Sox deny Yanks' request to speak with bullpen coach Tuck

Sox deny Yanks' request to speak with bullpen coach Tuck
December 2, 2011, 4:41 am
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BOSTON -- In another sign that the Red Sox are intent on having many of their current coaches under contract return in 2012 under new manager Bobby Valentine, the club recently rebuffed an attempt by the New York Yankees to speak with bullpen coach-catching instructor Gary Tuck.

Two baseball sources said the Yankees approached the Sox about speaking to Tuck, with an idea of making him Joe Girardi's bench coach. Tuck served that same role in 2006, Girardi's lone season as manager of the Florida Marlins.

Tuck has been on the Red Sox coaching staff since 2007 and has drawn raves for his work with the team's catchers. Previously, he worked in the Yankees' organization -- as a major-league coach and minor-league instructor -- for three different stints.

It's unclear what the Yanks' interest in Tuck for the position of bench coach means for Tony Pena, who has served in that role for the Yankees since 2009.