Reports that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended for 80 games for using a performance-enhancing drug and breaking the 11-1 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday.
Dominican journalist Americo Celado S. reported for the first time that Major League Baseball planned to give a suspension on Thursday for "steroid use." Ken Rosenthal confirmed through sources that Castillo would be suspended for violating Baseball's Joint Drug Settlement, but was told that the banned substance was not steroids.  The Sox did not confirm the reports during the game and the Tribune could not verify them immediately.
Earlier this week, manager Rick Renteria sent Castillo not to press first base in a pop-up window and Castillo expressed regret to reporters the following day.
There were no external signs during the game that Castillo's teammates knew or were affected by the reports. In other bad news, outfielder Leury Garcia twisted his left knee while stealing third base and left the game.
Yoan Moncada hit a three-run homer and many other Sox bats came alive. Adam Engel added a two-run pitch to left field in the fifth, the first since Sept. 11 in Kansas City, and Jose Rondon landed his first personal explosion to right field in the seventh. It was the fourth time this season that the Sox scored 10 or more runs, the last on April 23.
Jose Abreu capped a miserable start for Baltimore starter Alex Cobb with a double-header in the fourth inning that led the Red Sox to a 6 -1 lead.
The hit parade almost eclipsed the performance of Dylan Covey. When entering the game, the right young pitcher had a dubious streak that fell on his head: 13 consecutive games without winning, the longest in the history of the White Sox. He certainly tucked him into bed, giving up a clean run with six hits and striking out eight in his seven-inning career for his first Major League victory.
Covey had given up at least three races in each of his careers. the last five starts before Wednesday. But Red Sox manager Rick Renteria emphasized before the game that he had been attacking the strike zone better lately while working on Triple-A Charlotte before his call on Saturday. Covey threw 65 of his 103 pitches to attack.
The 68 degree temperature in the guaranteed speed field seemed to agree with the Sox hitters, six of which had at least one single, but the Orioles looked bewildered. Tim Anderson drove the No. 7 race after three Orioles chased him, but the ball landed in the center of the shallow field. The Red Sox stole four bases (although one was undisputed), and after his steal, Engel advanced to third on a wild pitch.
Garcia put together two steals in a row, but limped off while keeping his foot on third base.
DH Matt Davidson was a late scratch with stiff back, which gave Rondon a weird appearance. Rondon made the most of it, taking advantage of the 0-1 fastball of reliever Tanner Scott to score Trayce Thompson.
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