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Red Sox to interview Lamont, Lovullo

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Red Sox to interview Lamont, Lovullo

The Red Sox Tuesday added two names to their list of managerial candidates -- both with previous ties to the organization.

Torey Lovullo, who managed the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2010 before leaving to join John Farrell's coaching staff with the Toronto Blue Jays, will interview for the Red Sox' managerial vacancy Friday.

On Saturday, the Red Sox will interview Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont, who was a Red Sox coach in 2001.

Lovullo was highly thought of when he managed one season in Pawtucket. He had previously managed at Single A, Double A and Triple A for the Cleveland Indians' organization.

He spent parts of eight seasons in the big leagues with seven different organizations before ending his playing career in Japan.

Lovullo played for Cleveland in 1998, when Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington worked for the Indians.

He was later interviewed three times for major league managerial openings in Los Angeles (after 2005), Pittsburgh (after 2006) and Cleveland (after the 2009 season).

Lovullo's interview was first reported by the Boston Globe.

Lamont's inclusion is something of a surprise, as his name hadn't previously surfaced as a potential candidate. Also, Lamont hasn't managed in the major leagues since 2000, when he was fired by the Pittsburgh Pirates after four seasons. Previously, Lamont had managed the Chicago White Sox for parts of four seasons from 1992-1995.

He later served as third base coach for the Red Sox under manager Jimy Williams, then joined Williams's staff in Houston from 2002 through 2004. After a year spent managing at Triple A for Philadelphia in 2005, Lamont has been Jim Leyland's third base coach for the last seasons with the Tigers.

Lamont, who will turn 65 on Christmas Day, will be the oldest candidate to interview with the Sox.

Lovullo will become the fourth candidate interviewed for the post. Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Milwaukee Brewers hitting instructor Dale Sveum were interviewed at Fenway last week and Sandy Alomar Jr. is due to be interviewed Wednesday.

Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux withdrew from a scheduled Tuesday interview on Monday, citing personal and family reasons.

Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

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Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

PHILADELPHIA – For the third time in as many games, the Boston Celtics will field a different lineup.

It will have a domino effect on Boston’s usual starters, but no one more than Al Horford who will slide over to power forward with Aron Baynes inserted into the starting lineup where he’ll be charged with trying to defend Sixers 7-footer Joel Embiid.

Meanwhile, Horford will be assigned to defend Robert Covington who is one of Philadelphia’s better perimeter scorers.

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“I feel like one of my strengths is being able to play multiple positions,” Horford told NBC Sports Boston. “It presents a different challenge for me, which is making sure I do a good job of covering him out on the perimeter, staying between him and the basket.”

In Philadelphia’s 120-115 season-opening loss to Washington, Covington led all Sixers with 29 points which included him going 7-for-11 from 3-point range in addition to grabbing seven rebounds.

While Covington will be Horford’s first defensive assignment, he knows he will also be called upon at times to defend Embiid who ranks among the best centers in the NBA despite having played just 32 games over the course of three NBA seasons.

In the loss to the Wizards, Embiid had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Horford’s defense will be critical for Boston (0-2) to get its first win of the season, but the Celtics will also need him to take advantage of scoring opportunities as well.

“We have some guys down, but that creates opportunities for other guys to step up and contribute,” Horford said. “It’s going to all of us, the veterans, the young players, all of us to get that first win.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens agreed.

“I think that’s how we have to look at it,” Stevens said. “We’re going to have to make a few tweaks on how we do things, obviously. Hey, it’s gonna be something that we’re going to have to do really, really well on the fly.”

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