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Red Sox Promote Dana LeVangie From Bullpen To Pitching Coach

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After the Boston Red Sox recently hired Tony LaRussa and several coaches following the announcing of Alex Cora as manager, they still lacked a pitching coach.

As of yesterday, that hole has been filled.

Multiple sources Wednesday afternoon reported that the Red Sox had promoted Dana LeVangie from bullpen coach to pitching coach; he had been Boston’s bullpen coach for the last five seasons.

LeVangie, 48, has been involved with the Red Sox organization ever since being drafted in the 14th round in MLB’s 1991 amateur draft. After six seasons in the minors, he was Boston’s bullpen catcher from 1997-2004. For the next several seasons, he worked in the organization’s scouting department before taking over as bullpen coach.

In 2015, LeVangie served as interim bench coach for acting manager Torey Lovollo while John Farrell was undergoing cancer treatment.

It’s no secret that Cora wanted to keep LeVangie on his staff, which will be full of newcomers entering 2018..

“When everybody started talking about me being manager, he (LeVangie) was a guy that I always considered was going to be part of my staff,” said Cora.

Despite never being a pitcher, LeVangie has received “rave reviews” after working with relievers and catchers the last five years.

“This is something i didn’t envision myself doing,” said LeVangie. “But I think my experience throughout the game, experience dealing with the players has grown throughout my time.”

LeVangie replaces Carl Willis as pitching coach for Boston.

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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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