Beckett can't get away


Beckett can't get away

What should the Sox do about Josh Beckett?

Should they trade him? Send him to the DL? Have him skip another start?

Decisions. Decisions. But if you ask me, the Sox aren't going to make one.

I think they'll probably stick their collective head in the sand, pretend none of this is going on, and carry on with business as usual. When Beckett's spot in the rotation is up, Beckett will take the mound. And you know what? That probably makes sense.

At the end of the day, the only thing that's going to make this better short of a trade is for Beckett to start winning. So you might as well throw him back out there and hope for the best.

I'll say this though: It would be a whole lot easier if that next start came on the road. Away from the booing and craziness. In a spot where Beckett has nothing to worry about but pitching, and can maybe find a little rhythm andor build up some good will with the fans before coming back to face music.

If the call is for him to make that next start, then a road game is clearly the ideal.

Only problem is that it's not the reality. The way it stands right now, Beckett's scheduled to make his next start on Tuesday (his 32nd birthday) AT Fenway, against Seattle, in the last game of this six-game home stand.

I can hear the boos already.

And the more that I think about, maybe Beckett could use an unscheduled 19th offday. After all, it's his birthday. And no one will be at the course on a Tuesday.

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Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.