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Alex Cora Officially Introduced As Red Sox Manager

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Five days after winning a World Series championship with the Houston Astros as their bench coach, Alex Cora was officially introduced as the new manager of the Boston Red Sox on Monday afternoon.

Cora, 42, agreed to a three-year deal with the Red Sox on October 22.

The former Boston utility infielder from 2005-08 is excited to be back.

“This is a good baseball team, that- as you all know- has won back-to-back division titles. But at the end of the day, this city, everybody wants to win a World championship. And for that to happen, my goal is for this team to pay attention to details, show up everyday, and try to take advantage of certain situations during the game,” Cora said during his press conference.

General manager Dave Dombrowski offered his own praise to Cora.

“We selected Alex as our thought process as the person that we thought would provide the type of leadership, type of communication, type of respect- quality baseball man, present in analytics; very contemporary in that regard.”

Cora becomes the 47th manager in Red Sox history, and first minority to land the position.

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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