Love that dirty water

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Love that dirty water

BOSTON It took Clay Buchholz until his seventh start of the season, but he finally recorded a quality start Friday night, beating the Indians SCORE, at Fenway Park.

It was the first career win Buchholz recorded against the Indians, the only American League opponent he had not beaten. He improves to 1-1 in four career starts.

Buchholz, who had been averaging just over 5 23 innings, went 6 23 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on eight hits and three walks with no strikeouts, and one hit batter. He improved his record to 4-1, while dropping his ERA from 9.09 to 8.31. Buchholz entered the day with the highest ERA in baseball among qualified starters.

He also had the most run support, at 9.64, attributing to much of the reason for his success this season.

Ubaldo Jimenez, making just his second career appearance at Fenway Park since losing Game 2 of the 2007 World Series with Colorado, lasted just 4 13 innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and five walks with four strikeouts, a hit batter and a wild pitch. His record falls to 3-3, with a 5.17 ERA.

The Sox scored two runs in the first, sending eight batters to the plate, two more in the second, and another three in the fifth when they sent nine batters to the plate.

Dustin Pedroia went went 3-for4 with three RBI, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest streak by a Sox batter this season and longest active streak in the majors.

Alfredo Aceves earned his sixth save. He gave up a run with on two hits and walk with a strikeout in the ninth. With runnres on second and third and two outs, he got former Sox Johnny Damon to fly out to Ryan Sweeney in center.

With the win, the Sox improve to 13-19 overall, 5-11 at Fenway, and 2-8 in May.

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.