- newSox flagged for interference, swept by Bucs
BOSTON -- The magic number remains stalled at four, and the way the Boston Red Sox lost Thursday night, you wonder if a certain former Sox manager has a John Farrell voodoo doll on his athletic director's desk.There are nine games left in Boston's misbegotten season. They need to win four to finish with a better record than Bobby Valentine's 69-93 2012 team, which featured, in Bobby V's words, "the weakest roster we've ever had in September in the history of baseball.
- 9 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 11:01pm -
- newNotes: Magic number 4 to beat Bobby V
PITTSBURGH -- Quick hits from PNC Park, where the Red Sox will attempt to avoid being swept in a series for the 11th time this season.• Last season, the Sox were swept just once, a three-game set in Texas Oct. 3-5. That was their fewest multi-game sweeps in a season since 1955, and it was the first time the Sox had played an entire season at home without being swept.The Sox have been swept at home eight times this season; they have been swept twice on the road: the Rays took three straight in the Trop May 23-25, and the Indians took three straight June 2-4 in Cleveland.
- 14 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:55pm -
- newSox lineup: Castillo out tonight
A day after going 1-for-4 in his major league debut, Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo has the night off Thursday against the Pirates. Jackie Bradley Jr. is taking his place in center field. Here is the rest of the Red Sox lineup:1. Mookie Betts, 2B2. Xander Bogaerts, SS3. David Ortiz, 1B4. Allen Craig, RF5. Daniel Nava, LF6. Will Middlebrooks, 3B7. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF8. Christian Vazquez, C9. Brandon Workman, RHP
- 15 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 4:55pm -
- Butterfield: Pedroia 'toughest guy I've seen'
PITTSBURGH -- Brian Butterfield admits that he can’t be certain what the future holds for second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who recently underwent wrist surgery, the second consecutive year he has had a major procedure done on his left hand. Last year, it was surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb.In 2012, Pedroia also had a pin inserted to repair a torn ligament in his right pinky finger.But Butterfield, the Red Sox third-base coach and infield instructor, says before anyone speculates about Pedroia’s future, they should acknowledge what they have witnessed over the last two seasons.
- 1 day ago, 18 Sep 14, 2:33am -
- Rapid Reaction: Pirates 9, Red Sox 1
PITTSBURGH -- The man from Ciego de Avila, Cuba left PNC Park Wednesday night with a souvenir from his major-league debut, the baseball he struck for his first hit, an infield single in the fourth inning.The man from Crossville, Tennessee left PNC Park Wednesday night with a similar souvenir, the result of the pinch double he ripped into the left-field corner for his first hit, one inning later.But beyond those mementos for Rusney Castillo and Bryce Brentz, there were no takeaways worth mentioning for the Boston Red Sox, 9-1 losers to the Pittsburgh Pirates before a crowd of 34,785.
- 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 10:27pm -
- Castillo's focus: 'Take things as they come'
PITTSBURGH -- Rusney Castillo, the 5-foot-9, 205-pound outfielder whose professional career in Cuba ended 14 months ago in a provincial tournament near his hometown of Ciego de Avila, pronounced himself ready to embark on his major league career with the Red Sox Wednesday night.“I actually feel in a pretty good place, baseball-wise,’’ the 27-year-old Castillo said a couple of hours before taking the field against the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing center field and batting seventh for the Sox.
- 2 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 7:24pm -
- Castillo will bat seventh in debut
PITTSBURGH -- Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo will play center field and bat seventh on Wednesday night in his major league debut.Castillo, who signed the biggest contract ever for a Cuban player, will debut at PNC Park when the Red Sox take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Farrell confirmed his lineup spot in his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI on Wednesday afternoon.
- 2 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 3:08pm -
- PawSox lose final despite Castillo homer
Rusney Castillo hit his first home run as a U.S. professional, but it wasn't enough for the Pawtucket Red Sox, who lost to the Omaha Storm Chasers, 4-2, in the Triple-A title game in Charlotte, N.C.Castillo led off the Pawtucket first with a homer to left-center, but Omaha tied it in the second on Cheslor Cuthbert's home run off Edwin Escobar.Cuthbert's sacrifice fly gave Omaha a 2-1 lead in the fifth before a rain delay of nearly two hours.Travis Shaw's solo homer in the sixth tied it for the PawSox, but Omaha took the lead for good in the seventh when Brett Hayes hit a two-run homer off reliever Miguel Celestino.
- 2 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 1:47am -
- Rapid Reaction: Pirates 4, Red Sox 0
PITTSBURGH -- The last place Koji Uehara wants to wind up this winter is on the discount rack at Uniqlo.The Red Sox closer took a necessary step toward avoiding that fate in Boston’s 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh Tuesday night with an impressive eighth inning against the Pirates, striking out three consecutive Buccos after a leadoff double by Neil Walker.Uehara, pitching for only the second time since he voluntarily relinquished the closer’s role on Sept.
- 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:39pm -
- Holt slated for more tests Thursday
PITTSBURGH -- Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt is not expected to face the Pittsburgh Pirates -- the team that drafted him in 2009, gave him his first big-league exposure in 2012, then traded him to the Sox in December of the same year -- during this week's interleague series. Holt missed his 10th game Tuesday night with concussive symptoms and is scheduled to undergo more tests Thursday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for Sports Medicine, where Dr.
- 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 9:50pm -