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Tuesday's Red Sox-Yankees lineups: No ARod, Holt replaces Bogaerts at SS


Tuesday's Red Sox-Yankees lineups: No ARod, Holt replaces Bogaerts at SS

Alex Rodriguez plays the final road series of his career, but won’t be in the starting lineup tonight as the Yankees come to Fenway Park to open a three-game series with the Red Sox.

On Sunday, Rodriguez and the Yankees announced that Friday will be his final game with the team. The Red Sox don’t plan to have a ceremony honoring Rodriguez this week, according to the Boston Globe.

As for the Red Sox lineup, Xander Bogaerts gets the night off and Brock Holt starts at shortstop. Rookie Andrew Benintendi makes his first Fenway start in left field.

Rick Porcello (14-3, 3.46 ERA, 10-0 at Fenway) puts his home winning streak on the line. The Yankees counter with right-hander Luis Severino (1-6, 6.02) 

The lineups: 

Brett Gardner LF
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann DH
Starlin Castro 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Chase Headley 3B
Gary Sanchez C
Aaron Hicks RF

Luis Severino RHP

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt SS
Sandy Leon C
Andrew Benintendi LF

Rick Porcello 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.