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05/02/2012 - 11:06am
Source: Red Sox to promote Aaron Cook

According to a major league source, the Red Sox are planning on promoting Aaron Cook to their major league 25-man roster. While the team did not summon him from the minors on May 1, thus giving him the right to request his release from his contract if not promoted to the majors within 48 hours of said request, the team does not plan on losing the 33-year-old via free agency. 

Instead, the team expects to call up Cook in the coming days. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Cook had 24 hours to request his release if not promoted within the 48-hour window. But before the expiration of such a window, the team plans on adding Cook to its major league roster.

Manager Bobby Valentine said on Monday that Cook's role will be as a reliever, a role he hasn't performed regularly in since 2003. With Triple-A Pawtucket, Cook went 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts, pitching in 33 1/3 innings and holding opponents to a .217 batting average while allowing...

05/02/2012 - 9:15am
Middlebrooks could be called up Wednesday

Red Sox top prospect Will Middlebrooks, after returning to the Pawtucket lineup from a jammed thumb and going 0-for-4 on Tuesday, could receive a summons to the majors as soon as Wednesday, according to an industry source. With Kevin Youkilis having been sidelined for the past three games due to a stiff back and having been relegated to no more than decoy duty (he stepped into the on-deck circle as a potential pinch-hitter for Lars Anderson in an effort to deter Oakland from using a left-handed reliever against the left-handed Anderson) in Tuesday's game, the Sox have a need at third base, where Nick Punto has started the last two games.

The thumb issue prevented the Sox from calling up Middlebrooks on Tuesday. Instead, it was shortstop Jose Iglesias who was summoned from the minors to offer insurance in the Sox infield.

But Middlebrooks was determined to be healthy in his game in Toledo on Tuesday, and so he is available for a call-up today...

05/02/2012 - 8:05am
Mashup: Oil Can admits daily drug use in '86

Oil Can Boyd said during an interview with ESPN's Buster Olney that he used crack cocaine every day of the 1986 season with the Red Sox, and that the team was aware of his problem.

"I would come into the ballpark, [team doctor Arthur Pappas] would call me in the back and he ask me, 'How you feel? Did you do some last night?' And I was honest with him, 'Yes I did,' " Boyd said in the interview, which aired on ESPN's "E:60" program Tuesday.

The mercurial Boyd, who won 16 games for the American League champions that season, said that he was never tested for drugs, because there was no need for it.

"Because I was honest about what I was doing and told 'em to leave me alone and I'll be all right," Boyd said, adding: "I'm killing myself but they loved my ability and my talent … so they condoned it."

Boyd said he smoked crack in the clubhouse before pitching against the A's in Oakland in a May...

05/02/2012 - 1:32am
Dooling: Celtics won it for Rondo

ATLANTA -- Rajon Rondo wasn't on the court for Game 2 of the Celtics first round series. He was somewhere in the back, suspended for the game by the NBA after he bumped official Marc Davis in the final minute of Game 1.

Without their All-Star point guard, the Celtics pulled out an improbable 87-80 victory over the Hawks after they rallied from an 11-point third quarter deficit and held Atlanta to just 14 points in the fourth quarter.

"We did this for him tonight," Keyon Dooling said. "This is a tribute to Rondo. We got his back."

Rondo will be back in the lineup when play resumes on Friday back at the Garden. His late-game mistake now seems a lot easier to take after his teammates rallied to even the series.

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


05/02/2012 - 12:28am
No call up yet for Aaron Cook

The Red Sox did not call up right-hander Aaron Cook by midnight on May 1, thus activating the opt-out clause in his contract, according to a source familiar with the situation. However, that does not preclude the club from adding Cook -- who went 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Pawtucket -- to the roster.

Cook has 24 hours to either exercise his opt-out clause or work out an agreement to stay in the Sox organization. If he exercises the opt-out clause, the team would then have 48 hours to call him up or trade him. At the end of that window, if he was not in the majors, then the 33-year-old would become a free-agent.

It appears likely that the Sox will work out an agreement to retain Cook and add him to the major league roster, though there is no formal agreement for a call-up at this time. On Tuesday night, the team optioned first baseman/left fielder Lars Anderson to the minors, thus freeing a roster spot on the big league club...

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