Sox beat Yankees, 10-4, tied for first in AL East


Sox beat Yankees, 10-4, tied for first in AL East

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

Knocked from their perch atop the American League East Friday night for the first time in almost exactly a month, the Red Sox wasted no time in climbing back.

Behind six RBI from Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox cranked out 11 hits and bashed the New York Yankees, 10-4, to reclaim a tie for first in the division. Boston is 9-2 against the Yankees, assuring themselves of no worse than a split in the season series between the two rivals.

The Sox beat CC Sabathia for the fourth time in four tries this season. While Sabathia, the league's winningest pitcher, has a 2.11 ERA against other teams, his ERA against the Sox is 7.50.

He lasted six innings before departing.

Ellsbury had a third-inning sacrifice fly, a three-run homer in the fourth and a two-run single in the eighth.

Dustin Pedroia, Mike Aviles and Marco Scutaro also provided run-scoring hits for the Sox, with Pedroia chipping in with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

John Lackey allowed three runs on six hits over six innings to post his fifth win in his last six starts.

After the Sox took a 2-0 leade in the third inning, the Yanks got two off Lackey in the fourth on a double play and a run-scoring double from Eric Chavez.

They added another run in the fifth on an RBI-single by Derek Jeter, then didn't score again until Mark Teixeira homered off Daniel Bard in the eighth.

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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.