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Robby Scott (who?) was the unsung hero for Red Sox Thursday

Robby Scott (who?) was the unsung hero for Red Sox Thursday

BOSTON - Lost amid the Hanley Ramirez heroics in the ninth, capping the Red Sox' most exciting and most improbable win of the season, was the performance of a rather anonymous reliever in the Red Sox bullpen.

Two weeks ago, Robby Scott wasn't on the Red Sox' 40-man roster, let alone their 25-man roster. He spent six seasons in the Red Sox' system after playing a year in independent ball.

When Scott entered the game Thursday night, he was pitching with 13 days' rest.

He made his major league debut on Sept. 2 in Oakland, then sat for two weeks, a spare part in a crowded bullpen and no official role.

But Thursday marked the third time since Sunday afternoon that the Red Sox were forced to go to their bullpen in either the third or fourth innings. That's a lot of outs for relievers to get in a week, and without any other available fresh arms, Scott was summoned.

When he entered the game, the Red Sox were trailing 5-1.

Scott retired the Yankees in order in the sixth and seventh before allowing a single, a walk and an infield single in the eighth. But an alert play by shortstop Xander Bogaerts cut down Chase Headley at the plate.

That made for three scoreless innings, with two hits and walk allowed.

"Robby Scott set this one up,'' observed John Farrell. "Three shutout innings were key.''

 Scott did a little bit of everything in Pawtucket, serving as a spot starter, a long reliever, lefty specialist and everything in between.

 If he doesn't pitch another inning the rest of the way, he'll have already made his mark on the 2016 season.



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.”