Xander Bogaerts gets the night off and Brock Holt fills in at shortstop as the Red Sox look to extend their season-best winning streak to eight games tonight against the Orioles in Baltimore.
Left-hander David Price (16-8, 3.91 ERA), coming off a six-inning no-decision against the Yankees on Saturday in which he allowed five runs on nine hits, pitches for the Red Sox, opposed by Orioles right-handed ace Chris Tillman (16-6, 3.72).
The Red Sox have a five-game lead on the Toronto Blue Jays in the A.L. East and their magic number for clinching the division is six and for clinching a wild-card spot is five. Their three wins in Baltimore this week have dropped the Orioles to third place, six games back in the division and one behind the Jays for the top wild-card spot.
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Brock Holt SS
Mookie Betts RF
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Andrew Benintendi LF
David Price LHP
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Mark Trumbo RF
Trey Mancini DH
Jonathan Schoop 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Drew Stubbs RF
Caleb Joseph C
Chris Tillman RHP
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.
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.”