One week after making his Major League debut in Minnesota, New Canaan’s Curt Casali took to his new home diamond in Tampa, Fla., Friday during a 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox. The newly annointed back-up catcher was slotted a defensive replacement in the top of the eighth and then stepped into the batter’s box during the home half of the inning. Facing Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow, he flew out to right field.
On Sunday, Casali received a start in place of Jose Molina and went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored. Casali took a free pass from rookie started Allen Webster in the third inning and later crossed the plate on an RBI double courtesy of Desmond Jennings. In his second plate appearance, Casali took seven pitches and flew out deep to center, advancing shortstop Yunel Escobar to third base with two outs.
Next, he opened the seventh inning with a six-pitch walk, before getting stranded at second. For his final at-bat, Casali struck out looking on a third straight splitter from Boston closer Koji Uehara, who shut the door on Tampa Bay to help the Red Sox avoid a weekend sweep.
Casali and the Rays host the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers tonight at 7:05 p.m.