The Red Sox and Braves are back at it again but this time in Boston as they wrapped up two games in Atlanta and will now play two more in Boston.
David Price got the best of the Braves Tuesday night, tying a career-high with 14 strikeouts.
He isn’t the only one mowing down batters with the Sox these days. In fact Red Sox pitchers lead the majors with 10.44 strikeouts per 9.0 innings...According to Elias, Boston’s 210 strikeouts are the most for any major league team through 20 games since 1900 (previous: CLE, 198 SO through 20 games in 2015).
The offense continues to rake as well.
In 7 games since being 1-hit by the Rays on Apr. 19, the Red Sox lead the majors in AVG (.320), hits (86), and doubles (27) and pace the AL in OBP (.374), SLG (.506), runs (43), and triples (4)...Boston’s .320 AVG since Apr. 20 is 43 points higher than the AL’s 2nd-best mark in that span (OAK-.277).
They hope to continue that success at the plate Wednesday night with righty Bud Norris on the mound for the Braves. Meanwhile, Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright takes the hill for the Sox.
Here are the lineups:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt LF
Ryan Hanigan C
Jacki Bradley Jr. CF
Steven Wright RHP
Nick Markakis RF
Daniel Castro 3B
Adonis Garcia DH
Freedie Freeman 1B
Jeff Francoeur LF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Kelly Johnson 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Drew Stubbs CF
Bud Norris 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.”