Joe talked to the Sox right-hander, who allowed three hits and zero walks in the 3-0 win over the Rays.

[0:00:00] ... Play congratulations. That I was complete dominance -- -- -- three base runners into over the minimum. That was really yen having great command you know you know. Not like an all timer every time ...
[0:01:11] ... nothing -- -- I'll leave the numbers look and there's not an art entertainment which have to go out and try to compete and help this team. When we gave them and I'm part of you ...




Joe talked to the Sox right-hander, who allowed three hits and zero walks in the 3-0 win over the Rays.

[0:00:00] ... Play congratulations. That I was complete dominance -- -- a three base runners into over the minimum. That was really -- having great command yeah you know. It's not like that all the time -- ...
[0:01:11] ... nothing I know I'll leave the numbers look and there's not an art entertainment which have to go out and try to compete and help this team. When the game and I'm and I'm apart of ...




The very good Clay Buchholz showed up Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Clay Buchholz was in complete command Sunday against Tampa Bay. (Getty Images)

Clay Buchholz was in complete command Sunday against Tampa Bay. (Getty Images)

The very good Clay Buchholz showed up Sunday at Tropicana Field.

The right-hander held the Rays to three hits and recorded his second shutout of 2014 – and second complete game – in a 3-0 Red Sox win over the Rays at Tropicana Field. Buchholz, coming off a strong 8 1/3-inning effort last Monday in Toronto, followed it up Sunday by striking out six and walking none in arguably his best effort of the season.

Buchholz, who retired the final 12 batters he faced, needed just 98 pitches for his sixth career shutout.

It’s been a schizophrenic season for Buchholz, who improved to 6-8 with a 5.43 ERA.

The Red Sox have suddenly found their way on the road, winning two out of three in Toronto and following it up with a series win at Tampa Bay, which was clinched with Sunday’s road win.

Supporting Buchholz Sunday was rookie center fielder Mookie Betts, who went 2-for-4 and drove in a run while Xander Bogaerts also had two hits in his second game back from the seven-day disabled list due to a concussion.

Betts and Bogaerts each doubled while Christian Vazquez singled in the first run in the third inning.

The Red Sox played the game without second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who received the day off after taking a forearm to the head early in Saturday night’s game. Pedroia is still going through the concussion testing protocol and won’t need to go on the disabled list as rosters expand to 40 players on Monday.

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WEEI

FORT MYERS, Fla. — At 12:05 p.m., Rusney Castillo officially became a little less of a mystery.

Rusney Castillo met with the media in Fort Myers after playing in his first professional game with the Red Sox organization Sunday. (WEEI.com photo)

Rusney Castllo (WEEI.com photo)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — At 12:05 p.m., Rusney Castillo officially became a little less of a mystery.

The newly-signed outfielder stepped into the batters box for the Red Sox Gulf Coast League team, leading off and serving as a designated hitter, playing competitively for the first time since July, 2013.

With friends, family and some curious South Florida fans lining Field 1 at the Red Sox minor league training facility, Castillo watched a Luis Cedeno fastball sail just outside the strike zone for a ball. After another ball, the right-handed hitter jumped all over a third heater from the 20-year-old Venezuelan for a line-drive single just to the right of the shortstop.

Castillo attempted to make the most of his trip to first, attempting a steal of second on catcher Alvaro Noriega. The 19-year-old backstop got the better of the battle, however, gunning down the 5-foot-9 speedster.

“I’€™ve done this for a long time. it’€™s like riding a bike,” Castillo said through translator Laz Guiterrez. “I felt good and I was happy I was back out there today.”

Regarding the stolen base attempt, he added, “That’€™s my game. try to get on and try to steal. It was something I was definitely thinking about.”

Castillo’s second (and final) at-bat didn’t go as well, sitting down on a called third strike after seeing three fastballs. The first he took a healthy cut on the initial pitch and then fouled off the second before watching Strike Three on the outside corner.

“I feel great. It was a good day,” he said. “I’€™ve wanted this day to come for a long time now. It finally got here. I feel good physically and mentally.”

After exiting the game, Castillo signed autographs for about 10 minutes before joining Gutierrez in taking a golf cart over to speak with about a small gathering of media members.

Among the five-minute series of questions, Castillo was asked about how he viewed the successes of Cuban players before him.

“It’s definitely added a lot of confidence, it’s definitely motivated me,” he said. “I want my countrymen to do well ‘€” guys that he played with. It’s definitely a motivating factor and something that’€™s assisted him with his confidence level.”

With the GCL Red Sox slated to play again Monday, in Tampa against the Yankees, Castillo will likely stay with the group before most likely advancing to Single-A Salem.

A likely scenario would put Castillo in a Red Sox uniform sometime in the middle of September, perhaps during their final road trip of the season (Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Baltimore).

