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06/30/2012 - 4:24pm
Darnell McDonald designated for assignment

Darnell McDonald has been designated for assignment by the Red Sox in order to make room on the 25-man roster for Saturday night's starting pitcher, Josh Beckett.

Saturday afternoon McDonald (@MacDime54) tweeted: "Dream come true to play in Boston want to wish my boys good luck the rest of the year! Much love to RSN! ‪#ShowGoesOn"

McDonald is hitting .214 with a .678 and two home runs in 38 games with the Red Sox this season. The 33-year-old has been in the Sox' organization since the beginning of 2010. The outfielder came close to being designated for assignment in '10, actually being told by the organization that he was going to be DFA'd. But the Red Sox never filed the paperwork, allowing McDonald to remain with the Red Sox when Jacoby Ellsbury hurt his ribs during batting practice.

Beckett had been on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

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06/30/2012 - 9:22am
Reports: Garnett will return to Celtics

Kevin Garnett has informed the Celtics that he will be returning for next year and possibly more, according to a report in the Boston Herald. Yahoo's Marc Spears reported that Garnett will sign on for three more years for $34 million.

Garnett's return had been widely anticipated after a season in which he played in 60 of their 66 games and averaged 16 points and 8.2 rebounds. Garnett was even better in the playoffs, averaging better than 19 points and 10 rebounds while playing 36 minutes a night for a team that made it all the way to Game 7 of the conference finals. The Celtics moved Garnett to center halfway through the season and that, along with the insertion of Avery Bradley into the starting lineup, propelled them to an unexpected run through the playoffs.

With Garnett on board, team president Danny Ainge can fill out the rest of the roster...

06/29/2012 - 11:48pm
Quick recipe: Sox' Cook shuts out Mariners

Aaron Cook required just 81 pitches to sail through a two-hit, complete-game shutout in leading the Red Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Mariners. It was the first complete game for Cook since 2010 and his first shutout since 2009, in a dazzlingly efficient outing that hearkened to his All-Star prime.

Indeed, Cook had already thrown a shutout of just 79 pitches in his career in 2009. He was similarly machine-like in Seattle on Friday, pounding the strike zone en route to 16 outs via groundball (including two double plays) and two strikeouts. He did not walk a batter. Indeed, he permitted just three baserunners. After Cook retired the first nine batters he faced, Ichiro Suzuki led off the fourth with an infield single but was erased on a groundball double play; a Mike Aviles error put Dustin Ackley on base in the sixth, but he never advanced past first; and in the eighth, John Jaso singled and was erased on a double play grounder.

Cook received all the...

06/29/2012 - 9:02pm
Brutal outing for Bard in Pawtucket

Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard had perhaps his worst outing since being sent back down to Triple-A Pawtucket, retiring just one of the six batters he faced after coming into the game for the top of the seventh inning against Charlotte, the Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox. Bard permitted a leadoff single and steal, and after getting a fly out, walked one batter, hit another, then walked two more to force in a pair of runs. He threw just nine of 26 pitches for strikes.

After nine minor league appearances, Bard has a 7.15 ERA with 14 strikeouts and eight walks in 11 1/3 innings.

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06/29/2012 - 6:06pm
Lineup: Salty remains in cleanup spot

The Red Sox will look to build on Friday night’s 5-0 win when they take on Mariners rookie right-hander Erasmo Ramirez on Saturday night. The 22-year-old is 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA and will be making his fourth career start.

Sox manager Bobby Valentine will use the same lineup for a third straight game, having come off a victory in which his offense belted four home runs. The Red Sox will be looking for that same success behind Josh Beckett, who will make his return to the mound after being placed on the DL for shoulder inflammation. 

Here is the Red Sox' lineup:

Nava LF

Pedroia 2B

Ortiz DH

Saltalamacchia C

Gonzalez 1B

Middlebrooks 3B

Ross RF

Kalish CF

Aviles SS

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