Wakeup call: Should M's trade King Felix?; tears from Paterno

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Wakeup call: Should M's trade King Felix?; tears from Paterno

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, August 16:

BASEBALL
Who would've thought Dale Sveum would be better off managing the 2012 Cubs instead of the 2012 Red Sox? (CSN Chicago)

After Felix Hernandez' perfect game, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik jokingly held his cellphone to his ear and said, "No, we're not trading Felix" in the crowded press elevator heading down the field level. (AP) But Matthew Pouliot believes Jack ought to re-think that. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Double-A Jackson Generals sure got a big kick out of King Felix's perfecto. (Hardball Talk)

Goodbye, Melky . . . and goodbye, playoffs? (Hardball Talk)

Ray Ratto says it's put-up-or-shut-up time for Giants. (CSN Bay Area)

Cabrera's teammates were predictably shocked and stunned at his suspension. (CSN Bay Area)

Oh, and forget about bringing in Alfonso Soriano as a replacement. (CSN Chicago)

Theo's starting to put his imprint on the Cubs . . . at the expense of some long-time employees. (CSN Chicago)

Count Buck Showalter among those who think the Nationals are doing the right thing with Stephen Strasburg. (CSN Baltimore) Of course, he may be looking ahead to a Baltimore-Washington showdown in October.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Mike Aresco channels his inner Kevin Bacon ("Stay calm! All is well!") when discussing the Big East. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
According to excerpts of Joe Posnanski's book published in GQ, Joe Paterno "sobbed uncontrollably" when he was fired as Penn State football coach. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Alabama tries to beat the NCAA to the punch. (AP)

Vultures should move so quickly. (AP)

GOLF
Only a matter of time before someone lined up a Tiger WoodsRory McIlroy showdown. (AP)

HOCKEY
NHL labor talks have gone from cautious optimism to warnings about worst-case scenarios. (CSN Chicago) Really, with Bettman and crew involved, did you expect anything else?

OLYMPICS
Bet you didn't know Jerry Garcia, of all people, had a hand in helping create the 1992 U.S. Dream Team. And via Lithuania, no less. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Andrew Bynum says he's "leaning toward making Philadelphia my home". (AP)

And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar thinks that's a good place for him. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Yeah, Rex Ryan is toning it down . . . a little. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

A "slightly lacerated" spleen has Jason Witten questionable for the Cowboys' opener. (AP)

James Harrison's opening day status is similarly cloudy, though due to a more traditional injury. (AP)

But Adrian Peterson? He's playing. (AP)

Try as he might, Chad Johnson couldn't convince Joe Philbin to keep him around. (AP)

SOCCER
She saidhe said? Why aren't I surprised Hope Solo is involved? (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS
There's be no Rafael Nadal at Flushing Meadows this year. (AP)

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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.