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Cuba's Rusney Castillo reacts after being tagged out by South Korea's second base Choi Joo-hwan during the seventh inning of their Baseball World Cup first round game in Santiago, Panama, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Tim O’Sullivan column: Red Sox add star Cuban outfielder, allay fans’ fears

Saturday, August 23, 2014

We may not know much about Rusney Castillo. But after the Red Sox signed the 27-year-old Cuban outfielder to a 7-year, $72.5 million contract yesterday, we do know more about the direction these Sox are headed. First, if Castillo joins the club this season, there will be a legitimate reason to watch the remaining 34 games. Second, the offseason hot stove knob has been cranked to high, because Boston now has so many outfielders that a major deal feels inevitable. Finally, the Sox are not operating with a small market mentality, which some feared after the trade-deadline housecleaning. They are pro-active, big-market players ready to … 0

Mariners get five runs with two outs in ninth, beat Red Sox, 5-3

Saturday, August 23, 2014

BOSTON – Austin Jackson’s bases-loaded double with two outs in the ninth inning keyed a five-run rally, and the Seattle Mariners sent the Boston Red Sox to their sixth straight loss, 5-3 last night. Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (5-4) held a 3-0 lead with two outs and a runner on first before … 0

Brady, Patriots dominate Panthers, 30-7

Saturday, August 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes. Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 60-yard field goal. The New England Patriots didn’t allow a point for more than 58 minutes. More importantly, they’re not getting carried away with their 30-7 preseason blowout of the Panthers last night. “We could have lost 30-7. None of … 0

Lee, Pompey lead Fisher Cats over Thunder

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Michael Lee allowed one run in seven innings and Dalton Pompey homered as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats opened a three-game series in Trenton with a 2-1 win over the Thunder last night. Lee (2-1) won for the second time in three starts with New Hampshire (62-66). He … 0

Former NFL linebacker Tim Shaw says he has ALS

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former NFL linebacker Tim Shaw announced that he has ALS. In a video posted yesterday on the Tennessee Titans’ website, the 30-year-old Shaw revealed he was recently diagnosed and said “I’m here today to stand … 0

Scoring change alters history for Jeter, Wagner

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

History altered NEW YORK – Turns out, the hit that tied Derek Jeter with Honus Wagner came a day later than everyone thought. Major League Baseball made an official scoring change yesterday that took away an infield single … 0

A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Local golfer in contention Concord Country Club’s Matt Arvanitis is tied for 10th place after 36 holes at the New England PGA Championship, seven strokes behind the leader. Arvanitis is at plus-3. Bow alumni soccer Bow High School will hold a girls’ soccer alumni game tomorrow at 6 … 0

Headlines from around the world in sports

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BASEBALL Pirates activate outfielder McCutchen off disabled list PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates activated reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen off the 15-day disabled list yesterday. McCutchen went on the disabled list last week retroactive to Aug. 4 with fractured rib cartilage. The Pirates went 5-9 in McCutchen’s … 0

Ninth-inning rally goes for naught as Angels beat Red Sox

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BOSTON – Kevin Jepsen hadn’t earned a save in nearly two years. He certainly deserved this one, after a clutch strikeout of Boston bopper David Ortiz. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit consecutive RBI doubles, and the Los … 0

Gronkowski has no setbacks after moving up to light contact in practice

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Go ahead and hit Rob Gronkowski on his right knee. See if he cares. The tough tight end is anxious to get into a game and take his chances less than eight months after surgery. … 0

Defending champion Nadal out of U.S. Open

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Reigning champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injury for the second time in three years yesterday, leaving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the men to beat at the year’s last Grand … 0

Stewart deserves all the time he needs to cope with Ward incident

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There are hundreds of guidebooks on how to handle grief, how to navigate the emotional suffering that follows a significant loss. None of those studies offer a clean timetable on when the roller coaster of … 0

Manziel fails to impress in Browns’ loss with starter decision looming

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LANDOVER, Md. – Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer didn’t make Mike Pettine’s decision any easier. Good luck picking a starting quarterback after this mess, Coach. Manziel struggled to hit open receivers and added another gesture to his repertoire … 0