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Red Sox continue coaching staff interviews

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Red Sox continue coaching staff interviews

The Red Sox are progressing in their search to fill out the coaching staff. According to a source, they have interviewed Victor Rodriguez for the hitting coach job, and Arnie Beyeler and David Howard for the first base coaching vacancy.Rodriguez, 51, just completed his sixth season as the Sox minor league hitting coordinator. He was the organizations Latin field coordinator for four seasons before that. Originally signed by the Orioles in 1977 at the age of 15, Rodriguez played 19 seasons in the minor leagues, including 31 games with Triple-A Pawtucket in 1995, and parts of two seasons in the big leagues, appearing in 17 games, with Orioles and Twins. He began coaching in 1995. His son Victor Luis is a scout for the Sox.Beyeler, 48, just completed his 12th season as a manager, and his ninth season in the Red Sox organization. He has managed Triple-A Pawtucket the last two seasons, leading the PawSox to the International League title in 2012, finishing in first place in the IL North in 2011. Prior to that, he managed Double-A Portland for four seasons. Beyeler played six seasons in the Tigers organization, before he began scouting for the Tigers. He began coaching in 1997 in the Yankees organization. He has worked in the Sox system since 2000, except 2006 when he served as hitting coach for the Padres Double-A affiliate.Howard, 45, joined the Sox organization in 2004 as a minor league coach and just completed his ninth season in the organization, third as minor league field coordinator. Prior to that, he was a special assistant to the general manager for two seasons and a scout for three seasons. Howard, a 32nd-round pick of the Royals in 1986, played parts of nine major league seasons with the Royals and Cardinals.The Sox have also spoken to Rick Schu, the former Diamondbacks hitting coach and currently the Nationals minor league hitting coordinator, about the hitting coach vacancy.
Hitting coach and first base coach are the two remaining vacancies. New manager John Farrell has said he is considering naming an assistant hitting coach also. Farrell has already hired Torey Lovullo to be bench coach, Juan Nieves as pitching coach, and Brian Butterfield as third base coach. Bullpen coach Gary Tuck is the only holdover from the 2012 staff. Alex Ochoa, the 2012 first base coach, told CSNNE.com earlier this week he probably would not be returning to the organization for 2013.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

0:41 - Kyle Draper, Brain Scalabrine, Tommy Heinsohn, and Mike Gorman break down the Celtics loss to the Cavs and Gordon Hayward’s injury.

4:22 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions to the gruesome injury to Gordon Hayward and how it impacted the game.

9:39 - Dr. Chris Chihlas joins BST to give his medical opinion on Gordon Hayward and if he thinks there is a chance Hayward could return this season. 

13:40 - Chris Mannix and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss what the feeling was like in the arena when Hayward went down but how there is actually a 'cautious optimism' surrounding the injury.

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

CLEVELAND – Jayson Tatum has seen plenty of games featuring Cleveland’s LeBron James.

And in the Boston Celtics’ preparation for Tuesday night’s matchup, the 19-year-old rookie had seen plenty of James on film.

But facing him, up close and personal, was something entirely different.

“He’s way bigger than I thought,” Tatum said. “He’s way better than I imagined. That’s the reason why he is who he is.”

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James’ play was among the key factors in Cleveland handing Boston a 102-99 loss on Tuesday night.

But Tatum showed he too has some big-time potential by finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds which included some nifty drives to the basket as well as showing the ability to hold his own on the glass in terms of rebounding the basketball.

The last Celtics rookie to post a double-double on opening night?

That was Larry Bird back in 1980, helping the Celtics to a 114-106 win over the Houston Rockets.

What’s even crazier?

Bird had 14 points and 10 rebounds in that Rockets game, too.

Tatum’s solid performance didn’t seem in the making in the first half when Tatum had missed all five of his shot attempts while tallying just two points.

But as the Celtics mounted their comeback, Tatum’s play was a key to the team’s improved play.

“Just being more relaxed” was how Tatum described his improved play in the second half.

Tatum added, “first half, I think I was nervous and anxious. And then the game slowed down for me. That helped out a lot.”

And the Celtics will need even more from Tatum going forward after Gordon Hayward’s left ankle injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely.

There was plenty of room for him to improve upon following Tuesday’s game.

But for the most part, head coach Brad Stevens liked what he saw from the rookie.

“Jayson was pretty good,” Stevens said. “He did a pretty good job for a first game. That’s pretty hard to do, to be thrown into this environment, first game and play that well.”

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