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Dave Dombrowski: Rusney Castillo ‘hasn’t hit on a consistent basis’

06.20.16 at 5:03 pm ET
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Dave Dombrowski said Rusney Castillo needs to perform better at the plate. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

Dave Dombrowski said Rusney Castillo needs to perform better at the plate. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

Over the weekend the Red Sox placed outfielder Rusney Castillo and his $72.5 million salary on waivers. Predictably, he went unclaimed and has been outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Prior to Monday’s game, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski addressed the decision to put him on waivers.

“Well, in Rusney’s case, it was a situation where roster spots are valuable,” Dombrowski said. “You make decisions all the time on who you think will get claimed, or who will not get claimed at particular times. We felt this time based on particularly offensive performance that we’d be able to get him through waivers. That’s what we did. He went unclaimed of course. We can bring him up at any time if you so choose, but it’s a situation where 40-man roster spots are valuable so we thought it would be the right time to do that.”

Dombrowski said flat out releasing the soon to be 29-year-old was never a discussion.

“He’s under salary,” he said. “We’d rather have him down playing and hope that he turns it around because again, I have seen that happen and he does have ability so it’s a situation where you’re paying his salary so you’re better off playing him at Triple-A.”

Castillo has started just two games at the major league level this season and even in Triple-A he wasn’t able to hit on a consistent bases. In 38 games with the PawSox, Castillo hit .245 with just nine extra-base hits and 13 RBIs.

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Red Sox lineup: Dustin Pedroia on bench to start vs. White Sox

06.20.16 at 3:21 pm ET
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Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia

It appears Dustin Pedroia will sit out the first game of a four-game series with the White Sox.

Pedroia is not in the starting lineup Monday night as the Red Sox go up against White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez. Marco Hernandez will get the start at second base.

Christian Vazquez will catch knuckleballer Steven Wright.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, RF
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Chris Young, LF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Christian Vazquez, C
Marco Hernandez, 2B
Steven Wright, RHP

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Rusney Castillo clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket

06.20.16 at 3:13 pm ET
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Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo

After being placed on waivers over the weekend, outfielder Rusney Castillo cleared waivers on Monday and was outrighted off the Red Sox’ major league roster and assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo has made only two starts for the Red Sox this season, as he’s spent most of his time with Pawtucket, but has only hit .245 with one homer in 38 games. The Red Sox signed him to a $72.5 million deal in August of 2014 without seeing him actually play in games, just showcases in Cuba.

With the 28-year-old clearing waivers it means the team has opened a spot on the 40-man roster.

In 99 major league games, he’s batting .262 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs.

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Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Pat Light records another save for Pawtucket; Yoan Moncada carries Salem to win

06.20.16 at 10:30 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Sunday.

Chris Dominguez

Chris Dominguez

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (36-33): W, 5-4, at Louisville (Reds)

— Pawtucket earned a come-from-behind victory to sweep a three-game series for the first time this season. With the PawSox down 4-2 in the seventh inning, 29-year-old Chris Dominguez drilled an opposite field home run to cut the lead to one. Drafted in the third round by the Giants in 2009, Dominguez is hitting .216/.230/.319 this year and has hit safely in his last three games.

— In the eighth inning, Pawtucket took the lead for good on a two-out single by Justin Maxwell. With runners on second and third base, the 32-year-old drilled the first pitch of the at-bat into left field to bring home Jantzen Witte and Chris Marrero. Maxwell now has 24 RBIs, good for third on the team, and is batting .222/.316/.325 in 54 games.

— With the game on the line, Pat Light came on in the ninth to seal the victory. Boston’s No. 15 prospect at MLB.com, the right-hander pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the third and final batter. Light, 25, has not let up a run in the final frame of a game this season, earning saves in all five of his chances. He has a 2.31 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 18 appearances.

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Monday’s Red Sox-White Sox matchups: Steven Wright vs. Miguel Gonzalez

06.20.16 at 10:16 am ET
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The Red Sox open a four-game series with the White Sox on Monday when they send Steven Wright to the mound to face 32-year-old right-hander Miguel González.

Wright continues to have a stellar season, carrying an 8-4 record with an AL-leading 2.22 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He also leads the American League with three complete games. His last start came on Wednesday in a 6-4 Red Sox win. He let up three runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings pitched while striking out four. He has won five straight games.

