It’s a much different-looking Red Sox lineup for their day-game-after-a-night-game in Detroit this afternoon (1:10 p.m.). David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia are sitting and third baseman Aaron Hill is the leadoff batter as the Sox look to extend their winning streak to seven.
Hanley Ramirez returns to the team after his three-day bereavment leave.
The Red Sox arrived in Detroit in the wee hours of Thursday morning after completing their rain-shortened sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore.
Today’s starter, Clay Buchholz (4-9, 5.66 ERA), was supposed to fly ahead and be in Detroit on Wednesday well ahead of the team. However, bad weather delayed his flight and he traveled with his sleep-deprived teammates on the team charter after the game.
The Tigers start left-hander Matt Boyd (4-2, 4.16).
Aaron Hill 3B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon DH
Bryan Holaday C
Deven Marrero 2B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Clay Buchholz, RHP
Ian Kinsler 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez RF
Casey McGehee 3B
Jarod Saltalamacchia C
Austin Romine CF
Alex Pressley LF
Matt Boyd LHP
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.”