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Red Sox beat Blue Jays in Montreal, 4-2 in 10 innings


Red Sox beat Blue Jays in Montreal, 4-2 in 10 innings

MONTREAL - It was a big night for Russell Martin, even if his Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Boston Red Sox.

An energetic crowd of 52,682 watched the Red Sox post a 4-2 exhibition win over Toronto on a two-out, two run double in the top of the 10th inning from outfielder Ryan LaMarre.

But the ovations for Martin, who was born in Toronto but grew up in Montreal - and a pregame tribute to some of his old Montreal Expos heroes - had the Blue Jays catcher beaming after the game.

"It's still exhibition, but when you play in front of a crowd like this it gets your juices flowing," Martin said. "Our minds are still getting ready for Tampa on opening day (Sunday).

"Those are the games that count. But you still want to compete and to play to win. It gets your mojo going and it's a perfect way to get ready for the season."

Kevin Pillar and Canadian outfielder Michael Saunders hit solo home runs off Red Sox starter Steven Wright for a 2-0 lead after two innings, but Boston tied it in the fifth.

It is the third year in a row that the Blue Jays have ended training camp with a pair of games at Olympic Stadium, where near sell-out crowds turn out for a taste of major league ball they have missed since the Montreal Expos left and became the Washington Nationals after the 2004 season.

A pregame tribute was paid to former Expos Tim Raines, Pedro Martinez, Ellis Valentine, Marquis Grissom, Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Vidro. Martin grew up watching those players.

"It was awesome, especially Rock (Raines)," Martin said. "You see in his eyes how emotional he got.

"It shows how much baseball is missed in Montreal."

Exhibition games can go no longer than 10 innings under major league rules and this one looked like it might end in a tie until LaMarre's shot off the wall in right-center field scored Travis Shaw and Chris Young, who had each walked after reliever Pat McCoy got the first two hitters to ground out.

"For a guy who has been in Triple-A, who's had some opportunities at the major league level, that's a good moment to come through with a key base hit," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "I'm sure it's a night he'll remember."

The teams play a second exhibition game Saturday afternoon in Montreal to end spring training for both clubs. Martin with be the designated hitter in that game to save his knees for the season opener.

Farrell was impressed with the knuckleballing Wright, who went five innings, surrendering seven hits and two earned runs but struck out eight.

"His knuckleball was really working in a dome, which is what we've seen," Farrell said. "It's got extra action to it.

"He threw a number of curveballs, which he's been working on. A couple of home runs, but a good outing for Steven."

Pillar got the crowd going when he led off the first by taking a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall.

Victoria native Saunders led off the second with a line drive homer to center field.

"It was a 3-1 heater, but it felt good," Saunders said.

The Red Sox got one back off starter J.A. Happ in the third when Mookie Betts doubled and, two batters later, scored on Xander Bogaerts' groundout. Betts drove in Jackie Bradley Jr. with a single in the fifth off Joe Biajani.

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.”