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04/15/2012 - 11:12am
Report: Sox work out Mark Prior

According to a report on soxprospects.com, pitcher Mark Prior worked out for the Red Sox at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers on Saturday. 

The 31-year-old Prior was a rising star nearly a decade ago, finishing third in NL Cy Young balloting for the Cubs in 2003 following a season that saw the right-hander post an 18-6 record with a 2.43 ERA and 245 strikeouts in 211 innings pitched. A series of shoulder injuries quickly followed, however, and Prior hasn't thrown a pitch in the major leagues since 2006. He didn't pitch at any level from 2007-09 and threw only 12 innings in each of the last two seasons while pitching for the Rangers and Yankees at the minor-league level.

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04/15/2012 - 10:40am
Sox designate Bowden for assignment

The Red Sox on Sunday designated pitcher Michael Bowden and catcher Luis Exposito for assignment. The moves were made in order to clear room on the 40-man roster for Nate Spears and Jason Repko, both recalled to the Red Sox on Sunday.

A first-round supplemental pick in 2005 (47th overall), Bowden had a 5.61 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 39 career appearances (two starts) with the Sox. The 25-year-old has pitched in Pawtucket in each of the last four seasons, posting a 3.27 ERA in 103 appearances.

Exposito - a 31st-round pick of the Sox in 2005 - played six minor league seasons in the Sox organization, batting .268 with an OPS of .744 in 1,848 at-bats. He was called up from Pawtucket to Boston last June but did not appear in a game.

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04/15/2012 - 10:25am
Repko recalled, in lineup for Sox

Jason Repko has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and will bat ninth and start in center field for the Red Sox on Sunday against Matt Moore and the Rays. The 31-year-old Repko played 67 games for the Twins in 2011 and batted .226, which matches his career average in 689 at-bats. The Sox also recalled Nate Spears while optioning Che-Hsuan Lin back to Pawtucket and designating pitcher Michael Bowden and catcher Luis Exposito for assignment.

Lineup:

Aviles, SS

Pedroia, 2B

Gonzalez, 1B

Youkilis, 3B

Ortiz, DH

Ross, RF

McDonald, LF

Shoppach, C

Repko, CF

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04/14/2012 - 11:36pm
Celtics clinch playoff berth

The Celtics officially locked up a spot in the NBA playoffs on Saturday night. By virtue of the Bucks' loss to the Pacers, the Celtics clinched a playoff berth for the fifth straight season.

Currently the Celtics hold a 3.5 game lead over both the Knicks and Sixers in the Atlantic Division and are slotted at the number four seed in the Eastern Conference standings as of Saturday night. Division winners in the NBA are guaranteed to be seeded no lower than fourth, however winning the division does not guarantee home court advantage in the first round. If the fifth seed has a better record, it would get home court in the series.

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04/14/2012 - 11:18pm
Crawford's desire to return 'intensified'

Speaking before the Red Sox' 13-5 win over the Rays Saturday, Carl Crawford talked about having to fight any temptation to hurry back now that the Sox will be without Jacoby Ellsbury for an extended period.

"It's a little nerve-wracking, but at the same time I don't think it's going to effect if I come back earlier or later," Crawford said. "I still have to stick to the plan. As much as I would like to rush things, I don't thing the training staff is going to let me. I think we're going to stay on track with the plan that they have.

When asked if he was anxious to help add the kind of production usually exhibited Ellsbury 2011, and Crawford prior to last season, the outfielder said, "I felt that way before he got hurt, and now since he got hurt it definitely is now intensified a little bit more. But I have to stay the course of what I've been doing and go from there."

Crawford, who is still rehabbing his surgically-...

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