Lovullo expected to become Red Sox bench coach


Lovullo expected to become Red Sox bench coach

BOSTON -- Now that John Farrell is the new Red Sox manager, who will make up his coaching staff?
That's the first item on Farrell's lengthy to-do list, and evidence suggests it's coming together quickly.
A baseball source said Farrell expects to have Torey Lovullo as his bench coach. Lovullo, who managed the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2010, was Farrell's first base coach in his two seasons in Toronto.
Lovullo was interviewed for the Red Sox managerial opening a year ago before the Sox hired Bobby Valentine.
Bruce Butterfield, who served as Farrell's third-base coach in Toronto, is also under consideration and would seem to be a candidate for the same job here
The Toronto coaching staff is not under contract and has been given permission to seek jobs elsewhere.
A third member of the Blue Jays coaching staff -- pitching coach Bruce Walton -- is being considered for the same position with the Sox, though he's not necessarily the favorite for the job.
One industry source said it's unlikely that any of the four candidates interviewed before Farrell was hired -- Tony Pena, DeMarlo Hale, Tim Wallach and Brad Ausmus -- will be added to Farrell's staff.
Pena, Hale and Wallach are under contract with their current teams as coaches, while Ausmus -- according to a source familiar with his thinking -- is intent on managing and will seek other opportunities elsewhere.

Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello goes for win No. 23


Friday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays lineups: Porcello goes for win No. 23

The A.L. East-champion Red Sox, still fighting for playoff position, field their usual lineup as they open David Ortiz's final regular-season series tonight (7:10) against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox (92-67) are two games behind the Texas Rangers (94-65) in the race for the best record in the A.L., with the Cleveland Indians (91-67) a half-game behind Boston.

Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.11 ERA), the likely Game 1 starter in the ALDS, will try to add to his Cy Young Award resume tonight. He’ll be opposed by right-hander Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.53).

The Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles (both 87-72) are tied for the A.L. wild-card lead with the Detroit Tigers (85-73) 1 1/2 games back.

It’s the final regular season series for Oritz, with ceremonies planned to honor the retiring Red Sox DH prior to each of the final three game this weekend. 

The lineups:


Dustin Pedroia 2B

Brock Holt 3B

Mookie Betts RF

David Ortiz DH

Hanely Ramirez 1B

Xander Bogaerts SS

Jackie Bradley CF

Sandy Leon C

Andrew Benintendi LF

Rick Porcello P



Eziquiel Carrera LF

Josh Donaldson 3B

Edwin Encarnacion DH

Jose Bautista RF

Russell Martin C

Troy Tulowitzki SS

Justin Smoak 1B

Kevin Pillar CF

Devon Travis 2B

Marco Estrada RHP