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Alex Cora Becomes 47th Red Sox Manager, Signs Three-Year Deal

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The Boston Red Sox officially announced yesterday the signing of Alex Cora to a three-year deal to become the 47th manager in team history; the deal includes a club option for 2021.

Cora had been the front-running candidate to take over the role since it was announced John Farrell wouldn’t be returning after five years at the helm which included a World Series win in 2013.

Boston won the AL East both this year and last under Farrell, but had a 1-6 record in the ALDS; the two seasons were preceded by consecutive last place finishes.

The 42-year-old Cora’s currently serving as the Houston Astros’ bench coach, who begin World Series play tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Dodgers in LA at 8 PM ET.

The former Red Sox utility infielder from 2005-08 sounded very excited about returning to Boston, where he won a World Series in 2007.

“Returning to the Red Sox and the city of Boston is a dream come true for me and my family, and I look forward to working towards the ultimate goal of winning another championship for this city and its great fans,” Cora said in a statement.

Cora assumed three games as Astros manager this season as AJ Hinch’s replacement in his first year coaching. In 13 seasons as a player (1998-2011) for six different teams, Cora was a .243/.310/.338 hitter with 35 homers and 268 RBIs.

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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