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Quotes, notes and stars: Royals' defense sinks Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Royals' defense sinks Red Sox

Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to Kansas City:


"He was outstanding once again...The eight innings of work, three runs allowed...he's been very steady for us all year long.'' -- John Farrell on Steven Wright.

"I think when you get a team like Kansas City - they're really aggressive, they're a really good hitting team and they want to hit -- so when you start throwing strikes and getting into counts where they have to swing, it just really makes my knuckleball play up.'' -- Wright.

"Going in there, I thought I had it. He threw it perfect. A little bit to the left, a little bit to the right, I'm there. Shaw hits a sacrifice fgly, we're tied. (Herrera is) one of the toughest relief pitchers in the game so getting an extra base off him, I thought it was huge.'' -- Xander Bogaerts on trying to go from first-to-third but being throw out by outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

"We've executed that play routinely. We're going to put pressure on the defense. We force them to throw a strike from that far away and he makes a very good defensive play.'' -- Farrell on the same play.


-- Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a single in the ninth inning.

-- Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 12 games and leads the American League in hits.

-- The Red Sox have homered in 19 consecutive games.

-- The home run by Chris Young was his first of the season, and first since last August 28 at Atlanta.

-- Steven Wright's road ERA is 1.73.

-- Despite Wright's ERA of 2.52 for the season, the Red Sox are now 3-5 in games he's started.


1) Jarrod Dyson
He tripled and scored the tie-breaking run in the sixth, but his biggest contribution came in the top of the eighth when he threw out Xander Bogaerts trying to go first-to-third.

2) Eric Hosmer
Hosmer got the Royals on the board in the first inning by golfing a two-run homer to center off Steven Wright.

3) Steven Wright
Wright rebounded nicely and turned in a complete game, his second. He allowed two runs in the first, but only one more run over the next seven innings while allowing just five hits overall.

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.