Red Sox name Butterfield third base coach


Red Sox name Butterfield third base coach

The Red Sox coaching staff pciture got a little clearer Tuesday with the announcement that Brian Butterfield has been named third base coach.

Butterfield, 54, had been on John Farrell's staff the last two seasons in Toronto. In fact, Butterfield had worked for the Blue Jays, in one capacity or another, for the past 11 seasons, serving as both third base coach and bench coach.

A native of Bangor, Maine, Buterfield has also served as a major league coach with the New York Yankees (1994-1995) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2000), each time serving under manager Buck Showalter.

Butterfield also has extensive minor league managerial experience, having managed parts of six seasons in the New York Yankees' system, where he formed a relationship with Showalter.

He played nearly 400 games in the minor leagues for both the Yankees and San Diego Padres.

Butterfield's hiring gives the Sox two coaches, joining bench coach Torey Lovullo, who was named bench coach late last week. Both worked on Farrell's staff in Toronto.

The Sox must still hire a hitting instructor, a pitching coach, a first base coach and a bullpen coach.

It's possible that both Gary Tuck (bullpen coach) and Alex Ochoa (first base coach) return from the 2012 staff to work for Farrell.

It seems likely that both the pitching coach and hitting instructor will come from outside the organization.

Porcello loses 10th game as Red Sox fall to Twins, 4-1

Porcello loses 10th game as Red Sox fall to Twins, 4-1

BOSTON - Adalberto Mejia pitched 5 2/3 innings in his second straight scoreless start, Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and the Minnesota Twins rebounded from two consecutive losses against Boston to beat the Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Kepler also had an RBI single, and Miguel Sano added an RBI double to help the Twins improve to 24-11 on the road.

Mejia (3-3) allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one. On Friday night at Cleveland, the rookie left-hander held the Indians to two hits over five innings in a victory.

Brandon Kintzler got the final three outs for his 21st save.

Boston starter Rick Porcello (4-10) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two. It was his 14th straight start going at least six innings, the AL's longest active streak.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was back in the dugout after serving a one-game suspension Tuesday for poking umpire Bill Miller in the chest during an argument Saturday.