Team says decision on Donnelly contract made without Mitchell report

Updated: December 13, 2007, 8:53 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox did not tender a contract to reliever Brendan Donnelly on Wednesday, hours before he was named Thursday in the Mitchell report about the illegal use of performance-enhancing substances in baseball.

The move, which makes him a free agent, was announced in an e-mail sent at 12:03 a.m. EST Thursday. The Mitchell report was released at 2 p.m.

"The club had no idea about names prior to release of this report," Red Sox spokesman John Blake said. "We didn't ...

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