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Red Sox promote Beyeler to manage Pawtucket


Red Sox promote Beyeler to manage Pawtucket

By Maureen Mullen

BOSTON The Red Sox announced their minor-league staffs Wednesday, with the big news being they've promotedArnie Beyeler from Double-A Portland to manage at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Beyeler, who turns 47 in February, has managed for 10 seasons, including seven in the Sox organization. He had managed Portland for the previous four seasons, and also managed Single-A Lowell and Augusta. Previously, he managed the Rangers High-A team for three seasons and coached in the Padres and Yankees organizations and was a scout for the Tigers. He played second base, third base, and shortstop in Detroits system from 19861991. This is his first year managing at the Triple-A level.

"I'm very excited about the organization giving me the opportunity and look forward to working with the players and staff in Pawtucket," said Beyeler, who is currently coaching in Venezuela.

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Rich Sauveur will return as Pawtuckets pitching coach, while the hittingcoachs job remains vacant. Chili Davis, who was under consideration for the Triple-A manager job, was the hitting coach for the Australian National team for three years and served the same role for the Dodgers' instructional league this past season. Jon Jochim returns as athletic trainer.

Kevin Boles was promoted to Portland after managing High-A Salem last season andSingle-A Greenville the previous two seasons. Prior to that, Boles managed and coached in the Twins and Royals organizations for six seasons. His father, John, managed the Marlins in 1996 and 19992001. Bob Kipper, Dave Joppie, and Paul Buchheit return as Portlands pitching coach, hitting coach, and athletic trainer, respectively.

Bruce Crabbe, who has been in the Sox organization for six seasons, will manageSalem after managing Lowell in 2010. He has also served as the organizations infield coordinator for four seasons. Crabbe previously coached and managed in the Rangers organization for seven seasons and was named the Appalachian Leagues manager of the year in 1999. Kevin Walker moves from Greenville to Salem as the pitching coach. Alex Ochoa, who was a special assistant in the baseball operations department last season, will serve as Salems hitting coach in 2011. Brandon Henry returns as athletic trainer.

Billy McMillon returns for his second season managing Greenville. Dick Such,who served as Salems pitching coach the previous two seasons, will take over that role in Greenville. Luis Lopez returns as hitting coach and David Herrera returns as athletic trainer.

Carlos Febles will make his managerial debut with Lowell, after serving asSalems hitting coach in 2009 and 2010. This will be his fifth season in the Sox organization. He has been with Lowell previously, as the hitting coach in 2007. Paul Abbott joins the organization as Lowells pitching coach. A third-round pick of Minnesota in 1985, he spent parts of 11 seasons with the Twins, Indians, Mariners, Royals, Rays, and Phillies. He has coached or managed for the independent Golden Leagues Orange Country Flyers and Fullerton (Calif.) Junior College. Mauricio Elizondo will return as athletic trainer. Lowells hitting coach job has yet to be filled.

George Lombard, who joined the organization last season, will make his managingdebut with the Gulf Coast Rookie League. Dave Tomlin remains with the team as a coach after serving as manager for the past five seasons. Walter Miranda returns as pitching coach and U.L. Washington returns as hitting coach.

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MLB will institute rules to pick up pace, with or without players' agreement


MLB will institute rules to pick up pace, with or without players' agreement

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Major League Baseball will change rules to speed games next year with or without an agreement with the players' association.

Management proposed last offseason to institute a 20-second pitch clock, allow one trip to the mound by a catcher per pitcher each inning and raise the bottom of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level at the top of the kneecap. The union didn't agree, and clubs have the right to impose those changes unilaterally for 2018.

Players and MLB have held initial bargaining since summer, and MLB chief legal officer Dan Halem said this week he would like an agreement by mid-January.

"My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players, but if we can't get an agreement we are going to have rule changes in 2018 one way or the other," baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday after a quarterly owners' meeting.

Nine-inning games averaged a record 3 hours, 5 minutes during the regular season and 3:29 during the postseason.

Corey Kluber beats Chris Sale for American League Cy Young


Corey Kluber beats Chris Sale for American League Cy Young

Max Scherzer heard his name and thrust his arms in the air, shouting and smiling big before turning to kiss his wife.

Corey Kluber, on the other hand, gulped once and blinked.

Two aces, two different styles - and now another Cy Young Award for each.

The animated Scherzer of the Washington Nationals coasted to his third Cy Young, winning Wednesday for the second straight year in the National League. He breezed past Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, drawing 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Kluber's win was even more of a runaway. The Cleveland Indians ace took 28 first-place votes, easily outpacing Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox for his second AL Cy Young.

Scherzer yelled "yes!" when his award was announced on MLB Network, a reaction in keeping with his expressive reputation. He showed that intensity often this year, whether he was cursing under his breath like a madman during his delivery or demanding - also with expletives - that manager Dusty Baker leave him in the game.

Just a little different than the pitcher they call "Klubot." Kluber was stoic as ever when announced as the AL winner. He swallowed hard but otherwise didn't react, only showing the hint of a smile moments later when answering questions.

Not that he wasn't thrilled.

"Winning a second one maybe, for me personally, kind of validates the first one," Kluber said.

Scherzer's win moves him into rare company. He's the 10th pitcher with at least three Cy Youngs, and among the other nine, only Kershaw and Roger Clemens aren't in the Hall of Fame.

"That's why I'm drinking a lot of champagne tonight," Scherzer said.

Scherzer earned the NL honor last year with Washington and the 2013 American League prize with Detroit.

"This one is special," he said. "When you start talking about winning three times, I can't even comprehend it at this point."

Scherzer was 16-6 with a career-best 2.51 ERA this year. The 33-year-old righty struck out a league-leading 268 for the NL East champion Nationals, and in an era noted for declining pitcher durability, he eclipsed 200 innings for the fifth straight season. He had to overcome a variety of ailments to get there, and Washington's training staff was high on his thank-you list.

"Everybody had a role in keeping me out on the field," he said. "I'm very thankful for all their hard work."

Kershaw has won three NL Cy Youngs and was the last pitcher to win back-to-back. He was 18-4 with a league-best 2.31 ERA and 202 strikeouts. This is his second runner-up finish. Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals finished third.

Kluber missed a month of the season with back pain and still easily won the AL award over Sale and third-place finisher Luis Severino of the New York Yankees. Kluber led the majors with a 2.25 ERA, and his 18 wins tied for the most in baseball. He added to the Cy Young he won with the Indians in 2014 and is the 19th pitcher to win multiple times.

The 31-year-old Kluber was especially dominant down the stretch, closing out the season by going 11-1 to help Cleveland win the AL Central. He and Minnesota's Ervin Santana tied for the major league lead with five complete games - nobody else had more than two. Kluber also led the majors with 8.0 wins above replacement, per

Kluber and Scherzer both had rough outings in the playoffs. Kluber gave up nine runs over two starts in an AL Division Series against the Yankees, and Scherzer blew a save in the decisive Game 5 of an NL Division Series against the Cubs.

Scherzer said he couldn't even watch the League Championship Series, although he did tune in for the World Series.

"That will eat at me this whole offseason," he said.

Voting for the awards was completed before the postseason began.

The final BBWAA honors will come Thursday when the MVP awards are announced in the AL and NL.