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Quotes, notes and stars: Williamson nearly goes from hero to goat


Quotes, notes and stars: Williamson nearly goes from hero to goat

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants.



"It was as billed (as a pitcher's duel) and it turns out that one pitch was the swing pitch.'' - John Farrell on the loss.

"Obviously, this game can humble you really quickly.'' - Mac Williamson, who homered in the bottom of the eight, but dropped a fly ball in the top of the ninth.

"He's the best hitter on the team. He has to have an opportunity to get a big AB in a big situation. That's the right call.'' - Chris Young, who was pinch-hit for by Ortiz in the ninth inning.

"That was probably my best outing of the year.'' - David Price on his start.



* Dustin Pedroia extended his hitting streak to 15 straight games.

* David Price saw his hitless streak extended to 32 at-bats.

* Chris Young's homer off Madison Bumgarner was his first off a lefthander this season.

* Young has now hit safely in each of his last 14 starts.

* Two stolen bases by Mookie Betts means the Red Sox have been successful in 43-of-48 attempts this season.

* The Sox trail first-place Baltimore by a game and a half in the A.L. East, their biggest deficit in the standings in more than a month.

* Price tossed his first complete game of the season and 15th of his career.



1) Madison Bumgarner

Bumgarner lasted only six innings as his pitch count climbed with some long innings, but he gave the Red Sox very little beyond a solo homer by Chris Young. When he occasionally got into trouble, he pitched out jams, leaving two baserunners on in the third and was able to overcome leadoff hitters reaching in the first and sixth.

2) Mac Williamson

Williams very nearly was the Giants' goat when he dropped an easy flyball from Hanley Ramirez in the top of the ninth. But his leadoff homer in the bottom of the eighth -- his first in the big leagues -- was the difference in a one-run game.

3) Chris Young

Young, now effectively the everyday left fielder, continues to hit, cranking his fifth homer in the last 14 games and adding an infield single later.


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.