Sox fall to M's for second straight time, 5-3

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Sox fall to M's for second straight time, 5-3

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
SEATTLE The search for career win No. 200 continues for Tim Wakefield.

The venerable knuckleballer has now come up empty in four different attempts to secure the esteemed baseball plateau, and really didnt come all that close to victory in dropping a 5-3 game to the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

A controversial error charged to Jed Lowrie on a force play at second base in the bottom of the third inning helped spark a three-run Mariners rally that gave them the initial lead, and then young guns Dustin Ackley and Casper Wells provided RBI power in the latter innings against Wakefield.

The 45-year-old knuckleballer pitched all eight innings for the Sox and allowed five runs on nine hits, but was outpitched by his counterpart from Seattle.

The pride of South Portland, Maine, Charlie Furbush, tamed the Sox offense and allowed only a single run on a Lowrie sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the top of the fourth frame. Furbush otherwise quieted the Sox bats and provided a dominant left-handed performance against the Boston batters.

The Maine native finished with seven complete innings and scattered four hits and a single run while fanning six batters for his third victory of the season, and the first of his career against the team he grew up rooting for.

Kevin Youkilis clubbed a two-run homer against reliever Jeff Gray for his 17th homer of the season after Furbush had exited the ballgame, but the hill was too high to climb for the Sox in the final few innings.

Brandon League got the save for the second day in a row in a 1-2-3 ninth inning, and stands at 29 saves in 33 chances on the season.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Starter Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs on five hits in four innings of work in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Lou Merloni breaks down Pomeranz's start and explains why he should be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

The dearth of homegrown starting pitching for the Red Sox is talked about almost as much as every Tom Brady post on Instagram.

Red Sox fans may take some solace in knowing their team isn’t the only one dealing with this problem.

In an interview with MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t talk about his team’s pitching problems in context of the Red Sox. But the explanation the longtime Yanks boss offered should sound familiar. 

In the biggest of markets, time to develop properly is scarce.

“Yeah. It's a fact,” Cashman said when asked if criticism of their pitching development was fair. “I think part of the process has been certainly where we draft. Because we've had a lot of success, we've not been allowed to tank and go off the board and therefore get access to some of the high-end stuff that plays out to be impactful. Part of it is we can't get out of our own way because we don't have the patience to let guys finish off their development, because if you possess some unique ability that stands out above everybody else -- whether it was Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, now [Luis] Severino and before that [Bryan] Mitchell and Shane Greene -- we're pulling them up before their development is finished.

“Teams like Tampa Bay, for instance, they're going to wait until they have their four pitches down and their innings limits are all exceeded at the minor-league level; they're very disciplined in that approach as they finish off their starters. For us, if I'm looking at my owner and he says, ‘What's our best team we can take north?’ 

“Well, ‘We could take this guy; he's not necessarily 100 percent finished off, but we can stick him in our 'pen. He can be in the back end of our rotation, because he's better than some of the guys we already have,’ and then you cut corners, so I think that probably plays a role in it.”

Not everything is circumstantial, though -- or a deflection. 

“And sometimes we don't make the right decisions, either, when we're making draft selections and signings and stuff like that,” Cashman continued. “On top of it all, playing in New York is a lot different than playing anywhere else.”

We’ve heard that last part about Boston too, here and there.

Cashman was complimentary of his current Sox counterpart, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose team Cashman has compared to the Golden State Warriors.

On his feelings when he first heard the Sox were getting Chris Sale:

“When that trade was consummated, that was the first thing I thought about, which was, 'Wow, look at what they've done,' ” Cashman said. “I know how it's going to play out for them. Listen, Steve Kerr does a great job managing that team -- oh, I mean John Farrell. It's a lot of talent and with talent comes pressure to perform. I think Dave Dombrowski has done everything he possibly can to provide that city with a world championship team. They've got 162 games to show it.”