Everyday Adrian

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Everyday Adrian

Every once in while when there's nothing else going on, and I'd rather dip my groin in a wood chipper than talk about Clay Buchholz hanging out at Foxwoods I'll hop on the Red Sox page Baseball-Reference, and see if anything jumps out.

Today was one of those "onces in a while," and here's the result:

Can you name the only Sox player to appear in every game this season?

Assuming you read the title of this post, you know the answer:

It's Adrian Gonzalez. And here are a few more facts about Adrian

He missed three games all of last season. He missed only two games in 2010, only two games in 2009, zero games in 2008 and only one in 2007.

In other words, over the last five and a half seasons, Adrian Gonzalez has played in 877 of a possible 885 games. Pretty, pretty, prettttttyyyyy remarkable. Don't you think?

For all the criticism (and a lot of it is very fair) that Gonzalez gets around here, the one thing we have to give him credit for is the ability to stay healthy. Now of course, "the ability to stay healthy" is a tricky concept. No doubt there's some luck involved when you go that long without missing a significant stretch of games. But there also has to be a sizable chunk of toughness. There's no way it's easy. So, there's that. The guy plays every day. We've got to hand it to him.

Sure, it would be a lot easier to shower him with praise if he did a little more with all that playing time. But that's improving, too. Gonzalez hit .429 (9-21) over the last five games of the home stand, with four runs scored and seven batted in. His average is "up" to .269, he ranks second on the Sox with 43 RBI and his 24 doubles rank first in the American League.

It's coming together. Slowly but surely.

At the very least, we know he'll be out there.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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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.