Lillibridge makes first start with Red Sox in center field


Lillibridge makes first start with Red Sox in center field

BOSTON Brent Lillibridge, acquired in the trade with the White Sox for Kevin Youkilis on Sunday, is making his first start with the Red Sox Tuesday night, playing center field, batting ninth.

See how he fits in as part of the team, manager Bobby Valentine said. This team needs to see him play and hes actually had some success against this guy (3-for-4 with an RBI with an RBI vs Blue Jays left-hander Aaron Laffey) in the past. So maybe well find a little something.

Lillibridge, who went into Mondays game in the ninth inning replacing Cody Ross in right field, appeared in just three games, five starts, in center field for the White Sox.

Yeah, get it out of the way, Lillibridge said of his first start. Better now than later because I just want to get out there and get a chance to play. I want to be out there and show guys what I can do. I know what I can do. And obviously Im here because they know what I can do, and hopefully help us win a game tonight.

Lillibridge has appeared in eight games, with two starts, in Fenway Park.

Its tough work out here to be an outfielder, he said of playing at Fenway. Ive played right field here and Ive been playing a little bit of center and left with the White Sox and its different. I hope I can understand it better as Im here all the time and work on it during batting practice, especially taking balls off the wall and stuff just to get a feel for it. But its kind of first reaction, first instinct and kind of go from there, and hopefully dont run too hard into that big heavy wall. I dont see too much padding out there.

The versatile Lillibridge can also play the infield. With the presence of Nick Punto, Valentine was asked if Lillibridge would be called upon more to play outfield than infield.

I have no idea, Valentine said. If he could play both, itd be really a plus. Ive been told that he can and he says that hes most comfortable in center field. Weve seen where hes played in the past, well figure it out.

WORLD SERIES: Kluber, Perez, Indians beat Cubs 6-0 in Game 1


WORLD SERIES: Kluber, Perez, Indians beat Cubs 6-0 in Game 1

CLEVELAND - Corey Kluber got the Cleveland Indians off to a striking start and Roberto Perez put away Chicago in the Cubs' first World Series game since 1945.

Kluber dominated into the seventh inning, Perez homered twice and the Indians beat the Cubs 6-0 in the opener Tuesday night. AL Championship Series MVP Andrew Miller escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh and got out of trouble in the eighth, preserving a three-run lead.

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Dombrowski, Red Sox making adjustments in wake of recent departures


Dombrowski, Red Sox making adjustments in wake of recent departures

In recent days and weeks, the Red Sox have lost their general manager, their vice president of amateur and international scouting, an assistant director of amateur scouting, a member of their analytics department and their mental skills coach.

But Dave Dombrowski, the team's president of baseball operations, insists that the team is not in danger of "brain drain.''

"No, not at all,'' said president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski in a conference call with reporters. "We've lost some good people, but it's also a situation where we have a lot of good people and I think when you have a good organization, if you're winning and you expose people to situations, (a certain amount of exodus) happens. I think the other part of it is that we're more than capable of filling some of those roles from an internal perspective. We've got some quality people and I think the thing that's great about it is, it allows people to grow.''

Dombrowski announced that, in the wake of the departure of Amiel Sawdaye, the former VP of amateur and international scouting who left Monday to become assistant GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Sox were promoting Eddie Romero, formerly the vice president of international scouting, to the position of senior vice president/ assistant GM.

Romero, the son of former Red Sox utility infielder Eddie Romero Sr. will help Dombrowski in personnel matters and player development, while Brian O'Halloran, who has the same title as Romero, will continue to handle administrative matters including salary arbitration and contactual negotiations.

After the departure of Mike Hazen, who left to become GM of the Diamondbacks last week, Dombrowski interviewed Sawdaye and Romero as Hazen's potential replacements before determining that neither had the necessary experience yet to become a major league GM.

Dombrowski said there would be additional internal promotions and adjustments to announce in the coming weeks. He added that senior advisors Frank Wren and Allard Baird, each former general managers, would see their responsibilities increase when it comes to conducting trade talks with other organizations.

Sawdaye's departure is one of several this off-season for the front office. Earlier this month, Steve Sanders, who had been the team's assistant director of amateur scouting, left to become director of amateur scouting for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Also, Tom Tippett, a longtime member of the team's statistical analysis staff, will leave soon too pursue other opportunities. The team recently informed mental skills coach Bob Tewksbury that his contact would not be renewed, according to the Boston Globe.

Dombrowski indicated that Laz Gutierrez would be promoted to take the place of Tewksbury.

In other news, Dombrowski revealed that the entire coaching staff -- hitting coach Chili Davis; assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez; first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr.; third base coach Brian Butterfield; bullpen coach Dana LeVangie; pitching coach Carl Willis; and bench coach Torey Lovullo -- had all agreed to return for 2017.

That, of course, is subject to change since Lovullo is believed to be a target of Hazen for Arizona's managerial vacancy.

Dombrowski said the Diamondbacks had yet to request permission to speak with Lovullo, though that may happen soon now that Hazen has hired Sawdaye to fill out his front office.

When Hazen was hired by the Diamondbacks, he was limited to hiring just one member of the Red Sox' Baseball Operations staff. But, Dombrowski added, that limit didn't apply to uniformed staff members such as Lovullo, who would be leaving for a promotion.