- newTying up loose ends from an ugly August
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A few quick hits after the Red Sox's last trip to the Trop in 2014, beginning with some numbers for August: • The Sox were 12-16 for the month, seven games worse than the division-leading Orioles (19-9). The only AL East team with a worse record was Toronto, which faded from the playoff picture with a 9-17 August.• The Sox were 13th in the AL in batting average (.231), 14th in OBP (.298), 14th in slugging (.
- 7 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 7:38pm -
- newCastillo: I'm ready for any scenario
TAMPA, Florida -- After helping the Red Sox to win the Gulf Coast League title in the rookie league finals, Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will try to reprise that in Double-A ball, as he continues his warm-up tour before his expected major league debut with Boston in the final month of the regular season.Castillo went 0-for-3 in Monday’s game, but drew a walk with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run, as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 8-1.
- 7 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 7:14pm -
- newNapoli: Hip is fine; other injuries nag
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has to suppress a laugh when someone asks about the degenerative hip condition that two years ago cast his playing future into doubt. “My hips are the only thing that don’t hurt,’’ said Napoli, who hit his 17th home run in Boston’s 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.“It’s unbelievable. It’s actually gotten better. My last MRI about a month ago, it looked like it had gotten a little bit better, which is weird.
- 8 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 7:05pm -
- newCastillo to play in Double-A playoffs
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will be with Double-A Portland Wednesday night in Binghamton, N.Y., when the Sea Dogs open their best-of-five Eastern League semifinal playoff series, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday.Both Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland are scheduled to open best-of-five playoff series on Wednesday, the PawSox playing at home against Syracuse on Wednesday and Thursday, the Sea Dogs in Binghamton, N.
- 10 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 5:05pm -
- newRapid Reaction: Rays 4, Red Sox 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In front of a smaller paid crowd in Tropicana Field (10,543) than the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox had the night before in McCoy Stadium (11,767), the Red Sox fell to the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, in 10 innings.Matt Joyce’s bases-loaded single over a drawn-in outfield brought home the winning run off Burke Badenhop, the sixth Sox pitcher. Ryan Hanigan opened the inning with a double to the wall in left, Hanigan just beating an amazing throw by outfielder Yoenis Cespedes with a head-first slide into the bag.
- 10 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 4:56pm -
- newPedroia may miss Yankees series
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As expected, Dustin Pedroia sat out a second straight game Monday with concussion symptoms, and manager John Farrell said it would be “optimistic” to expect him to play this week in New York against the Yankees.“He’s a little bit better, yet he still has some symptoms,’’ Farrell said Monday morning.“Clearly, it’s a day to day thing. He’s probably at least another day away from any kind of exertion tests or any kind of ramping up of the heart rate to see how he does.
- 14 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 12:29pm -
- newSoxProspects.com: Farm clubs faring well
The minor league season wraps up for most leagues on Labor Day, but five of the seven Red Sox affiliates will be participating in the postseasons of their respective leagues. Triple-A Pawtucket clinched a wild-card spot Sunday with a 10-4 win over Rochester. The International League playoffs are expected to get underway Sept. 3, with the PawSox likely hosting the club's opening game that day.Meanwhile, Double-A Portland recorded its best winning percentage in franchise history: 88-53 heading into Monday's final game.
- 15 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 11:21am -
- Buchholz turns in virtuoso performance
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sweet music has long been a part of Clay Buchholz’s repertoire, whether it’s playing guitar so skillfully in the clubhouse that Yoenis Cespedes grabs a spot on the couch to listen, or pitching like a virtuoso the way he did here Sunday afternoon. Too often this season, his pitching has struck some dissonant chords, but that has not been the case of late. Buchholz needed just 98 pitches Sunday to shut out the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on three hits and no walks, and said afterward that he may have hit some high notes he’d never reached before.
- 1 day ago, 31 Aug 14, 8:48pm -
- Cespedes provides blueprint for Castillo
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- While Rusney Castillo was making his professional debut for the Red Sox 120 miles south in Fort Myers on Sunday, fellow Cuban Yoenis Cespedes was here, closing the book on his first month with the Red Sox.Cespedes’s performance -- a team-high 22 runs batted in during August -- would suggest that he has handled the transition to a new team with some degree of ease.He was inclined to agree.“My adjustment here, I am comfortable both on and off the field,’’ said Cespedes, who had a single in four trips in Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field.
- 1 day ago, 31 Aug 14, 8:16pm -
- Castillo makes first step toward Fenway
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Rusney Castillo’s professional baseball career began at 12:05 p.m. Sunday on Field No. 1 at the Fenway South complex with a ground-ball single to left off a 20-year-old pitcher named Luis Cedeno.Castillo, the Cuban defector signed by the Red Sox to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract earlier this month, was thrown out a minute or two later trying to steal second base in a Gulf Coast League playoff game against a team of New York Yankees minor leaguers.
- 1 day ago, 31 Aug 14, 3:25pm -