Celtics exercise fourth-year option for Bradley

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Celtics exercise fourth-year option for Bradley

MIAMI Avery Bradley got a bit of good news on Tuesday when the Boston Celtics informed him that they would be picking up their fourth-year option on his contract.

In doing so, Bradley is now signed with the C's through the 2013-2014 season.

"I'm definitely grateful," Bradley told CSNNE.com. "I have to continue working, and be ready for this season."

Bradley, selected by the C's in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft, is currently out while recovering from surgery to both of his shoulders.

He is on target to return to the C's lineup sometime in December.

Bradley said the series of injuries he has had with the Celtics made him somewhat unsure if the C's would pick up the fourth year on his rookie contract which will pay him 2.5 million during the 2013-2014 season.

"But I always work hard, so I was hoping that Danny would pick it up," Bradley said. "I was happy. My mom was happy. I just have to continue to work and keep getting better."

Despite his injuries, Bradley worked his way into the starting lineup last season ahead of Ray Allen (now with the Miami Heat).

The move not only put the league on notice as to Bradley's value to the Celtics. But in retrospect, it would be one of the many tangible factors in Allen's decision to sign with the Miami Heat this past summer despite the Celtics offering twice as much money for what would have been a similar role coming off the bench.

For now, Bradley's focus is on getting his body strong enough to get back on the floor and display the tough, on-the-ball defense that made him a fan favorite of the Celtics - and an annoying pest to opponents.

"I'm getting better," Bradley said. "But I'm not satisfied. Like I said, I just have to keep working, keep getting better, listen to my coaches and my teammates and everything will work out for me."

Saturday's Red Sox-Angels Lineups: Pomeranz makes Red Sox road debut on west coast

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Saturday's Red Sox-Angels Lineups: Pomeranz makes Red Sox road debut on west coast

Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 7.00 with Boston) makes his return to the west coast in his first road start in a Red Sox uniform. The lefty is coming off a six-inning start where he gave up two runs, but was on the wrong end of a 4-2 contest against the Tigers.

The Angels answer with Hector Santiago (9-4, 4.28). He shut out Boston for six innings on 7/2 -- the same day the Red Sox staff gave up 21 runs.

The lineups:

RED SOX

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Aaron Hill 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Bryce Brentz LF
Sandy Leon C

Drew Pomeranz LHP

ANGELS
Yunel Escobar 3B
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols DH
Jefry Marte 1B
Andrelton Simmons SS
Jett Bandy C
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Gregorio Petit LF
Shane Robinson RF

Hector Santiago LHP

Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade

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Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade

Though the chances are slim the Red Sox and White Sox make a blockbuster trade before the MLB trade deadline, Chicago is at least sending resources to Boston's minor league affiliates to scout their prospects.

ESPN Boston's Scott Lauber first reported Friday the White Sox were scouting Double-A Portland (home of Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi), but Ken Rosenthal adds they were also at their Single-A and Triple-A affiliates.

Though one would assume the Red Sox are seeking prospects for a potential return on Chris Sale, Rosenthal thinks it could be "for reasons other than Sale" and that some believe the White Sox are "simply laying groundwork for off-season trade."

Stay tuned for more.

Cooper carted off, reportedly dealing with plantar fascia injury

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Cooper carted off, reportedly dealing with plantar fascia injury

FOXBORO – There was some offensive line attrition this morning at the first full-contact practice of training camp.

Most notably, guard Jonathan Cooper left the field on a cart.

Cooper, acquired from the Cardinals in the Chandler Jones trade, went down during a drill when the offensive line was firing off and hitting bags and carrying the blocks out. It appeared to be his right foot that was afflicted. He was down for a few minutes and the team had to move the drill away from him as he stayed down. Quarterback Tom Brady went over to check on Cooper before Cooper was helped gingerly to a cart alongside trainer Jim Whalen and was carted away.

Ian Rapoport from NFL Media reported after Cooper went down that the former first-rounder is battling plantar fascia, a painful foot ailment.

That’s what led to him needing to be held off, according to Rap.

Meanwhile, center Bryan Stork kinda just slipped out of practice. He was first noticed missing when he did not take part in 1-on-1s which came early in practice. He was out there for the beginning of practice so whether he was hurt, sent off for whacking people or had a dentist’s appointment isn’t known.

Bill Belichick wasn’t available after practice. Otherwise we’d have the full scoop.

We’ll keep an eye on that for Sunday.

Running back D.J. Foster and guard Shaq Mason meanwhile didn’t take part in 1-on-1s and retired to a lower field for some conditioning. Guard Josh Kline’s workload is also a bit limited while guard Tre Jackson and tackle Sebastian Vollmer are on the PUP list still.

The Patriots have practice Sunday and are in the stadium for a night practice on Monday before getting Tuesday off.

Tom E. Curran can be followed on Twitter: @tomecurran