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Bosox welcome Cuban OF

BOSTON — The Red Sox are hoping another touted Cuban outfielder can help them turn things around next season.

The team Saturday signed Rusney Castillo to a seven-year contract that begins immediately. Several reports indicated the deal is worth $72.5 million.

"You're trying to build a winning team as quickly as you can, and we feel Rusney can be a part of that," GM Ben Cherington said during a news conference. "There's obviously been some other high-profile guys coming out of Cuba. We've had several scouts see him over the last couple of years."

Castillo will join fellow Cuban star Yoenis Cespedes in Boston's new-look outfield. The last-place Red Sox obtained Cespedes from the Athletics and Allen Craig from the Cardinals at the July 31 trade deadline.

The Dodgers have benefited from the strong play of another Cuban outfielder, Yasiel Puig.

"I have actually spoken to Cespedes a little about this, and he made me aware that it's the same game we play down in Cuba and success comes with hard work," Castillo said through a translator.

Also, Red Sox rookie SS Xander Bogaerts said he felt fine a day after being beaned by Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez. Bogaerts is day to day.

NATS STARTER HAD CANCER: Nationals RHP Doug Fister revealed that he had "some" skin cancer removed from his neck last week, csnwashington.com reported. Fister said he felt fine.

TORRE'S NO. 6 RETIRED: The Yankees retired four-time World Series champion manager Joe Torre's No. 6. Torre unveiled his number alongside those of 16 other retired numbers in Monument Park at the start of a ceremony honoring the recently inducted Hall of Famer.

TANAKA PROGRESSING: Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka faced batters for the first time since he was sidelined six weeks ago with a partially torn right elbow ligament. The Japanese rookie threw 35 pitches in a two-inning simulated game and reported no problems.

CUBS: OF Justin Ruggiano was scratched from the lineup due to left ankle soreness. … RHP Jacob Turner will start Wednesday in place of former Rays RHP Edwin Jackson, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain.

INDIANS: C Yan Gomes went on the seven-day concussion disabled list two days after being hit on the mask by a foul tip. Cleveland acquired former Rays C Chris Gimenez from the Rangers for future considerations.

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