“There’s a lot of confidence by all of us when he takes the mound and he’s earned that,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after the game. “We’ve developed that trust in him because of his consistency. Even when he’s misfired with his knuckleball, he’s got a couple of other pitches he can go to so he’s not defenseless if that pitch is a little erratic for an inning or a couple of innings.”

Wright, 31, has faced the White Sox only twice in his career, going 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He took on Chicago on May 3 of this year, taking a 4-1 loss. He allowed two runs on three hits and fanned six in six innings.

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Yoan Moncada among 3 High-A players promoted to Double-A Portland

06.19.16 at 11:26 pm ET
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Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

It was only a matter of time before Yoan Moncada joined Andrew Benintendi in Portland.

The High-A Salem Red Sox announced Sunday night Moncada, Ben Taylor and Jalen Beeks have been promoted to Double-A Portland. The Sea Dogs are off on Monday, so it’s possible Moncada will make his debut Tuesday night in Portland.

Moncada appeared in 61 games with Salem where he slashed .307/.427/.496 with four home runs and 34 RBIs. He also has stolen 36 bases, while only being caught eight times. The second baseman has been hot of late as in 14 games in June he’s hitting .345.

Taylor, a right-hander, was a seventh-round pick in last year’s draft. The reliever has an 0-2 record with a 2.60 ERA in 15 games this season. Over 45 innings he has 56 strikeouts.

Beeks, a left-handed starter, is 4-4 with a 3.07 ERA over 13 starts this season. He was a 12th-round pick in the 2014 draft.

Salem is on its All-Star break, which is generally the time for promotions. Shortstop Mauricio Dubon could move up soon as he’s playing in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but noting has been made official.

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Closing Time: David Price, Mookie Betts lead Red Sox to win over Mariners

06.19.16 at 4:40 pm ET
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David Price went eight innings for a third straight start. (Winslow Townsend/USA Today Images)

David Price went eight innings for a third straight start. (Winslow Townsend/USA Today Images)

David Price has officially become David Price.

The Red Sox ace continued to pitch like the top-of-the-rotation presence the team signed up for, with an additional bonus this time around — Price’s team won, beating Seattle, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox lefty went eight innings for a third straight start, allowing just one run on eight hits while striking out seven and not walking a batter. He punctuated the 110-pitch appearance by punching out Robinson Cano

In his last eight starts, Price has totaled a 2.47 ERA.

The reason Price was able to finally come away with a victory was because of Mookie Betts’ offensive heroics. The outfielder highlighted his three-hit day with a solo homer off of Seattle reliever Edwin Diaz to lead off the seventh inning.

The Betts blast over the left field wall broke a 1-1 tie, and boosted the leadoff hitter’s batting average to a season-high of .296.


– The Red Sox finally knotted the game at 1-1 in the sixth inning, scoring their first run after Seattle starter Tijuan Walker had been replaced by Vidal Nuno. Back-to-back singles from Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz got things going, leading to Hanley Ramirez’s fielder’s choice, run-scoring ground out to shortstop.

– Ortiz notched his second stolen base of the season, getting an outrageously good jump off of Diaz to swipe second in the seventh inning. It was the designated hitter’s 17th career stolen base.

– Jackie Bradley Jr. narrowly missed a home run, rocketing an eighth-inning line-drive over the 420-foot marker in center field. The blast did result in the outfielder’s sixth triple of the season.


– The Red Sox had an enormous squander in the third inning with Betts at third and Dustin Pedroia at first with nobody out. But after a shallow fly out from Bogaerts, Ortiz hit into a 3-6-3 double play to end the threat.

– The Red Sox couldn’t get much going against Walker, who finished his five innings giving up six hits without allowing a run. While the Mariners’ top prospect came into the game with a 4.96 ERA, he was starting to show signs of promise, as was on display in pitching eight shutout innings, with 11 strikeouts, against the White Sox June 8.

– Hanley Ramirez’s adventure on the bases continued, with the first baseman getting picked off by Vidal Nuno in the sixth inning. While the play ultimately led to a short run-down, it didn’t appear as though Ramirez intended to steal.

