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Red Sox hire Juan Nieves as new pitching coach

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Red Sox hire Juan Nieves as new pitching coach

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- In something of a surprise, the Red Sox have hired Juan Nieves as their next pitching coach, the team announced Wednesday.

Nieves, 47, had served as the Chicago White Sox bullpen coach for the past five seasons. Previously, he had been a pitching coach in the White Sox' minor league system for seven seasons.

A native of Puerto Rico who attended Avon Old Farms High School in Connecticut, Nieves' major league career was cut short by injures after just three seasons.

He pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1986-1988, with a 32-25 record, including a no-hitter in 1987.

Nieves was one of four candidates interviewed by the Red Sox. They also spoke with Rick Peterson, Randy St. Claire and Steve Foster.

Nieves will become the fifth Red Sox pitching coach since the end of the 2010 season, following John Farrell (2007-2010); Curt Young (2011); Bob McClure (2012) and Randy Niemann (replaced McClure in August).

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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