Red Sox make series of front-office appointments

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Red Sox make series of front-office appointments

Red Sox press release:

BOSTON The Boston Red Sox today announced a series of personnel moves in the organizations baseball operations department. Executive Vice PresidentGeneral Manager Ben Cherington made the announcements.

BASEBALL OPERATIONS
Jared Banner has been promoted to Assistant Director, Player Personnel after serving as Coordinator, Amateur Scouting from 2011-12. Banner joined the organization as Red Sox Fellow in baseball operations in 2007 and served as Assistant, Player Development in 2008-09 and Assistant, Amateur Scouting in 2010.

Mike Murov has been promoted to Coordinator, Baseball Operations. Murov previously served as Assistant, Baseball Operations from 2011-12 after joining the Red Sox as an intern in the baseball operations department in 2010. He was also a baseball operations intern with the Reds (2009) and Marlins (2008).

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Duncan Webb has been promoted to Assistant Director, Player Development. Webb had held the role of Player Development Programs Coordinator from 2010-2012. He joined the Red Sox organization as an intern at the Red Sox Academy in the Dominican Republic in 2006 and also served as Latin Education Coordinator from 2007-09.

Laz Gutierrez has been promoted to Coordinator, Player Development Programs. Gutierrez was an amateur scout for Southern and Northeast Florida beginning in 2006 and also served as Short-A Lowells pitching coach in 2007 and 2010. A former left-handed pitcher, he spent three seasons in the Detroit and San Diego minor league systems from 1998-2001.

Tim Hyers has been promoted to Minor League Hitting Coordinator after previously serving as the club's area scout for Georgia over the last four years (2009-12). He was hitting coach at Single-A West Michigan in the Tigers minor league system in 2002, and played parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues with the Padres (1994-95), Tigers (1996), and Marlins (1999).

George Lombard has been promoted to Minor League Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator. Lombard had served as manager for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox from 2011-12. He joined the Red Sox organization as a hitting coach for Short-A Lowell in 2010. A former outfielder, he played parts of six Major League seasons with the Braves (1998-2000), Tigers (2002), Devil Rays (2003), and Nationals (2006). He also spent two seasons in the Red Sox farm system, appearing at Double-A Portland (2004) and Triple-A Pawtucket (2004-05).

AMATEUR SCOUTING
Mike Rikard has been named National Scouting Coordinator. Rikard served as national crosschecker with the Red Sox from 2010-12 and was a regional crosschecker from 2005-2009. He previously served as a scout in the Padres organization.

John Booher has been named National Crosschecker after spending the last three seasons with the Texas Rangers as a southeast crosschecker (2012) and professional scout (2010-11). Booher returns to the Red Sox having previously served as a scout for the club from 2003-09. He also spent 12 years scouting for the Florida Marlins.

Quincy Boyd has been promoted to Regional Crosschecker after serving as an area scout for North Carolina and South Carolina from 2007-12. He was a scout for the club in the Midwest region in 2006.

Jim Robinson has been promoted to Regional Crosschecker. Robinson joined the club in 1999 and served as an area scout for North Texas and North Louisiana.

Tom Kotchman has been tabbed as an Area Scout in Northern Florida. Kotchman was also recently named as a coach for the Red Sox Rookie-level Gulf Coast League club. He is a veteran of 34 years as a minor league manager and scout, including the last 29 seasons in the Angels system.

Brian Moehler has been hired as an Area Scout in Georgia after a professional career as a right-handed pitcher. He spent parts of 14 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Tigers (1996-2002), Blue Jays (2002), Reds (2002) Astros (2003, 2007-10), and Marlins (2005-06).

John Pyle has joined the organization as an Area Scout in the Ohio Valley. Pyle played parts of two seasons as a catcher in the Texas Rangers minor league system from 1993-94.

Willie Romay has been hired as an Area Scout in Southern Florida. Romay spent 14 years as a scout for the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau following five minor league seasons as an outfielder in the Mariners (1989-91), Dodgers (1992), and Marlins (1994) systems.

