Sveum finalist for Sox, Cubs managerial position

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Sveum finalist for Sox, Cubs managerial position

MILWAUKEE -- Dale Sveum has every reason to believe that he's a finalist for both the Red Sox and Cubs' managerial openings. Now, all he can do is wait.

"To have the opportunity and honor to be interviewed by one team is great," said Sveum hours after he finished his second interview with the Red Sox here. "To have the opportunity and honor to be interviewed by two, and two of the greatest franchises in the game. is unbelievable.

"Nothing has been discussed beyond the interview process. It's kind of a stalemate now. The process is finished; it's just the decision-making process now. We'll wait and see."

Asked if he already considered that he might have to choose between the two clubs, Sveum said: "Yeah, I think you have to. It's a reality. But I'm kind of putting that off for now until I have to. I've got enough on my mind.''

Sveum met briefly with Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein Tuesday night while here, before having lunch with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and CEO Larry Lucchino Wednesday afternoon.

"It went well," said Sveum of the Boston meetings. "We went through more of the interview process. It was nothing that wasn't discussed last week (when Sveum came to Boston for his first interview). It was more of a greeting and a talk than an interview. We just sat down and had lunch and talked baseball. It was nothing formal."

The Red Sox have said they intend to bring back another candidate for a second interview, but haven't made any announcements. Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont, contacted late Wednesday afternoon, said he had yet to hear back from the Sox.

Sveum said he hasn't been told about a timetable from either the Red Sox and Cubs, beyond the fact that the Sox have said they would prefer to have a manager in place before Thanksgiving.

Werner told reporters: "We're going to continue the discussions Hopefully, we'll come to some conclusion in the near future."

Boston pitchers strike out 14, but Red Sox still fall to Rays, 7-3

Boston pitchers strike out 14, but Red Sox still fall to Rays, 7-3

The appearance of Tampa Bay Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough almost got the Boston Red Sox back in their spring training exhibition game. The Sox managed to score all three of their runs against the 25-year-old in their 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida on Sunday.

But the Rays, who scored runs in five different innings, managed to widen their lead in the eighth inning by beating up on Sox lefty Luis Isla, a 24-year-old who spent last season with Portland and Pawtucket. In the eighth, Rays' Joe McCarthy homered and Luke Maile managed an RBI single, which cappped off the scoring in the contest. Sox starter Hector Velazquez allowed three hits and an earned run in his two innnings. The 28-year-old, who spent 2016 in the Mexican League, still managed to amass four strikeouts.

"I was a little nervous at the start, being in the United States for the first time and playing for a big league club for the first time," Velazquez told RedSox.com through an interpreter. "But once I got the first out, all the nerves went away, and I was able to bear down."

Despite allowing two homers, Boston pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.

With the exception of the Sox' inning against Yarbrough, Boston's veterans and prospects struggled mighltily against the Rays pitching staff. Chris Archer started for Tampa, and set the tone in the first two innings, where he threw two strikeouts, one walk and allowed one hit and no runs. Andrew Benintendi (0-for-3), Sam Travis (0-for-2) and Bryce Brentz (0-for-3) went hitless on the day. Travis, however, reached base on balls.

"I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said, via the Red Sox' team website. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."

Marco Hernandez's triple got the Sox' eighth-inning off to a strong start, and singles from Matt Dominguez, Deven Marrero, Rusney Castillo and Cole Sturgeon followed. The Sox' eighth inning scoring ended after Castillo got thrown out by left fielder McCarthy at third. Six Red Sox finished with one-hit outings, including Brock Holt and Blake Swihart.

The Sox will next host the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.