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Saturday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Wright tries to end slide


Saturday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Wright tries to end slide

Knuckleballer Steven Wright looks to end the Red Sox' three-game losing streak when he faces the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. in the second game of the three-game series.

Wright (5-4, 2.45 ERA), who pitched his third complete game of the season (tied for the major league lead) in a 7-2 victory in Baltimore on Memorial Day, will be opposed by Blue Jays' right-hander Marcus Stroman (5-1, 4.46). The Jays have won nine of their past 11 games. 

David Ortiz is in the lineup as the Red Sox DH. He was hit on the arm by a pitch Friday night and had it wrapped after the game. 

The lineups:

Jose Bautista RF
Michael Saunders LF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Devon Travis 2B
Russell Martin C
Kevin Pillar CF
Darwin Barney 3B
Ryan Goins SS
Marcus Stroman RHP

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Blake Swihart LF
Ryan Hanigan CF
Steven Wright RHP


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.