Red Sox continue coaching staff interviews

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Red Sox continue coaching staff interviews

The Red Sox are progressing in their search to fill out the coaching staff. According to a source, they have interviewed Victor Rodriguez for the hitting coach job, and Arnie Beyeler and David Howard for the first base coaching vacancy.Rodriguez, 51, just completed his sixth season as the Sox minor league hitting coordinator. He was the organizations Latin field coordinator for four seasons before that. Originally signed by the Orioles in 1977 at the age of 15, Rodriguez played 19 seasons in the minor leagues, including 31 games with Triple-A Pawtucket in 1995, and parts of two seasons in the big leagues, appearing in 17 games, with Orioles and Twins. He began coaching in 1995. His son Victor Luis is a scout for the Sox.Beyeler, 48, just completed his 12th season as a manager, and his ninth season in the Red Sox organization. He has managed Triple-A Pawtucket the last two seasons, leading the PawSox to the International League title in 2012, finishing in first place in the IL North in 2011. Prior to that, he managed Double-A Portland for four seasons. Beyeler played six seasons in the Tigers organization, before he began scouting for the Tigers. He began coaching in 1997 in the Yankees organization. He has worked in the Sox system since 2000, except 2006 when he served as hitting coach for the Padres Double-A affiliate.Howard, 45, joined the Sox organization in 2004 as a minor league coach and just completed his ninth season in the organization, third as minor league field coordinator. Prior to that, he was a special assistant to the general manager for two seasons and a scout for three seasons. Howard, a 32nd-round pick of the Royals in 1986, played parts of nine major league seasons with the Royals and Cardinals.The Sox have also spoken to Rick Schu, the former Diamondbacks hitting coach and currently the Nationals minor league hitting coordinator, about the hitting coach vacancy.
Hitting coach and first base coach are the two remaining vacancies. New manager John Farrell has said he is considering naming an assistant hitting coach also. Farrell has already hired Torey Lovullo to be bench coach, Juan Nieves as pitching coach, and Brian Butterfield as third base coach. Bullpen coach Gary Tuck is the only holdover from the 2012 staff. Alex Ochoa, the 2012 first base coach, told CSNNE.com earlier this week he probably would not be returning to the organization for 2013.

Stars, studs and duds: Olynyk finding his stride off Celtics bench

Stars, studs and duds: Olynyk finding his stride off Celtics bench

BOSTON – It’s easy to forget that Kelly Olynyk went several months without doing anything basketball-related as he was on the mend from shoulder surgery.

His return had its share of ups and downs, but it seems the 7-foot center has found his stride and he’s making opponents pay for it.

For the second time in as many games, Olynyk came up big for the Celtics as Boston continued on its winning ways with a 108-98 win over Charlotte.

Olynyk, who scored a season-high 26 points in Boston’s win at Atlanta on Friday, had an efficient 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting against the Hornets on Monday.

Assertive. Aggressive. Contract year.

It doesn’t matter how you describe what or why Olynyk is ballin’ so hard lately.

The point is he’s doing it a better job of recognizing opportunities to make plays and executing whatever role he’s being asked to play.

“Just feeling good with the second unit,” Olynyk said. “I’m just trying to be aggressive and help the starters out.”

In the past, teams have mixed up their defensive coverages on Olynyk which frequently left him being guarded by a quicker but smaller player, or a big man with limited mobility.

Often Olynyk settled for long range shots and 3’s, regardless of the defender.

But as we’ve seen the last couple of games, he has hurt teams with his scoring around the rim which has in turn opened things up for his teammates or himself.

“We need him to play like that all the time,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “When he’s aggressive, looking for his shot, shooting open shots, even getting in there getting rebounds, offensive put-backs, that only helps us as a unit. And he’s done a great job of that the past couple games. We need that from him.”

And as he gets further removed from his offseason surgery, opportunities for him to be an impactful player for Boston will only grow.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Monday’s game.

 

STARS

Isaiah Thomas

The Celtics win, and Isaiah Thomas has another offensive flurry in the fourth quarter. So what else is new? He led all scorers with 35 points which included 17 in the fourth quarter.

Kemba Walker

He’s still playing at a level that puts him in the All-Star conversation, but it’s not going to happen with the Hornets continuing to struggle. They’ve lost five in a row now despite Walker’s 24 points on Monday.

 

STUDS

Al Horford

Boston is playing more inside-out basketball of late, and that’s opening things up for both Horford and his teammates. Against the Hornets he had 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting along with six rebounds and four assists.

Kelly Olynyk

For the second straight game, Olynyk had a strong, impactful performance for the Celtics utilizing his strengths as a perimeter threat and a 7-footer who can take advantage of smaller defenders around the rim. He finished with 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting to go with nine rebounds, four assists and a steal.

Marvin Williams

He was the only other Hornet besides Kemba Walker who really impacted the game significantly. Williams had 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting which included 3-for-6 shooting from 3-point range.

Jae Crowder

The 6-foot-6 Crowder continues to have a sneaky-good season for the Celtics, particularly with his 3-point shooting which ranks among the league leaders. On Monday he had 15 points which included a trio of 3-pointers to go with seven rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot.

 

DUDS

Nicolas Batum

Avery Bradley put most of his effort and attention into defending Batum and man, did it ever pay off. Batum grabbed 10 rebounds, but wound up missing nine of his 11 shots from the field to finish with just four points.