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04/28/2012 - 11:09pm
Cook allows three runs in latest outing

CHICAGO -- Making his fifth start of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Aaron Cook allowed three runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings against the Columbus Clippers in Columbus, Ohio Saturday, striking out five and walking two. Cook, whose ERA stands at 1.89, threw 96 pitches (60 strikes).

According to one scout in attendance, Cook's fastball topped out at 91 mph, with the righty not displaying the kind of command he had possessed in previous starts. Of his 11 outs put in play, six were on flyouts with five coming on groundouts. It was the first time the sinkerballer has allowed more flyouts than groundouts this season.

It was likely the final start for Cook before his May 1 opt-out date, which will be when the pitcher can escape his current contract if he isn't promoted to the 25-man major league roster. If not brought up, the player has 24 hours from the start of the opt-out date to determine his course of action, with the team then getting 48 hours to make...

04/28/2012 - 9:54pm
Lester, Red Sox win pitchers duel

CHICAGO -- The Red Sox extended their win streak to six games, while reaching .500 for the first time this season, beating the White Sox 1-0, Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field. It was the Sox' first 1-0 win since July 17, 2011 when they beat the Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Starring for the Red Sox was starting pitcher Jon Lester, who out-dueled Jake Peavy to earn his first win of 2011. Alfredo Aceves picked up the save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Lester turned in his best outing of the season, allowing no runs over seven innings while throwing a season-high 122 pitches. The lefty allowed five hits and a walk and struck out seven. He managed to get out of his biggest threat in the seventh inning, inducing an inning-ending grounder off the bat of Gordon Beckham with runners on first and third on his final pitch of the game.

The only run of the game came in the fourth inning when Adrian Gonzalez singled in Ryan Sweeney. Gonzalez now has...

04/28/2012 - 6:50pm
Patriots take Dennard, Ebert in 7th round

FOXBORO -- With their last two picks in the NFL draft on Saturday, the Patriots selected Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard with the 224th pick and Northwestern wide receiver Jeremy Ebert with the 235th pick, both seventh rounders.

Dennard was considered one of the better on-field talents at corner, but has caught up in several character questions. The 5-foot-10, 204-pounder out of Nebraska was arrested five days before the draft for suspicion of assaulting a police office. That came on the heels of a senior season where he was ejected from the 2012 Capital One Bowl for fighting with South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. The 22-year-old Dennard had 31 total tackles and broke up six passes in the 2011 season, and had 91 career tackles, four career interceptions and four career quarterback hurries. He was All-Big Ten first team (2011) and was The Sporting News Preseason second-team All-America (2011).

As for Ebert, he's a 6-foot,...

04/28/2012 - 6:46pm
Bulls' Rose tears ACL, out for playoffs

Chicago guard Derrick Rose, the league's reigning Most Valuable Player, tore his left anterior cruciate ligament late in the fourth quarter of the Bulls' player opener against Philadelphia and will miss the remainder of the season. The announcement came via the team Twitter feed.

Rose played only 39 games this season after suffering a number of physical problems, including back, groin, toe and ankle injuries. Even without Rose at full strength, the Bulls won 50 games and earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Celtics are on the Bulls side of the postseason bracket and could meet up in a second-round series. The C's open their playoff season Sunday night in Atlanta.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


04/28/2012 - 6:08pm
Sox alter course, consider Cook as reliever

 CHICAGO -- Speaking before the his team's game against the White Sox Saturday afternoon, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the organization has altered it's view of Aaron Cook and now believes pitching the righty out of the bullpen is an option.

Cook was scheduled to make his fifth start with the Pawtucket Red Sox Saturday night in Columbus. The pitcher has a May 1 opt-out in his contract, which means the player has 24 hours from the beginning of the opt-out date to inform the team of his decision whether or not to remain with the club. The Red Sox would then have 48 hours to make their determination after hearing from the player.

"There have been discussions," said Valentine when asked if the bullpen was an option for Cook.

"[Pitching coach] Bob McClure thinks that after talking with him that it's feasible. … I think I told you guys initially in spring training, that was a non-factor. It was a non-...

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