Red Sox to interview Lamont, Lovullo


Red Sox to interview Lamont, Lovullo

The Red Sox Tuesday added two names to their list of managerial candidates -- both with previous ties to the organization.

Torey Lovullo, who managed the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2010 before leaving to join John Farrell's coaching staff with the Toronto Blue Jays, will interview for the Red Sox' managerial vacancy Friday.

On Saturday, the Red Sox will interview Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont, who was a Red Sox coach in 2001.

Lovullo was highly thought of when he managed one season in Pawtucket. He had previously managed at Single A, Double A and Triple A for the Cleveland Indians' organization.

He spent parts of eight seasons in the big leagues with seven different organizations before ending his playing career in Japan.

Lovullo played for Cleveland in 1998, when Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington worked for the Indians.

He was later interviewed three times for major league managerial openings in Los Angeles (after 2005), Pittsburgh (after 2006) and Cleveland (after the 2009 season).

Lovullo's interview was first reported by the Boston Globe.

Lamont's inclusion is something of a surprise, as his name hadn't previously surfaced as a potential candidate. Also, Lamont hasn't managed in the major leagues since 2000, when he was fired by the Pittsburgh Pirates after four seasons. Previously, Lamont had managed the Chicago White Sox for parts of four seasons from 1992-1995.

He later served as third base coach for the Red Sox under manager Jimy Williams, then joined Williams's staff in Houston from 2002 through 2004. After a year spent managing at Triple A for Philadelphia in 2005, Lamont has been Jim Leyland's third base coach for the last seasons with the Tigers.

Lamont, who will turn 65 on Christmas Day, will be the oldest candidate to interview with the Sox.

Lovullo will become the fourth candidate interviewed for the post. Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Milwaukee Brewers hitting instructor Dale Sveum were interviewed at Fenway last week and Sandy Alomar Jr. is due to be interviewed Wednesday.

Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux withdrew from a scheduled Tuesday interview on Monday, citing personal and family reasons.

Farrell: Red Sox ‘optimistic’ Andrew Benintendi can return in 2016

Farrell: Red Sox ‘optimistic’ Andrew Benintendi can return in 2016

Red Sox manager John Farrell said rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi sustained no further structural damage to his knee, other than the previously diagnosed sprain, after injuring it on the basepaths against the Rays.

Farrell said the team is optimistic that Benintendi, placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, will be able to return before the end of the season. Watch the video for more. 

Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.


Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

The Bruins’ new practice facility has been years in the making and they will finally get to officially open the doors to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton next month. 

The B’s players will start informal captain’s practice skates at the new facility on the New Balance property in these final days of August, but the team announced on Friday that the new facility will be officially opened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, team president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney and a number of players will be on hand for the opening ceremony and ensuing open house for the media. Also planning to attend from New Balance will be Owner and Chairman Jim Davis and NB Development Group LLC Managing Director Jim Halliday, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. 

Following the formal portion of the event, Warrior Ice Arena will host the “Boston Youth All-Star Game featuring Bruins Alumni” which will feature local squirt players from the Boston communities of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, South Boston and West Roxbury mixed in with members of the Bruins alumni. 

The Youth All-Stars will team with Bruins alumni and they will play the first official game before the ice is turned over to the current Bruins players for their training camp later in the month.

The Warrior Ice Arena gets its name from the Warrior brand of hockey equipment that is now a division of New Balance and comes with a 79-foot high Warrior hockey stick that greets visitors at the front entrance doors.

Warrior Ice Arena will be the B’s new and permanent practice home after the Bruins spent 25-plus years practicing in the suburbs of Boston at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. 


Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal


Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.

*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.

*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.

*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.

*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.

*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.  

*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.

*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.