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05/06/2012 - 7:46pm
Sox' hole deepens in 17-inning loss to O's

It was one of their most spirited efforts of the year, and yet it ended with the familiar whiff of defeat. The Red Sox suffered a 9-6 loss in 17 innings when Adam Jones smashed a three-run homer into the Monster seats against Red Sox outfielder-turned-pinch runner-turned reliever Darnell McDonald, in the game because his team had exhausted its bullpen.

The loss was the fifth straight for the Sox, who have now lost 10 of their last 11 home games. In losing all three contests to the Orioles, the Sox got swept at home by the O’s for the first time since 1994.

Though he was long gone by the time the game was decided, Clay Buchholz played an immense role in the shape of the game. He left the team in an early 5-0 hole, getting shelled for five runs on seven hits and four walks while punching out four in 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the year.

Buchholz gave up three homers and has now allowed 10 in 32 2/3 innings this year, matching...

05/06/2012 - 7:09pm
Horford active and will play for Hawks

After missing the final 55 regular season games and the first three games of the series against the Celtics, center Al Horford is active and making his return to action in Game 4 Sunday night. 

Horford, a native of the Dominican Republic and friend of Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, tore his left pectoral muscle in early January battling for a rebound with Indiana's Roy Hibbert. He was activated by Hawks coach Larry Drew and made available off the bench.

Horford's return, along with the return of starter Josh Smith, provides a front court challenge for the Celtics, who were outscored 28-6 in the paint in the first half Friday night. 

For more, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics and the Green Street blog.


05/06/2012 - 6:15pm
Bradley, Allen to play, Smith returns

Despite dealing with serious discomfort on Saturday after his 37-minute effort Friday night in Game 3, Ray Allen announced he was feeling much better Sunday and will play in Game 4 against Atlanta. 

The Celtics got more good news when Avery Bradley took part in the shootaround Sunday morning and coach Doc Rivers announced an hour before tip-off that Bradley would start alongside Rajon Rondo in the backcourt. Bradley has been dealing with a sore left shoulder since blocking Dwyane Wade of the Heat on April 1 at the Garden. 

Allen scored 13 points in 37 minutes in his first game back Friday night but Rivers acknowledged afterward that Allen was tiring in overtime. Rivers also expressed concern before Sunday's game about Bradley's shoulder as the playoffs progress. 

"It is a concern going forward," Rivers said.  

Allen said he won't be thinking about his left ankle, should be called upon to step in again if...

05/06/2012 - 11:52am
Middlebrooks returns, Cook to DL
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox have placed Aaron Cook on the disabled list and recalled left-hander Andrew Miller from Pawtucket. Cook gave up seven runs over 2 2/3 innings in his Red Sox debut Saturday before leaving with a left knee injury.

As for Sunday's lineup, Will Middlebrooks is back in the lineup after missing Saturday's game due to hamstring tightness. The lineup is as follows:

1. Mike Aviles, SS

2. Ryan Sweeney, RF

3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

5. David Ortiz, DH

6. Cody Ross, RF

7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

8. Wll Middlebrooks, 3B

9. Marlon Byrd, CF

SP -- Clay Buchholz 


05/06/2012 - 11:42am
Aaron Cook to DL, Andrew Miller called up

Aaron Cook, who suffered a gash in his left knee that required 11 stitches while trying to make a play at the plate on a wild pitch on Saturday, was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The decision, manager Bobby Valentine said, reflected the fact that Cook risked infection if the stitches broke, and the fact that the Red Sox could use help in the bullpen after seeing their relievers compile 14 innings over the previous two games.

With Cook down, the Red Sox summoned left-hander Andrew Miller from Triple-A Pawtucket, where he was nearing the end of a minor league rehab assignment. Miller was in Pawtucket after suffering a hamstring injury in spring training that had him opening the year on the disabled list. The 26-year-old has bordered on unhittable in 11 innings in Triple-A, striking out 23 and holding opponents to a .105 average. Left-handed hitters have been particularly overwhelmed by the 6-foot-7 southpaw, whose mid- to high-90s fastball and nasty...

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