Red Sox fire pitching coach Bob McClure

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Red Sox fire pitching coach Bob McClure

Moments after announcing that Carl Crawford will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Red Sox announce that they've relieved Bob McClure of his pitching coach duties.

Sox also announce that Bob McClure has been let go as pitching coach. Asst. pitching coach Randy Niemann takes over. RedSoxTalk Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) August 20, 2012
Randy Niemann becomes fourth Red Sox pitching coach since 2010 following Farrell, Young and McClure. RedSoxTalk Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) August 20, 2012
McClure and Valentine clashed, but Cherington maintains: "This is a performance-based decision.'' Starter ERA of 4.82 a huge factor. Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) August 20, 2012
The Red Sox pitching woes have been well documented this season. They rank 23rd in team ERA (4.30), 25th in quality starts (57), 16th in WHIP (1.30), and 16th in batting average against (.255).

More to come . . .

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.