Boston College AD DeFilippo to retire

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Boston College AD DeFilippo to retire

Chestnut Hill, Mass. Boston College Athletics Director Gene DeFilippo has announced that he will retire from his position on September 30.

DeFilippo has served as BC's Athletics Director since September 1997, marking 15 years at the position.

My wife Anne and I have been discussing this decision for some time and we agree that this is the right time for me to retire, DeFilippo said in a Boston College press release. It is also the right time for Boston College to have new leadership in the athletics directors position. In light of my recent bout with melanoma, which is treatable, this decision became clearer to me this summer. After the intensity of 40 years of intercollegiate athletics, this change will enable me to spend more time with Anne, my three children, and our granddaughter, Katherine. I look forward to this next stage of my personal and professional life.

Beginning October 1, Senior Associate Athletics Director John Kane will serve as interim director until a successor is named.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, thanked DeFilippo for his time serving as AD, saying, Gene devoted himself to building a strong, successful athletics program, one that reflected BCs commitment to quality academics and institutional integrity. Doing that has been his passion and joy, and the BC community, particularly our student athletes, have benefitted immensely from his care, advice and hard work.

DeFilippo was BC's athletic director during four national championships in men's ice hockey and also during the school's transition to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In his time, Boston College has invested millions in facilities upgrades, including the 27 million Yawkey Athletics Center and multi-million dollar renovations to Conte Forum, Alumni Stadium and the soccer, field hockey and lacrosse facilities on the Newton campus.

Id like to thank Fr. Leahy for allowing me to serve as athletics director for the past 15 years, said DeFilippo. He was always supportive and was the best boss anyone could have. I will always be indebted to him for giving me the opportunity to work at such a great institution.

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.

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