Wakefield gets win No. 200 in Sox blowout, 18-6

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Wakefield gets win No. 200 in Sox blowout, 18-6

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON It wasnt the easiest route needing nineattempts or the prettiest outing giving up five runs in six innings but TimWakefield got his 200th career win Tuesday night at Fenway Park, asthe Red Sox demolished the Blue Jays, 18-6.
Wakefield gave up a three-run home run to J.P. Arencibia in thesecond inning and a two-run shot by JoseBautista in the third, accounting for all the Jays runs off him. He struck out six, walked two, and hit abatter. After Brett Lawrie reached on aKevin Youkilis error in the third, Wakefield struck out Arencibia and AdamLoewen to end the inning. starting a stretch in which he retired 11 of thefinal 13 batters he faced.In addition to his 200th career win, Wakefieldimproved to 7-6 with a 5.13 ERA.Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia powered the offense,going a combined 8-for-10 with eight runs scored, eight RBI, a walk and three home runs. Pedroia went 4-for-4, with two homeruns and five RBI. It was his third career multi-homer game and first sinceJune 24, 2010 in Colorado (the day before he fractured his left foot, fouling aball off, essentially knocking him out for the season).

His five RBI alsomatched a career high, for the fourth time, the last also coming on June 24, 2010.His two home runs gave him 20 for the season, becoming the seventh Red Soxbatter to have 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season.Brandon Morrow took the loss for the Jays, giving up seven runs(five earned) in 5 13 innings, on seven hits, a walk, one wild pitch, two hitbatters, and a balk, with two strikeouts. His record fell to 9-11, with a 5.23ERA.

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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.