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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

For...

05/05/2012 - 1:21am
Allen: Ankle 'feels like it's just mad at me'

After playing 37 minutes in his first game back since April 10, Ray Allen said he could tell he was in a tense NBA playoff game. But all things considered, after scoring 13 points in Boston's 90-84 overtime win over Atlanta in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, Allen said he and his left ankle came out of it feeling as good as could be expected. 

"Starting the game it was great," Allen said. "I think going into half was when it started to tighten up on me and I started noticing a little more than I've noticed but similar to what I've been dealing with. Just sitting on the sideline, I just did what I could to make sure I kept it loose by stretching it. But once I went back in the game, there's not really a moment to think about it. Your adrenaline is rushing, being in the building, my adrenaline is rushing."

But Allen, who has received intense treatment and cortisone shots to manage the pain, admitted...

05/05/2012 - 12:34am
Valentine: Sox 'playing a good game'

The Red Sox returned to Fenway Park on Monday after a roadtrip that saw them go 6-1 in Minnesota and Chicago. Yet since arriving at home, the Red Sox have seen a reversal of fortune, falling to 1-3 on their current homestand with a 6-4, 12-inning loss to the Orioles on Friday night.

Asked if he was surprised that the team had seemingly failed to sustain the momentum accumulated during the roadtrip, Valentine objected.

"I don’t believe in that nonsense," he said. "There’s been pretty good pitchers who have pitched against, and they’ve held us down a little. We’re playing a good game. We’re playing the same baseball. It’s not like we’re playing any different baseball. We’re not getting those big hits because we’re not getting any pitches to do it with."

Sox starter Jon Lester, meanwhile, acknowledged frustration that the team had not continued its winning ways in Boston...

05/05/2012 - 12:00am
Bradley leaves with injured shoulder

Celtics' guard Avery Bradley has been dealing with a reoccurring left shoulder injury and it flared up again in the third quarter of the Celtics' 90-84 win over the Hawks in Game 3 of their first round series.

Bradley left the game with just over two minutes left in the third quarter and went back to the locker room with team doctor Brian McKeon. The team originally said he would return, but then that prognosis changed in the fourth quarter. Bradley told a pack of reporters he was fine as he left the arena.

"Usually they're able to, like a leg, they'll snap it back," coach Doc Rivers said. "It wouldn't go back in. So, we'll find out more [Saturday.]"

Without Bradley, Ray Allen played 36 minutes in his first game back from bone spurs and Paul Pierce played over 47 minutes. Rivers is giving the team the day off to rest for Sunday's Game 4 at the Garden.

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