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Red Sox clubhouse dynamic gets first test with Rusney Castillo’s mental lapse

02.24.17 at 10:40 am ET

Dustin Pedroia is now the Red Sox’ elder statesman (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — As the 2013 spring training unfolded, one of the unique elements of the Red Sox clubhouse became how accountable the players were to each other.

Jonny Gomes. David Ross. There were a bunch of them who set the tone that year. Do something wrong, you were going to hear about it.

Thursday, this Red Sox team got their first test when it comes making sure there are some sort of checks and balances when Rusney Castillo forgot how many outs there were, didn’t run out a ground ball and ultimately fell victim to a 6-4-3 double play.

“I’m confident in saying that same mutual accountability exists, even though that was a more veteran team,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell Friday morning. “This is a young group that, in that instance yesterday, there was a collective acknowledgement that that’s not the way we play the game. Whether it’s conversation in the dugout or after the game, that gives me that confidence to know that there’s a clear understanding of what we expect.”

The Red Sox’ core group of position players is significantly younger than the group in ’13, with only four players (Dustin Pedroia, Chris Young, Mitch Moreland, Hanley Ramirez) older than 30 years old.

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