– Christian Vazquez’s bid at breaking the game open in the sixth was thwarted by shortstop Ketel Marte, whose diving grab of the catcher’s line-drive ended the Sox’ bases-loaded threat.

Report: Red Sox place Rusney Castillo on outright waivers

06.19.16 at 2:22 pm ET
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Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo

The Rusney Castillo experiment has officially hit a low point for the player and the Red Sox.

Castillo, who turns 29 on July 9, has been put on outright waivers by the Red Sox, according to Jon Heyman FanRag Sports.

The chances of any team claiming the outfielder seem unlikely considering he is owed more than $50 million, having signed a seven-year, $72.5 million deal in 2014. If Castillo does pass through waivers he will be off the Red Sox’ 40-man roster, but remain on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster.

Castillo has been a major disappointment for the Red Sox, hitting .262 with a .679 OPS and seven home runs in 99 major league games. He has also struck out 63 times while drawing 16 walks.

This season Castillo came into spring training with an opportunity to win the starting left field job, but was beaten out by the combination of Chris Young and Brock Holt. While he did make the Opening Day roster, Castillo only ended up playing in nine games with the Red Sox this season, going 2-for-8.

The righty hitter started just two games with the Red Sox this season, one coming on April 9 and the other taking place Thursday.

With Pawtucket, Castillo hit .245 with a .645 OPS and one home run in 38 games.

According to a source, Castillo hadn’t heard any news regarding his situation as of early Sunday afternoon. He has three days to report to the PawSox from the time of his demotion.

To read more about the process the Red Sox took in evaluating Castillo before signing him, click here.

Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: RHP Justin Haley impressive in Triple-A debut; Aneury Tavarez 5-for-5, Andrew Benintendi homers in Portland rout

06.19.16 at 10:39 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (35-33): W, 4-1, at Louisville (Reds)

— Right-hander Justin Haley’s Triple-A debut was a good one, as he pitched eight strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Haley, called up from Double-A Portland, retired the last 10 batters he faced. The 25-year-old, a sixth-round draft pick of the Sox in 2012, was 5-4 with a 2.20 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 12 starts for Portland.

— Noe Ramirez picked up his third save in four chances by pitching a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout. The 26-year-old right-hander, who has made 11 appearances with Boston this season, is 1-3 with a 2.25 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 11 games with the PawSox.

— Chris Marrero broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with his 12th home run of the season — his second in two games. Marrero, who played first base, finished 2-for-4 and now is hitting .289/.342/.506 in 63 games this season.

— Catcher Ali Solis hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to give the PawSox some insurance. Solis is 3-for-13 in four games with the PawSox since being called up from Double-A, where he was hitting .145/.214/.210 in 20 games.

— The PawSox scored their first run in the second inning as Chris Dominguez walked, advanced to third on a Henry Ramos double and scored on a Rainel Rosario ground out.

— Second baseman Mike Miller went 2-for-4 with a walk. Ramos, playing center field, was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

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Sunday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: David Price vs. Taijuan Walker

06.19.16 at 8:47 am ET
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The Red Sox will send ace David Price to the mound and the Mariners will dispatch 23-year-old right-hander Taijuan Walker to wrap up their three-game series on Sunday afternoon.

Price is 7-4 with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.135 WHIP in 14 starts. Last Wednesday, Price was outdueled by Orioles ace Chris Tillman in a 3-2 Red Sox loss. Price gave the Sox eight innings, allowing three runs on five hits (two home runs) and no walks with 11 strikeouts. In each of Price’s last six starts he has given up at least one home run.

“I’m better than three runs [allowed], I know that,” Price said after the start. “That’s what I’ve done my entire career. Whenever I get eight innings and three runs I’m not going to take that. I’ll take my chances and go out there to put up nine zeros. I’m getting there. I know that. This team and this coaching staff has confidence in me and we’ll continue to get better.”

In Price’s last seven starts he has pitched at least seven innings and given up fewer than three runs. Price also possesses the longest active streak of quality starts in the American League.

Against the Mariners, Price is 2-1 in five starts with a 2.48 ERA and a 0.800 WHIP. Price last faced the Mariners as a member of the Tigers in July 2015. In that start the 30-year-old lefty threw eight innings and allowed two runs on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in a 3-2 Mariners win.

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