BOSTON When Don Mattingly was named manager of the Dodgers at the end of the 2010 season, he had no prior major league managerial experience. But he had been a big league coach for seven seasons under Joe Torre -- whom he replaced in Los Angeles -- first with the Yankees as hitting coach, later as a bench coach, and then as the Dodgers hitting coach.
Now theres a possibility he could lose one of his own coaches -- Tim Wallach, who was the first candidate interviewed by the Red Sox to replace Bobby Valentine. As was the case when Mattingly got the Dodgers job, Wallach has no major league managerial experience.
Mattingly doesn't think that will keep him from being a good big-league manager, though.
"Tim Wallach is a solid baseball guy with great communication skills, Mattingly told Mike Shalin, the author of Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly.
He has a great baseball mind that never seems to be surprised by any situation. He knows what it takes and knows how the game is supposed to be played, with a keen understanding of the length of a season and the temperament to lead during the course of a long season."
Wallach, who turned 55 in September, is currently the Dodgers third base coach, a job he has held the last two seasons. He played parts of 17 seasons with the Expos, Dodgers, and Angels, before retiring after the 1996 season. He began coaching in the Dodgers organization the next season, and managed their Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes in 2009 and 2010, before taking the Dodgers third base job in 2011. He also managed at the Single-A level in the organization.
Thought to be lost for the season after shoulder surgery this past spring, Pablo Sandoval could possibly return to the Red Sox for the postseason, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Saturday.
Sandoval joined the team in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox are playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Farrell said Sandoval had played in instructional league games in Florida and was "well ahead of schedule."
He could be an option to be activated if another player is injured.
“One of the things I put in my mind that I have to work,” Sandoval told Boston Herald. “I learned a lot of things about this surgery so I had to work hard to be on the field as soon as possible.
“There are a lot of things I’ve been doing, working out, doing things so I can get better and better everyday.”
Sandoval, 30, is in the second year of a five-year, $95 contract. He lost his starting third base job to Travis Shaw in spring training and in April an MRI revealed he needed surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder, which was to have ended his season.
He appeared in only three games this season and hit .245 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in 126 games in 2015.
Closing in on the A.L. East title, the Red Sox look to make it 10 wins in a row tonight when they play the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg.
Right hander Rick Porcello (21-4, 3.08 ERA) goes for his 22nd win for the Red Sox, opposed by Rays right-hander Matt Andriese (8-7, 4.41). Porcello is coming off a complete game victory in Baltimore.
The Red Sox began the day with a magic number of four to clinch the A.L. East with eight games to play. They could clinch a wild-card spot tonight with a victory and a Baltimore Orioles loss.
Brock Holt starts at third base and Chris Young is in left field for Boston.
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Brock Holt 3B
Chris Young LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Rick Porcello RHP
Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Brad Miller 1B
Corey Dickerson LF
Nick Franklin DH
Mikey Mahtook RF
Alexi Ramirez SS
Curt Casali C
Matt Andriese RHP