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Closing Time: Brandon Workman’s implosion extends Red Sox losing streak to seven games

08.23.14 at 5:03 pm ET
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Yoenis Cespedes takes stock of the Red Sox‘ seven-run yield in the fourth inning. (Getty Images)

For the second night in a row, the Red Sox squandered a three-run lead to the Mariners at Fenway Park.

However, this collapse came much earlier than the ninth inning.

The culprit Saturday was Red Sox starter Brandon Workman, who was tagged for 10 hits and seven earned runs in a nightmare of a fourth inning that proved to be the difference maker in a 7-3 Mariners win.

The Red Sox have now lost seven games in a row,€“ marking the second-longest losing streak for the club this year, behind only 10 straight contests from May 15 to May 25.

Boston got off to a promising start Saturday afternoon against Seattle, scoring a run off of Mariners southpaw starter Chris Young in each of the first three innings to build up a 3-0 cushion for Workman. Read the rest of this entry »

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Warnings issued after David Ortiz, Robinson Cano hit by pitches

08.23.14 at 4:19 pm ET
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Half an inning after Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was smoked on the inside of his left forearm by Mariners pitcher Charlie Furbush, Red Sox reliever Alex Wilson drilled Mariners star Robinson Cano on the backside with a 93 mph first pitch. Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez immediately issued warnings to both dugouts.

Ortiz stayed in the game after receiving a brief visit from a Red Sox team trainer while doubled over in pain behind the plate. Cano, likewise, stayed in the game, though he perambulated to first at a languorous pace.

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Rusney Castillo: The video

08.23.14 at 2:54 pm ET
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For those intrigued by a glimpse of what Rusney Castillo looks like as a baseball player, JAY-Z’s Life+Times channel on Youtube produced the following look at the Red Sox‘ new outfielder:

How Rusney Castillo’s contract breaks down

08.23.14 at 2:11 pm ET
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Rusney Castillo joins Red Sox GM Ben Cherington to sign his seven-year, $72.5 million contract. (Roc Nation)

Rusney Castillo joins Red Sox GM Ben Cherington to sign his seven-year, $72.5 million contract. (Roc Nation)

The Red Sox announced the signing of outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal that begins immediately and runs through 2020. Here is the breakdown of the deal:

Signing Bonus- $5.4m

2014 Base Salary:    $100k total for the remainder of the year
2015 Base Salary:    $10.5m
2016 Base Salary:    $10.5m
2017 Base Salary:    $10.5m
2018 Base Salary:    $11m
2019 Base Salary:    $11m
2020 Base Salary:    $13.5m

Castillo, who is represented by Roc Nation Sports (a joint ventura of CAA Sports and Roc Nation), has the right to opt out of the seventh and final year of his deal (his age 32 season).

While the deal is in a different ballpark from the seven-year, $153 million deal that Jacoby Ellsbury landed, Castillo will be paid with a guarantee commensurate with or in excess of other top center fielders who have signed free agent deals in recent years, including: Curtis Granderson (four years, $60 million), Michael Bourn (four years, $48 million), Angel Pagan (four years, $40 million) and Shane Victorino (three years, $39 million). Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox pregame notes: Xander Bogaerts continues to be evaluated for possible concussion; Joe Kelly feels ‘no ill effects’ after exiting early from Friday start

08.23.14 at 1:50 pm ET
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Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts‘€™ status going forward with Boston is uncertain in the wake of the 21-year-old taking a Felix Hernandez pitch off the helmet in Friday’€™s loss to the Mariners.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Bogaerts — who is not in the lineup for Saturday’€™s game against Seattle — still needs to undergo additional evaluations to rule out the potential for a concussion.

“€œAnytime you get hit in the head like he did last night and get removed from the game, he’€™s got to go through a protocol, which he’€™s going through today, just to see if there’€™s any concussion symptoms,” Farrell said. “So that’€™s what’€™s taking place this morning.”

While it appeared that Bogaerts was healthy enough to remain in the game after being struck in the head by the 89 mph changeup, it became apparent to Farrell that his shortstop was beginning to lose focus as the game dragged on, leading to his removal from the game.

