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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...

05/01/2012 - 11:41pm
Anderson demoted; no news on Cook

According to Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, Lars Anderson will be sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket, with a corresponding move to come Wednesday.

Cherington said after the Red Sox' 5-3 loss to the A's Tuesday night that the Red Sox will have "more moves" midday Wednesday, and said that there was no news on pitcher Aaron Cook.

Cook has 24 hours from the beginning of Wednesday to inform the Red Sox if he was to execute the opt-out in the his contract. Once the organization has heard the player's decision, it has 48 hours to make a determination -- if he does intend to opt-out -- to either trade Cook or promote him to the major league 25-man roster.

Anderson appeared in five games for the Red Sox, most recently getting two at-bats in the Sox' Tuesday night loss. (Anderson represented the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, but struck out with runners on first and second and nobody out.)

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05/01/2012 - 11:29pm
Doc on Pierce: 'He was a monster'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers praised his captain Paul Pierce for carrying a monumental load in Boston's 87-80 win over the Hawks in Game 2 Tuesday night in Atlanta. Pierce scored 36 points and hauled down 14 rebounds in 44 minutes to pick up the slack for the suspended Rajon Rondo. 

"He was a monster," Rivers said of Pierce. "He was great. His leadership, his intensity. In the third, I thought he was getting tired. We had him scoring and guarding Joe Johnson, and I just thought that was too much of a load for us to win the game at the end of the game. That's why we went smaller. So, Marquis and [Pietrus] could guard him, and Paul could kind of get rest defensively so he would have some energy offensively. But his leadership was absolutely terrific."

Rivers credited the team with picking up the slack for the suspended Rondo early on. Pierce scored Boston's first nine points and hit his first four shots. 

"I told...

05/01/2012 - 11:14pm
Pierce: 'I felt I had to do everything'

Paul Pierce said after the Game 1 loss to the Hawks that for the Celtics to win, he had to play better. Without the suspended Rajon Rondo, he was not just better Tuesday night in a Game 2 win over the Hawks, he was spectacular. The Celtics captain scored 36 points, hauled down 14 rebounds in 44 minutes and played defense on Joe Johnson to help the Celtics even the series, 1-1, and earn home court advantage the rest of the way. 

"I felt I had to do everything," Pierce said with a laugh postgame. "With Rondo being out, a lot of responsiblity falls on me with play-making, scoring, rebounding. But that's all part of it. A number of guys stepped up tonight, not only myself. I thought we played terrific defense throughout. We rebounded the ball and got off to a great start, which was important. 

"It was a good team win tonight. Everybody who played tonight, really contributed, from Ryan Hollins, Sasha Pavlovic, Mickael...

05/01/2012 - 10:43pm
Doubront struggles as A's top Red Sox

The Red Sox once again failed to creep over .500, dropping a 5-3 decision to the A's, at a rainy Fenway Park Tuesday night.

Taking the loss was Sox' starter Felix Doubront, who has a 5.19 ERA after giving up five runs on six hits over four innings. The lefty, who threw 94 pitches (58 strikes), did strike out eight while walking one.

Doubront's downfall came in the fourth inning, when he gave up four runs on 30 pitches. He also threw 30 pitches in the first inning, which Oakland used to get out to a 1-0 lead on Yoenis Cespedes' RBI single.

The Sox managed to get the tying run to first in the ninth inning after Mike Aviles' drove in a pair with a one-out, two RBI single against A's reliever Grant Balfour. But a Lars Anderson strikeout and Dustin Pedroia ground out to second ended the host's threat.

The Red Sox had little success against Oakland starting pitcher Jarrod Parker, whose only surrendered run came on a David Ortiz ground out...

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