Red Sox lose third straight, fall to Orioles 2-1

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Red Sox lose third straight, fall to Orioles 2-1

BOSTON -- Josh Beckett turned in one of his best starts of the season. Not that it did him any good.
Beckett limited the Baltimore Orioles to two runs on five hits over eight innings, but his teammates managed little against three Baltimore pitchers, resulting in a 2-1 loss for the Red Sox.
Three straight singles from the bottom of the third of the order -- plus a fielder's choice -- resulted in the two Baltimore runs in the sixth off Beckett, 4-6.
The lone Boston run came in the third on a double from Darnell McDonald, a single by Marlon Byrd and a sacrifice fly from Mike Aviles.
The Sox had other chances, but failed to capitalize. They had runners at first and second with no one out in the seventh but after a sacrifice bunt by McDonald, starter Wei-Yin Chen fanned Byrd and retired Aviles on a pop-up.
A similar chance in the eight off reliever Pedro Strop also sputtered when, after one-out walks to Kevin Youkilisand David Ortiz, Will Middlebrooks and Scott Podsednik failed to advance either runner.
The eight innings for Beckett was the deepest he's pitched in a game since the home opener on April 13.
The loss, Boston's third in a row, dropped the Red Sox to 2-6 against Baltimore this season.

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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.