Changes Announced for 2016 Red Sox Staff

Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar (14-10) finished the year on a high note, allowing one run on four hits to go with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Cleveland tagged Boston starter Rick Porcello (L, 9-15) with the defeat, as the right-hander relinquished three runs (two earned) on ten hits in seven innings of work, striking out seven.

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The Boston Red Sox collide with the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Sunday. Shapiro left the Indians earlier this season to take the same position with the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s the first time the Red Sox have had center fielders with double figures in assists in consecutive years since 1952 (Dom DiMaggio), 1953 (Tom Umphlett) and 1954 (Jackie Jensen).

The Indians have a 56-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they’ll be facing when Breslow takes the mound.

Cleveland’s runs came on solo home runs by first baseman Carlos Santana and designated hitter Ryan Raburn. He recently completed his third cycle of chemotherapy. Dave Dombrowski, the team’s president of baseball operations, told ESPN. “I called John yesterday, and when we’ve had conversations, all of our conversations that we’ve had, which haven’t been as numerous as would normally be the case if he was healthy of course, have always been toward 2016″. Also, Bob Kipper is returning for his second season as Pawtucket’s pitching coach following a stint as Boston’s interim bullpen coach.

Third base coach Brian Butterfield, hitting coach Chili Davis, assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez and pitching coach Carl Willis will all be retained by the Red Sox. 500 hump for the season, as they yielded just three runs in three contests against Boston, who ends a tumultuous 2015 season 78-84, concluding their road slate with a 35-46 mark. The recovery is estimated to take three to six months, which will nearly ensure that Farrell will be ready for spring training. Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo has been with the team an Interim Manager during this time. The squad has gone 26-18 over his tenure as manager, leading many to believe that he would interview for open managing roles with other teams, but he agreed to sign a contract to stick around as Farrell’s right-hand man in the dugout.

To the left of Farrell’s desk, sitting on the floor, legs extended in front of him with his back against the couch, was Lovullo, his position in a few ways an apt reflection of deference, devotion, and loyalty.

“It’s great news”, Lovullo said. “So that’s what we’re looking at and that’s what he’s thinking”. Are you OK?’ In true John Farrell fashion he just said, ‘Hey, I’m going to be OK. There was never any doubt in my mind or the rest of the coaching staff’s mind. This is John’s team.

Farrell was hired as Boston’s manager in October 2012 and he led the Red Sox to a World Series title in his first season. He signed a two-year contract extension in February through the 2017 season with club holding an option for 2018.

Lovullo specifically said Farrell’s health was one of the main reasons for him staying. Both are expected to play in the final game of the season Sunday.

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“It just felt like this was the right thing to do, to see it through”. I have a love for the organization, I have a love for John, I have a love for the players.

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