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05/05/2012 - 10:57pm
Sox prospect Barnes fans 12 in High-A debut

Matt Barnes made a dominant debut for High-A Salem, allowing one run on four hits and a walk in six innings while punching out 12, the most strikeouts he's had in his outstanding first professional season. Barnes, the Red Sox' first pick in the 2011 draft (No. 19 overall), had nine swinging strikeouts.

He now has 54 strikeouts and five walks in six overall starts this year, and he's yielded two runs in 32 2/3 innings (0.55 ERA). His High-A debut came after five starts in Greenville in which Barnes struck out 42, walked four and allowed just one run in 26 2/3 innings. The UConn product now leads the minors in strikeouts.

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05/05/2012 - 6:16pm
Peyton: Addai will sign with the Patriots

The Patriots are set to sign former Indianapolis running back Joseph Addai, according to Peyton Manning. Manning broke the news when talking to reporters on Saturday, according to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. Addai, who turned 29 years old last Thursday, has played six seasons in the league, all with the Colts. His finest season came in 2007, when he rushed for 1,072 yards and 12 touchdowns on 261 carries. (In his career, he has 4,453 career rushing yards in 1,095 carries.) The 5-foot-11, 214-pounder is an LSU product, taken in the first round of the 2006 draft by Indianapolis. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


05/05/2012 - 5:15pm
Cook: Leg was numb after play at plate

Aaron Cook said after the Red Sox' 8-2 loss that he received 11 stitches for the cuts in his leg following his outing Saturday afternoon. The injury was a result of the pitcher's left knee falling on Chris Davis' cleat on a play in the second inning, in which the Baltimore first baseman raced home on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's passed ball.

"Well, when I slid into the plate, I came down on the top of his back spike," Cook said. "At first, I didn't think it was that bad. Salty's like, 'Hey, you might want to take a look at that. I see blood coming down your pants.' When I look at it, it was just kind of flayed open a little bit. Went back in the dugout, had the trainers just wrap it up real tight, try to put as much pressure on it as possible. My leg started getting numb after that.

"But it was my decision. I wanted to go out there and try to eat up some more innings. I know our bullpen's been kind of taxed. At the end...

05/05/2012 - 4:08pm
Cook not the answer as Sox lose again

The Red Sox dropped their fourth straight game, losing to the Orioles, 8-2, Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. The defeat puts the Red Sox at 11-15.

Taking the loss was Sox starter Aaron Cook, who allowed seven runs on eight hits over 2 2/3 innings. Most of the damage against Cook came via seven runs in the third inning, all of which were scored with two outs. 

The pivotal third inning came after Cook suffered a significant cut in his right knee in the previous frame covering home on a passed ball by catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The pitcher, who was cleated by Orioles' baserunner Chris Davis on what was the visitors' first run, went to the dugout briefly to have the knee tended to while reliever Clayton Mortensen jogged in from the bullpen. Cook would stay in the game.

Keying the offensive attack for the Orioles were Adam Jones, who launched a three-run homer against Cook, and Mark Reynolds. Reynolds greeted Cook's replacement,...

05/05/2012 - 1:41am
Lineup: Middlebrooks out with tight hamstring

 

Aaron Cook makes his debut for the Red Sox on Saturday against the Orioles at Fenway Park. Cook posted a 1.89 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Pawtucket this season, but hasn't appeared in an MLB game since last September 21 and has not pitched at Fenway since June 12, 2007.

Ryan Sweeney was originally slated to hit leadoff for the Sox on Saturday against Jason Hammel (3-1, 1.97), but the lineup was adjusted when Will Middlebrooks was scratched Saturday morning with left hamstring tightness. Sweeney was moved to the sixth spot with Nick Punto replacing Middlebrooks at third base and batting leadoff. David Ortiz will occupy the third spot in the lineup for the first time this season. Ortiz hit third for the Sox in just three games during the 2011 season.

Lineup

Punto, 3B

Pedroia, 2B

Oritz, DH

Gonzalez, 1B

Aviles, SS

Sweeney, RF

Ross, LF

Saltalamacchia, C

Byrd, CF

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