Red Sox name Victor Rodriguez assistant hitting coach

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Red Sox name Victor Rodriguez assistant hitting coach

BOSTON -- The Red Sox added a second hitting instructor to their coaching staff Friday, naming Victor Rodriguez as assistant hitting coach.

The announcement comes one day after the Red Sox named Greg Colbrunn hitting coach.

Rodriguez, 51, has spent the last six seasons -- from 2007-12 -- as Bostons minor-league hitting coordinator, a position he also held in 2002. For three seasons, from 2004-06, he was the clubs Latin field coordinator after serving as a minor league-hitting instructor in 2003.

Rodriguez previously served six seasons as a hitting coach in the Red Sox system at High-A Sarasota (1996-98), at Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox (1999, 2001) and Single-A Augusta (2000). He began his coaching career in the Boston organization in 1995 after playing in 31 games with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Rodriguez played in 17 major-league games, with the Orioles (1984) and Twins (1989), and batted .429 (12-for-28).

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.