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Quotes, notes and stars: Rodriguez 'outstanding' in Red Sox loss to Athletics


Quotes, notes and stars: Rodriguez 'outstanding' in Red Sox loss to Athletics

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 1-0 loss to the A’s:



“Yeah, I mean it was close, but I knew he was going to be safe.” - Eduardo Rodriguez explaining his view on Marcus Semien’s grounder, and if he thought the replay would lead to the call being overturned.

“Well, middle in the order. We’ve used him in tie games on the road previously. Didn’t want to get into [a] potential matchup [situation], and then we’re walking through our bullpen to try to get the appropriate matchup.” - John Farrell on using Craig Kimbrel in a tie game in the ninth.

“He had an explosive fastball today. And as the game went on he even picked up some power . . . He mixed in his secondary stuff at the appropriate times and got some quick outs. He was outstanding today.” - Farrell on Rodriguez’s start.

MORE: Three things we learned from Red Sox' 1-0 loss to A's


* Brock Holt’s error marked Boston’s fourth walk-off error of the season.

* Dustin Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in his second at-bat. He’s 25-46 (.565) in that stretch.

* According to Elias Sports Bureau, Dustin Pedroia is the first Red Sox hitter to ever have six 10-game hitting streaks in one season.

* Sunday’s loss not only marked Boston’s first loss to Oakland in 2016, but also the first game where the offense didn’t post double-digit runs. The Red Sox had outscored the A's 67-19 in the previous five games (27-4 in the first two games of the series).

* After Eduardo Rodriguez’s eight-inning no hit bid, the Red Sox starters finished the weekend-series with a 1.64 ERA against the A’s, pitching through 22 of the 27 innings.

MORE: First impressions from Red Sox loss to Oakland Athletics


1) Eduardo Rodriguez

After being scratched the day before his start in Detroit and a bad start against Kansas City, Rodriguez carried a no-hit bid through 8 2/3 innings, only to be undone by a grounder and a replay review.

2) Kendall Graveman

Rodriguez may have been the story on the mound, but Graveman was just as dynamite on the other side -- holding Boston scoreless over 6 1/3 innings on six hits and two walks, striking out seven. Not to mention, Boston has scored double-digit runs in the previous two games.

3) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia couldn’t help the Red Sox scratch across a run, but he extended his hitting streak to 11 games, going 2-for-4 in the loss.

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.”