Alomar out of running; Lamont, Lovullo still remain


Alomar out of running; Lamont, Lovullo still remain

BOSTON -- The list of candidates still in the running to become the next manager of the Red Sox was reduced by one over the weekend when general manager Ben Cherington called Cleveland coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and told him he was no longer being considered for the post.

"I had a talk with Sandy this weekend and told him how much I think of him and that he's going to be a really good major-league manager one day," said Cherington, "but that he wasn't going to be a choice for us in 2012."

Alomar, who coached with the New York Mets and is currently part of the Cleveland Indians coaching staff, had no managerial experience at any level and Cherington acknowledged that played a part in the Sox moving on.

Cherington also revealed that Gene Lamont and Torey Lovullo "remain in the running."

In fact, Lamont will come to Boston soon to meet with Red Sox ownership, perhaps as soon as this week.

Cherington also acknowledged that while there were no other candidates for the job beyond Bobby Valentine, Lamont and Lovullo, he's had "conversations" with others.

"I would never rule out anything," said Cherington, "but there are no other candidates currently in the running (beyond the three mentioned)."

Palazzolo: Mitchell ‘flashes really good downfield ball skills’


Palazzolo: Mitchell ‘flashes really good downfield ball skills’

Fourth-round pick Malcolm Mitchell is the next in a line of receivers the Patriots have drafted in hopes they’d click with quarterback Tom Brady.

As part of the Quick Slants the podcast draft recap episode, Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus told Phil Perry that Mitchell looks to be a fit in the role previously filled by Brandon LaFell and Brandon Lloyd. Palazzolo said Mitchell could serve as a complement to Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and Martellus Bennett.

“I think that’s where Mitchell fits in. And I think he does a pretty good job there creating separation on the routes the Patriots need him to run,” Palazzolo said. “He flashes some really good downfield ball skills.”

To hear Palazzolo’s analysis on the rest of the Patriots draft picks, use the Sound Cloud player below or search CSNNE on iTunes.