Lovullo expected to become Red Sox bench coach

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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.

Sale: “Time for both sides to do something different, I guess”

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Sale: “Time for both sides to do something different, I guess”

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”

Kennedy in pursuit of Drake for concert at Fenway

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Kennedy in pursuit of Drake for concert at Fenway

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- Quick, if you could have one artist perform at Fenway Park, who would it be?

Florida Georgia Line or Carrie Underwood?

Kanye West?

Maybe a little throwback with Eminem?

Let’s stick to artists who go by one name actually. Red Sox President Sam Kennedy seems to think that’s a good idea.

“We’ve been approaching Drake, this year, we would love to have Drake come,” Kennedy said at Red Sox Winter Weekend. “We understand he’s not doing a big summer tour, but that’s an example of someone we’ve proactively gone out after.

“We’d love to have him come to Fenway Park, given his popularity.

Fenway will already play host to New Kids on the Block with Paula Abdul and Boysz II Men, James Taylor and Billy Joel, with the possibility of adding more.

“I’m not a huge music person,” Kennedy said. “We’ve tried to bring in as many different types of acts as we can to appeal to different demographics. The reality is with the baseball schedule, with the way it lays out, we’re sort of at the mercy of the touring and who’s out.

“We love having these events in Boston. It’s good for the economy, it’s good for Fenway . . . The city has been a very supportive partner in bringing events into town.”

From what Kennedy and his staff have gathered, it appears Drake is looking to do one-off shows instead of a tour. That’s just enough for the ever-persistent Red Sox President to keep working on bringing in the superstar.

“We’re not gonna give up,” Kennedy said.