Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Brock Holt trade a big hit for Red Sox and Pirates

Brock Holt rounded the bases in the fifth inning Sept. 4 after hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium.

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Holt has made a name for himself in Boston and Pittsburgh did well in picking up Mark Melancon.

Rusney Castillo will get his major league indoctrination Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

Red Sox notebook

Rusney Castillo set to make Red Sox debut Wednesday

The 27-year-old Cuban, who agreed to a seven-year, $72.5 million Aug. 22, will play in center field

John Farrell removed Red Sox starter Anthony Ranaudo in the sixth inning.

Pirates 4, Red Sox 0

Anthony Ranaudo hit hard as Red Sox lose

The rookie starter coughed up two more home runs as the Red Sox fell in the opener of the series in Pittsburgh.

Several teams inquired about acquiring Daniel Nava this season, but the Red Sox were not interested.

Red Sox Mailbag

Ask Nick: Is Daniel Nava in the Red Sox’ plan for 2015?

Nick Cafardo has another round of responses to readers’ questions about the Red Sox.

Having served as COO of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred is well-versed in the issues facing the game in the modern era. AP Photo/Reinhold Matay

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Rob Manfred well-prepared to become MLB commissioner

After a 16-year apprenticeship under Bud Selig, Manfred will step up to the plate in January.

Omaha 4, Pawtucket 2

Rusney Castillo homers but Pawtucket falls to Omaha

The center fielder led off the Triple A championship game in Charlotte, N.C., with a home run but also struck out twice.

Baseball roundup

Roundup: Orioles, Nationals are division champs

The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals are headed to the postseason after wrapping up division titles Tuesday night.

Red Sox using final weeks to evaluate young talent

Eighteen of the 32 players on the Red Sox’ active roster have less than two full seasons of major league experience.


Red Sox making plans for 2015

The Red Sox, who are in need of two starting pitchers, are looking for players everywhere.