CHICAGO -- Speaking before the his team's game against the White Sox Saturday afternoon, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the organization has altered it's view of Aaron Cook and now believes pitching the righty out of the bullpen is an option.
Cook was scheduled to make his fifth start with the Pawtucket Red Sox Saturday night in Columbus. The pitcher has a May 1 opt-out in his contract, which means the player has 24 hours from the beginning of the opt-out date to inform the team of his decision whether or not to remain with the club. The Red Sox would then have 48 hours to make their determination after hearing from the player.
"There have been discussions," said Valentine when asked if the bullpen was an option for Cook.
"[Pitching coach] Bob McClure thinks that after talking with him that it's feasible. … I think I told you guys initially in spring training, that was a non-factor. It was a non-...
Just an hour before first pitch Monday, Kevin Youkilis was scratched again by the Red Sox after missing Sunday with back stiffness. Cody Ross was moved up two spots in the order and will bat cleanup while Nick Punto receives his second straight start at third.
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots selected defensive back Nate Ebner with the 197th pick in the NFL draft on Saturday. The 6-foot, 205-pounder out of Ohio State, who was taken in the sixth round by New England, has a fascinating backstory -- a rugby player, playing on the under-19 and under-20 U.S. national rugby teams, he was the MVP of the Rugby World Cup in 2007 and 2008. He walked on at Ohio State and eventually became a defensive back who made his mark on special teams. For more on the Patriots, check out weei.com/patriots.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots made their fourth deal of the draft on Saturday, swapping their fifth-round pick (No. 163 overall) with Green Bay for the 197th (a sixth rounder), 224th and 235rd (both seventh rounders) overall selections.
New England had originally acquried the 163rd pick from the Packers in a trade on Friday night, when the Patriots sent a second-round pick (No. 62 overall) to Green Bay for a third rounder (No. 90 overall) and pick 163.
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CHICAGO -- Daisuke Matsuzaka looked sharp in the second start of his minor league rehab assignmentt, giving up a run on three hits over 4 2/3 innings for Double-A Portland against the Reading Phillies at Hadlock Field in Portland. Matsuzaka threw 74 pitches (44 strikes), while striking out seven and walking two.
Matsuzaka's only other start had been a four-inning outing for Single-A Greenville, in which he allowed three runs on six hits while fanning three and not walking a batter. The 31-year-old is recovering from Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow, which was performed last June.
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