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03/22/2012 - 10:06pm
Cook solid as Sox tie Yankees

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Aaron Cook continued to show a sharp sinker in allowing two runs on four hits over four innings in which he struck out two and walked none in an eventual 4-4 tie versus the Yankees in exhibition play.

Cook was pleased with both his strength and the quality of his signature two-seamer over the course of a 48-pitch outing, his longest this spring. He has now allowed two runs in 9 1/3 innings over three starts this spring, and believes that he has enough time to prove to the Sox that he can be ready to help the club by Opening Day.

“I think I can. We still have, what, about two weeks or so, a couple starts,” said Cook. “There’s still a lot of baseball. Anything can happen. I’m just going to keep going out there when they give me the ball, and hopefully I’m ready to go.”

Ross Ohlendorf followed Cook into the game and allowed two more runs, the only scoring that the Yankees...

03/22/2012 - 8:38pm
Report: Pats agree on deal with Larsen

The Patriots have reportedly reached an agreement on a two-year deal with fullback/linebacker Spencer Larsen. The 28-year-old Larsen, an Arizona product who has spent three seasons in the NFL, joins New England after four seasons in Denver with the Broncos. The Boston Herald was first to report the news of the agreement. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


03/22/2012 - 8:06pm
X-rays negative on Pedroia's forearm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Thursday's game against the Yankees after the bottom of the third inning due to what was described by the team as a right forearm contusion after getting hit by a pitch. X-rays were taken and came back negative, and the second baseman is day to day.

Starter Adam Warren's offering hit Pedroia just above the hand while he was swinging. Pedroia was ruled out by strikeout, but when team trainers and manager Bobby Valentine approached the second baseman by the plate, manager Bobby Valentine said (during an in-game interview on ESPN) that Pedroia's hand was shaking, resulting in the decision to remove him from the contest, particularly given that it is an exhibition game.

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03/22/2012 - 6:18pm
Valentine: Daisuke back in early June?

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery that he underwent last June 10, threw two simulated innings against hitters on Thursday afternoon. Afterwards, manager Bobby Valentine was asked whether a return by July 1 was realistic for the right-hander.

"July? I think that that’s more than realistic, yeah. We have it mapped out before that. Closer to June 1st,” said Valentine, who clarified that he was referring to a timetable for Matsuzaka to return to the major leagues. "I mean, potentially. And there I went. I threw out a date, didn’t I? I told you the first day I’ll never throw out a date, didn’t I?”

Matsuzaka was 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA in eight games (seven starts) last year. In five seasons with the Sox, he is 49-30 with a 4.25 ERA, averaging 21 starts per season.

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03/22/2012 - 5:27pm
Ainge: All possibilities open for Garnett

Celtics team president Danny Ainge said on WEEI's The Big Show on Thursday that he hasn't sat down and talked specifically with Kevin Garnett about his future, but that the door is open for a return. Garnett can become a free agent after this season and Ainge said everything was in play.

"I wouldn’t close the door to any of those possibilities with KG," Ainge said. "[Leaving] is a possibility. Returning to Boston is a possibility, retiring is a possibility, all those things. Kevin will weigh every option. He’s waited to become a free agent, he’s loved his time here, he loves playing for Doc [Rivers], with his teammates. I don’t know what he’s going to do."

Ainge said that while the two has talked, they haven't gone into specifics yet.

"Kevin and I have talked about what his future might be but we haven’t sat down and talked about his specific plans," Ainge said. "The...

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