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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 Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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