“The eye tests, the walking in a straight line, having him stand there with his eyes closed, all those were negative results, so it was determined at that point that he continue, based on his response to questions and all that our trainers put him through in the moment,” Farrell said. “But it’s not uncommon, as time goes on, that you start to feel the onset of symptoms and that was the case last night and that’€™s when he was removed.”

Even though no results have been released in terms of Bogaerts’€™ latest series of tests, he told WEEI.com’€™s Alex Speier Saturday morning that he felt better and hopes to play Sunday in the series finale against Seattle.

OTHER RED SOX NOTES

– Another Red Sox player was removed early from Friday’€™s game, as starter Joe Kelly was lifted after five innings despite only throwing 86 pitches. Kelly said after the game that he felt a slight sensation in his shoulder after delivering a curveball in the fifth inning, but that his exit was merely precautionary.

Farrell agreed with Kelly’€™s claims, adding that he expects no limitations for the right-hander going forward.

“€œJoe came in and felt no ill effects from last night after a battery of tests that he went through after the game that didn’€™t reproduce any of the symptoms,” Farrell said. “It was followed up with him feeling well this morning and he’€™s on target to start in five days.”

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John Farrell: Rusney Castillo looks like ‘a shorter version of [Yasiel] Puig’

08.23.14 at 12:51 pm ET
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Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo signs autographs at Fenway Park Saturday morning. (Conor Ryan/WEEI.com)

Cuban defector Rusney Castillo signs autographs at Fenway Park Saturday morning. (Conor Ryan/WEEI.com)

The Red Sox‘ latest Cuban import has finally touched down in Beantown.

Outfielder Rusney Castillo, who is expected to be introduced as a Red Sox on Saturday after agreeing to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with Boston, was at Fenway Park Saturday morning, chatting with Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (a fellow client of Roc Nation Sports, a partnership between Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and CAA) and signing autographs near the Red Sox dugout.

While the deal has yet to be announced, Red Sox manager John Farrell stated that Castillo is enthusiastic about getting his first taste of major-league action in Boston.

“I did get a chance to sit with him and talk with him this morning, he’€™s excited to be here. Glad the process has moved along to this point and excited to get started, when that day comes,” Farrell said.

The timetable for when Castillo will be officially introduced by the organization is unclear at this time, but Farrell added that a press conference will likely be held after Saturday’€™s game with more information on Castillo’€™s status with the club.

“€œHe’€™s going through the final stages of a full exam here. He’€™s in town, as everyone has probably seen. … What remains? There still are a number of administrative things that he’€™s got to go through, a work visa, all those types of things,” Farrell said. “As far as a timeline, that will be determined a little bit later, and like I said, all those questions will be answered later today.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Saturday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Brandon Workman vs. Chris Young

08.23.14 at 9:52 am ET
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The Red Sox continue their three-game series against the Mariners at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon when they send Brandon Workman to the mound against Chris Young.

Brandon Workman

Brandon Workman

After struggling in his last five starts, Workman (1-7, 4.26 ERA) had his turn in the rotation skipped last week before returning to the mound against the Angels Monday night. The added rest seemed to have paid off. The right-hander had his best start in two months, allowing just two runs on six hits over seven innings. Workman walked two and struck out five, but didn’t get the necessary run support and took the decision in a 4-2 Red Sox loss.

“The added rest helped,” manager John Farrell said after the game. “I thought his stuff ticked up in terms of action, crispness, velocity. He was down in the strike zone with more consistency. With the exception of a two-out walk in the third [and] a couple of base hits to follow, he more than did his job tonight.”

Saturday will be Workman’s third career appearance and second start against the Mariners. His latest appearance against Seattle came July 30, 2013, at Fenway Park. He held the Mariners to one run on six hits over six innings for his first major league win. Workman is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA against Seattle.

Young (12-6, 3.07 ERA) has been a notable reason why the Mariners have been so successful this season, especially as of late. The 35-year-old is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA in his last three starts, and hasn’t lost a decision since July 13.

Young tossed his fourth shutout of the season in his most recent outing last Sunday at Detroit. The righty held the Tigers to four hits and one walk over six innings. Young has, however, had trouble pitching deep into games, a likely result of a history of arm trouble. He’s pitched a combined 22 1/3 innings in his last four starts. Read the rest of this entry »

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