PROFESSIONAL SCOUTING
Steve Peck has been promoted to Special Assignment Scout. Peck joined the Red Sox organization as a professional scout in 2009 after 13 years as a member of the Seattle Mariners coaching and scouting staff, including serving as an advance scout from 2004-2008. He also worked with the Mariners as a minor league pitching coach (1996-2001) and as an amateur scout (2002-03). A former left-handed pitcher, Peck spent seven seasons in the Athletics (1988-90), Angels (1991-93) and Brewers (1994) systems.

Dave Klipstein has been promoted to Major League Scout after serving as a professional scout from 2007-12. Klipstein joined the Red Sox from the Texas Rangers, where he served as a national and central crosschecker in the amateur scouting department from 1997-2006. He also served as an area scout with Pittsburgh from 1993-96 after seven years as a minor league outfielder with the Brewers (1982-87) and Reds (1988) organizations.

Anthony Turco has been named a Professional Scout after serving as an amateur scout for the Red Sox in Northwest and West Florida from 2007-12.

INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING
Victor Rodriguez Jr. has been promoted to Area Supervisor and Dominican Republic Crosschecker after serving as a scout in the Dominican Republic from 2011-12. Selected by Boston in the 2003 June draft, he interned with the Red Sox Florida Operations in 2008 and served as an associate scout for the club in Florida from 2009-10. He is the son of Red Sox Assistant Hitting Coach Victor Rodriguez, Sr.

Wilder Lobo, Ramon Mora and Alex Requena have been hired as a Scouts in Venezuela.

Carlos Lugo has been hired as a Scout in the Dominican Republic.

Dennis Neuman has been hired as a Scout in Curacao and Aruba after a professional career as a right-handed pitcher in the Red Sox minor league system from 2007-11. Named a mid-season South Atlantic League All-Star in 2010, Neuman had a 3.40 ERA through five seasons and 145 minor-league games.

David Tapia has been hired as a Scout in Mexico.

DeRozan has career-high 43, Raptors beat Celtics, 107-97

DeRozan has career-high 43, Raptors beat Celtics, 107-97

TORONTO - DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 43 points and the Toronto Raptors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 107-97 on Friday night.

DeRozan shot 15 of 28 from the floor as he surpassed his 42-point effort against the Houston Rockets on March 30, 2015, helping the Raptors overcome the absence of fellow All-Star Kyle Lowry. Lowry sat out with a right wrist injury.

Serge Ibaka, acquired by trade from the Orlando Magic last week, scored 15 points in his debut, while fellow newcomer P.J. Tucker, picked up from the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, had a game-high 10 rebounds and nine points in his first game for his new team.

Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points for Boston, which also got 19 points each from Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart.

Down 91-88 with 4:11 to play, the Raptors went on a 9-1 run to lead by five with 2:01 to play. Though Crowder cut that lead to three with a jump shot with 1:46 remaining, DeRozan drilled a jump shot with a minute remaining to put the Raptors up by five.

Tucker was unable to convert either free throw after being fouled by Al Horford with 47 seconds left, but Thomas missed the next time down the court, and after being fouled by Smart, DeRozan converted both free throws with 33 seconds to play. He then followed up with two more after a three-point play from Smart to take the game away from Boston with 27.5 seconds to go.

The Celtics found their range early, connecting on 55 percent of their shots from the floor and 40 percent from 3-point range in the first quarter. The Raptors could only hit 40 percent and went 0 for 3 from beyond the arc, and while DeRozan topped all scorers with 10 points, they were trailing 29-18 after 12 minutes.

Boston pushed its lead to 17 on a 3-point shot from Jaylen Brown with 1:29 to play in the half, but Toronto closed on a 7-0 run following a flagrant foul by Thomas on DeRozan.

The Raptors continued their comeback effort in the third quarter, with Ibaka's 3-pointer with 5:58 to go capping a 27-8 Toronto run to give the Raptors their first lead since the 3:54 mark of the first quarter. Smart's 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds remaining handed Boston a 77-74 edge entering the final 12 minutes.

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