Sox may pursue Hershiser as pitching coach

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Sox may pursue Hershiser as pitching coach

BOSTON -- Now that the Red Sox have finally hired a manager, the next step is lining up a coaching staff.

New manager Bobby Valentine said at his Thursday press conference that his focus will be on finding a pitching coach to replace Curt Young, who returned to Oakland after one season in Boston. Jack Curry of the YES Network reported Thursday night that Valentine had called David Cone -- the long-time Met and Yankee who played his final season, 2001, with the Red Sox -- to determine his interest in becoming the Sox' pitching coach. Cone, who works with Curry, is said to be not interested.

Valentine may now turn to his recent ESPN broadcast partner, Orel Hershiser, who once worked as the pitching coach for the Texas Rangers, though long after Valentine managed there. Hershiser, however, is putting together a group to bid for the Los Angeles Dodgers and that commitment may preclude him rejoining Valentine in Boston.

The Sox still have four of their 2011 coaches under contract: DeMarlo Hale, Dave Magadan, Tim Bogar and Gary Tuck. (They didn't renew the contract of first-base coach Ron Johnson, who was subsequently hired by the Orioles to manage their Triple-A team.)

According to sources, the Sox recently denied the Yankees permission to speak to Tuck about becoming their bench coach, which indicates they intend to retain him as bullpen coachcatching instructor.

If Hale isn't retained as the Red Sox' bench coach, he'll likely take a position as the third-base coach on Buck Showalter's staff with the Orioles. Hale could come back on the Sox' staff as third-base coach, but according to sources, he's said to see that as a demotion after serving as the team's bench coach the last two seasons.

Magadan is considered a good bet to return as the team's hitting coach and Bogar could return as well, either as the first- or third-base coach.

Saturday's Red Sox-Angels Lineups: Pomeranz makes Red Sox road debut on west coast

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Saturday's Red Sox-Angels Lineups: Pomeranz makes Red Sox road debut on west coast

Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 7.00 with Boston) makes his return to the west coast in his first road start in a Red Sox uniform. The lefty is coming off a six-inning start where he gave up two runs, but was on the wrong end of a 4-2 contest against the Tigers.

The Angels answer with Hector Santiago (9-4, 4.28). He shut out Boston for six innings on 7/2 -- the same day the Red Sox staff gave up 21 runs.

The lineups:

RED SOX

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Aaron Hill 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Bryce Brentz LF
Sandy Leon C

Drew Pomeranz LHP

ANGELS
Yunel Escobar 3B
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols DH
Jefry Marte 1B
Andrelton Simmons SS
Jett Bandy C
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Gregorio Petit LF
Shane Robinson RF

Hector Santiago LHP

Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade

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Report: White Sox scouting Red Sox' minor league affiliates for possible trade

Though the chances are slim the Red Sox and White Sox make a blockbuster trade before the MLB trade deadline, Chicago is at least sending resources to Boston's minor league affiliates to scout their prospects.

ESPN Boston's Scott Lauber first reported Friday the White Sox were scouting Double-A Portland (home of Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi), but Ken Rosenthal adds they were also at their Single-A and Triple-A affiliates.

Though one would assume the Red Sox are seeking prospects for a potential return on Chris Sale, Rosenthal thinks it could be "for reasons other than Sale" and that some believe the White Sox are "simply laying groundwork for off-season trade."

Stay tuned for more.