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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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