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Thursday BP: MLB hands out the Red Sox suspensions

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Suspensions and draft picks are the penalty for Boston.

Baltimore Orioles Vs. Boston Red Sox At Fenway Park Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A few months after handing out heavy suspensions to the Houston Astros for their cheating scandal, MLB has come down on the Boston Red Sox.

The league announced on Wednesday that an investigation found the Red Sox guilty of stealing signs in 2018. As a result, the team has lost their 2020 second-round draft pick, and replay system operator J.T. Watkins has been fined without pay for the remainder of the season.

Alex Cora, who managed the Red Sox in 2018 and 2019 (winning a World Series in the former), but mutually agreed to leave the team in January when the Astros scandal broke, was also suspended for the remainder of the season. However, Cora’s suspension is not due to the Red Sox actions, but rather the Astros. Cora was Houston’s bench coach in 2017, the season in which the Astros were found guilty of stealing signs with video technology, and relaying them back to hitters.

So there’s your baseball news. A month into the scheduled start of a season that hasn’t started yet, the Red Sox have been punished for a year of baseball that may not transpire. Alrighty, then . . .

Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

Yep.

April 23, 1997: Against the Atlanta Braves, Bonds hit a 3-run inside-the-park (standing!) home run in the 1st inning off of Tom Glavine, scoring Jose Vizcaino and Glenallen Hill. It gave the San Francisco Giants a 3-0 lead, and they would win 4-3. It was his 2nd home run of the year.

April 23, 2000: Against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 9th inning off of Dan Plesac, scoring Marvin Benard. It gave the Giants a 12-6 lead, and they would win 12-7. It was his 8th home run of the year.

Giants links

MCC legend Roger Munter on the prospect depth at third base (There R Giants)

John Shea details how Tim Flannery ended up naked in a hotel hallway, and yes, you read that correctly (SF Chronicle)

Alex Pavlovic ranks the ten best trades in franchise history (NBC Sports Bay Area)

Andrew Baggarly on pre-MLB careers that Giants players had (The Athletic, subscription required)

Hank Schulman warns against MLB rewarding Florida, given the state’s poor response to the pandemic (SF Chronicle)

Alex Pavlovic on Giants prospect Ryan Halstead using his softball star sister, Paige Halstead, to help him stay ready during the baseball stoppage (NBC Sports Bay Area)

Evan Drellich on the issues that remain in MLB-MiLB reconstruction talks (The Athletic, subscription required)