Wakeup Call: Another rejection slip for T.O.

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Wakeup Call: Another rejection slip for T.O.

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, October 10:

AUTO RACING
Drivers are going public with their anger about the current NASCAR rule package used at restrictor-plate tracks, which results in pack racing . . . and plenty of accidents. (AP)

BASEBALL
The A's amazing season remains alive, thanks to Brett Anderson. (AP)

Not for nothing, but that's eight runs in three games for the supposedly powerful Tigers. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Hunter Pence speaks -- or yells -- and the Giants listen. (CSN Bay Area)

Winning a playoff game against the Yankees is nice, but repelling the horde of Yankee fans who traditionally commandeer Camden Yards when the Yanks are in town? Priceless. (CSN Baltimore)

A-Rod says he feels fine at the plate. The Yankees and their fans don't feel fine when he's up there. (AP)

The last time there was a postseason baseball game in the nation's capital, you might have spotted President Roosevelt in the stands. It'll be a different crowd today. (CSN Washington)

The Cardinals will have to go the rest of the way without Jaime Garcia. (AP)

Seven guys who played in at least 147 games. Five who played in at least 156. And now the lightbulb has gone on over Ron Washington's head that, hmm, that might have had something to do with the Rangers' late-season collapse. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The good times appear to be over at Harvard, but Tommy Amaker understands that life isn't all sunshine and blue skies. (AP)

You won't have to worry about Texas Southern busting your bracket next March. (AP)

There'll soon be another Billy Donovan at Florida. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is leaving school for the rest of the semester to enter rehab. (AP)

A freshman wide receiver at Auburn calls out the upperclassmen for lack of leadership, which just thrills the coach and said upperclassmen. (AP)

Iowa's Micah Hyde apologizes for getting arrested. (AP)

As does UConn's Lyle McCombs. (AP)

Derek Dooley isn't going to let a little thing like a fractured hip keep him from coaching Tennessee this week against Mississippi State. (AP)

GOLF
Hope you didn't fly all the way to Turkey for a Rory McIlroy-Tiger Woods matchup. (AP)

Tiger may not be No. 1 anymore, but -- after 16 years of competing against two generations of golfers -- he's happy to still be in the conversation about who's best. (AP)

HOCKEY
Man, they sure don't sound like guys looking to make a deal. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

R.J. Umberger's come up with a plan to keep busy during the lockout. (AP)

Guess the market for 47-year-old retired goalies isn't as robust as Dominik Hasek thought. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Royce White has arrived at Rockets' camp after spending a week developing a long-term plan for dealing with his anxiety issues. (AP)

Derrick Rose says if he needs to take off the whole year to get healthy, then he'll take off the whole year. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Is the injury rush that derailed the Texans' season last year starting anew? That fear is unavoidable with the news that Brian Cushing is out until 2013 because a torn ACL. (AP)

From the Someone Probably Wrote This For Him file: Will Smith says he "remains frustrated with the continued unilateral rulings by this commissioner as he continues to disregard the facts and assault my character". (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

He passed his tests and, as a reward, RGIII will return to practice. (CSN Washington)

When he gets there, he won't find Billy Cundiff. (AP)

The Bills have given up 97 points in their last two games, leaving their GM "puzzled". (AP)

Mark Sanchez is still Rex Ryan's guy. (AP)

Jets to T.O.: Thanks, but no thanks. (Pro Football Talk)

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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.