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Quotes, notes, & stars: Price 'never satisfied'


Quotes, notes, & stars: Price 'never satisfied'

BOSTON - Here are the quotes, notes, and stars after the Red Sox beat the Astros, 11-1, Thursday night at Fenway Park.


"I'm never over the hump. That's for people who are satisfied; I'm never satisfied. The one thing I want to be coming into a season is to be consistent, and I haven't been consistent. Today was a good day, but in five days, I want to go out and build on it." - David Price after pitching 6.2 innings of six-hit, one-run ball. He had 12 strikeouts.

"I don't know. I still feel like I've got a long way to go. I'm not doing that well. Feel like I'm dragging everybody. But whatever, as long as they keep rolling I don't mind being last if this is what we're going to do." - Mookie Betts when asked if he's been feeling better about his production lately

"This is kind of like a PlayStation, you know? I don't think even on a PlayStation you score as much runs. But it's reality and we're doing it in our hometown and our home park and our fans are definitely loving it." - Xander Bogaerts on the team's recent stretch of play


Thursday's game marked the first time in Fenway Park history the Sox have had 8+ runs and 12+ hits in as many as 6 consecutive home games.

David Price is the first pitcher to fan 10+ Astros in each of 4 consecutive starts vs. the club since Sandy Koufax (7/22/64-7/20/65, 5 GS).

Xander Bogaerts (2-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI)  homered in the 1st inning for the 1st time in his career.

Jackie Bradley Jr. (2-for-4, R, RBI) extended his career-long hitting streak to 18 games...Marks the longest active hitting streak in the majors and tied Eric Hosmer (4/10-29) for the longest hitting streak in the majors this season.

Dustin Pedroia (1-for-3, R, BB) has hit .419 (44-for-105) vs. HOU over his career, the highest mark vs. the Astros in major league history (min. 75 AB).


1. David Price  

Price needed a strong performance on the mound after last weekend's dud in New York, and he gave the Red Sox one. Much was made about the adjustments he was to make, and it appears as if they worked. A higher leg kick, higher hand placement, more balance . . . success. Price went 6.2 innings and allowed just one run while striking out 12. He left to a standing ovation.

2. Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts hit his third home run of the season in the first inning, and it once again put the Red Sox offense in motion. He'd later drive in the team's 10th run of the game, giving him three RBI on the night.

3. Mookie Betts

Betts appears to be breaking out of a slump over the last few games. He homered Tuesday night against the Athletics and hit then hit a three-run home run Thursday night off Dallas Keuchel to open up an 8-1 Sox lead. Betts is hitting .253 this season, so his average isn't where he wants it to be. But perhaps the last few games can get him going.

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.