Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/30/12

On the heels of Franklin Morales' seven scoreless innings Thursday night, Red Sox veteran sinkerballer

Aaron Cook tossed a two-hit shutout against a Mariners offense that has been blanked 10 times this season

and four times this month.

And here's the kicker: Cook did it in only 80 pitches.

"I've got a short attention span," Cook said with a smile, "so I try to work quick."

Said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, "I felt like I caught five innings. I looked up at the board, it was

the seventh inning, and it was like, 'Really? All right.' It was fun."

It also wasn't the first time Cook had been so ruthlessly efficient. On July 1, 2008, as a member of the

Colorado Rockies, he threw a 79-pitch shutout against the San Diego Padres. But that was four years ago,

and Cook has been derailed by injuries ever since.

For him to pitch so well -- Cook gave up only an infield single to Ichiro Suzuki in the fourth inning

and a leadoff single to John Jaso in the eighth -- leaves the Red Sox feeling far better about the depth of

their rotation, especially with lefty Felix Doubront already approaching his innings total from last


Cook signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox in January. After opening the season in Triple-A

Pawtucket, he lacerated his left knee on a play at the plate in his first start for the Red Sox on May 5.

Six weeks later, he's back in the rotation.

"It means a lot," Cook said. "To go out there and prove I'm where I want to be, where I was trying to

get back to -- be an effective pitcher, give our team a chance to win games and be efficient. It's

definitely satisfying."

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Eddie Lacy defends Mike McCarthy for weight loss comments

Red Sox nearly had serious catcher emergency in loss to Tigers

Ohio State DL Dylan Thompson ineligible for season

Roger Federer will miss Olympics, U.S. Open with knee injury

Seahawks extend Pete Carroll through 2019


LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye releases first statement following car crash

Report: Brock Osweiler could have made more money staying with Broncos

Andrew Luck: Feels `as good as I've ever felt` for training camp

Amar'e Stoudemire announces retirement after signing one-day contract with Knicks

Report: Gregory failed multiple drug tests since suspension

Olympian Abby Johnston: Worst thing about Olympic village is no Pokemon

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

Report: Paul Pierce to return to Clippers

Jimbo Fisher: You come to FSU to win national championships

Andre Johnson worked out for Tennessee Titans

Shattenkirk for Krejci trade rumor still floating around

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman denies link to C.T.E.

Michael Vick: Cam Newton can’t beat me in 40-yard dash

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

Odell Beckham Jr. says Giants will play in Super Bowl LI

Iowa researchers say they can optimize Monday Night Football ratings with scheduling

Terrelle Pryor can visit Ohio State as five-year ban comes to a close

Rudy Gay admits to having ‘no idea’ about what the Kings are doing

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker