Saltalamacchia disappointed in All-Star snub

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Saltalamacchia disappointed in All-Star snub

SEATTLE -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia had left little doubt that he was hoping to be chosen to the American League All-Star team, so when he failed to make it Sunday, there was some obvious disappointment.

"It's tough,'' acknowledged Saltalamacchia. "I definitely wanted to make it. I felt like I deserved it. But at the same time, A.J. (Pierzynski of the Chicago White Sox, who wasn't chosen) deserved it as well. You look at that and see that and it's tough, you know. But it's not the end of the world.

"We've still got a lot of the season left. (I'll have) four days of relaxation and then hit it hard in Tampa (where the Red Sox resume the second half of the season).''

Mike Napoli of the Texas Rangers was voted as the American League starter behind the plate while Joe Mauer and Matt Wieters were chosen as extras.

Saltalmacchia leads all major league catchers in homers (15) and leads American League catchers in slugging and extra-base hits. For him, just to have the numbers for consideration is gratifying.

"I think the biggest honor for me is the fact that my teammates are walking around telling me, 'Hey, man, you should have made it,' '' said Saltalamacchia. "That means more to me than anything because those are guys who see what I go through on a day-to-day basis and go to war with every day.''

Saltalamacchia said he won't treat missing out on the team as extra motivation to prove people wrong, since he believes that can be counter-productive.

"I've been there, done that with my time in Texas,'' he said. "I'm over all of that. I think I'm going to try to keep the same approach I had in the first half and I think I'm going to be alright.''

Going to the All-Star game would have been nice, but the success he's enjoyed in the first half is its own reward.

"Where I was at three years ago and where I'm at now,'' he said, "it's a complete turnaround. I'm happy and I'm proud of myself. Like I said, it means more to me that my teammates recognize what I do, rather than fans or other teams. They don't see what I go through and what we all go through together.''

"I hope he's not disappointed; I hope he's proud of the way he's played,'' said Bobby Valentine. "I hope he's ready to build on it. He's played like an All-Star. That you don't get selected is just a number's game. He's taken a step in this first half and I hope he can continue to improve on that.''

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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.