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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-3 win over the Diamondbacks


Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-3 win over the Diamondbacks

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-3 win over the Diamondbacks:


* “We’ve talked a lot this year that that’s the part of the order that has the chance of separating us from some teams offensively.” John Farrell on the bottom third of Boston’s lineup.

 * “I was doing what I could to stay relaxed and stay calm on the mound . . . Not trying to get the adrenaline too high, because if it does I end up missing with my pitches and not throwing them where I want.” Brad Ziegler on coming in with no outs and the bases loaded against his old team.

* “He’s one of the best relievers in the league right-on-right and that was on display here tonight.” Farrell on Ziegler.

* “I tried to treat it like I’ve been treating the outings out of the pen. Went out there a little bit later, didn’t play as much long toss . . . Prior to going into the game I was thinking about going all set because that’s sort of what I’ve been doing and felt really good with doing that . . . I felt really good, felt like I had more left in the tank even when John came out and got me. But I knew there was a limit set prior to the game.” Buchholz on his outing.


* Brad Ziegler struck out the side in the eighth inning for the first time since 4/10/10 when he played for Oakland.

* Boston’s No. 7, 8 and 9 hitters -- Sandy Leon, Brock Holt and Andrew Benintendi -- went 5-10 with four RBI, scoring all of the Red Sox’ six runs.

* The Red Sox clinched their first series win since 7/19-7/20 when they won the two-game set against the Giants.

* Dustin Pedroia has now reached in 26-straight home games after his RBI-single in the third inning.

* Andrew Benintendi is 11-for-29 (.379) since being called up to Boston. In his 10 games played, he has four multi-hit contests including Saturday’s 2-for-3 performance. 


1) Sandy Leon

Leon had another big night, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI off his pivotal home run to right.

2) Brock Holt

Despite only going 1-for-4, Holt scored three runs for the Sox, and launched a two-run home run over the bullpen.

3) Andrew Benintendi

The rookie had another big game, adding two hits to the cause -- one being a double. He also scored a run and knocked one in.

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.”