Source: Sox shifting Bogar to bench coach

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Source: Sox shifting Bogar to bench coach

The Red Sox plan to announce their 2012 coaching staff in the next day or two, but they've apparently made a decision on what to do with at least one of the returnees.
A baseball source said Tuesday that Tim Bogar, the third-base coach since 2010, will be shifted to bench coach, with the team hiring a third-base coach -- likely Jerry Royster, a longtime friend of Valentine's -- from outside the organization.
Bogar, who played for Valentine when Valentine managed the New York Mets, has talked to the manager about serving as bench coach.
Less certain is what they plan to do about a pitching coach.
Rick Peterson, who has major league experience with the Oakland A's, New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers, had great interest in the position, but has told friends in baseball that Bobby Valentine doesn't seem receptive to hiring him.
A baseball source said Brad Arnsberg, who has served as the pitching coach for Florida, Toronto and Houston, is out of the running for the Sox' staff. Arnsberg, who worked with Josh Beckett in Florida, interviewed with GM Ben Cherington on the final day of the winter meetings earlier this month.
Internally, the Red Sox could turn to Bob McClure, whom they hired earlier this offseason after McClure was fired from his position as pitching coach with the Kansas City Royals.
McClure was hired with the idea that he would serve as an instructor and scout, but he remains in the running for the pitching coach's role, too.
Finally, the team must hire a replacement for Ron Johnson at first base.

Red Sox rally for 8-7 spring training victory over Twins

Red Sox rally for 8-7 spring training victory over Twins

Brian Bogusevic's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Red Sox a come-from-behind, 8-7, spring training victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Bogusevic, 32, an outfielder signed to a minor league deal this winter, played in Japan last season and hasn't been in the major leagues since 2015 with the Phillies.

Reliever Tyler Thornburg, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers, had a rough outing in his Red Sox debut. He allowed five runs (four earned), four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning as the Red Sox fell behind 7-3 by the fourth inning.

Left-hander Roenis Elias started for Boston and allowed a first-inning home run to Byungho Park. He struck out three in two innings.

Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a double and first base prospect Sam Travis, hitting .500 this spring, tied it at 7 with an RBI double in the sixth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier Saturday that Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to make his first start on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers and Chris Sale will make his first start March 6 against the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach. Rodriguez injured his knee in winter ball in Venezuela and threw his first batting practice session on Saturday.

The Red Sox next travel to Port Charlotte to play the Rays Sunday at 1:05 p.m. 


 

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