“My No. 1 objective would be to be the same player I’ve always been, play my game and not try to do too much or try to become someone else, another type of player that I’m not,” he said.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Following their 7-0 loss to the Rays, the Red Sox announced a trade with the Orioles.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Following their 7-0 loss to the Rays, the Red Sox announced a trade with the Orioles.

The Sox are sending Kelly Johnson and minor-leaguer Michael Almanzar to the O’s in exchange for infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus.

“First of all, I mean, Boston, you can tell right away why they win and why they’re always at the top year in and year out,” said Johnson, who was saying his goodbyes in the visitors clubhouse after the loss. “Obviously a down year, but they have winners everywhere throughout the organization. I enjoyed it and definitely learned just in those regards, just watching guys with World Series rings on their fingers and how they prepare and treat the game. A lot of respect.

“Also, obviously excited to be in a situation where you’re on a first-place team. Had a blast last year with Tampa going to the playoffs. Obviously Boston was the best team in baseball. It’s a weird year. This, obviously, being the last team in the East that I hadn’t played with that I’m going to play with.”

For the Red Sox, perhaps the most notable piece of the deal is Weeks, who was the 12th overall pick in the 2008 draft for the Athletics. The 27-year-old utiltyman (and brother of Milwaukee’s Richie Weeks) — whose best position is probably second base — has very limited time in the majors this season, going 3-for-11.

Weeks, a switch-hitter, hit .280 for Triple-A Norfolk, totaling 12 doubles, four triples and a home run. He will be added to the Red Sox’ 40-man roster.

This will be the second go-round with the Red Sox for De Jesus, who had initially joined the Sox in the 2012 trade with the Dodgers. He has spent all of ’14 in Triple-A, making the International League‘s midseason All-Star Team. He hit .282 with five homers for Norfolk.

Johnson, who was dealt from the Yankees in exchange for Stephen Drew just before the non-waiver trade deadline, played in 10 games for the Red Sox, going 4-for-25. He appeared at first base, second base, third base and left field.

Almanzar spent spring training with the Orioles after having been selected by Baltimore in the Rule 5 Draft this past offseason. He was returned to the Red Sox July 1, hitting .277 with five home runs for Double-A Portland. The corner infielder was originally signed as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic by the Red Sox for $1.5 million.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

(For the final month of the regular season, “Closing Time” will now be called “Why You Should Have Cared” taking into consideration that the Red Sox one day away from entering September 16 games under .500

(For the final month of the regular season, “Closing Time” will now be called “Why You Should Have Cared” taking into consideration that the Red Sox one day away from entering September 16 games under .500)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — There was so much hope for Allen Webster in that 2013 spring training.

The vision of an athletic pitcher who consistently cranked his fastball up to 98-99 mph while dropping in an off-the-table changeup had top of the rotation talk coming from all corners of the Red Sox organization. There was also the positive ’14 spring training, and an encouraging minor-league season this year.

Times have changed.

Webster continue to do little in the way of positioning himself for a spot on the 2015 roster, struggling once again. This time the righty allowed six runs on five hits and three walks over four innings, taking the loss in the Red Sox’ 7-0 defeat to the Rays Saturday night.

The outing follows Webster’s last go-round, a 4 1/3-inning, six-run start against Seattle. The hurler’s ERA now stands at 6.69.

Webster’s biggest issues appear to be with runners on base, having come into his seventh major league start with opponents hitting just .185 with nobody on base. This time he allowed runs in each of the innings (second and fourth) there were Rays baserunners.

Other things to care about as the Red Sox dropped to 59-76:

- Dustin Pedroia was forced to leave the game in the second inning after being hit in the head by a Logan Forsythe forearm. The play occurred when the second baseman was diving in to tag the Rays’ baserunner after Forsythe’s drive to deep center.

Pedroia immediately slumped face-first to the ground, eventually walking off with Red Sox manager John Farrell and trainer Brad Pearson.

- Will Middlebrooks managed the only Red Sox hit, while hitting two balls to the warning track. The third baseman — who came in the game when Pedroia left — has now, however, still gone 133 at-bats without a home run. In his first 133 big league at-bats, the righty hitter had accumulated six homers.

- Former Red Sox first baseman Mike Carp has been designated for assignment yet again, this time by the Texas Rangers. Carp had only 46 plate appearances with the Rangers, going 5-for-40 without an extra-base hit.

- Felix Doubront turned in a stellar outing in his first start for the Cubs Saturday, allowing one run on seven hits over seven innings. The performance came on the same mound in St. Louis he had such great success in the World Series as a reliever.

“I was thinking about that, stepping on the mound, and feeling the way I felt in the World Series last year,” Doubront told reporters. “The first inning, second inning were shaky. The third inning, I was feeling that rhythm in the game. This is my team now, and I have to give everything 100 percent that I have and go out and win games and help the guys.”

Doubront beat another former Red Sox hurler, Justin Masterson, who continued his struggles by allowing five runs over 4 1/3 innings. In six starts this month with the Cardinals, the righty has totaled a 7.90 ERA.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford