Sox a 5-4 lead with his two-run home run in the third. That was his fourth of the season, all of which have come with a runner on. Of Holt’s 10 career homers, five of his have given the Red Sox the lead.



1) Brock Holt

Holt knocked his first ball out of the yard since returning from the DL to give Boston the lead, and preserved that led when he gunned down Nomar Mazara at the plate after Ian Desmond’s 2-out single

2) Rick Porcello

Porcello had a rough go in the first frame, giving up four runs -- three earned -- and for five innings shut down the Texas lineup that had given Boston so much trouble a week ago.

3) Sandy Leon

Leon led the team with four hits, including three doubles -- of which he has eight on the year.

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.”